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post #1 of 29 Old 01-08-2019, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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1989 KLR 250 for Wife

Guys, Iíve been looking for a decent used bike for my wife to ride. She used to ride a Harley 883 and did really well but sheís 5í3Ē and 140lbs and her arms were too short for the Harley bars and it was a tad too heavy for her. She wants a dual sport that she can ride the gravel roads with and do some light trail riding as well as something she can bebop around town on if she wants.

Iíve found a pretty good looking bike. Itís a 1989 KLR 250. Only thing the owner says is wrong is that it either has a short or bad ground and the lights donít work. They used to because it has been licensed within the last year, but isnít license currently. Needs a new seat cover, but thatís not a big deal. Has 13k miles and seller came down from $1000 to $800 cash. Does this look or sound like a good bike for my wife to play around on?







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post #2 of 29 Old 01-08-2019, 04:04 PM
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Bike looks OK; battery/fuse/wiring/switch check oughta fix lights (required in safety inspections in this state).

Big question: CAN SHE ACCEPT A KICKSTART ONLY motorcycle?

Low-risk investment, IMHO.

Yet, the machine IS thirty years (31 model years) old! Don't be surprised at maintenance needs for a bike of this age.

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Yes she likes the idea of the kick start, especially since itís a fun bike and not something thatís gonna see a lot of use.


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Yet, the machine IS thirty years (31 model years) old! Don't be surprised at maintenance needs for a bike of this age.

Care over its service life, and its current condition should justify the price, generally speaking.
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Yet, the machine IS thirty years (31 model years) old! Don't be surprised at maintenance needs for a bike of this age.



Care over its service life, and its current condition should justify the price, generally speaking.


I can change fluids and filter myself. I have a friend who can check valves and probably run down the electrical issue for not much money.


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Looks like the key has been left on. Dead battery = no lights? The 250 will run with out a battery and then the lights might glow dimly.

Does ANY Company make lowering links for the KLR250's? The KLR250 has about a 34+ inch seat height, IIRC. How long are your wife's legs?

Remove the seat entirely and have her set on it. Are her knees bent or is she still tip-toed? If knees are bent, how much foam could be left on the seat if cut down?
Could you make your own lowering links? Then slide the fork tubes up the triple clamps for similar drop.

I've seen the kickstand Brackets Bent on the 250's by people kick-starting them while on the side stand because of too short legs.

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The seat height is 33 inches. I asked the guy to measure it. He said that was with the bike standing straight up. Iím sure once she puts her weight on the seat, it would sag a little more. And Iím guessing I can adjust the rear shock to get it down a little further if necessary. She probably wonít be able to flat foot touch, but Iím betting she can touch with the balls of her feet. Iíve got the guy talked down to $700 cash, so even if she tries it and hates it, Iím guessing I can probably get most of my money back on it if I need to sell.

Iím hoping the electrical is a simple fix because it was licensed and road riding at some point last year. Either bad connection, blown fuse, or a dead battery.
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Trimming the seat foam retains ground clearance & preserves proper handling characteristics.

Good Luck, it looks like a reasonably nice bike for its age.

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Thoughts;

- can't go wrong at that price.

- probably a battery issue

- she's gonna like that kick starter a lot less very soon.....trust me.

- seat height spec is always without load. ditto on Paul's comments about lowering.

- sure it'll need some love but the age (by itself) wouldn't concern me. looks to be in decent shape

- If money was no object, a Super Sherpa or late model DR350 (with electric start) are better choices IMO.....but then money usually IS an object. ;-)

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Thoughts;



- can't go wrong at that price.



- probably a battery issue



- she's gonna like that kick starter a lot less very soon.....trust me.



- seat height spec is always without load. ditto on Paul's comments about lowering.



- sure it'll need some love but the age (by itself) wouldn't concern me. looks to be in decent shape



- If money was no object, a Super Sherpa or late model DR350 (with electric start) are better choices IMO.....but then money usually IS an object. ;-)



Cheers,

Dave


Thanks for the tips. This will be a ďstarterĒ bike for my wife so I figure for not a lot of money she can see what she likes and doesnít like and if itís something she wants to do more of, we can sell and upgrade down the road. If she hates it, then Iím not out much money and can probably recoup most if not all.

We are mostly an ATV family, at least me and my son are. My wife wants to ride with us but doesnít want a quad.

Another side perk is that I have a large hunting property thatís 25 miles from my house that I frequently go to to check trail cameras and check on food plots. I always have to trailer my ATV out to the property when I go because itís too large to walk on foot. With a dual sport bike, I can ride on the roads to get there and then I can take the KLR through the trails to do what I need to do. Saves a lot of miles on my truck and I wonít have the hassle of loading and unloading my ATV each trip. So there is a perk to this for me as well.
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