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Hi,
I am interested to know if there is a best time of year to purchase a new KLR? (rebates, dealer incentives, low interest rates, etc.) I am definately going to purchase one but I am in no hurry and thought I would wait if it would be to my advantage cost wise. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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I'm not sure about everywhere else but here the best deals can be had when the new models come out and they are trying to get the old models cleared... So, when the 2012's came to the showrooms the dealers usually offer a discount or rebate on the 2011's to get rid of them. The catch on this though is that you have to wait a whole model year to get the model you want... Not really worth it to me unless the savings are really substantial. You can also get some really low mileage used machines for a great price, they haven't changed much over the years!
 

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/Find out when free factory floor-planning (i.e., interest-free loans for inventory) expires (sometimes, March-April) at your dealership; the dealers are EAGER to get the units off the floor, when they must pay interest for their cost . . .
 

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Thanks for the all the advice.
The salesman at the dealership said nothing pertaining to interest free loans for inventory? (free factory floor planning) what exactly is that?
Is this something that I have to specifically ask him about? and if so is that how I refer to it?
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Just call around your "local" dealers and find which one is selling them for $4700. Or search for lightly used ones, they're all over. Alot of guys get a wild hair up their ____ and get the most notorious dual sport out. Take it out and lay it down on the gravel or find they have no time -> Up for sale.
 

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Thanks for the all the advice.
The salesman at the dealership said nothing pertaining to interest free loans for inventory? (free factory floor planning) what exactly is that?
Is this something that I have to specifically ask him about? and if so is that how I refer to it?
Thanks again for the info.
OF COURSE the salesman at the dealership said nothing about the expiration of factory floor-planning!

And, should you ask, he may not tell you anyway. This information may be considered "dealership confidential."

You may be stiffed, with something like, "Well, the free factory floor-planning VARIES, with different units, and I'm not sure exactly how it pertains to the KLR's."

Here's the deal: The factory encourages dealerships to order inventory; as an incentive, the manufacturers offer interest-free loans, for a certain period, to cover the cost of the motorcycles on the showroom floor. After a certain date, the dealership must make regular interest payments to the factory to "service" the loan for the wholesale value of the new bikes you see.

Why isn't this date publicized? Because, this information gives the buyer purchasing leverage, the ability to negotiate a lower selling price. If the dealership can maintain its inventory at no expense, the incentive to sell it is less than with an interest burden associated with the inventory each month.

Make sense? Regrets, if not! Some dealerships can operate on a cash basis, and do not have to finance their inventory. These are RARE.
 

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2011 klr 650

How about 4,999.00 OTD for a new 2011 KLR 650?
 

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Not a bad deal
 

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2011 klr 650

Really? What would be a realistic great deal?
 

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It all depends on what the norm is in your area. Have you called the dealers in your area?
 

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Yes, the best deal so far after much research is 5,397.18 OTD on a 2011, but it is about 120 miles away. There do not seem to be to many 11's left. And the 600 rebate ends on the 31st. I am just trying to figure out if the 12's are worth waiting for? Nothing different except cosmetic changes? Although the specs say advanced piston ring design helps minimize oil consumption? Which does jive with some things I have read on this forum about the 2nd gen using oil? Also would not expect a 600.00 rebate on the 12's anytime soon?
 

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Nothings changed other than paint as far as I know. If you have the $$ and you want new, go get it. End of the month is best time to buy new, end of the year is even better. Go in there with cash and offer them $4500.
 

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I do not think 4,500 cash OTD would do it, even though that would be what I would consider an almost unbelievable deal! I have done enough research on new and used and I think this is the best it is going to get for new, I just do not want to miss this opportunity in case it would not come again, it is the last one. There are a few elsewhere but not even close at the same starting price let alone OTD.
 

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Yes, the best deal so far after much research is 5,397.18 OTD on a 2011, but it is about 120 miles away. There do not seem to be to many 11's left. And the 600 rebate ends on the 31st. I am just trying to figure out if the 12's are worth waiting for? Nothing different except cosmetic changes? Although the specs say advanced piston ring design helps minimize oil consumption? Which does jive with some things I have read on this forum about the 2nd gen using oil? Also would not expect a 600.00 rebate on the 12's anytime soon?
You cant exactly trust the specs. It also says it has a 6.1 gallon tank then a few lines later 5.8. Oh, and a single piston rear brake caliper (mine has 2).

But unless you really like the blacked out frame and fork i would go for an 11 with a great deal. I havent had any oil consumption issues yet, but i am only at 3k miles.
 

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Nothing different except cosmetic changes? Although the specs say advanced piston ring design helps minimize oil consumption? Which does jive with some things I have read on this forum about the 2nd gen using oil?
Ranger, Raner, O Ranger!

I HATE to disillusion you, or disabuse you of your notion of veracity in KLR marketing copy writers, but . . .

THEY SAID THE EXACT SAME THING ABOUT THE 2008 KLR650'S!!!!!!!!!

Yes! Promotional propaganda preceding the most notorious oil-consumers of all time (reportedly), the 2008 model year KLR's!!!!!!!!!

Now, Kawasaki may have FIXED oil consumption problems; from the scarcity of complaints, post-2008 model year examples, I'm inclined to think so.

But, any improvement is a result of design/manufacture/material changes, NOT advertising copy!!!!!!!!!!!!

If saving money's important to you, along with KLR's functional capabilities, the '11 would remain a prime candidate. If you like the trick paint job on the '12, maybe the premium price is worth it to you.

"$ 600 rebate?" Magical, wishful thinking, IMHO; most whimsical, if you should choose to live in the "Now," IMHO. My advice: Buy what you want, to the extent you can afford it.
 
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