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Hey, sorry if this isn’t the right thread, I just joined. TDLR at end.

Anyways, I came into a 2012 KLR 650 with no spark, I’ve checked all the ignition components and I’m pretty sure it’s the CDI Box, is there an aftermarket CDI I can buy that won’t cost me an arm?

My family has a demolition business, the bike(s) came from a garage that a city commissioned our family to demolish, I have no idea how to get a title, the VIN numbers won’t come up stolen, the house owner is still alive and he had ample time to retrieve them but he didn’t. I’ve heard of going through an insurance company to get a title or a salvage title, but I’m not sure what to do.

TDLR - Found a few abandoned motorcycles, no titles, how can I get them?
In need of a 2012 KLR 650 CDI box, but I’m afraid a used one won’t last and new ones are expensive.
 

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Found a few abandoned motorcycles, no titles, how can I get them?
In need of a 2012 KLR 650 CDI box, but I’m afraid a used one won’t last and new ones are expensive.
First question: Ask your friendly local Department of Motor Vehicles (or whoever assumes the responsibility, locally) for procedures in your jurisdiction.

Second question: A small detail; maybe even a nit; but . . . 2008 and later model year KLR650s don't have no stinkin' CDIs! Won't go into the intimate electronics, but . . . you think you need an IGNITER for your model year bike. Not sure? As Uncle Dick says above, you can check visually for spark. Or . . . use the popular, "self-electrocution" technique!

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Hi and welcome. Have you visually checked for spark?
Found a few abandoned motorcycles, no titles, how can I get them?
In need of a 2012 KLR 650 CDI box, but I’m afraid a used one won’t last and new ones are expensive.
First question: Ask your friendly local Department of Motor Vehicles (or whoever assumes the responsibility, locally) for procedures in your jurisdiction.

Second question: A small detail; maybe even a nit; but . . . 2008 and later model year KLR650s don't have no stinkin' CDIs! Won't go into the intimate electronics, but . . . you think you need an IGNITER for your model year bike. Not sure? As Uncle Dick says above, you can check visually for spark. Or . . . use the popular, "self-electrocution" technique!

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Yeah, I need an Igniter, I thought it was called a CDI/ECU unit, and yes I visually checked for spark.
 

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Yeah, I need an Igniter, I thought it was called a CDI/ECU unit, and yes I visually checked for spark.
It's been called (erroneously) CDI, even in Kawasaki literature. Breakerless transistorized ignition seems more appropriate for 2008 and later models; CDI all previous.
 

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Un screw the spark plug cap from the wire. Hold your hand around the bare end of the wire and crank the starter button.

Still NO spark?

Now we can start diagnosis.
 

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Un screw the spark plug cap from the wire. Hold your hand around the bare end of the wire and crank the starter button.

Still NO spark?

Now we can start diagnosis.
I already know the diagnosis, I just don’t want to spend $300 on an igniter, I would consider it but I’ve heard igniters just go bad. Is there an aftermarket?
 

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I already know the diagnosis, I just don’t want to spend $300 on an igniter, I would consider it but I’ve heard igniters just go bad. Is there an aftermarket?
I'm not aware of any aftermarket source for an igniter.

What is the source for the $300 igniter you quote? List on that part is $480!

The process for claiming an abandoned vehicle varies state to state. In Michigan, the process is described on line on the Secretary of State (DMV) website. Basically, you attempt to notify the owner by mail. They have 20 days to respond. If they don't, you can apply for a title.
 

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I'm not aware of any aftermarket source for an igniter.
"Dismantlers" (as in, junk yard, used parts sellers) might be an affordable approach; even . . . put the part description (and part number, if available) up on the Internet, feeding it to e-bay and whatever vendors are on the 'Net.

Cursory search; one of many "hits:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-KLR650-08-16-CDI-Ignitor-Ignition-Box-21119-0095-Used-/182455400983

An even better price, here:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/08-18-Kawasaki-KLR650-KLR-650-Engine-Ignition-Unit-ECU-CDI-Black-Box-6Kmi-BA/114203421453?_trkparms=aid=1110006&algo=HOMESPLICE.SIM&ao=1&asc=20200520130048&meid=d9bd3738a41140099c1f10c8df0a9ad3&pid=100005&rk=1&rkt=12&mehot=pf&sd=182455400983&itm=114203421453&pmt=1&noa=0&pg=2047675&algv=SimplAMLv5PairwiseWebWithBBEV2bDemotion&brand=Kawasaki&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851

As to aftermarket igniters, once upon a time an inmate on a website posted a "blueprint" for a KLR he was building . . .ported, polished, big valves, hot cam, bored, stroked, transmission gears micro-polished, . . . and many more performance enhancements. Among these modifications, a wild and wooly aftermarket ignition system; one whose advance curves could be, "mapped" to suit the rider.

The inmate posted he even corresponded with the overseas manufacturer of this ignition system.

Then, even after ordering around $ 2000 worth of Cogent suspension parts, "Further, deponent saith not." No further reports.

Object of anecdote: Raise possibility aftermarket KLR650 "CDI" units (yeah, that's how they're cataloged) may be available; maybe in complexity and expense beyond that desired.
 
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