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This is my first post to the KLR Forum. After 2 years+ of researching (mostly online, but also with friends and others) and several test rides (including 650 Sertao and F 800 GS), I finally got on a KLR this past weekend and immediately fell in love. Seems like almost every article I've read has the same opinion/advice: you either love the KLR or not. I guess that makes me a lover, not a hater!

So, I'm now actively in the market for a new/used KLR and have 3 questions that I have not been able to answer:

1. If I buy used, what KLR odometer reading is considered "low mileage"?
2. Similarly, what recent year model included the latest updates on meaningful items like rear suspension capacity, or any other substantive feature or spec level? In other words, what's the earliest model year I should consider in the new used category in order to get the latest updates (decals do not qualify for me)?
3. Does anyone know what's up with fitting a hard-sided Top Case to the KLR? It seems like most of the major side case MFR's have missing adapter plates to install their Top Case to the KLR, resulting in a large number of KLRs that have mix and match side cases and top cases. Am I missing something here?

Thanks in advance to any KLR veterans who are willing and able to educate a newby!
 

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Welcome to the forum, RockingB.

I personally would consider 2000 miles per year as Low Mileage and 10,000-15,000 miles per year as High Mileage.

The 2014.5 KLR650 was sub-titled the "New Edition" of the 2nd Generation KLR650s.
According to Wattman, the production date on the VIN sticker of the frame must be Above JKAKLEE-----74000 to be a "New Edition" model
The 2014.5 KLR650 NE has the widened/re-contoured seat, stiffer suspension & other upgrades which you seek.

I can personally only confirm that the EMGO brand tail box, which comes with a Quick Release mounting bracket will fit behind the KLR tool kit on the existing luggage platform, with careful measuring. Remove the center platform and examine the reinforcements underneath and re-mark drill spots to accommodate.
 

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The KLR is a utilitarian bike, at least for most people. Top cases range from dairy crates to high zoot 'adventure' luggage. Folks tend to install what suits their needs. As to adapter plates, most get along without them doing as Paul suggests by going with the existing attach points or creating new ones.

My top case ranges, as needs be, from a Cortech sport bike bag to a Chase Harper Alaska to either a large or small Seahorse case. I removed the stock rack and installed a CyclRacks rack, which is sturdy and flexible for mounting stuff to. It is also far stronger than the stock rack and accommodates soft side luggage and hard bags, with some dungeoneering.

Here's a read on how far some will go in the quest for a perfect top case:
The Case For A Case
The Case For A Case; What to do, what to do?
The Case For A Case; Nothing ventured, nothing gained
The Case For A Case; Seahorse Super SE540

Let your imagination run wild!
 
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Like Tom, I have Cycleracks on both my KLR650 and my KLR250.

They are incredibly STRONG! And, carry a lifetime warranty.

Click onto Motorcycle Accessories in Boise ID | Carrier Racks | Cycle Racks , and you will see their products.

I have the pannier set, shown below; seamlessly fit both 650 and 250 KLRs, top case expands upward to a volume greater than that of the saddle bags:



If you ever need to haul an elk quarter down from the mountain, a Cyclerack will handle the task!
 

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Damocles, where did you go Elk hunting on your KLR? Rifle / Hand gun / Bow, cool beans. :)

I have a Californian friend which was 'proud as punch' to have dragged his deer a 1/4 mile with his KLR, when he lived here in 2008-2010.
 

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Damocles, where did you go Elk hunting on your KLR? Rifle / Hand gun / Bow, cool beans. :)
Actually, the ungulate (elk) quarter capability is in the iconic legend of CycleRacks development; the design goal of the product was to be able to handle such a load. I've never had the pleasure.

Closest I ever came was caribou hunting in Labrador; snowmobile transport; H & H .375 (I know, I know: WAY overkill!).

Did get to ride considerable miles on the Trans-Lab highway, in a "cage," in December. Looked like a real paradise for KLRistas, in WARMER weather!
 

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2. Similarly, what recent year model included the latest updates on meaningful items like rear suspension capacity, or any other substantive feature or spec level? In other words, what's the earliest model year I should consider in the new used category in order to get the latest updates (decals do not qualify for me)?
As Paul said, 2014.5 and up are identical (except for the BNG's, of course!), BUT the 2014.5 changes are fairly insignificant IMO and personally, I'd consider a low mileage earlier bike to save some $$$ and then spend the difference on real suspension upgrades which work 10X better than the "upgraded" 2014.5 budget stuff. If you decide to consider this route, I'd personally stick with 2010 and up bikes to avoid the early Gen2 issues. ...something to consider.

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Agree with DPellitier's post above: Lucrative KLR650 vintages: From-the-beginning-of-time through the 2007 model year; then 2010 and following.

Some jewels exist, 2008/2009, but, as Dirty Harry (Clint Eastwood) once said, "Do you feel lucky, . . . ?"
 
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