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Hi friends! I've had a motorcycle of one type or another since I was 14 but I still don't know what I should about them. I Just sold my 02 ZRX1200R so I can buy a KLR. I'm Looking at an 04 with 1400 miles on it. What should I look for besides cosmetics to be sure this guy took care of it? He's asking $3000. That seems pretty good. Is it? Thank you for your help!
 

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ScottyBoy -

Welcome to the forum; you've come to a good place to get the lowdown.

Let me address only the price.

"It depends". $3000 for a completely stock 7 year old bike is pretty high, even if it only has 1400 miles on it. I'd say it is at the dear end of the scale. The problem with low miles is that all things mechanical benefit from regular use. I'd have to assume that the bike has sat for the past 6 years with 1400 miles on it, so the gas is bad, the battery is dead, the tires have dry rot, yadda yadda. All that will cost time and/or money to bring right.

On the other hand, $3000 for a low mileage bike that has a full complement of accessories (bags, rack, doohickey done, engine guards, aftermarket seat, skid plate, etc) might be a steal.

We will need to know more about the condition of the bike and what's been added to it before we can help much with your decision.

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ScottyBoy -

Welcome to the forum; you've come to a good place to get the lowdown.

Let me address only the price.

"It depends". $3000 for a completely stock 7 year old bike is pretty high, even if it only has 1400 miles on it. I'd say it is at the dear end of the scale. The problem with low miles is that all things mechanical benefit from regular use. I'd have to assume that the bike has sat for the past 6 years with 1400 miles on it, so the gas is bad, the battery is dead, the tires have dry rot, yadda yadda. All that will cost time and/or money to bring right.

On the other hand, $3000 for a low mileage bike that has a full complement of accessories (bags, rack, doohickey done, engine guards, aftermarket seat, skid plate, etc) might be a steal.

We will need to know more about the condition of the bike and what's been added to it before we can help much with your decision.

T
OK. Thanks Tom! It's an hour away. I'm going to look at it tomorrow. I'll report my findings. Thanks again!
 

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If it were me, I'd take a higher mileage fully farkled (accessorized , upgraded suspension, upgraded brakes, jetted, luggage etc.) over a low mileage stocker. It's easy to throw about $3000 into one better to have the previous owner do that.
 

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...and that was in only about 10 minutes of looking. IMO that not a great deal, but high/average.

I would find someone that got it as their first bike, used it only on the street, and was selling it because it scared them after the first ride! ;)

Good luck![/quote]

Did you seriously just craigslist a bunch of KLR's for me?! You people are freaking awesome! Thank you! The 2001 is right here in my hometown. Going to go look at it today. A related question. Do the modifications on the 2008+ models make it worth looking at those? Seems a lot of you like the older ones. Thoughts?
 

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...and that was in only about 10 minutes of looking. IMO that not a great deal, but high/average.

I would find someone that got it as their first bike, used it only on the street, and was selling it because it scared them after the first ride! ;)

Good luck!
Did you seriously just craigslist a bunch of KLR's for me?! You people are freaking awesome! Thank you! The 2001 is right here in my hometown. Going to go look at it today. A related question. Do the modifications on the 2008+ models make it worth looking at those? Seems a lot of you like the older ones. Thoughts?[/QUOTE]

It's always good to find one in your area or to get a member to check one out for you...maybe even make a video...

It's all a matter or opinion and what you are using it for and what you are going to do to it:

The newer ones are a little heavier and the plastic is not as durable in a get off. (you can always get guards)
The 08-09 had some problems that are/were covered by the dealer.
The new ones have larger diameter forks, but they lose a little travel.
The rear swing arm is redesigned and stronger.
The engine has a little bit more torque and horsepower that is negated by the extra lbs..
The newer ones are IMO better on the road because of the forks and the added wind protection.
The newer ones have 2 head lights; one high and one low.
The older ones are preferred for off-road. (plastic dose better in get offs)
You can install an IMS tank much easier on the older ones.
The older ones look like a dirt bike and the new ones look like a Ninja traded some cloths with a older KLR. You can't push start a new one.

The bottom line is get one you like. Almost all of the differences can be improved and over come so get a good deal and enjoy making it your own.
 

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I'll repeat what others told me prior to me buying mine. More road = Gen2 More dirt = Gen1.

You can push start a Gen2.
 

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Used KLR Prices

I bought an 03 with 9500 miles and a few farkles and well cared for for $1900.:)
 

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I stand corrected. I tried to push start mine when my battery was super dead and nothing (left my heated grips on before I installed the relay :46: ). I mentioned this on a forum a few years back and was told it was because it was a new generation KLR. Maybe someone was pulling my Twinkie.
 

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I bought an '09 w/1,600mi. For $3,700 with extended warranty and soft luggage. Have put about 2.5K into it.
 
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