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Well........I sold my 2009 KLR650 for a DL1000 and am now considering an older KLR for the trails. What would y'all look for or be concerned about with this bike? Any and all comments welcome!! Here is the ad as it was posted.


2002 Kawasaki KLR 650 - $1500

• Starts easily and runs smooth. Excellent commuter bike, gets over 60mpg (highway). . .300 miles on a tank of gas.
• 40,000 miles, but 99% were commuting to and from work. Very little trail miles and no rough use.
• Had valve clearance done within the past 3000 miles.
• K&N air filter.
• Chain and sprockets in good condition. Brake pads replaced within the past year. Rear tire is new.

 

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The only thing I would ask when standing infront of the seller to see his reaction would be.....was it ever run low on oil and .....if that doesn't fizz him....how do you check the oil, maybe that one first.....if he says it has been run low I would be asking when, how long ,why, and listen to the engine with very close ears. IF, you can get him to allow you to take the valve cover off for full price just to see if the cam caps are worn, then do so! Heads aren't cheap and once those caps are damaged it's toast!

BUT, the early models didn't usually have oil issues. It's not too bad IMHO for the price.....as long as....above....hasn't happened. If you are happy buy it before the next guy who sees it does!!!:13:
 

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Thanks Willys!!

Well.......I bought the bike for cheap and contrary to the ad it runs like crap!!! Only runs on full choke and pops on deceleration but since the PO had not ridden it since July hopefully it is just bad gas and a dirty carb.

So far I have emptied the tank, drained the carb and done tons of cleaning. While the guy had some service records I don't think this KLR ever saw a bath.....typical KLR owner!!:35a: No offense to you squeaky cleaners!!

I am gonna do the 22 cent mod while I am in there and hopefully that helps a bit too!!!

Any other suggestions welcome!!!! :13:
 

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Seafoam!

I'm new to this forum but have been riding cruisers and dirtbikes for a few years, so I have a little experience in this area. I've been a Seafoam junky for the past few years, and if I were you I'd run a half a can of Seafoam thru your next tank of gas to help lube the cylinder walls and clean out the carb a bit internally (I didn't see that you'd torn it apart to clean it, I might be wrong though). I use it every fall in all of my bikes before I store them and they come out every spring ready and rarin' to go with very little prep needed.

Case in point: 2 years ago I thought I'd have to buy a new lawnmower in the spring. I filled it with some gas with a small shot of seafoam, and put it outside in the shed for the 6 months winter seems to last for here in Canada. In the spring I pulled out this old mower, and it started on the first pull. I did NOTHING to this thing in the fall because I thought it was toast...it even has a 2-3 year old sparkplug in it! It ran perfectly (better?) in the past 2 summers than any time in the past 10 years I've owned it.

I am NOT a Seafoam rep (banker by trade), but every older vehicle I've bought in the past 5 years (1986 Honda Z50, 1985 Kawi KDX200, 2001 Kawi Nomad - 26,000 miles, 2003 Ram Hemi - 150,000 miles, 2000 Durango 4.7 - 125,000 miles, and now my new-to-me 2001 KLR - 17,000 miles) all run smoother (IMHO) after a shot of this stuff. I don;t know what's in it, but it's got my vote as good $hit.

FWIW.

cheers,
T
 

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Gascan,

I am with you 200% on the seafoam!!! I use the green ethanol stabil in ALL my small engines and bikes ALL the time. I definitely plan to double dose (with seafoam) the first tank of gas through this KLR. I have had good luck doubling the seafoam in outboards to unclog them......hopefully this works on KLR's!! You are also correct in that I did not tear the carb apart......however I filled it up with carb cleaner when I did the 22 cent mod and it will sit in there until I get the tank back on. Maybe it will loosen up some gunk!!
 

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Gascan,

I am with you 200% on the seafoam!!! I use the green ethanol stabil in ALL my small engines and bikes ALL the time. I definitely plan to double dose (with seafoam) the first tank of gas through this KLR. I have had good luck doubling the seafoam in outboards to unclog them......hopefully this works on KLR's!! You are also correct in that I did not tear the carb apart......however I filled it up with carb cleaner when I did the 22 cent mod and it will sit in there until I get the tank back on. Maybe it will loosen up some gunk!!
That's where I originally learned about Seafoam: when I bought an old boat from a guy to take my kid fishing. The boat itself wasn't pretty, but the motor was spotless and ran like a champ. He said the only things he did with it were swap out the sparkplug every spring, and run seafoam through it religiously. Had that boat for 5 years and treated it the same way, never had a problem.

As for your bike, you may want to make sure the rear end is pointed away from anything expensive (or white) when you fire up the bike next. I had a buddy do that and a fair amount of black $hit shot out the tailpipe after a good soak like you're doing. Good luck!
 

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+1 on the seafoam. When I got my klr, it needed a long time on choke I thought to warm up, but I ram some seafoam through it and all was working great.

Seafoam is supposed to gradually clean...don't go over the normal dosage, too much at once is not good.



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Turns out the pilot jet was plugged and the petcock was leaking. New pilot jet and NON vacuum petcock and the beast purs like a kitten!!! Also added a choke eliminator and removed that cheap thumb choke......I LOVE simple!!

Just got done sanding all the chaulky plastics and heating with the heat gun......looks like new again after a vasaline bath!!

Thanks all!!!!!!! :)
 

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he may be imbelishing a bit on the mpg and the mpt, but you owned a klr so you know that. sounds good for an ad though
 
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