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Hi I am riding a 1999 klr 650,that a friend wants me to buy.I have not ridden a bike for 15 years,and my last bike was a 1974 ducati 750 sport.I am surprised that it is easy to ride.1/how much should I pay.
what are the common problems of this 99 model..thanks Old Rider
 

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Hi I am riding a 1999 klr 650,that a friend wants me to buy.I have not ridden a bike for 15 years,and my last bike was a 1974 ducati 750 sport.I am surprised that it is easy to ride.1/how much should I pay.
what are the common problems of this 99 model..thanks Old Rider
Welcome to KLRforum Old Rider.

Price: condition, farkles, and how badly you want it. Do price comparisons with other for sale KLRs.

Problems: we like to think of them as upgrades ;) there are many improvements and fixes for the KLRs. Read, read, read.

Hope this helps.
 

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Welcome to the forum. There is much information here, and I will personally invite you to ask about anything you want to know.
This is a motorcycle forum that encourages interaction, not a library, although we are building a good reference base.

As to the value of a 1999 model KLR 650......too many variables to guess at a a realistic price. Are we talking buddy-to-buddy price, fair market value or steal? If everything is pretty much intact, the bike in running condition, it will part out for about $1500.00. That might be benchmark to shoot from.

Mechanically, there were few changes in the bike between 1987 and 2007. What fits on one, pretty much fits on them all, in that year range. Modifications fall under three categories for me; reliability, performance and rider comfort. Some consider bling a category unto itself. You'll find KLR riders have a unique vocabulary that includes words like 'farkle", "doohickey", they throw around phrases like ".22 mod", and compete for terms of endearment like "tightwad".

Mechanically, there are a few things that can enhance the bike. There is a part or two in the engine balancer system prone to breaking. There are upgrades from the after market available to increase the reliability of these parts. Some of us tweak the carburetor in an attempt to allow the engine to run cooler, and increase throttle response. From there, an endless list of tinkering exists. We have a good after market support for this bike, and a wealth of knowledge available to each other.

It is a simple and reliable, inexpensive to own motorcycle, that will take you most anywhere your eye can see. Water deeper than the seat presents some challenges. I prefer horizontal surfaces over vertical. Otherwise, once aboard the KLR, the world is my oyster.
 
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