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Old 03-11-2013, 08:21 PM   #1
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Found this 2006 KLR, looks like a reasonable bike.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...:X:RTQ:MOTORS:
12,000+ miles, currently $2499.99

It'll be my 1st bike in a very long time, don't know much about them (other than reading) I'm a fairly tall guy 6'5", and KLR's do seem to fit fairly well.

So here's the questions:

Anything in particular mechanically, I should look for/inquire about?

If I do a fly and ride from CO to WA 1,500 miles, any thing in particular I should inspect? or tools/components to bring for the return trip?

Is the price reasonable?

Thanks all.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:11 PM   #2
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yes... it's a decent price. You could find a better on for $3,000 though. They are a dime a dozen out here.

EDIT: Here's a nice 2005... http://fortcollins.craigslist.org/mcy/3589306479.html

Its been on there awhile. You could probably get him down to $2,700.

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Old 03-11-2013, 10:48 PM   #3
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looks good to me. ask about the "doohicky"... (the balancer tensioner lever) it is a well known weak point on ALL years of the KLR. it's $40 to buy the Eagle Mike lever that makes it better, but you need tools to replace it. there are a LOT of KLR guys out there that will help if it still needs to be replaced. that is the only real weak bit that would worry me. I was a skeptic until I looked at my (new) 2005 with about 2500 miles & found a broken spring. since then I've done dozens... there are a lot of bad ones & not worth taking a chance on the piss poor Kawi parts.

I asked the owner on ebay about the doo.... we'll see if he responds
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:14 PM   #4
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Gentleman,

Thanks for the replies.

Beezer,- I've read about the doohickey, thanks to you, I now know what it is. Hopefully he'll reply.

Micah360- Thanks for the link. It definitely has a nicer seat, but considerably more mileage. I didn't think about checking Craig's list. Maybe I can find one a lot closer to home. Still kind of brisk for a long fly-n-ride.

Have a great evening.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:25 AM   #5
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The stock shock sucks as it is sprung for a 165lb rider and if you are ordering a doo hickey you might as well get some raising links from Eagle Mike too. At 6 ft 4 in and 230 those links make the bike a bit more usable for me.
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:59 AM   #6
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I too stand 5'-17" tall and ride an '06 KLR. It's a great fit for me with stiffer shocks front and rear.

As an aside, when I was looking to buy my KLR I read a lot of the stuff that the KLR haters wrote about it being an underpowered pig and all that. I was worried that I would not be happy with the performance of the bike.


My KLR proved to be a pleasant surprise in the power department. It is perfectly adequate and pulls nicely throughout the powerband. I will never confuse it with my GS but if you have realistic expectations going in then this bike will really grow on you.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:32 AM   #7
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Allright, now you inmates have gone and done it!

Went to Eaglemike's site. WAAAYYYY to many farkles!!!

I appreciate all the comments. I'm looking for a good, inexpensive 1st bike to gain some experience.

ausfahrt;

When you put stiffer shocks on the KLR did you make any other suspension changes?

What shocks did you use?

damurph;

Did you put on the most popular size link from Eaglemike? Any other suspension changes?

Blessings all! Ride safe
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I went to Topgun for the rear spring.

http://www.topgunmotorcycles.com/KLR...lrsprings.html

and Racetech for the fork springs....

http://racetech.com/ProductSearch/1/...ki/KLR650/2006

Be sure to ask for the ADV discount!

The springs came to under $250 for front & rear combined and really made a difference for me.
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I went with progressive fork springs up front and eagle Mike +1 inch raising links.
I blew the arse out of the shock after a couple of hard years (i break alot of parts) but being a KLR owner (cheap bastard) i got a lightly used 2008+ one and reamed the lower bolt hole to make it work.
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Still kind of brisk for a long fly-n-ride.
I was thinking that, myself......

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Old 03-13-2013, 03:06 PM   #11
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Anything in particular mechanically, I should look for/inquire about?

If I do a fly and ride from CO to WA 1,500 miles, any thing in particular I should inspect? or tools/components to bring for the return trip?

Is the price reasonable?

Thanks all.
Ask if it burns oil. Darn near anything apart from that will be a cheap and easy fix.

Ask if it has glass or blade fuses (stock is glass), take a couple of 15A or 20A with you, a multi-bit screwdriver and a handful of zip ties, you'll make it home I'll bet.

KLRs can be had in pristine condition for $2500 - $3000. They are worth what you are willing to pay for them.
That one looks like a fair (not smokin') deal if it was 5 miles away, but 1500?

http://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/mcd/3667009391.html
From a dealer, no less....
Bear in mind, 1996 through 2007 are pretty much identical.

In my mind, there is no reason to go 1500 miles from home to pick up a used KLR unless you have another reason to be in the area, of course (girlfriend / family / just for the hell of it).
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:33 PM   #12
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Thanks for the replies everybody.

I'm going to keep an eye out closer to home.

Eagle Mikes looks like a great resource.

As a noob rider I want to have a 1st bike that I can take riding and not feel too bad if my off road adventures cause me to drop it.

I'm sure I'll have more questions after I get one, until then ride safe!
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