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Old 03-20-2006, 09:53 AM   #1
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Why all the 'like new' klr650 for sale?

Seems there are many 100~300 mile 2004~2005 KLRs for sale on ebay .

Is there a problem with the late model KLR?

Someone mentioned something about leaking valve stem seals on late models?

Other problems now they are made (assembled) in Thailand?

Saw a new 06' and the engine read 'made in Japan', don't know if it was just that part of the engine made in Japan, or if the whole engine was made in Japan and shipped to Thailand for final assembly.

Anyway, seems there are a lot of used ones for sale with very few miles on them.

Just a coincidence?
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:00 AM   #2
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Seems there are many 100~300 mile 2004~2005 KLRs for sale on ebay .

Is there a problem with the late model KLR?

Someone mentioned something about leaking valve stem seals on late models?

Other problems now they are made (assembled) in Thailand?

Saw a new 06' and the engine read 'made in Japan', don't know if it was just that part of the engine made in Japan, or if the whole engine was made in Japan and shipped to Thailand for final assembly.

Anyway, seems there are a lot of used ones for sale with very few miles on them.

Just a coincidence?
Not a coincidence, but not a poor reflection on the KLR either. I believe the problem lies in WIVES. Picture this: Man goes into Kawa dealer. Man sees KLR. Man sees price tag on KLR. Man buys KLR. Man rides home and hides KLR in garage. Wife finds KLR purchase on bank statement. Wife makes man sell KLR... Seriously, tho. I bet you can find the same thing for nearly any kind of motorcycle. Its called an impulse buy, and its not limited to KLRs.
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:11 AM   #3
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It looks cools, but once they ride it they realize it's way underpowered and under suspended!
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:14 AM   #4
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Not a coincidence, but not a poor reflection on the KLR either. I believe the problem lies in WIVES. Picture this: Man goes into Kawa dealer. Man sees KLR. Man sees price tag on KLR. Man buys KLR. Man rides home and hides KLR in garage. Wife finds KLR purchase on bank statement. Wife makes man sell KLR... Seriously, tho. I bet you can find the same thing for nearly any kind of motorcycle. Its called an impulse buy, and its not limited to KLRs.
This is a perfect example showing that the line "look how much money I saved" only works one way.

Seriously, I have no idea why so many are on the block. From all I understand KLR's are great machines. Take advantage of the lower price and get on one.
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:15 AM   #5
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The PO of my bike was a tiny fella. He wanted a big dirt bike and picked up the KLR (oops). He was maybe 5'5" and 140 pounds....not quite what he was looking for.

So, I made out like a bandito.

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Old 03-20-2006, 10:16 AM   #6
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:22 AM   #7
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It's a keeper alright! I love mine... bikes come and go, but the KLR stays.
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:38 AM   #8
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What I think happens is someone who rode 20 yrs ago ( 19 year olds don't buy KLR's )and wants to get back into it, buys a bike. Then there is no one to ride with. The group of friends that made riding so special aren't there anymore. Guy rides 5 or six times alone and doesn't touch the bike again. Then the wife gets on him to replenish the checking account. I almost exclusively buy used bikes. Don't worry that there seems to be a bunch for sale, tis the season. If only it would warm up a little.
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:47 AM   #9
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Mine too!

I have an '02 with 20004 miles on it. (Will come out of winter sleep this week I hope.) My wife is now riding it after I lowered it 3" for her. I'm now riding a Wee-Strom purchased new last June. Why a V-Strom, you ask? I had about two weeks last year to get a bike for a family ride out west. (Wife decided her old Yammie wasn't going to do the trick, and she gave her Seca II to our son for the trip.) I couldn't find a used KLR within a reasonable distance. Every time I called on one, it was sold, or a POS. I was going to buy a new one, but nothing available within 250 miles, so I found one of the last two DL-650's in the area, and am happy with it. However, the KLR will NOT leave the family until it's gone it's last mile.

The KLR is sort of an acquired taste. I've used mine as a tourning bike, and my wife is riding it as if it were a GS1150 as well. But many people cringe at the thought of riding one 2500 miles in a week or less. It's also not something that many people would ride on single-track trails even though it can be done.

If you want a "will-do-it-all-but-not-be-the-best-at-any-of-it" bike, the KLR is tough to beat. Go get one of those bargains, change the doohicky and spring, and ride it around the world.

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Old 03-20-2006, 10:48 AM   #10
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Not a coincidence, but not a poor reflection on the KLR either. I believe the problem lies in WIVES. Picture this: Man goes into Kawa dealer. Man sees KLR. Man sees price tag on KLR. Man buys KLR. Man rides home and hides KLR in garage. Wife finds KLR purchase on bank statement. Wife makes man sell KLR... Seriously, tho. I bet you can find the same thing for nearly any kind of motorcycle. Its called an impulse buy, and its not limited to KLRs.
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:49 AM   #11
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It looks cools, but once they ride it they realize it's way underpowered and under suspended!
that may be. but what are your options for street legal dual sports.
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:59 AM   #12
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It looks cools, but once they ride it they realize it's way underpowered and under suspended!


Well yes------but mostly no--------found out it's a great bike for the most serious adventure riders to ride around the world. Wife said no--you not riding around the world ---out the door it goes
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Old 03-20-2006, 11:02 AM   #13
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I guess quite a few persons are attracted to the "dual-sport" world... they want to live the adventure... and the KLR is the least expensive of the dual sport bike out there. So they buy one.

A few months later they either love them (and will keep them untill they are totally worn out) or they realize that they are now outside of their confort zone... and they want to go back to their cruiser or cage's.

When I was shopping for my KLR, these were the most common reason for selling.
- It's way to high for me
- It don't really want to ride dirt road after all.
- Motorcyle's are not my thing...

Of the few bikes I saw, only one owner had moved to another dual-sport... a nice KTM... Ho well, it just means there more deals to be had on KLR's
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Old 03-20-2006, 11:20 AM   #14
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Well if you see any deals on used low mileage KLR's in Florida, let me know. I'm looking for one.
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Old 03-20-2006, 11:22 AM   #15
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All very interesting... But here's the real reason: the newer ones are red. Red sucks.

Kawi went back to green in '06, and the Greens are selling at a $100+ premium to the reds.

That is all.

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