for sale is a nice, well maintained, very well outfitted 2003 KLR650 located in San Diego, California.
Blue book on this bike is $2485 for trade value, and retail is $3635. Knock off $500 file the miles, and add as appropriate for the aftermarket items. Even at 25% of value, that’s more than the mileage deducted.
I am asking $3200 for the bike, but do need to sell it so any reasonable offer will result in this bike having a new owner.
Givi Trunk in pictures NOT included!
The bike has a shade over 18,000 miles, nearly all highways. I bought the bike in August of 2004 and have put about 17,000 of the miles on the bike since then on a long trip through the southwestern US, then through Mexico, back to the US, to Montreal, Canada for the F1 race that actually happened, on the Indianapolis for the F1 race that didn’t happen, then finally back across the US to San Diego.
Through all of this riding, I've come to the conclusion that as great as the KLR is, I'd really like something that would make those highway miles a bit easier to digest and therefore am selling this bike to get a V-Strom 650, plus touring upgrades & accessories.
The list of upgrades done to the KLR is ridiculous; in fact, it almost makes me cry at how much I’ve spent on it. They are listed below with today's prices for the mods and where you could view them:
Black Ortlieb Drybag Saddlebags - $167, plus shipping, Aerostich.
APC Xenon Extreme Bright headlight - $19 from NAPA. If you don’t have one of these, you’re missing out!!
Gel Grips $8
Dual Star Accessories:
Headlight Guard $12.95
LED Taillight $64.95
Hawker PC545 Battery $134.95
Acerbis Rally2 Handguards $79.95
Progressive Fork Springs $79.95
Monster Tubes (rear) $21.95
Front Rim Lock $12.95
Rear Rim Lock $14.95
Front/Rear Stainless Steel Brake Lines $105.90
Brake Bracket $42.95
Brake Bracket Bushing $7.95
Master Cylinder Guard $14.95
Aluminum Skid Plate $64.95 (with notch cut out to allow easy balancer bolt adjustment)
Lowering Links $79.95
Lowered Side Stand $64.95
Side Stand Big Foot $6.95
Sub frame Upgrade Bolts $49.95 (including the big bastard that needs to be installed in the drilled out sub frame hole)
Fuji-Lock Motor mount Nuts $11.95
Fuji-Lock Chain Adjuster Nuts $2.95
Dual-Star Gearshift lever $24.95 (a little bent from a left side tip over, still works)
Tamper resistant oil filler cap & wrench $26.90
Stainless Steel Mesh Oil Filter $64.95
Magnetic Drain Plug & New Crush Washer $15.90
TwinAir Filter $24.95
Low Vibration Mirror Assembly (left only) $33.95
Valve Core Remover Cap $0.99
Radiator Guard $57.95 (custom made from stainless by a friend)
Progressive Larry Roeseler Rear Shock Spring $94.95 Arrowhead Motorsports
Happy Trail upgrades:
Highway Pegs (grey) $89.00 – a little bent from a get-off, but work fine
Clearview +9" taller windshield $108.95
Galfer front/rear brake pads $67.90
Doohickey (balancer lever) kit $39.95
OSR Side Racks $189.00 (also custom made from stainless tubing by a friend)
Rick Mayer Custom Saddle $339.00 (this can be custom fitted for you for $49 if he doesn’t need to recover, $249 you need/want a new cover)
The marks you see on the rear seat area are from when I was moving a different tire, and they left some indentations, they are all gone now.
Sealed wheel bearings $20.00
Extra JT Sprocket 15tooth countershaft sprocket $15.00
Has JT Sprocket 14 tooth countershaft sprocket mounted, plus JT Sprocket rear sprocket & DID Gold Series x-ring chain mounted also. All are at about 30+% or so, good for 5,000-7,000 miles as of today according to the guy who installed them.
Weatherproof ATO Fuse replacement kit $21
As you can readily see, the total for all this stuff comes to over $2300, depending on if you bought them from the above listed places or other retailers. Shipping would then have to be added, which could be quite pricy, bringing the total for just these aftermarket parts to over $2600!!
Procedures that have been done include:
Doohickey (balancer lever) upgrade to an Eagle Manufacturing & Engineering Lever, spring has many thousands of miles of adjustment left.
Valves adjusted at 5,000 miles & rechecked this past weekend; and are currently adjusted to the high end of spec to allow for more time to the next adjustment. This makes the bike a little noisy, but it still runs great!
Right side cleanout (oil screen cleanout) to remove any nasty gasket sealant, etc. that might be trapped in the oil screen (this bike had quite a bit of sealant on the screen, but not any more). New coolant and seals installed during this procedure.
Oil changes performed at regular 3,000 mile intervals with top quality motorcycle engine oil (usually Honda brand w/o Moly).
Notch in skid plate cut out to allow for easy balancer lever bolt adjustment without the need for removal of the skid plate!
Holes cut in side panels to allow removal of seat without having to remove OSR Side Racks and side panels first, eliminating a VERY large pain in the ass factor!!!
Wolfman Explorer tankbag mounting harness (Explorer tankbag NOT included).
Tires are Avon Gripsters with quite a bit of life left. I got about 15,000 miles out of the rear, before replacing.
Those are all the pros that I can think of / remember & yes they're a LOT!!!
The cons are as follows:
Plastics are scratched in a couple places, but nothing serious.
Bike has tappy valve noise due to gaps being set at wide side of spec.
Bike has been ridden and dropped at low speed in deep sand in Baja; I had a low speed get-off in gravel, and had some crazy Mexican pull right out in front of me in Toluca resulting in a 30mph lowside on concrete. All of this has resulted in a few nicks, scratches, and scrapes on the Acerbis handguards, and the bending of the highway pegs. These have since been straightened so they are at the same distance for my feet.
I've had two experiences with bad gasoline, one in Villa Guerrero, Mexico, one in Colorado, both times resulting in pretty severe surging and temperatures close to 70-75% on the temp gauge. These were resolved by getting new tanks of gas.
All in all the bike runs strong, gets between 44mpg all loaded up with travel gear and 58+ with just me and that was on Mexican gasoline!!!
I wouldn't be selling her, but a long succession of 600 mile days on the iron beast and it's time for a bit of V-Twin smoothness to ease my further adventuring ways!!!
Payment by cash in San Diego, wire transfer, postal service money order, cashiers / certified check, or PayPal.
Email questions, and offers to chris AT travelcommentary.com
Thanks for looking, and don’t hesitate to ask me anything about the bike.