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Smile Looking for a KLR650 in BC/Alberta for spring

Hello, Just as the title suggests, I'm looking for a KLR650 for sale in BC or Alberta to start an adventure this coming spring time (2008). After a bit of research, it looks to be the best bike for what I'm looking for, a travel cross country to Labrador, and then down south through the states, and (Lord willing) down to South America. A trip that doesn't have a time limit, so I'll be stopping along the way and volunteering at different places, or working for room and board. I think that the price range of a 2005 or before is what I'm looking for, cause I'll probably still have to mod it out a bit, and get some riding equipment. Any leads are appreciated, I've done some online searches and asked around a bit through ads on facebook, but no hooks yet. It doesn't have to be right away, as I can't ride it yet anyways. I work in the forest up in the north, so itll be a few months before I can ride it, but itd be nice to have it in the shop, and begin to take it apart and learn about it.

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Buying your KLR

A good place to get connected with a KLR is Precision Cycle in Red Deer. They've been a great dealer to me (2003 KLR - check it out at (http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/tstories/golub/), helped Kelly and Della Graham get set up on KLR's for their RTW (KELLA RWT) as well as working with a wide variety of folks in consigning used bikes, talking ridin etc. I know they have a couple of used pre-2008 KLR's for sale right now. Give John or Glen a call at (403) 347-5900. I also know they keep in touch with folks who are thinking of selling so could maybe share some leads with you. You'd also have opportunity to get some great ridin in headin back to Northern BC from Red Deer.

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Thanks for the heads up STG, I've been trying to stay away from dealers cause I don't want to pay their cut on top of whatever the bike is worth. But I'll give these guys a call on monday, sounds like their not only after cash.
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Why don't you post on Adventure Rider [ Flea Market - Bikes] , I had a few responses to my ad looking for a Strom .
Also try Craig's List .
Don't dismiss the Suzuki DR650 either.
Winter is the cheapest time to buy , but you can't test ride ,so be careful what you get .
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Lightbulb newer with more KM or older with less km and more mods

Thanks Dodger, I've checked into Craigslist, but they didn't have much for the area that I'm in. Ive gotta couple of prospects right now, ones a 2001 with 6000 KM comes with 3 extra tires (thats alot of tires!), hand covers, an extra sprocket, windshield, alarm system, and a bottom guard plate. The price is firm at 3800. (the green bike)

Another prospect is a "2004 Good condition. New rear tire. Helmet can be included as well. 11000km." Hes willing to slide a bit on his price of 4200. I don't think this one has been taken care of as well as the other, but that's a guess. It's been dropped once. (the red bike)

So I gotta figure out if its worth it to have 3 years newer at around the same price with more KM, and without some of the addons (windshield, alarm, bottom guard plate). I don't have any friends that are bikers, so I'm drawing off pretty limited experience when I make decisions such as these.

I haven't heard anything about the DR650, I'll check it out. Yeah, winter time I bet people would come down a bit, but I cant really check it out other than starting it up and going "oh yeah, that sounds okay".

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I would ignore the age of the bike , because you are going to ride this thing to death and shouldn't be concerned with resale value .
So on paper the green bike is a better deal , lower kms , more extras including a better bashplate . I don't know how 3800 bucks compares to others on the market but 6000 km is just about bedded in and virtually new .
Look at the wear on the footrests, frame paint rubbed off ,handle bar rubbers ,etc and see if they tally with the low kms indicated on the bike .
Agreed there's not much you can do in winter to check them out ,but look the bikes over and watch for bent bits , wonky rims and nasty engine noises and leaks .
I'm no KLR expert but there are lots of others on this site that can fill you in on "KLR points to watch out for ".
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Thanks for the advice dodger, I moved a question over the Kawasaki forum to see what kind of advice would come out of it. I thought the green 2001 was a good bike, but it sort of looks like an insect. I definately shouldn't make a decision based on the color! The alarm sounds like a good idea, especially cause I'll probably end up by myself for some of the longer portions of the trip. It'll be interesting to see how it turns out. I've also been looking at the advrider site, there sure is a lot of material to delve through there, but I need to find out the bike steve mcqueen rode before I can become a member, haha.

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Yeah, the ADV riders sure like to embellish their bullshit , but there are some really good guys and lots of good info to be gleaned on that site .
My son has discovered "bedliner paint ", really tough and it will cover even the greenest of insects .
Good luck .
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I have a KLR for sale in Calgary. Im in no rush since its put away for winter. Its a 2003, and is a great bike, well maintained as it just got me to Cabo and back!

Take a look here: 03 Kawasaki KLR 650 - Great Shape many Options North West, Calgary

Im gone for the next month on vacation, but drop a line if you're interested.

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Hey thanks for the reply, I checked out the Ad and am interested in some more details, like how many KM are on it and if you are the original owner? I'm not sure if you'll be checking out this thread or not for a while, I'm headed down to edmonton and calgary next weekend hopefully, so would be nice to know by then. Cheers have a good vacation.

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I have a KLR I am thinking of selling... (Calgary, Red, '04, 15k KM)

Hey! I have a KLR 650 that I am thinking of selling to upgrade to a BMW.

It may be older than you wanted, but I have a ton of accessories on it that would be perfect for touring. Tank panniers, rack, two waterproof side bags, tail bag, guards, etc....

Drop me a message if you are still looking.
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Dual Sport BC

I would like to suggest that you check out
Dual Sport BC
sign up ( it's free ) you will be chatting with dual sport riders in BC and Alberta

http://www.dualsportbc.com/

Best of luck
maybe we will meet up during one of the rides
try the Dead Zone ride
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check out ADSMC.ca as well
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I would like to buy a used KLR too....

Graffy,
Are you still interested in selling your KLR? I did not have an email address to write to you at. Feel free to respond to me with any KLR offers, I am for sure in the market. Many thanks,
Seth (hightor)
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Hey! I have a KLR 650 that I am thinking of selling to upgrade to a BMW.

It may be older than you wanted, but I have a ton of accessories on it that would be perfect for touring. Tank panniers, rack, two waterproof side bags, tail bag, guards, etc....

Drop me a message if you are still looking.
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