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A friend has been trying very hard to convince me to find a pre-2007 KLR. Apparently they have quite a cult following. I have found one at a no-brainer price and am seriously considering it.

I'd appreciate advice on what to look for on this bike. Any common issues with the series (it's a 2001)?

I have bought and sold many bikes over the years, and have worked on all of them, so I know a little about the subject. I've just never encountered a KLR650.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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The cult following is due to affordability.......it is a cheap reliable ride.

If money wasn't an issue,,,the cult would be small.

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Its actually pre 2008. My 08 was less than I see alot of 07's for. There were a lot of improvements in 08. If you want more of an offroad bike the 07 would be better. Actually if you want more of an offroad bike I'd get a different/lighter bike altogether.

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A KLR650 isn't a great tourer, trail runner, corner carver, or cruiser/commuter. There are better bikes in every category. It's heavy, slow, and crude. But if you need one bike that can perform acceptably in every one of those roles (especially if $$ is a factor), then you'll love the KLR. It's reliable, cheap, simple to repair, and will perform decent in all conditions.

Either generation is a very good bike. Some folks like the older version due to less plastic to break, but either one will do whatever you ask of it (within reason).

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...Actually if you want more of an offroad bike I'd get a different/lighter bike altogether.

Agreed, and if you wanted that plus still street legal, do they stil make the KLR 250's? Or the Sherpa would be another option. Little light/small for going down an interstate.

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