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Buying my first KLR650 3 weeks 1 day ago #112803

Hi Guys. Need some advice on purchasing my first KLR.

Is there a big difference in the year models and if so what is it? Only thing I could find online is that the 2014+ models have better suspension and better travel.

I am looking at purchasing at around 40-50k

Also would you guys recommend bikerswarehouse in boksburg as they are the only ones I could find online selling these machines.
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Buying my first KLR650 3 weeks 1 day ago #112804

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Welcome. 2014 models in SA are not really 2014 models so you can basically look at at the older fugly gen 1 shape which are pre 2008, and gen 2 shape, 2008 onwards. There are some basic differences between these two.
I personally have never dealt with Bikerswarehouse but they do move a lot of bikes. Perhaps try look to see if they have a FaceBook page and check out any reviews.
There are quite a number of us Clanners from Boksburg or at least the East Rand so I suggest if you're not local, or are new to bikes or to KLRs that you arrange for someone to go check the bike out for you.


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Buying my first KLR650 3 weeks 1 day ago #112805

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Welcome, hope you find the right bike. The year and month of manufacturing are indicated on the streering stem. I don't think the 2014 models were imported to SA.

Ryderod's suggestion is a very good one.

Cayenne in Kyalami and Bikefind.co.za?
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Buying my first KLR650 3 weeks 7 hours ago #112817

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Blackened wrote:
Hi Guys. Need some advice on purchasing my first KLR.

Is there a big difference in the year models and if so what is it? Only thing I could find online is that the 2014+ models have better suspension and better travel.

I am looking at purchasing at around 40-50k

Also would you guys recommend bikerswarehouse in boksburg as they are the only ones I could find online selling these machines.

Also check Gumtree?

There are a few in EL 4 Sale...
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Buying my first KLR650 2 weeks 5 days ago #112868

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Welcome to the Clan. The last "new" KLR's that came into the country are the actually the 2013 model range. Some improvements i.t.o. brakes and forks on models prior to 2008 but still standard suspension. Some guys swear by the older models, some like the looks on the newer ones.

Effectively, they are the same reliable machines.
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Blackened wrote:
Hi Guys. Need some advice on purchasing my first KLR.

Is there a big difference in the year models and if so what is it? Only thing I could find online is that the 2014+ models have better suspension and better travel.

I am looking at purchasing at around 40-50k

Also would you guys recommend bikerswarehouse in boksburg as they are the only ones I could find online selling these machines.
- Example: www.gumtree.co.za/a-motorcycles-scooters...43436910910002492309
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Buying my first KLR650 2 weeks 2 days ago #112890

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ask Frik he just bought one from them
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Buying my first KLR650 2 weeks 2 hours ago #112911

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Buying my first KLR650 1 week 6 days ago #112921

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SHARK wrote:
ask Frik he just bought one from them

As Shark is saying, I just bought one from them and the boney is sharp, took possession of the bike striped it naked, cleaned it the Frik's way and through away about 10 kg of unnecessary stuff on the bike.

Took it for its maiden trip yesterday and it run like a Rolex watch, smooth sailing.

I looked at all the KLR's at Bikeshop online and they all looked safe and sound, I chose the one with the extras as I paid cash for the bike.

I am staying in Beyerspark in Boksburg, so if you buy the bike, bring it over so I can show you how to clean (the Frik's way - pain in the arse clean) and farkle your bike in a jiffy.
Kawasaki KLX 300; Yamaha YZ 250; Honda CRF 230; KLR 650; BMW F800GS; BMW F 650 GS Certoa; Yamaha 1200 Super Tenere - back to my trusty KLR!!!
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Buying my first KLR650 1 week 6 days ago #112924

Thank you Frik. Will take you up on that when I eventually get the bike.

One thing thing I would love to change of the bat is that heavy exhaust system.
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