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post #1 of 13 Old 02-12-2012, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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I'm looking at that bike moving from a KLR650. I moved from the mountains to the coast and want a move street worthy machine. I'm 95% on the street and sure love to get into a good lean...What problems should I look for. This bike stays outside under a tarp. Your advise would be greatly apprecated.. I'm worried that it won't have enough umffff. In the Western North Carolina I was faster than the WeeStrom riders on the pavement. I do push my wonderful KLR for all it's got. I wonder if there will be a significant difference in performance?

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I'm looking at that bike moving from a KLR650. I moved from the mountains to the coast and want a move street worthy machine. I'm 95% on the street and sure love to get into a good lean...What problems should I look for. This bike stays outside under a tarp. Your advise would be greatly apprecated.. I'm worried that it won't have enough umffff. In the Western North Carolina I was faster than the WeeStrom riders on the pavement. I do push my wonderful KLR for all it's got. I wonder if there will be a significant difference in performance?
My son can outrun me on his KLR.

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I have both. You will love the Vee if you do indeed do mostly street riding. And that sounds like a great price as well. What kind of maintenance has been done? Oil changed regularly? If the cosmetics look good, and tires and chain are sound, I would say jump on it. Everything else will just require your time and patience. Oh, and a little cash.

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post #4 of 13 Old 02-12-2012, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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good and some bad too

Thanks for the post. Just took her for a ride.... Sure could spin that back tire out in the dirt easy. On the road had quite a bit more power etc.... Also, as with the KLR has the self limiting factor of torque ending around 70mph. Yea, KLR torque ended around 50ish. I only had about 10 minutes on her but sure seemed like a good bike. I am concerned that the seller has only had the bike for 8 months and be got it from a pawn shot. The bike also has a new paint job, and slide marks on the crash bars. So, I assume it has been dropped. Compared to my dirt magnet KLR this V looks sharp. shocks feel good, there is some engine noise and he said it need a valve adjustment. ...... My big worry is the "PAWN SHOP SELL" and what may go along with it. I really just want to go get some cash and bring it home...
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Just road a 1000. I sure didn't feel as connected to the bike but it sure can go....
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new to me wee

I just pulled the trigger on this one. The owner had it for 8 months. He has put 8000 miles on it in that time. I did not hear any engine noises. It is due for a valve check at 15000. It was sold in Myrtle Beach at Redline motorcycle shop. The owner pawned it to Georgetown money man pawn. I do not know why. The bike appeared to have been dropped on its right side as there were scuffs but no evidence of a slide. It has not been painted just the stickers have been removed which I have never seen done before hehehe. I think a 2007 with givi crash bars and 15000 miles is worth the 3500 I paid. I just sold my Harley sportster yesterday for that same amout. It was a 1996 1200 model. So I suppose it really didn't cost me anything. Oh I had looked at this bike the first week in Feb.
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You can't go wrong. I have over 12,000 miles on my '09. I've been hit by a car going 45mph, slid to a stop, picked it up and rode away. (After of course the cops sited the driver) Before this I would've never bought a bike that had been dropped or slid on its side. A few scuffs, nothing to worry about.

Also, you can always switch the sprockets to get a little more pep, if that's what your after.
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Nasty bugs.

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... This bike stays outside under a tarp. ...
That might not work well where mud dauber wasps ply their trade.

One such wasp plugged the channel that lets rain and spindrift drain away from the rear spark plug. Result: big puddle around the plug, and no spark.

Another mud dauber plugged the pipe that lets spilled fuel drain away from the vicinity of the gas cap. Result: rain pooled there and seeped into the tank, and proved useless as fuel.

No damage to either bike, but the diagnoses cost time and money.

If I had to store my bike outside, I reckon I would use enough insecticide to keep bugs away. I suppose I would eventually learn how much to spray where to do the job but not make the bike smell bad to me.

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I'm looking at that bike moving from a KLR650. I moved from the mountains to the coast and want a move street worthy machine. I'm 95% on the street and sure love to get into a good lean...What problems should I look for. This bike stays outside under a tarp. Your advise would be greatly apprecated.. I'm worried that it won't have enough umffff. In the Western North Carolina I was faster than some f-ing clueless WeeStrom riders on the pavement. I do push my wonderful KLR for all it's got. I wonder if there will be a significant difference in performance?
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Imagine what you'll be able to do with a bike with actual power and brakes.

Not to mention a front contact patch.


But you sound like more of a GSX-R type!

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congrads on the new purchase, I would have purchased that bike before you but "really" I think I want more power. I was a bit skeptical about it's history but it did ride good. I hope you have a wonderful time on that bike. The price sure was right.... Have fun. I sure would like to know how it works out for you....

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