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Old 04-21-2012, 08:23 PM   #1
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Hi all! New to the forum, and new to riding altogether. I'm planning on buying a KLR in the next couple weeks and was wondering about your experiences with dealerships in Calgary. I'm reluctant to go to a dealership, but I'm really into the idea of a brand new black 2011/2012. I've done sooo much research on KLRs already and think the Gen 2 would fit me best.

Going by websites alone, it seems Bowcycle has the best price for the KLR, and from what I've read online, it's to avoid Blackfoot if I can. I also haven't heard much about Pro-am...

Is it better to finance or to bring in cash and get a deal? I've never done that before, and wonder how significant of a difference the price would be if I paid cash vs. financing and if it's even worth it.

Any advice? Thanks!
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:15 AM   #2
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hey! I myself am very new as well. I picked up a 2011 from bowcycle on the 20th. Ray was the sales person. The guy is great! Helped me out lots and knows his stuff. The price they have them on for is exceptional. $6000 out the door is a great deal in my opinion. I dont think they will budge on the price at all with the cash offer. I was out on the bike all weekend and love it! Did a little bit of trail riding around bragg creek area and the bike is fun! handles suprisingly well on the highway too.....anyways hope this helps!
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I know 3 guys here in the Pass that bought 2011 KLRs from Bow Cycle for $5900 out the door. Great price and they liked the dealership. One had been to Blackfoot to buy 2 bikes and left because the salesman was such a jerk. I have had terrible experiences with Blackfoot and will never set foot in the place again.
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:16 PM   #4
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I bought my 2011 in March from Pro-Am, and they beat the $6000 out the door deal from Bow. They treated me right, that is for sure.
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:26 PM   #5
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Hi all! New to the forum, and new to riding altogether. I'm planning on buying a KLR in the next couple weeks and was wondering about your experiences with dealerships in Calgary. I'm reluctant to go to a dealership, but I'm really into the idea of a brand new black 2011/2012. I've done sooo much research on KLRs already and think the Gen 2 would fit me best.

Going by websites alone, it seems Bowcycle has the best price for the KLR, and from what I've read online, it's to avoid Blackfoot if I can. I also haven't heard much about Pro-am...

Is it better to finance or to bring in cash and get a deal? I've never done that before, and wonder how significant of a difference the price would be if I paid cash vs. financing and if it's even worth it.

Any advice? Thanks!
I bought my '05 KLR used from ProAm - they sold it to the original owner who had only put about 6,000km onto the clock. If you go through the Kawasaki "finance-plan" you are dealing with HSBC, doesn't matter what dealer you work with. If you have the cash or can convince your bank to loan you the money, I probably would do that instead. I still haven't received my "title-release" papers from HSBC and my bike has been "paid-off" almost a whole year now.
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:32 PM   #6
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I bought my '05 KLR used from ProAm - they sold it to the original owner who had only put about 6,000km onto the clock. If you go through the Kawasaki "finance-plan" you are dealing with HSBC, doesn't matter what dealer you work with. If you have the cash or can convince your bank to loan you the money, I probably would do that instead. I still haven't received my "title-release" papers from HSBC and my bike has been "paid-off" almost a whole year now.
They will also finance through National Bank Financial, and a couple of others also, I believe.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:03 PM   #7
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Really??

I was told that I didn't have a choice. I was goin' to just buy the bike on my credit-card and I was told that they don't take credit-cards for that kind of purchase so I would have to use their "finance" company which turned out to be HSBC. They never told me that in the beginning, I only found out after I was "approved" through their services ...
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:21 PM   #8
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Thanks for the tips. I intially went to all 3 dealerships to see what they had in stock and for how much. Pro-am had one 2012 left on the floor but told me they could order a 2011, Blackfoot had a 2010 (which was way overpriced) and some 2012s, and Bow Cycle was the only one that still had 2011s. I didn't bother asking how much the 2012s were going for because I knew I couldn't pass up Bow Cycle's $5999 out the door price for the '11s.

So I got one from Bow. All they had left was the orange color. I'm not entirely sold on the orange, but figured I could give it custom paint job during the winter if I don't get used to it.

The guys at Bow Cycle were super friendly and helpful. I got some great gear there too.

Now I just gotta get it insured, registered, and pick it up when it's ready!
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Thanks for the tips. I intially went to all 3 dealerships to see what they had in stock and for how much. Pro-am had one 2012 left on the floor but told me they could order a 2011, Blackfoot had a 2010 (which was way overpriced) and some 2012s, and Bow Cycle was the only one that still had 2011s. I didn't bother asking how much the 2012s were going for because I knew I couldn't pass up Bow Cycle's $5999 out the door price for the '11s.

So I got one from Bow. All they had left was the orange color. I'm not entirely sold on the orange, but figured I could give it custom paint job during the winter if I don't get used to it.

The guys at Bow Cycle were super friendly and helpful. I got some great gear there too.

Now I just gotta get it insured, registered, and pick it up when it's ready!
Congrats Man! I also have the '11 in orange. I like it. Let the farkleing begin!

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Old 04-30-2012, 03:56 PM   #10
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Bow Cycle hands down for price and the service is good.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:32 PM   #11
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Congrats Man! I also have the '11 in orange. I like it. Let the farkleing begin!

Thought I'd throw in an update since last year when I bought my bike.



I didn't like the orange so I went military over the winter. 4500 kms since buying it in April. Farkles:

SW motech engine guards and skid plate
Bajaworks windscreen
Oxford heated grips
Moose Racing Luggage Rack with Pelican 1550s
K&N Air Filter
16 Tooth Sprocket
Heidenau K60 scouts (not installed yet, still have some tread on stock rubbers)

Farkle I want: New seat!!! Long rides are killer in the stock seat.

Everything installed mostly thanks to the advice on this site! Loving the KLR and the places it decides to take me. See you on the trails.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:51 PM   #12
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Nice.....
what paint did you use, and how well did it 'stick'
Ive been toying with the idea of painting mine flat black, but am wondering about durability.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:37 AM   #13
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Looks good !!!!

How do you like your Bajaworks windscreen ???

I just got my KLR in Dec and finally rode it last week !!! Thinking about a few upgrades!! (Have a few on order, my farkleing is about to begin !! LOL)
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I used Krylon Fusion camo paint, and used 5 cans for 5 coats. I sprayed adhesion promoter prior to applying as well. It's sticking well now, but I haven't taken it out yet since painting. The prep work of cleaning and sanding is probably the most important part of the process in terms of durability. Benefit of painting it matte with cans is that touch ups are super easy.

I love the Bajaworks windscreen, huge improvement over stock. Easy to install, and looks inconspicuous compared to other windscreens. Although I'm 6'1", and I need to crouch an inch or two for the wind to completely get redirected over my helmet.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:33 PM   #15
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Very nice color!!!


Will we be able to see it in person at the April Calgary KLR Club meeting?
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:51 PM   #16
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That looks great. Would love to know how you treated the plastics and painted.

If you are looking for a seat in Calgary area I recommend Powersport Seats. It is run by Andrea Briggs (Mike Briggs runs Performance Cycle). She is putting some gel in mine right now. Great rep and street cred in the area and she will tune it to your size, weight and riding style. Still cheaper than ordering a Sargent or Seat Concepts, especially given the freight and GST that we Canucks have the privilege of paying. I've ridden a couple that she has done and they are great. I haven't put in a long haul on one so can't vouch yet. Will post a note when I get mine on and get some time on it.

https://powersportseats.com//index.htm
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