Hello from Huntsville, AL
Just picked up a 2004 DL650 with 21k miles for $1,700 tonight, was riding home from work astride my 08' Kawasaki Versys 650 and stopped at a CVS for a soda. Saw a V-Strom in the parking lot with a 'For sale' sign taped to the windscreen. Spotted the owner, asked him how much... gave me the price of $1,700 and sheepishly asked me, "Look, I dunno anything bout this... am I asking too much? Price too high?" and I was straight with him. I told him it was rather priced way too low and gave him some of my advice to help this kid out. I guess he either liked that I didn't try to screw him or he just needed cash (or both?) but he insisted that since he quoted me $1,700 he'd sell it to me for that. I tried to convince him as much as I wanna buy it, no reason to screw himself over on the deal. But he didn't seem to care, I went home, consulted my finances and then gave the dude a call.
Met up with him tonight, gave the bike a more thorough look over. Discovered a broken brake lever, right front fork seal is leaking, chain could use a good scrubbing! But started fine, idled smooth and runs great. I didn't haggle any and I've bought worse for more in the past. Had a good exchange, cash outta hand and title in it's place.
Gotta replace all the fluids, get the valves checked and those fork seals changed out. But the ride home was pretty impressive.
Lil' back history, I've been riding an 08' Versys 650 for the past 3 years (51k miles worth).
The Versys has been a great bike and I absolutely love it, been bullet proof and the only thing that's ever given me trouble was license plate bulbs (it's had 3 bulbs, I know... POS Japanese lemon!). The Versys can rev for what feels like forever in any gear, more athletic riding position, geometry allows for sharper steering. V-Strom ain't bad tho! The V-Strom's got torque right where you'd want it, suspension is way way way smoother sucking up the bumps and speed humps than the Versys. Both stock seats suck but I'm obviously okay with that cause I never bother to get an upgraded seat despite my moaning. Both bikes make air filters and plugs a 1-2 beer chore (depending on weather and stock in fridge). The Versys with a Leo Vince exhaust combined with riding habits, gave me pretty poor fuel economy (38-39mpg in town) and I hear the V-Strom shall fare better.
Looking forwards to getting this new-to-me in riding shape and seeing what she can do.