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post #1 of 8 Old 03-21-2017, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from Huntsville, AL

Hey ya'll,

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.
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-21-2017, 03:54 AM
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Hi and welcome to the Forum. Congrats on buying your Wee. ;smile;
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post #3 of 8 Old 03-21-2017, 06:41 AM
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Welcome to the forum! I used to ride '08 Versys, and then got Gen2 Wee.. actually like Wee more for smoother​ low end torque and 2up accommodations, it handles 2up much better than Versys.

Are you selling Versys or planning to keep both? Also check posts on seal mate, but if you need to rebuild forks, would be a good time to put Racetech GVE, Ricor Intiminators or Cogents, and Sonic or Progressive springs good luck.
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post #4 of 8 Old 03-21-2017, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the welcome man. Previous owner didn't know much about what he had. Judging from the dirt and grime on the upper from where it's been leaking; it looks like it's been leaking a while and who knows how much fork oil has been lost over the years. Plus it's 13 years old, it's time to freshen em' up.

I plan on keeping the Versys for a while longer at least, give me something to ride while services get performed on this new-to-me and see how it fairs. Once I feel good that the V-Strom is gonna work out (so far I think it may) I'll sell the Versys as it's getting up there in milage and the nickle-n-dime factor is looming, clutch is a bit worn, plugs, filter and tires will be due at the end of the year.
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Welcome to the forum, Rev.

2017 Eastern V-Strom Gathering (website) - May 18 - 21, 2017
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2006 Suzuki V-Strom DL650K
1986 Honda Shadow VT700C
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Welcome to the forum. I live in Northern Alabama. I'd love to do a ride sometime whether you are on the Versys or Strom.

2015 DL650XT w/ factory Suzuki/Motech side cases and engine guard.
First farkle - Augustus Wind Deflectors
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post #7 of 8 Old 03-22-2017, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Welcome to the forum. I live in Northern Alabama. I'd love to do a ride sometime whether you are on the Versys or Strom.
Where are ya at? Cause I'm down!
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post #8 of 8 Old 03-22-2017, 07:16 PM
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Where are ya at? Cause I'm down!
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2015 DL650XT w/ factory Suzuki/Motech side cases and engine guard.
First farkle - Augustus Wind Deflectors
Fat, foamy grips
Givi AirFlow windscreen
Go-Cruise throttle lock
JD Astar 1260 lumen LED tail light bulb
Suzuki (SW Motech) Top Case
Hyde Racing skid plate

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27
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