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post #1 of 8 Old 05-20-2007, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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First time poster here and I need some information please.

I currently ride an ST 1300 but have my eye on a 06 650 VStrom. Are there any particular issues with the bike that I need to be made aware of before I buy.

They would not let me test drive a 650 but they had a customer's bike (a 1,000 VStrom) in the shop that they let me drive. I don't agree with allowing a customer to ride an owners bike but they said I was fine to go, just go grab a new helmet off the rack (new) and go.

Anyway, the 1,000 was more than I wanted as I already have a big bike. I am looking for something to flit around town on and that is light weight.

Are there any known trouble areas I should be aware of and have there been any recalls on the 650. The bike I am considering is an 06 model that they have priced at $6,699.00. I can get an 07 for that, what would be a reasonable price for an 06 model?

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-20-2007, 07:00 PM
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Welcome to the forum! You are guilty however of a very frequent posting boo boo by a "newbie". Your question and most any other questions you have or are going to have, can be answered by doing a little reading or using the search function. You might get a few responses to your particular question, but I'm sure not as many as you might like. Hang out for awhile and do some good reading.....tons of good info and opinions here.

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They would not let me test drive a 650 but they had a customer's bike (a 1,000 VStrom) in the shop that they let me drive.
Yet one more reason I wouldn't take my bike to a dealer's service dept. unless absolutely necessary.

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First time poster here and I need some information please.

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They would not let me test drive a 650 but they had a customer's bike (a 1,000 VStrom) in the shop that they let me drive. I don't agree with allowing a customer to ride an owners bike but they said I was fine to go, just go grab a new helmet off the rack (new) and go.

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What dealership are you dealing with??? If i got that offer from a dealer I'd be immediately looking for a new dealer (after the test ride ).

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Is it legal for them to give out a customers bike? You have to post what dealership that is.....

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post #6 of 8 Old 05-20-2007, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Big B, I did a little digging before I posted but just decided to cut to the chase.

More specifically, I was looking at crash bars, then wound up on that 10 page thread where the guy was whining about not being able to drive through sand. heck, I've got a KLR with street knobbies on it and a DRZ 250 and deep sand is still a challenge with those bikes. My VStrom will likely never go off the pavement. I am selling the KLR and DRZ.

I am very sorry can't give out the name of the dealer as he is a personal friend of mine and I've bought 4 bikes from him. That certainly doesn't make what he did right but he knows I know how to ride and I am not a tire kicker.

I do as much work to my bikes as I am mechanically capable of due to instances just like this.

Personally, if it were my bike that had been loaned out I'd be highly pissed. I only rode it about 10 miles or so and never got over 70 mph. Anyway, I'll dig around a little more. I spend a fair amount of time on the ST-Owners board and theirs is set up pretty much like this one.

Finally what would be a fair price for this 06 model, as I said, I can get an 07 for the same price he is asking for this bike.

I sure hope I haven't gotten off on the wrong foot here by not naming the dealer. Give me a little while, let me make my deal and I'll drop enough nuggets on the board so everyone can figure it out.

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RHM,

First of all, you already have the perfect "Urban Assault Vehicle" in the KLR650! For town running, it don't get much better!

Now, what dealer in Florida let you ride someone elses motorcycle? I would like to know so I don't ever do business with that dealer. That is completely and totally wrong, not to mention leaving themselves open to liability suits! I know some dealers that think they own the bike when it's in their shop for work, but the law is much different. To let another person, not employed by the dealership, operate that motorcycle without permission by the owner is not something that should ever be done. Since we now know this is a dealer that does not care about his customers interests after the sale, we need to be able to avoid dealing there.

The retail price of an '06, purchased from a dealer, according to Kelly Blue Book, is $5080. Guess you now know how that dealer operates.

Heck, the best thing to do is sell the ST, keep the KLR for around town running, the DRZ250 for riding in the woods and but the DL1000 for your long distance, high speed riding. I think that's a stable that will work quite well!

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RHM -

I was also looking for a used DL650, but looking nationwide most were in the $5.9K+ range for a 2004+ with anyhwere from 6K - 17K miles. And I could get a new bike for only about $600 more. I ended up buying a new 2007 DL650 ABS for $6.8K, along with a GIVI hard case and handguards at list.

Coming from an '86 Honda Shadow VT500C that had a big National Cycle Plexifairing on it, here are my observations over 500 miles:
  • Much better seating stance - I sit a little more forward and my legs are a little more extended, which is much more comfortable
  • The wind noise and buffeting were a big problem for me at highway speeds with the stock windshield - I replaced it quickly with a GIVI which is taller and wider, and that fixes almost all of the wind noise and most of the buffeting
  • Cornering is awesome! This thing feels like it is magnetically attracted to the road.
  • I, too, am using it as my scoot-around-town vehicle, and with the GIVI E52 hard case, it's pretty dang convenient. I can toss my huge Nolan helmet, my gloves and mesh coat into the case, lock it and jump into the shops quickly

Hope that helps your purchase decision!

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