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post #1 of 27 Old 08-18-2013, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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What to do?

Debating on two used dl650, will be looking at them in the morning . Iam in a budget of 4500-5500, don't like buying new. Just sold my klr and I also have a gl1500

The bikes
1. Dealers 2008 dl650 black with abs, top trunk, 30k ," asking" 5400

2. Private, 2009, silver, non abs, 8K
New Heidenau Dual Sport Scout - K60 Mud & Snow Silica tires
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"Asking". 4650.00

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post #2 of 27 Old 08-18-2013, 05:12 PM
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ABS reduces your chance of a fatal accident by 37%.


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post #3 of 27 Old 08-18-2013, 05:18 PM
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For some perspective on option one, I could have gotten an 08 with low mileage (5,000) over 2.5 years ago for $5k from a dealer. They wanted 5,500, but it had one slightly rashed side panel. It was non-ABS,, but had Barkbusters on it . Low miles, 32 months ago. Same price.

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post #4 of 27 Old 08-18-2013, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, didn't know abs reduced the accident rate that much. Did some more research and its not the stopping distance, but the "getting off "
the brakes to manuaver around, instead of locking up and running into the object
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Really, it's that ABS keeps uneducated and unpracticed riders from locking up the rear brakes. It's still better to brake hard only in most situations than to brake and steer. People answering questions may say steering while braking put them down but they really locked the rear brake, causing the rear to swing sideways.

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post #6 of 27 Old 08-18-2013, 06:09 PM
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Newer bike, less miles, for less money...this wouldn't even be a question for me. Get the one that is newer, lower miles, and costs less.

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ABS is important to me. While it may allow only 97% or 98% of max braking, it is continually testing the road surface when you're on the brakes hard and giving you 97% of the traction on that inch of road whether it is oiled or damp paint or whatever....never 101%------splat!

We're approaching the end of riding season. Let that dealer know that you're a sure buyer at the right price.

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post #8 of 27 Old 08-18-2013, 06:26 PM
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My first BMW R1150R did not have ABS. A car cut me off and I had to nail the brakes. My bike went sideways but I saved it. Don't ask me how. From then on , all my bikes have had ABS and it gives me added confidence.
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post #9 of 27 Old 08-18-2013, 07:02 PM
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If you have less than 3 years and or 10,000 miles get the ABS

offer dealer 4900 OUT THE DOOR... stay firm He will take it

use searchtempest and scan like 259 miles

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post #10 of 27 Old 08-18-2013, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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I've been riding 30 years (I'am 56) with 14 different bikes , dual sport, cruiser, sport touring, and touring. I found the need (thrill) of a liter+ bike is no longer there. Enjoy the road. Just sold my beloved klr and xt250. Still have my gl1500 but that may go to, unsure yet. I don't like to buy new, cash only. Keeps my family (wife) happy and she lets me have at it. Thinking about it, I have never locked a rear brake (or front), the rear brake on a klr is crap and the gl1500 isn't a hole lot better for the size of bike.
Good article http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/...ckBraking.aspx

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