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post #1 of 21 Old 07-13-2007, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Buy a new Strom every year, buy used, or keep it?

So here's the deal. I bought my '07 650ABS model on the last week of March. Here it is mid-July and I just performed the 7500 mile maintenance last night.

This got me thinking that at this rate the bike is going to have major amount of miles in no time. So, here's the question that I want to pose:

In this situation, we'll say 25,000 miles a year, I'm wondering what's best for my money. Where I live I can pretty much ride all year and my commute is 400miles a week. I came up with three scenerios but I'm sure there's more.

1. Keep the bike until it finally dies of old age?
2. Sell it every year with about 25K miles on it, eat the depreciation, and buy new?
3. Sell it every other year with 50K miles on it and buy a low mileage used bike to replace it?

I'm loving the Strom and will likely stay with it and transfer what farkles that I can each time.

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Seems like buying a new bike every year would be an awful waste of money since you lose on the depreciation, but I guess after a while you would build a good relationship with your dealer. Maybe you can make up the money with the cash you are saving riding a bike to work that far.

One of the reasons I bought the Strom was the reputation for being a very long-lived and reliable bike. Is 50K a point where the reliability starts to fade?
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I think #3 makes the most sense. Low mileage 2-4 year old bikes aren't hard to find. Keep it until you feel like it's no longer reliable enough for your needs. I don't see any reason you couldn't get 70-80k out of a wee.

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I think if maintained these bikes should get 75K or more! They are Japanese made you know!
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Seems like buying a new bike every year would be an awful waste of money since you lose on the depreciation, but I guess after a while you would build a good relationship with your dealer. Maybe you can make up the money with the cash you are saving riding a bike to work that far.

One of the reasons I bought the Strom was the reputation for being a very long-lived and reliable bike. Is 50K a point where the reliability starts to fade?

I wouldn't think so, nor did I intend to imply that. I was just thinking that as far as resell I probably would shy away from a bike with over 50K on it so I imagine that buyers may feel the same. I really only said 50k because for me, that would be about 2 years worth of riding.

And as far as saving money on gas. I have been big time!! My Jeep Cherokee costs me just over $100 a week to drive while the bike runs about $25. So just with that fuzzy math I'm looking at about a $300 savings per month. Thank you V-Strom!!

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As a side note: Maybe I'm just looking for an excuse to buy the flat black '08 used in '09

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I'm at 25k in 10 months of riding my weestrom. My only issue with getting a new\different bike is you could get a lemon. I'd rather keep a know good product and then replace it if it becomes unreliable.

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Replace it every other year

By your math you are saving the equivalent of a new bike in gas funds. If you bank that difference you can pay cash for a new bike every two years. Transfer the farkles and use the proceeds from the bike sale to finance new gear and a trip or two.

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If you put on that kind of mileage, you might consider getting the maximum extended warranty. Typically those things aren't worth it, but the Suzuki warranty gives you unlimited miles.

Too late in the week for me to do math, but it might be worth thinking about.

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I'm at 25k in 10 months of riding my weestrom. My only issue with getting a new\different bike is you could get a lemon. I'd rather keep a know good product and then replace it if it becomes unreliable.
I have to agree with this. My last bike had all of the kinks worked out and I had no reservations about taking off on a ride to anywhere. When I bought my Vee a couple of months ago I was a little nervous about going to far away from reality on a ride. Now I have confidence in the Vee but it is that period of time when you just don't know. I say if it runs good and you take care of it keep it.

For the miles you are putting on it, being commuter miles, I would keep it until it dies. Maybe you have a bike that will run forever and think of the savings then.

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