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post #1 of 20 Old 05-13-2014, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Would you buy a demo bike?

Looking at purchasing a strictly commuter bike (no offroad, rarely 2-up), either Versys or Wee, and noticed a close dealer, Romney Cycles, WV had a '13 "new" Wee demo bike with 2.8K for $500 less than a brand new '13 Wee. Would you purchase a bike that has been ridden on by potential riders? I'm not the guy that's going to tear up a demo bike during the break in period, but I'm sure there are those that want to test the bike's performance before they purchase...

Also if anyone has experience with Romney Cycles, good or bad let me know or PM me. Lastly, if anyone has thoughts on the Versys let me know. Thanks

FWIW, I need a bike that doesn't kill my legs/back after 1/2 hour, like my ER-6n does. I WILL miss the speed and low center of gravity that makes it sooo flickable.

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post #2 of 20 Old 05-13-2014, 01:29 PM
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depreciation should be worth more than $500...
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post #3 of 20 Old 05-13-2014, 01:29 PM
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Not for 500 less maybe 1500 less

I don't think they could hurt them even bouncing the rev limiter

but

Used is used

Personnaly I always do motoman break in so need to be twisted
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Personally I'd pony up the $500 for a new one that I'd know the complete history on - if nothing else but for peace of mind.

But if you're looking to save as much $ as you can, then one thing you must decide is which side of the "break-in procedure" fence you're on... either the ride it gentle like the manual says, or the hard and fast (Motoman) approach. There are lots of threads on that here, and at least for me, that would contribute to a decision like you're facing.
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In 1999 I bought a 99 Yamaha Venture. That was a new model that year and the Yamaha sales reps were each given one to ride for the summer. At the end of the season they could buy it or sell them off. The rep I talked to was selling one with 600 miles on it for $12,000 when the bike stickered for $16,000. The bike was under full warranty and I had no major issues with it. I put on 48,000 miles on it in 3 years.

So if I felt that the bike was not abused I'd not be afraid of a demo. I'd want a lot more than $500 off though. More like $2000.
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I agree with the other post as to the value of depreciation being more than the $500, closer to the $1500 and have the first service covered by them too. Or just shop around and you'll probably get that much off a new bike, as for the break in, ride it like you stole it and you'll be fine.
Oh, and the Versys, I almost bought one when looking too, but for me the long distance riding on it was too vibey, so went with the Wee.
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Not for 500 less maybe 1500 less

I don't think they could hurt them even bouncing the rev limiter

but

Used is used

Personnaly I always do motoman break in so need to be twisted
I agree with this guy.

No matter what I may have said about him in the past.

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only $500 discount with over 2K on the odometer? Hell, my wife probably spent more than that it in the time it took me to post this. Go for the new one.

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I agree with this guy.
Somewhere, pigs are flying! (and don't turn this into another Harley bashing thread).

P.S. Does the first generation Wee have a rev limiter? Bumble V took a nap during a serious off-road session and hit the red line

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Doesn't sound like much of a bargain to me.

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