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post #1 of 22 Old 07-28-2016, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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V-Strom 650 Purchase (3 Options) Penny for your thoughts

Hi All,

I am about to purchase my second bike and it's gonna be a Wee or a Glee.

My other bike is a Honda Superhwak VTR1000F and this one will take over my 300 mile weekly commuting duties for the most part as well as long distance travel.

I am weighing the following three options:

Option 1:

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/mcy/5691638636.html

Option 2:

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/mcy/5673806410.html

Option 3:

2011 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS, Victorville CA - - Cycletrader.com


It is also worth mentioning that I currently have no tools and virtually no wrenching experience (but I am looking to learn and 1/3 of the reason for my purchase of this second bike is to learn these skills. It is also worth mentioning that my purchase will be almost entirly financed and my budget for farkling will be very limited for a while (though I would definitly add a fork brace to options 2 and 3). This also means that I either need to buy from a dealer in California or a private party that is local enough that they would be willing to go to one of the branches of my credit Union.

I should also say that I will be primarily using the bike to commute from San Francisco to Foster City in the Bay Area. I might get to do 1 or 2 long hauls per year to Salt Lake City or Wyoming but the vast majority will be commuting with little or no need for luggage.


Any thoughts, feedback, or alerts to other options would be greatly appreciated and thank you in advance!

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post #2 of 22 Old 07-28-2016, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Ahhhhh, forgot to mention that I have done extensive readings on the comparisons between pre 2012 vs post and I'm mostly looking for help between these specific options. I also thought I should mention that option 2 would require me to put on a new rear tire immediately.
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Hmmm, your financing will severely limit your choices. If it were me I would pick the one that has the most farkles that are useful to the type of riding I am going to do. If you are commuting, then soft or hard bags would be important. I vote #3, it has a custom seat...looks like a Corbin, bags and a decent price. I bet it could be had for $4500.

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My suggestion, look for a 2012 or newer.
I have owned both and think the improvements in the 2nd generation are worth it. It also should be easier to finance a newer /later model.
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If possible 2012+ is better than earlier versions but earlier models are still great bikes. Which of those bikes is best for you depends on what you can afford and what is important to you and how each bike was taken care of.

Farkels only add value if those particular things are what you want on a bike; and for the most part there is some kind of disease with riders thinking they have to add a pile of stuff onto their bikes.. do/get the basic stuff that makes the bike work for you, ride it a while and then see what really matters. (For me a Centerstand, Handguards, Madstad Bracket, throttle rocker and throttle lock, better seat and a topcase are the most important things. On pre-2012 DL650 I would lower the front of the bike by raising the forks half an inch an add a fork brace after a bit. )

I have never bothered with Crash bars, skid plates, extra lights, etc. and don't see any real value in them unless I was doing real off-road stuff. I have side cases but really don't ever use them (can't stand things that make the bike wider so will only use them if my back seat is full and I need to take LOT of stuff.)

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Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

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2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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I am also looking get a v-strom 650 and have been looking/ researching some of the same bikes you have listed on Craigslist. I am about 1-2 months away from pulling the trigger. Option #2 the price is very high, almost $2k over KBB. Since the bike is almost 8 years old, probably replace the front tire too so add that to the over all cost.

Here's another option that was reposted - briefly chatted with the owner too, seems like a pretty good guy and locatted in Oakland, so should be relatively convenient via BART. The bike will need its 15K valve check, otherwise seems reasonable.
https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/mcy/5698793340.html

V-Tom makes a great point about Farkels. I am guilty of farkel disease - a perspective I have to keep in mind.

Personally, I am looking for 2012+ given the model updates
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Hi Guys,

Thank you for all the feedback. It's helped me to refine my thinking.

I'm 95% with V-Tom regarding the farkles I want (though I do like crash bars).

I guess realisticly what I'm trying to figure out is whether to go with Option 1 or Option 3.

Option 1:
I really trust the PO and it's condition. It has a lot of farkles that I like, chief being the fork brace, sargent seat, engine guards, givi adjustable windscreen, and center stand. I also really like that it is after the model change so I don't need to worry about dropping/raising parts of it to address aerodynamics of the pre 12'

Option 3:
has had a dealer inspection but has no service records. It has the top case which I would sometimes use and side luggage which I would rarely use ( I split for nearly half my commute on some days). It has the aftermarket seat which I did but would need to add a center stand, for brace, possibly a madstad, and possibly play with the suspension to address aerodynamics (but again no tools and very little wrenching so I would have to find someone to help me on here or BARF)

Really, I guess I'm trying to decide whether its worth a $2k dollar difference between the 2. My loan can go up to $8k so I can get either, but it is a loan and extending myself less financially is of course better. I realize of course that no one can tell me what will work best but I appreciate you guys offering your thoughts. (Also it is through my credit union so I can finance any private party willing to make the sell at a branch or any dealer in california).

I know I've read forums dealing exactly with what I'm about to ask (even to the price difference) but would love to hear your thoughts on these to specific options and whether it is worth a $2k difference to you.
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Hmmm, your financing will severely limit your choices. If it were me I would pick the one that has the most farkles that are useful to the type of riding I am going to do. If you are commuting, then soft or hard bags would be important. I vote #3, it has a custom seat...looks like a Corbin, bags and a decent price. I bet it could be had for $4500.
Do you think the dealer would haggle down to that?
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Option #1 for me. I have that bike and love it. Option one has farkles that seem to be more in line with the way you will use it.
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I like #3.

I have a 11 and have never driven the later gen 650's. 20k later with no problems. Bought it used with many farkels but I'm thinking for just a commute bike, right out of the box stock would be fine for that. Plus its a second bike, so mainly stuck in traffic? It has ABS and I would want that for your needs. Other than that? The bad is its in LA. So its not local and probably won't get any help from them unless you drive it back down. Can you work down the price? Prices seem to drop out of riding season. But then again its in So. CA and I don't know if riding gets out of season there.

That's my $.02
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