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post #1 of 21 Old 07-03-2017, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Keep the 650?

I've got a '12 V Strom 650 with 11,000 miles. I've added $4000+ worth of accessories to make the bike just like I want it.

Then I made the mistake of riding a new '17 R1200GS. I bought the GS. It is an awesome machine.

Now I'm staring at my V Strom in the garage, all loaded up. The price I can get for the Suzuki might buy me a new set of panniers for the BMW. The V Stroms are great bikes, but for some reason to get them sold you need to unload them for pennies on the dollar. The V Stroms I see on craigslist locally tend to sit for a very very long time without selling.

It absolutely breaks my heart to start ripping the accessories off the Suzuki to try and sell it. I'm trying to justify just keeping it, but I can't think of many reasons why I would need two bikes.

Anybody have any wisdom to share that would help me justify keeping the 650? I'm a weekend/after work rider only, not a commuter.

Thanks for any input.
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-03-2017, 11:33 PM
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Most of us have way more invested in our bikes than we can get out of them, so your not alone. I'm probably the worst offender. But hey, it's not an investment, it's a delightful hobby. You've got a new bike that you like so move on. Unless you have a friend who would like to ride but doesn't have a bike?
I sometimes think of getting another bike but realistically know that I am not able to ride the one I have as much as I would like. Good luck and enjoy the GS. I have avoided riding one so I stay happy with what I am riding.
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So you should have roughly $12000 in your V-storm? A couple of weeks ago I bought mine with 1700 miles for less than the price of your accessories.

My VTX was my worst financial decision in the last decade, while I really like the bike I don't ride it nearly enough so to negate my stupidity I need to make my purchase worthwhile by keeping it long enough to offset the depreciation. If I can lose a $100 per month (or less) I'm okay with that so now I've owned the bike 11 years and in my mind I'm good.

The Glee is way different than than your GS so as long as it's paid off keep them both.

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Keep your V Strom. you need at least one reliable bike...
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What Rick said. I know many BMW riders that would like to have a dependable Strom when thier ultra bitchin' BMW is in the shop for yet another problem.
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Keep your V Strom. you need at least one reliable bike...
You'll never get your perceived value selling a bike, car, motorcycle, etc. Especially when it's been customized and farkled.

If you have room, ride a lot, and are not worried about money, keep both. If one of those is negative, sell the motorcycle that makes the most positives.
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Speaking only for myself, I like my 2003 Concours, but they're going to have to pry my 2007 Wee out of my cold dead hands.
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Keep the 650?

Keep the Strom at least until you rack up some miles on the BMW. Wait for the infatuation with the new bike to wear off and the maintenance costs to escalate then make your final decision. You may want two bikes for when one (the BMW) is down for maintenance.
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If you part it out especially if you have suspension farkles keep me in mind. Might be persuaded to entertain aftermarkets exhausts as well.
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Thanks for all the responses. I've read about a lot of people having two bikes and appreciate the input.

I'm really starting to entertain keeping the 650 for a bit just in case. I'm still in the honeymoon phase with the GS. I can't get enough and have put about 1100 miles on it in a short period of time. It is pure awesomeness. Maybe that will wear off and I will be itching to ride the V Strom again.

Also, I ride with bikes of all flavors including Harleys, Victorys, Hondas, Triumphs, and BMWs. I know 5 people with GS's that have had zero issues with many miles put on their bikes (knock on wood). I'm hoping my GS to be just as reliable as the people around me.
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