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post #1 of 69 Old 01-15-2018, 03:27 AM Thread Starter
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Buying a high mileage Vstrom

Iím looking at an 09 WeeStrom 650 with just over 90,000 miles on it. Itís owned by the original owner and the ad states it is meticulously maintained and records are included. Not many farkles but itís the price thatís motivating me. $2,000. What do you all think? Itíll be my first motorcycle ever which is why Iím not trying to spend a lot.
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Way too much. I would have to look close and think twice before I paid even 500 bucks for it. Don't take a chance with your first bike purchase.

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Meticulously maintenance with records can off set the mileage. I'm sometimes more concerned with low miles on a bike that has sat unused. In your situation a 90K mile bike makes sense, as a first bike you may not put a lot of miles on it, and if you do you can move to something newer with maybe no loss on the Strom. If you were a high mileage rider you'd be better to look for a lower mileage bike, they're plentiful.

Some high mileage maintenance you may look into if you keep the bike is steering head bearings, swingarm bushings, rear shock. I have 67K miles on my '09 650 and haven't done these things yet, I feel the bike will easily do 125K miles with just basic maintenance.

Not sure where you're located, but in the dead of winter it's a buyers market, don't be afraid of offering less, that bike isn't going anywhere for about 2 months. I've seen 650's with half the mileage and a lot of accessories going for $3K or less.
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Take it for a ride and check for major leaks and junk, funny colors coming out the exhaust pipe.

If it's all good, that's not a bad deal.

If I sold my SV I'd expect around $2000 or more for it. It's worn, but doesn't need big money thrown at it to keep it running.

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What are bikes with half or a third of those miles going for in your area? Would it cost much more to get one with a lot lower miles?
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At this price point, a big consideration is how new are the tires, chain, and sprockets. If it has brand new high quality everything, and the bike itself is still in great shape and clean, it might be an okay deal. Without any farkles, I'd be talking him down on price. Especially if it doesn't have a centerstand, engine bars or any luggage.

With 90k miles, it probably uses oil. It's not the end of the world, but it's a nuisance on a very long trip.

I believe '09s had a failure-prone stator but weren't included in the recall. It's a pain in the wallet and ass if it goes.

With its age and miles, things will probably start to get flaky. If you're handy and can keep up with it, it could be fine. But if you need something that will be reliable for many years and miles to come, I would look for something with fewer miles. If you'd be taking it to the shop, it'll nickel and dime you.

For what it's worth, I have a 2006 650 with 101k on it. I rely on it every day, and it gets ridden in Philadelphia's winter warzone of salt, potholes and terrible drivers. There have been no showstoppers that I couldn't get through, but I have had to keep up with it. It's more or less done depreciating, so every mile now is a blessing.
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Golly guys, My 04 Wee has 95300 miles on it and I don't intend to replace it any time soon and would gladly jump on it and ride a 1000 mile day.
KBB shows $2500 as a trade in value and 3700 as a dealer sales value.
$2000 seems like a fair price if the records show proper care.
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Golly guys, My 04 Wee has 95300 miles on it and I don't intend to replace it any time soon and would gladly jump on it and ride a 1000 mile day.
KBB shows $2500 as a trade in value and 3700 as a dealer sales value.
$2000 seems like a fair price if the records show proper care.


I'm in awe of you iron-butters. I wouldn't want to jump in a car and do 1000 miles in a day. I did a few times when I was younger and it wasn't a pleasant experience, even then.
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Unless you have a garage and like to wrench, its not a good idea to buy a high miler. The seller will never get $2000 for that bike and even in the Spring he'd be lucky to get $1500. The meticulous regular maintenance and records is nice but I doubt it includes such things as swingarm, cushion, steering-head bearings, rear shock, etc. These items aren't regular maintenance but are coming due.

Also, unless you are too big to fit on a 250/300 I'd recommend against a V-Strom as a starter bike. Its tall and heavy and you are going to drop it. I suppose that could be your plan -- get this bike for <$1500 if it has good wear items (tire, wheels, brakes, chain, etc.) and learn to ride on it, resist the urge to add any farkles or sink any money into it, sell it a year later for ??? depending on learner's damage.
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dmf x2 does have a point. You'll gain confidence and mastery a lot quicker on a smaller 250 or 300, or even a smaller/lower 500-something, like an older Ninja. Not that you have to...I've heard of some folks whose first bike is a liter sport bike. Of course, we don't know how many of those went on to meet an early demise.
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