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post #1 of 5 Old 05-24-2019, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Keep coming back to price difference.

Shootouts vs realworld

I've been looking at a few vstrom 1000 competitors as I've been debating how much offroad I'll really do and whether I want adventure vs sport touring and keep coming back to the price difference. It's funny that whenever you watch shootouts they show stated prices that seem like they are all pretty close so picking a multistrada vs vstrom doesnt seem a big deal. But for reference here's an actual real world example of how far off it is in my area for someone about to choose a bike

Left over 2018s at dealerships
Vstrom 1000x w 5 year wty $9599
Africa twin $14599
Tracer 900 $10999

2019 as they are popular enough to not have leftovers
Ktm 1090 $16888
Tracer 900 gt $14599
Multi strada 950 $16199

On occasion I've thought I should go more all in on an offroad capable like the Africa twin or ktm, or just put a bigger tank on my ktm 500 exc for dirt and let this be an all rounder street bike like the tracer gt or multistrada as they might be a bit more lively on the road. Especially as this is going to be my commuter so spirited road rides will be in store

But in the end the differences end up being paying 1.5 times the vstrom for all others, not a 1300$ difference like what happens in shootouts but almost 4, 5, or even 6000$ and it makes it a lot easier choice for a bike that does everything well.

Did anyone else find this when shopping or did I just stumble upon a really good vstrom deal at the right time of year?
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First, before posting price, be sure it can be bought for that amount. After dealer fees are added. Quite common to advertise a lowball price to get you in, then add eyeball popping dealer fees. Taxes and normal processing fees on $10,000 should be more than $1000 ( actually less ). I would guess you cannot get out the door with that for $10,500!

There may not be a better street oriented all purpose bike for the money than the DL 1000. But there is a reason they still have 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 models on showrooms. If you know you will keep the bike for many years, resell isn't a factor. But if you want to sell it in 3 years you might realize you didn't really save any over a bike that might have met more or all of your desires.

Decide exactly what bike you want. Then shop around for it. Only then will you know if the money works out. If not, then consider a used 1-2 year old of what you want. It may, or may not be the DL 1000. But getting what you WANT is the only real value!

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For me, the criterium were slightly different. I was trading in a ZX11 after having retired with newly limited discretionary income. I wanted to start exploring the dirt and gravel roads in my area that I avoided on the 'Zeke and previous road bikes for the past forty-five years. Having been away from knobby-shod bikes for that same time period, I wanted an affordable, easy-to farkle, dependable all-around bike. For me, my short list came down to two: Kawasaki 650 Versys and Suzuki DL650. Bigger bikes of all brands weren't considered from the start on the basis of weight, cost and size. Anyway, I had the fastest production bike of its day for the past 18 years. Reading and talking to people about which bike to get is like reading and talking about making love: y'don't know whatcha don't know 'til you do something. Road tests, first impressions, YouTube videos, had me gravitating to the slightly more powerful, longer wheelbase, and V-Twin Suzuki. Couldn't have been happier.
Price, capability, power no object, I would've considered a Tiger 850 or a MV Agusta 800 Lusso SCS: just because I have an MVA dealer 36 mi away and there are only a handful of Lussos in my time zone.

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A lot of the time it might just come down to the price. Most modern bikes, both street and off road, are going to be limited only by the rider's ability. While the pro riders doing the testing may compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of the different models, the average rider may not be able to tell the difference until it's time to reach for your wallet.

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I'm waiting to see the US MSRP on the Ténéré 700.

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