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post #1 of 6 Old 07-28-2012, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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2012 650 adv vs. all others

i've been reading up on the 2102 650, all earlier model 650's and the 1k strom. i'm in the market and already have an $8700 price on the adv to go pick up today. i've always been able to get really good buys on used bikes and i really screwed up buying a $20k goldwing and lost dearly. the 12 adv sounds like what i want, but further reasearch is coming up with negatives like whirring/hissing sounds, uncomfortable seat, bad windscreen, lots of wind noise. so does the 12 model excell above all the other models enough to warrant spending 8700 vs 5k for a used one with good seat, windscreen and complete after market support?

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I think no matter which one you go for, there will be some negative features. The VStrom seat is generally looked on as being an instrument of torture for a lot of folks. And the windshield seems to be woefully inadequate. The aftermarket loves the VStrom, and there are tons of accessories out there to make your bike work best for you--windshields, seats, lowering links, handlebar risers/relocators, etc., etc., etc.

Which one should you get? I just picked up a nice '09 ABS Wee, that had only 7000 miles on it. It has the stock seat and came with what Suzuki calls its wide/tall touring windshield. It's, at best, as bad as the stock shield. It's been replaced, as will the seat this winter. I'm also adding handlebar risers and a brakeline kit. You don't say what year the used Wee is you're looking at or what all is on it, but if it's a late model with low miles and in good condition, it might be a winner, and you'll save a bunch of money you can use to riding with.

OTOH, you may be one of those folks who just like to buy new, and there's no problem with that, either. That way you get to break it in they way you want and you'll know everything about the bike, vs. wondering what the previous owner did with/to the used bike. I took that chance and it looks like I got a winner and saved myself several $thou. In the end, it's your choice, and either way, you'll have a great bike. Just so you know, even the new '12 needs some improvement in certain areas, too.

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>> 07 BANDIT 1250 W/abs, HOLESHOT full exhaust, TFI, 02BYPASS, K&N FILTER, BUTTERFLIES REMOVED, BRAIDED STEEL BRAKE LINES,HOLESHOT CORBIN SEAT, RACETEC SPRINGS AND GOLD VALVES, WORKS PERFORMANCE ULTRA SPORT SHOCK, HOLESHOT FORK BRACE, GIVI HARD BAGS, SUZUKI LOWER FAIRINGS, AND A CHEAP GPS.

You're already into the aftermarket, eh? Why would a new bike be any different?

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You answered your own question with the goldwing thing.
Asking here is a can 'o worms. The guys happy with the new 12's will say buy new. Those of us happy with an older bike will tell you buy used.
You don't know if it will need a windscreen or seat until you've tried it. I've used aftermarket screens with varying results, not all good. I've only had one aftermarket seat and that came on the bike. Otherwise I would not have paid all them bucks for it.
Asking questions here is like asking the patients at the wacko factory..."Everybody OK?"
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Asking questions here is like asking the patients at the wacko factory..."Everybody OK?"
Thanks, made my day!

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