I've been a 'member' here for a long time without actually jumping in and buying a vstrom. Partially because of the lack of good used rides for sale, guilt trips from the missus, and because I have a great (but old) bike now. Checking the listings near me now I can pick up an 05 DL650 for $4999 and there is a new 09 DL650 going for $7499 if it hasn't sold yet. Don't know what colour it is. It's mid July and I have a busy August coming up, are these the deals I've been waiting for or should I wait for an even better deal in the off season? I'm not missing anything because my bike works and is more powerful than a Wee, but I've wanted one for a couple of years now. Money isn't too tight, but yes, the wife does come into play here since she is spending a lot of her own $$$ on schooling right now. Wish I could stop thinking about it but I can't when I see all these great bikes decked out with Givi bags...