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There is a 2007 with 4,500 miles for $4500, 100 miles away. Plain Jane

There is a 2006 with 35,000 miles for $4000, 50 miles away. Loaded.

2006 Suzuki DL650 VStrom

I like the proximity, the add-ons, and the price, but I am really worried about the mileage.

About me: This will be my first bike again in many years. It will not be my primary so no commuting miles piling up.

Go for the plain Jane low miles one, or high mileage farkle laden one?

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A maintenance record is a lot more important than that mileage. Stroms have gone as much as 170,000 miles without engine work.
 

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As you mentioned, you like the add ons. But are those add ons something you would do to a "plain jane" if you bought it or are they "nice to haves"?

The closer one has obviously been loaded up and ridden....more wear on everything...the 2007 seems like it might be like mine...garaged and ridden when the owner can find the time.

I always lean toward less miles to start. Also consider the suspension is probably tuned for a heavier load and if that doesn't fit your intended use, it may be pretty stiff and need adjustment.

Maint records - good point GW.

Happy hunting!
 

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35000 is nothing for a Strom...
 

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I bought my 1000 with slightly fewer miles on it, and proceeded to put another 20K+ miles on it before I killed it. All the add-ons make decent sense (although I don't particularly like the Givi case guards -- bent mine doing something graceful on a dirt road, and switched to SW-Motech instead). If the bike is in decent condition, I'd go with the older/cheaper/farkled bike.
 

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Thanks.

Are there some obvious questions to ask the seller to make sure that I have fully discovered the hidden costs that an older bike is sure to have?

Could you give me an idea on timing to replace items such as: chain, sprockets, various seals, tires, etc., just some of the bigger things that I should be sure to ask so I will not be surprised in 5k miles with a big repair/maintenance bill.
 

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Thanks.

Are there some obvious questions to ask the seller to make sure that I have fully discovered the hidden costs that an older bike is sure to have?

Could you give me an idea on timing to replace items such as: chain, sprockets, various seals, tires, etc., just some of the bigger things that I should be sure to ask so I will not be surprised in 5k miles with a big repair/maintenance bill.
There are two maintenance tasks with the VStroms aside from wear items like tires, chain/sprockets, oil, etc. (the high-mileage bike owner should have receipts for all of the above):

The valves need to be checked and possibly (but not necessarily) adjusted about every 15k miles.

The throttle bodies need to be synchronized at about the same interval to keep the bike running at peak power.

Both of these can be done at a competent shop (if you can find one) for no more than $500. Aside from that, the only thing I've heard of as an issue with the bike is the throttle position sensor, which has failed on a very few bikes. The 650 seems to suffer from this less than the 1000.

Having said all that, I'd go for the lower-mileage, unadorned one. With less than 5k miles, there is almost no chance that the original owner neglected the bike. The only maintenance before 5k is one oil change; and almost everyone gets that first service done. But, even more so, adding accessories and making the bike "your own" is one of the best parts of VStromming. You can make it into anything from a sport-touring street bike to a trail-bashing dirt machine. Or even both...with some compromises.

If you have no budget or desire to add accessories yourself, then get the high-miler. As said above, the bikes are bricks.
 

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I was going to post something similar. I'm looking at wee's to replace my Boulevard M50 and was wondering about the mileage, but it appears that these things can go around the world and back a few times if maintained well.
 
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