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Howdy, gang.

My goal is to score a tour-ready 650 (w/ hard side cases) for $2K or under, which means I'm looking in the high-mileage '04/'05 neighborhood. I have one picked out that I may bring home Sunday, weather permitting.

Here's my question. What's the mileage ceiling for one that's well cared for? Can a well-maintained one reach 100K miles easily?

Any common flaws that are specific to this model that I should look for?

Thanks!! Looking forward to joining this community.

Here's the '04 I'm looking at. 75K miles on the clock.

 

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I have an '06 with 83,000 miles on it. Lately I've been riding 1600 miles per month and will have 100k on it next year. It takes hardly any maintenance.

You might have difficulty finding one that's truly tour ready for less than $2000. Most sellers will be removing luggage and accessories to sell separately.

Some things to look out for at that mileage are worn out rear suspension and oil consumption. They all use oil to some extent at highway speeds, but my friend's '07 with over 90k uses a lot and needs top end work. Also check the cush drive rubber, sprocket carrier and wheel bearings for play.
 

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Thanks. The one pictured above has been offered to me in my price range. It also includes (not pictured) a Givi rear rack that allows one of the side cases to serve as a top case.

Seller says...

"I have just gone through the bike, It has newer tires, battery, chain, sprockets, fork seals and oil, brakes, etc. I have just serviced the bike with fresh oil and filter, flushed and refilled the cooling system. New external fuel filter.The valves were just checked and were all in spec. while the bike was apart, I added new cam chains and tensioners as a preventative measure."
 

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There are a number of six figure mileage 650s out there, many more than bikes that were disposed of as worn out by then. People get tired of them before breaking them.
 

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There are a number of six figure mileage 650s out there, many more than bikes that were disposed of as worn out by then. People get tired of them before breaking them.
I can easily believe this.

I sold my great-running and low-mileage (~32K miles, I think) '07 Wee largely because I wanted (not needed) a "new design", '12+ Wee.

Now that I have a '12 Wee I'm starting to look at the '17, even though my '12 Wee has less than 35K miles with a fresh valve inspect / check.
 

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Congrats, welcome and good luck!
 

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I have a '05 wee-Strom (same beautiful blue!) that I bought four years ago with 36000 kms on the clock. Just coming up for 100,000 now. Only issues I have had were in the last few months:
- Starter motor needed an overhaul
- Fuel pump sometimes needs a second "kick" to spin up and pressurize the system (ignition off and on again), but I'm replacing that.

Love the bike! Enjoy yours.
 

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My 2006 DL650 was parked at 202,000+km/125,000+mIles. I parked it since liked what suzuki did to the 2012 DL650. It had sat for about years and has been resuscitated as a project bike by one of my tech friends.

@rcacs had around 160,000 miles plus last I heard.

100,000 miles is nothing. Pretty much just change the oil and ride.

..Tom
 

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Bought my '06 tour ready (adv panniers, big screen, crash bars, etc.) with about 50k km's on it for a bit more than yours. Sitting at 80k something now. Has been good, but not great.

Outside of the norm, have done the following

- Steering bearings
- Throttle position sensor
- Fuel filter mod
- Countershaft and clutch pushrod oil seals. This was the biggest piss-off, the countershaft seal failed semi-catastrophically while touring.
 

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I'm looking for a dl650 for around $3000 but some of them have high mileage. From what i here, the engine is bulletproof.
 
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