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After learning how to ride on a Ninja 250 as many others do, I moved up to the '09 Gladius. I love that bike but after a few years and acquiring some extra weight to ride around with me, I am looking for a bike that is much better for 2 upping. I originally looked at getting a Versys 650 or a Wee but after doing some research, I feel the 1000 would be the best bet for my situation. Now, in my area there were two '14 Adventures one with 14k and another with 28k miles for both around the same price. Sadly, after getting serious about upgrading, the lesser mileage bike had been sold.

I have scheduled a time to take a look at the 28k strom this week. I have heard and read great things about the longevity of these engines but want to be certain on what I should be looking for when I do go take a look.

Thanks for any tips.

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Hi YungChamp and welcome aboard. The 1000 is a good choice, it will not notice the weight, they pull like a tractor. 2014 onwards is the model you want (major updates that year). As always with a used bike check the maintenance records and make sure the big service (valve clearance) has been done. Every bike has its issues and the Strom is no exception (just search this forum) but if well cared for they pretty much run forever. At 28k miles it should still have a long and happy life ahead of it.

Don't rush into something you are not entirely happy with. Used Stroms come up pretty regularly. Check if there is a facebook group in your area too. The group here in Oz often reposts ads for used Stroms if they spot a good one so they can encourage more Stromtroopers!

I find the Wee quite adequate for my needs and like that it is a bit smaller and lighter but 74kg me and occasionally a 50kg pillion don't stress it too much. On the other hand I can see the appeal of the slightly better suspension etc. Either way you can't go wrong.

PS avoid the Versys. it is probably just fine but it is not a V Strom!
 

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Hi YungChamp and welcome aboard. The 1000 is a good choice, it will not notice the weight, they pull like a tractor. 2014 onwards is the model you want (major updates that year). As always with a used bike check the maintenance records and make sure the big service (valve clearance) has been done. Every bike has its issues and the Strom is no exception (just search this forum) but if well cared for they pretty much run forever. At 28k miles it should still have a long and happy life ahead of it.

Don't rush into something you are not entirely happy with. Used Stroms come up pretty regularly. Check if there is a facebook group in your area too. The group here in Oz often reposts ads for used Stroms if they spot a good one so they can encourage more Stromtroopers!

I find the Wee quite adequate for my needs and like that it is a bit smaller and lighter but 74kg me and occasionally a 50kg pillion don't stress it too much. On the other hand I can see the appeal of the slightly better suspension etc. Either way you can't go wrong.

PS avoid the Versys. it is probably just fine but it is not a V Strom!
Thank you! I will be definitely asking about the maintenance records. Apparently the salesman I talked to is the same one who has sold my grandfather a few of his BMWs, so I'm hoping that will help.

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Yup, full inspection would be a must for me if i bought a used bike.

I asked where you were because i spotted a low mileage red 1000 cc 2014 locally for a little less than 8000$ last week, it's not on kijiji anymore (i just checked), it prob instasold.
 
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