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Hi Guys,
I am talking to someone selling a 2004 V Strom 650 with 33K miles on it.
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Owner seams honest and open, lives 4 hours away, hasn't ridden the bike much in the last 3 years while in grad school & had a new baby, shared that he dropped 3 times it at no speed or less than 5 mph (bought the engine guard after the first time that scratched the plastic), learned that one of the front shock seals is bad, and thus the front tire is bad, rear tire has some life to it, starts right up, no other problems, registration current. Was asking $2,500, dropped to $1,500 due to work needed. Will throw in padded leather jacket.
I don't have a big budget at the moment so I don't want to miss an opportunity. I also would rather wait and pay a bit more for something I can trust. Is this an opportunity to get in relatively cheap, have the work done, or do it myself, and be riding soon?
I appreciate opinions!
Thanks!
Jon
 

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I had a 2005 that I kept for twelve years. I didn't put many miles on it as I had another bike (Triumph Tiger 1050) that got some of my attention. I had a leaking fork seal when it was only a couple of years old. I may have one of those fork seals in a bag somewhere that would fit. If you get the bike send me a note and maybe I can send it to you.

As for the price, its good. Of course with 33k on the bike you want to look hard at the chain and sprocket. I would say the bike will need a complete service, check the valve adjustment, change the anti-freeze, brake fluid, oil and filter, maybe that chain and sprocket. How is the battery? You might need one of those. Of course that tire you mentioned. Add all of this up to see what it will cost. Of course any time you buy a bike at that age and with that mileage on it these are all common items that need looked after. Its why a used bike is so much cheaper than a new one.

If you look the bike over and it looks straight and reasonably cared for, and if you feel you can do all this work yourself, then the deal may well be a good one.
 

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Thank you Hans!
I need to be realistic about doing the work myself. I think if I had someone to walk me through it the first time, I could handle it. Probably not really to start. I need to figure out how much all of that would cost! You experienced input is appreciated.
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Jon
 

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When I got my 650 it had 23K miles and was beautiful. It's got 99+K miles on it now. Just an example of how well the bike can survive with minimal shop time.
Some Vee owners have 100K plus on the bikes. Some even over 200K.
As far as farkles go, I've gotten most of my stuff from the forum at good prices.
 

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Thank you Hans!
I need to be realistic about doing the work myself. I think if I had someone to walk me through it the first time, I could handle it. Probably not really to start. I need to figure out how much all of that would cost! You experienced input is appreciated.
Best,
Jon
Where are you located? When I got into motorcycling I was lucky enough to have a couple of mentors who took me through the basics of maintenance.

Fork seals aren't expensive. They're even cheaper when you get the compatible Honda seals, "51490-MCF-000 SEAL SET, FR. FORK". This part number includes one oil seal and one dust wiper, so you'll need two of that part number. I avoid All Balls after the ones I put in quickly failed.

Is the front tire worn out? Leaking fork seals shouldn't affect front tire condition, unless so much oil leaked out that it caused uneven wear.

Does it have a centerstand? That makes maintenance a lot easier, especially on the road.

If it runs well and is in decent shape, $1,500 is a good price.
 

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Fox,
thank you for the info. As it was far away, the bike sold before I could get there. Looks like it may be a little while before I find another one in my price range. Fingers crossed:)
 

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I was going to say, if you get a price that good, jump on it, even if you don't like it you could turn around and make a profit reselling it. This is a good time to buy one, although most will likely wait for Spring to sell theirs now.

VStrom's are amazingly durable machines. If it runs, sounds normal, frame is not bent, no dents in the tank and it's 1500 bucks, holy cow, what a steal. All the other maintenance things take time, but do not cost all that much if you DIY.
 

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Buggy,
live and learn. (Probably) Won't make that mistake again. Thank you for the input!
I did the same thing once, had a guy in Idaho with a late model, low mileage, blue (my favorite color) Victory Hammer S for sale, said he would take 5k for it and I told him I would need to clear it with wife first, and two days later it was sold to someone else. Still kicking myself about that.
 

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**it happens! I just ran into an attempted scam. This will be a journey! Waiting for my training course certificate to arrive so I can go get my license. Then I can go after this more seriously.
 

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Just be a bit more patient. First have your license and then take your time. There are MANY well cared for older WEE's out there, including on sale here on the forum. You will likely not get taken for a ride by a member here, especially if he has a good reason why he is selling.

I sold my 2004 WEE with a lot of farkels last year for an attractive price, I needed the room in my little garage for the V2 I had bought. There was nothing wrong with the WEE and I would have ridden it cross country (again) without a thought. It had just under 50k and was so well set up, a bargain for the buyer!
 
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