I'm a Wee owner, but my brother is looking at purchasing a used 1000. I don't know much about the V's, so any info you can give me to pass on to my bro' would be appreciated:
I'm looking at a 2002 Vstrom 1000. The dealer is asking Cdn $5,300 for it. I tried finding a blue book value but it's more of pain using it than just asking if it's a good price with the accessories listed below. From the forum I gleaned that the range is U.S. $4500-5500. The bike has:
48,000 km on it and it looks in overall great condition
Suzuki luggage racks and panniers (both sides and back)
An add-on plastic skid plate below the engine
An after-market seat (not gel)
Plastic hand guards
Plastic head-light guards
Taller wind-screen with add-on sides to increase width
Things I noticed:
Some coolant seeping out at the bottom (improper mainteance? Easy fix?)
Very loose exhaust clamp bolt at the front where the down pipe and mid-pipe join. (I'm thinking it's probably one of those things that just vibrate loose and have to keep an eye on).
There is a scrape on one headlight the size of a quarter (possibly dropped or replace previous one with a slightly damaged one?).
The dealer doesn't have the maintenance records and says that they rarely get them on used bikes. He isn't aware of fuel system or clutch issues. He was reluctant to offer a warranty, but said they "wouldn't leave me hanging and could offer me a deal for parts and free labour or whatever". I'll push for something in writing.