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Just sold my today and I'm looking to buy v strom 650 used off of craigslist/offerup/cycletrader. I just need some input on which one I should get. My budget is around $3000 more or less and i'm looking for one that is farkled out. Here are some of the bikes that i am interested in buying. I'm located in SoCal btw.

https://bakersfield.craigslist.org/mcy/d/2005-vstromplus-many/6368295711.html
This one looks pretty clean and it is completely farkled out. Cost is $2400. The mileage is high at 72,000 miles. Any thoughts? The guy does want extra for the racks and luggage cases but i'm pretty sure i can make a deal with him

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/mcy/d/2008-suzuki-dlcc-strom/6378361282.html
This one has allot of farkles. $2800 with 61,000 miles. Thoughts?

https://slo.craigslist.org/mcy/d/2007-suzuki-vstrom-dl650/6369629769.html
29,000 miles and he wants $2800. Lest farkles but has low miles. Thoughts?

https://ventura.craigslist.org/mcy/d/2007-suzuki-vstrom-dl-650/6344266893.html
70000 miles for $3200. Has all the farkles i want but it is pricey and has high mileage. Thoughts?

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When I got my 04 it had few farkles but I paid KBB value at $2500 and 23K miles. Farkles can be done on the cheap.
Get the cleanest one that tugs the heartstrings.
 

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I bought a 2007 DL650 non ABS with 50K miles for $2,000 (he was asking $2300). Bike came with Magstad mount, and the upgraded windshield), heated grips, and bar risers. Had small scratches on left side of tank from being layed down, has a little bit of engine paint worn off on the bottom side of engine. Besides that it was pretty clean, also had a recent chain replacement.

1st bike is sold already; did you buy it or someone else?

2nd bike looks pretty nice; quite a bit of farkles and with 60K on the clock, it should still bo another 40k plus miles. I like that is has a skid plate, and a trunk (mine does not). Heated grips got to love that! I have the Calsci windshield also (with magstad mount), and no buffeting that I noticed so far (haven’t ridden on the highway yet though but just a minute or 2). New sprocket and chain is a total bonus.

3rd bike has lowest miles; that is the bike I would buy. The ad says the bike us rough physical condition, yet it looks fine with me, is that a recent pic? A little scratches is ok with me on a bike like this. Based on the pics, it looks good and low miles with some mods and even has the side bags.

4th bike is most expensive and the highest miles. Looks to be setup for touring, kind of nice but the 2nd and the 3rd bike both are a better deal overall.

Go with bike 3 (first choice) or bike #2 (my 2nd choice). Bike 1 is sold, leaving only bike 4 at the ends with highest miles and highest cost, pass on that one unless something about it makes your hear pitter padder.
 

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Of these four:

A. Has been sold
B. Has been repainted and decals removed - Why?
C. Is original and obviously owned by a fussy/diligent owner. And has 30-40,000 miles less!

But do take the time to look around. It's a buyers market.
 

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I can't open #1,2 and 4 but I would go with the bike with lowest mileage (#3). As said above you can get farkles pretty cheap here. You never can turn the mileage back. But at the same time I would try to find out why front forks tubes were replaced. It might be an indication of front end damaged in an accident.
 

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Contact bruinVSTROMguy. He might give you a contact to the guy that is selling 2011 Wee for few hundreds more then you want to spend but it's 2011 and with only 16000 miles on it. comes with 3 cases, skid plate and engine guards.
 

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Contact bruinVSTROMguy. He might give you a contact to the guy that is selling 2011 Wee for few hundreds more then you want to spend but it's 2011 and with only 16000 miles on it. comes with 3 cases, skid plate and engine guards.
Call Al's Cycle in Los Angeles. The bike looks nice, but sat for a bit. I'm told the injectors have been cleaned. It was dirty, but would make a nice one. Heads up: I haggled with the owner for a solid week to try to get it for $3000. He's stuck at $3500 (listed for 4k). Probably a good enough deal.

The other problem is that Al doesn't have the title and the owner is slow to respond to messages. Good luck!

Al's Cycle Shop - Call Al and ask about the 2011 V-Strom. There's only one strom there.
Address: 1645 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: (213) 353-0328
 

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https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/mcy/d/suzuki-vstrom-650-abs/6410768896.html

This one looks pretty nice. I'll try to get the price down. I would have to fly or take the bus to get the bike and then ride it back to LA. That would make for a nice adventure.

https://fresno.craigslist.org/mcy/d/suzuki-vstrom-650/6396004617.html
There's also this one.

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The one in Newark looks clean. The one in Fresno looks ok too, but I don't see a year or ABS mentioned. I believe pre-2007 had one plug per cylinder and no ABS, with ABS optional in 2007-2010 and standard in 2011.

Depending on how much the one in Newark will negotiate, that might be the one. But I'd go by Al's tomorrow if I were you and see if you can get him to get the title from the (seemingly unmotivated to sell) consignor. It's probably a better deal at $3500 than both these bikes...
 

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The one in Newark looks clean. The one in Fresno looks ok too, but I don't see a year or ABS mentioned. I believe pre-2007 had one plug per cylinder and no ABS, with ABS optional in 2007-2010 and standard in 2011.

Depending on how much the one in Newark will negotiate, that might be the one. But I'd go by Al's tomorrow if I were you and see if you can get him to get the title from the (seemingly unmotivated to sell) consignor. It's probably a better deal at $3500 than both these bikes...
I'll probably head over there tomorrow. I'll see if I can lower the price. Fingers crossed

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Nothing special stands out in that list, especially with winter approaching.

I would keep on looking for a better deal.
What Bruce said.

If you can hold off until after New Years when people are paying off Christmas, you can barter for a better deal. That, and some people get cabin fever in the dead of winter and sell off motorcycles for whatever reason that hits their whim.

Farkles - as someone else noted, they can be had on the cheap. I bought my DL650 as an 18 months overdue, zero miles left-over so I didn't worry about how it had been ridden. I've added a few necessities but nothing that amounts to eye-candy.

When buying used motorcycle in the past I've gone for low miles and as close to stock as possible, unless I knew the other rider and was sure of his wrenching and farkling aptitudes. Not every wanna-be adventure rider has equal abilities with tools and electrical circuits. I'd rather do it myself and be sure of it than buy somebody else's mistakes and have to spend my time figuring it out and fixing it. :furious:
 

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https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/mcy/d/suzuki-vstrom-650-abs/6410768896.html

This one looks pretty nice. I'll try to get the price down. I would have to fly or take the bus to get the bike and then ride it back to LA. That would make for a nice adventure.

https://fresno.craigslist.org/mcy/d/suzuki-vstrom-650/6396004617.html
There's also this one.

decisions decisions
First one looks like a scam, why is he listing a NJ bike in Cal?:confused: second one looks like a 2004 and is over priced. :fineprint:
 

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And there sure are a lot of 2007s for sale out there!
I'd like to find a 2009-2011 with hard bags and maybe a few other goodies for around $3500-4Kish myself.
 
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