StromTrooper banner

1 - 8 of 8 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
6 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Just back into riding last year after 25 year hiatus. Bought used 2010 Hyosung 250 cruiser last year to re-learn on. Took MSF course. Now looking to upgrade.

Found a 2008 v-strom 650, ABS with roughly 1,000 miles (yes, 1,000:mrgreen:). Has factory side bags. No other farkles. Seller is asking $4,900. Looks showroom condition from the pics.

Question:

What might I have to address on a 4-5 year old bike like this? Obviously the wear and tear will be minimal. Maybe battery? Tires (if it's been sitting and has flat spots)? Tune-up. Other?

I'm just trying to figure my overall costs in comparison to a 2012 Wee I could get for about $7,500 out the door.

Should I jump on this one?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
566 Posts
Don't know where you're posting from but that sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

Change the brake fluids, oil and filter and ride. Keep an eye on they tires but at 5 years old they should be ok if the bike wasn't out in the sun.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,856 Posts
You're probably looking at new tires, possibly the battery too... and changing all the fluids... I would offer him less than $4900.... And since it was sitting for so long, check to make sure no wildlife has made their home in the air box or somewhere else...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,249 Posts
Just back into riding last year after 25 year hiatus. Bought used 2010 Hyosung 250 cruiser last year to re-learn on. Took MSF course. Now looking to upgrade.

Found a 2008 v-strom 650, ABS with roughly 1,000 miles (yes, 1,000:mrgreen:). Has factory side bags. No other farkles. Seller is asking $4,900. Looks showroom condition from the pics.

Question:

What might I have to address on a 4-5 year old bike like this? Obviously the wear and tear will be minimal. Maybe battery? Tires (if it's been sitting and has flat spots)? Tune-up. Other?

I'm just trying to figure my overall costs in comparison to a 2012 Wee I could get for about $7,500 out the door.

Should I jump on this one?
Sound like excellent value for an almost new ABS model......the ABS was rare and more sought after, I'd grab it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,727 Posts
You say it has the factory side bags.

Before buying I recommend you remove each bag and carefully examine the back (attach side) of the bags. I bought my '07 Wee a year ago, also with factory side bags, and didn't discover for a few days that one of the bags was badly broken / cracked on the back side. The dealer who sold it to me either didn't know or didn't tell me and I didn't think to look. I think the factory bags make the bikes super-wide, too wide for my liking - for everyday use.

In my situation now, knowing that I really enjoy these bikes, I'd buy new (Romney in WV), but if ~$2,800.00 extra dollars means a lot to you the super-low miles Wee you've found (with ABS no less !) should make a great bike. If you ride a lot (say 500-1000 miles per month) the stock tires will be gone within a year and you'll then be riding on new tires of your liking.

Based on my experience and what I've read here I'd anticipate a need to change the TPS (throttle position sensor ?) before it gets to 15,000 miles (I'm preparing to change mine now). It and its installation tool (a special Torx wrench) cost less than $100.00 delivered and it's supposed to be fairly quick and easy to install. I can't get away from work long enough to install one on my bike. I've read many posts about TPSs, so I think the failure rate is higher than should be expected. (I think I might have read the new / replacement TPS "sensors" are supposed to be improved from what came on the bikes. I hope that's true as my bike has less than 15K miles and needs, I believe, a new TPS).

Good luck.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
177 Posts
You say it has the factory side bags.

Before buying I recommend you remove each bag and carefully examine the back (attach side) of the bags. I bought my '07 Wee a year ago, also with factory side bags, and didn't discover for a few days that one of the bags was badly broken / cracked on the back side. The dealer who sold it to me either didn't know or didn't tell me and I didn't think to look. I think the factory bags make the bikes super-wide, too wide for my liking - for everyday use.

In my situation now, knowing that I really enjoy these bikes, I'd buy new (Romney in WV), but if ~$2,800.00 extra dollars means a lot to you the super-low miles Wee you've found (with ABS no less !) should make a great bike. If you ride a lot (say 500-1000 miles per month) the stock tires will be gone within a year and you'll then be riding on new tires of your liking.

Based on my experience and what I've read here I'd anticipate a need to change the TPS (throttle position sensor ?) before it gets to 15,000 miles (I'm preparing to change mine now). It and its installation tool (a special Torx wrench) cost less than $100.00 delivered and it's supposed to be fairly quick and easy to install. I can't away from work long enough to install one on my bike. I've read many posts about TPSs, so I think the failure rate is higher than should be expected. (I think I might have read the new / replacement TPS "sensors" are supposed to be improved from what came on the bikes. I hope that's true as my bike has less than 15K miles and needs, I believe, a new TPS).

Good luck.
Just for comparison, I have an '07 Wee ABS with less than 10,000 miles on it - has spent its life in a garage with virtually no replacement parts like air filter, plugs or engine adjustments to date minus Rotella T6 synthetic oil changes, tires and a speedo fix at the dealer. Starts instantly and runs flawlessly giving ~54mpg.

If it's not broke, don't fix it...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
Missed it...but great input!

After repeated emails, the seller of they low mileage '08 wee called to let me know he just sold it.

But thx so much for all the great input!

So it's back to the drawing board. I'll keep my eyes open for used, but lately I've been tempted by the upcoming Honda CB500X. Might be just the ticket for this inseam-challenged, adventure touring wannabe!
 
1 - 8 of 8 Posts
Top