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Im considering buying a vstrom. I have ridden only dirt bikes in the past but looking to get onto the road. This bike will be used mainly as a commuter and some weekend trips. One of the reasons I have been looking at vstroms is I have read they are comfortable for taller riders. I am 6.5ft 230lbs. Would a stock bike work for me or should I be looking for risers ETC.
I am looking for a used bike and having troubles finding bikes in my price range ($4000 ish)
I have found a Suzuki vstrom 650 2005 for 4k. It looks mint! It has about 40k miles on it. Is that somthing to be concerned about?



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Im 6'3" and I think the wee strom is a great bike for taller riders. I found a OEM gel seat which was the first upgrade I made- I think the stock seat is horrible. The Gel seat is both wider and taller which gives the legs a touch more room. There was a wee at my local shop with 112,000 miles and they wanted almost four thousand for it . These bikes run a long time and it seems to me the kind of people who ride these maintain them properly and don't rally the crap out of them. I got a steal on my '06, but I think that is a good price and i wouldn't worry about the mileage, but if there are no service records then obviously you want to go through and do any possible deferred maintenance. I feel like a see more 1000's for sale and for cheap sometimes. I would have bought the a wee or V but I think i'm happier with the 650. I bought handlebar risers and I love them. I also have a tall windshield, crashbars with cruising pegs and I can ride all day in absolute comfort. They are fantastic bikes.
 

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There wasn't an update on this and I wonder if OP is still looking.....HEY OP! YOU STILL WANNA BUY THE BEST BIKE EVERY!? haha

well my 2 cents is to check Craigslist at least once a week and either write down the info or keep an eye on stuff, sometimes a bike will be listed on there from a month ago, then they will either bump it up or re post to help it get seen.

In 5 minutes of searching I found 3 Stroms in his area, 2 650s and 1 1000, all in his 4000 ish range.

2007 SUZUKI V-STROM DL1000
This one is pretty cheap, can't tell if thats 109,XXX MILES or Kilometers, but you could def offer less if you got cash.

2009 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom
Ads may say the price is firm, but if it hasn't moved in a week and they get desperate they might take a few hundred off.

650 V-strom
Higher mileage found in the "nearby search" under the local listings. Its got farkles and new sprockets and a rear tire. It has also been posted a few times recently and once a month ago. The owner could be willing to take something low as $3500, again if you had cash.

CASH is power on a site like Craigslist. Not a lot of people are trust worthy these days so not a lot of people are willing to take payments or personal checks. Some might be willing to go with you to your bank, if they have time. Keep searching and you will eventually find damn near exactly what you are looking for.
 

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Hello,
Im considering buying a vstrom. I have ridden only dirt bikes in the past but looking to get onto the road. This bike will be used mainly as a commuter and some weekend trips. One of the reasons I have been looking at vstroms is I have read they are comfortable for taller riders. I am 6.5ft 230lbs. Would a stock bike work for me or should I be looking for risers ETC.
I am looking for a used bike and having troubles finding bikes in my price range ($4000 ish)
I have found a Suzuki vstrom 650 2005 for 4k. It looks mint! It has about 40k miles on it. Is that somthing to be concerned about?



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Mileage is not really a concern, the price seems about right based on what I just sold mine for. No ABS on an 05, but I don't think you'll get ABS in that price range without going to a lot higher miles.

Given your height you are going to need a peg lowering kit. I never found the need for risers, but the peg lowering kit was a must for me at 6'2
 
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