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post #1 of 6 Old 04-10-2013, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Have two possible Wees lined up. One is an 04 with 29k miles and the other is an 09 with 2800 miles.

They want 6400 dollars for the 09 and 3800 for the 04.

Were there any issues with the earlier Stroms that I might need to know about?

If I get the 04 I can probably keep the bike I have now. If I get the 09 I'll have to sell/trade in my current ride.

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2009 Suzuki VSTROM 650 Southbay Motorsports Chula Vista, CA 1-800-924-9227

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Between the two i think the '04 sounds like the better deal, with a couple of caveats.
Be sure the '04 has had maintenance done. By that time it should be up on valve check number two. I would think it either had or will darn soon need a chain and sprockets, almost certainly has had a battery or soon will need one.
The only thing I know of that the '04 had an issue with was a bad run of ignition coils. Mine had one but it had it right out of the box so if this one did its probably been long ago fixed. Seems like I also heard something about some electrical wiring that was routed in an area where if could abrade and cause a short, an easy fix if memory serves.
The prices on these bikes run all over the map depending on your area. I bought a brand new leftover 2011 last spring for $7k which is why I have a hard time with an '09 for $6400. On the other hand if thats what they go for in your area and you want one, maybe thats just how it is.

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I went and took a look at it (the 04) today. It has some small bits of corrosion in a few areas. Doesn't look like anything some elbow greese won't knock out.

Already has the crashbars and bashplate I would have added. The tires are from 2009 and 2010 so even though they have good life left in them I may change them out. The bike has been garaged it's whole life and the guy who owned it before the current owner had meticulous maint. records (he was an accountant). The current owner hasn't put a lot of miles on it since he bought it but it has a new chain and sprockets as well as a new battery that he just recently put in it (with receipts to prove it all too )

I'm probably going to buy it. The issues with the corrosion I think I can take care of in short order with a some time with a scuff pad and some paint.

The only real niggle I found that I might have trouble tracking down is the flash to pass button doesn't work

He's also got some spare filters, oil, ect he's going to send with it.
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If it was supposedly garaged I would wonder about the corrosion but it may simply mean it was used as a commuter. Suzuki's idea of a finish isn't exactly (imo) top notch anyway so this would not surprise me.
I would wonder about the tires as well. They certainly can harden over time and make for a rather excitingly bad ride.
Not sure what to make of the flash to pass button. Could be so many things, a little corrosion in the switch, loose connection etc.. Doubt if its a big deal though.
One might do some searching on here, there was some kind of issue with the stock headlight switch and how it was connected in with the starter. I don't recall the particulars but there are some symptoms to watch for and it might be worth investigating to see if it could be related.
As you probably know the crash bars and skid plate are around $300 retail in terms of value if you bought them but its nice they are already there.

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Unless your in a real hurry I'd wait for something better. I spent weeks hunting for a strom and finally found 3-4 that were interesting and last week I picking up a 2011 650 1100miles for less than the 09 your looking at in central Cali. Keep looking. There will be better bike for better deal.


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It was a commuter for both previous owners so sat in a parking lot throughout the day. Garaged at night.
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