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post #1 of 7 Old 05-31-2013, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Pulling a trailer - how much additional wear?

Good day, all Ė I have a question for the group:

Iím trying to find a decent used Wee in my area (San Antonio), and I came across a dealer ad for a 2009 with about 28k miles on the clock - $6,000. Pics look good, but the ad was short on details; an email to the dealer got the following:

ďThis 09 Vstrom is in immaculate condition. There are no scratches, marks, dents, dings or any other cosmetic damage. It does have the Givi top box, hand guards, crash bars and skid plate. This is also equipped with a trailer hitch and hooked up to a Bushtec Roadmaster trailer. The trailer is an optional item and is not included in the price of the bike.Ē (Emphasis mine)

I realize the price is above blue book, but Iím confident I can talk it down a bit. My concern is what level of wear pulling a trailer could have placed on the bike. Iím minimally competent where mechanicals are concerned; I donít think I could tell on my own whether or not there are any problems.

Iíve already asked the dealer Ė no test ride, and theyíre not willing to release it to have a third party mechanic check it out. Unless I buy it first, of course. And since itís actually located a bit over 200 miles from home, that could potentially open a large bag of hassle.

So, any words of wisdom out there? Iím a little out of my comfort zoneÖ
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-31-2013, 05:50 PM
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I've pulled trailer, big heavy tenty dude, many miles behind a 800 BMW. What it wears out is rear ends and gear boxes. The cush pads in the rear of the Wee may need replacement and the chain and sprockets will wear more that normal if not lubed frequently. This type of gear box is maybe a bit different than the separate trans on the BMW and the Wee may not wear as much from the load.
I've friends that have toad(sic) Bushtec trailers. Very handy if you have a need for a lot of stuff. Bears can and do flip them looking for food if you leave it inside and camp where bears are.
Lots of folks will poo-poo the idea but others will say gopher it!
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-01-2013, 06:29 AM
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there is a very good deal on a 2012 in the for sale section. fly to va and ride it home!

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post #4 of 7 Old 06-01-2013, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks

Thanks folks...
With what notacop said, I've got enough to set my mind (sort of) at ease - assuming it's still there when I can get up that way, I plan to check it out.

And unfortunately, no matter how good the deal on the VA 2012, I couldn't afford the insurance bump. I'm riding old & low-cost right now (04 Honda Shadow), and going current would tack over $600/year on to my bills - the pension doesn't quite stretch that far.

Regards to everyone.
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-01-2013, 11:52 AM
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INS on my tenty trailer is only $17 bucks a year and it sits 12 months in the garage since the wife doesn't have the mobility no mo. I keep it as a maybe, someday.
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INS on my tenty trailer is only $17 bucks a year and it sits 12 months in the garage since the wife doesn't have the mobility no mo. I keep it as a maybe, someday.
O--kay... my cargo trailer only costs me about $20 a year for the same reason, but that's not a bike... which I would be riding, eh?
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-02-2013, 12:33 PM
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The bike coverage can vary from PLPD to the whole gonzo everything. Price is based what you get.
I have the bikes, cars and house on the tab and it runs $265 a month. Bikes appear to be $270/yr(BMW), $196/year(DL650). That's full coverage.
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