Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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