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post #1 of 10 Old 09-17-2013, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Opinions on 2012 adv. price...

I'm super close to pulling the trigger on a '12 v-strom adventure. Wanted opinions on this price. There are 2 bikes available:

'12 Adventure with 1800 miles, $6,999
'12 Adventure with ~6k miles, +top case bracket and skid plate, $7,200

The bike I am considering is the first one. I don't know what farkles it has. Test rode the second one last week, and kinda fell in love

Only addition to the price is tax +250 doc fee. So I figure I'm looking at around 7650 OTD, before negotiation. Ideally I would convince them to waive the doc fee and MAYBE get the price reduced beyond that to compensate for taxes. I would love to see 7k OTD but I know that might be an unrealistic expectation.

I think I can get 48mo financing for 3.69%. No early payoff penalty. No fees.

Should I jump on this? The deal seems almost too good to be true...
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-17-2013, 12:46 PM
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All Adventure models should have a skid plate.... the stock one is plastic though. If you mean it has a replacement skid plate, what kind of skid plate? Some skid plates are pretty expensive, so if it is a good one, then I recommend spending the extra $200 on the bike. That being said, you could potentially negotiate the 6k mile bike down to the 1.8k mile bike price by mentioning to the seller the other price you found. Unless you're buying from a dealer, then they will probably just screw you anyways.

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All Adventure models should have a skid plate.... the stock one is plastic though. If you mean it has a replacement skid plate, what kind of skid plate? Some skid plates are pretty expensive, so if it is a good one, then I recommend spending the extra $200 on the bike. That being said, you could potentially negotiate the 6k mile bike down to the 1.8k mile bike price by mentioning to the seller the other price you found. Unless you're buying from a dealer, then they will probably just screw you anyways.
It is a dealer, and both bikes are at their dealership. The skid plate (maybe I'm confused about terminology) I think is this one:

Skid Plate, Suzuki V-Strom DL650, 2012-on - Touratech-USA

Touratech brand. So approx $200 value. I'm not sure how much off road / gravel I'll be interested in, probably 95% street, so I don't know if the extra 200 is worth it unless the experience of owners says it is... would there be any advantage for a mostly street rider?

Hopefully not getting screwed here. Their website plainly states no "dealer fees" or "prep fees". I spoke with a salesman on the phone and he said the only additional cost is tax and a $250 doc fee. I was hoping to negotiate some of that away.

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Yes, it is a HUGE advantage to have a skid plate on your V-Strom 650. You'll see that the oil filter is in a really bad spot. Even if you stay 100% on the road you could kick up something to trash the filter. The Touratech is a good skid plate and should do well in protecting your filter. If it were me I'd go for the one with the top case bracket and skid plate....its only $201 more. Also keep in mind that fall is almost here (READ: End of riding season and selling remaining models and/or making room for snowmobiles) so don't be afraid deal. Just tell them that they need to sell the bike more that you need to buy the bike. If they're not willing to budge then look in the "For Sale" section here....People here put out some sweet deals!!
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Buy the one with the topbox then sell the topbox to me for $200, dilemma solved.


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post #6 of 10 Old 09-18-2013, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Buy the one with the topbox then sell the topbox to me for $200, dilemma solved.


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It doesn't have a top box, just the bracket which actually if I'm not mistaken is standard on the adventure model. Is that right? I want a top box too so you wouldn't be getting mine :P

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The top box bracket is standard on the 650 Adventure.
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Well, he's not willing to negotiate the price. 7,737 out the door on the one that was 6,999. That's with tax and all doc fees. Won't even offer any accessories or anything to sweeten the deal. Boo, really gotta think now if I want to do this since I was hoping to keep the price down near 7k.

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Looks good to me

I can't find any used 650s at the dealers in my area or even near by on Craigslist. I've been negotiating the price on a new '13 650 and can't get them down much. The best price I've found for a non-adventure OTD is $9,300 (with side bags thrown in by Suzuki). I'm in California and our sales tax is 7.5%
All that to say that I would be happy to pay $2k less for a lightly used 2012 - just wish I could find one.
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post #10 of 10 Old 09-19-2013, 10:06 PM
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There are plenty of V-Stroms for sale in the Chicago/Milwaukee area on Craigslist. Fly and ride??
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