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post #1 of 16 Old 12-22-2013, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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How many miles are too many?

I just found a blacked out 08 V Strom 650. The seller says to have up to $2K in extras such as Racetech Gold Valves/Springs, Superbrace Fork brace, new BattleWing tires, Moose ATV Aluminum Handlebars, MadStad windshield bracket, Givi Windshield, Stebel Horn and wiring kit, Large Topcase, Hepco and Becker Centerstand, upgraded speedometer to be accurate, mirror extenders, hand guards, Traxxion Dynamics Front Forks.
I'm not a gear head nor a techie so I don't know what these upgrades will really mean, yet years ago I was looking for the V-Strom to be my first bike and I ended up with a 2001 SV650S which proved a wonderful choice, but I'm ready for the V Strom.
The bike has 19,000 miles, though. Is that too much? What is a fair price for that many miles? Would I be better off with an 09 V storm 650 with only 600 at my local dealer for $5,700?

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I would trade a few miles for all of the extras. 20 k miles is nothing if taken care of. Farkles are expensive.
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19K miles is practically just broken in. the extras make it the better bargain IMHO. Either way you'll get a great bike. Ride safe
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I'd be more worried that it sat up too much. That is super low miles. My last '08 bike was a FJR 1300, and i sold it a year ago with 88K on it. Bikes generally run better when run on a regular basis as opposed to sitting for weeks or months at a time.

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did i miss the price of the 08? either way would be good. personally i would get the 09 with 600 miles. my 08 is stock except givi bags. i payed i think 5500. had 14500ish miles. would like a taller shield.
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I'd be more worried that it sat up too much. That is super low miles. My last '08 bike was a FJR 1300, and i sold it a year ago with 88K on it. Bikes generally run better when run on a regular basis as opposed to sitting for weeks or months at a time.
So then in your theory, my 2006 should really worry me? It had only 12K on it when I got it back in June, and it runs like a Rolex.

Oh and to the OP, I would snatch up that 08 in a heartbeat.

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Those are low miles for a well cared for WEE

I would always look around how the guy keeps the rest of his stuff and judge if it was well cared for
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Racetech Gold Valves/Springs Good, be sure the springs suit your weight, but see the last item
Superbrace Fork brace Good
new BattleWing tires Good
Moose ATV Aluminum Handlebars Personal preference
MadStad windshield bracket Good
Givi Windshield Good
Stebel Horn and wiring kit Good
Large Topcase Good; personal preference
Hepco and Becker Centerstand Good
upgraded speedometer to be accurate Not sure?...does it reduce the odometer reading?
mirror extenders Good
hand guards Good
Traxxion Dynamics Front Forks. Great, but the bike has either RaceTech Gold Valve cartridge emulators OR Traxxion fork cartridges

I wouldn't buy this bike unless it has ABS brakes. That's me. If the price is fair, then this bike is a good choice. The mileage is 10% of the engine's expected life with normal maintenance.

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Bought my 04 with 20g now it is some where over 55g and looking for the 100.
I have a 79 Triumph with 136000+ and it took a lot work to get it to 50g But hardly any to get the strom that far.

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Racetech Gold Valves/Springs Good, be sure the springs suit your weight, but see the last item
Superbrace Fork brace Good
new BattleWing tires Good
Moose ATV Aluminum Handlebars Personal preference
MadStad windshield bracket Good
Givi Windshield Good
Stebel Horn and wiring kit Good
Large Topcase Good; personal preference
Hepco and Becker Centerstand Good
upgraded speedometer to be accurate Not sure?...does it reduce the odometer reading?
mirror extenders Good
hand guards Good
Traxxion Dynamics Front Forks. Great, but the bike has either RaceTech Gold Valve cartridge emulators OR Traxxion fork cartridges

I wouldn't buy this bike unless it has ABS brakes. That's me. If the price is fair, then this bike is a good choice. The mileage is 10% of the engine's expected life with normal maintenance.
Very excellent & useful answer by PTRider.
As to the ABS brakes, they sure stopped me in a panic stop the other day, but I've ridden a LOT of miles without ABS brakes and never needed to depend on them. The only time I couldn't recover in a skid was on gravel and ABS won't help much there. I'd say the bike the OP is asking about is a very good option, unless there is something he doesn't see. Like only 19K on a bike with all kinds of upgrades *might* mean a ball-buster rider who didn't break it in right. Just an unavoidable risk to take in a used machine. Otherwise, sounds like a good deal.
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