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post #1 of 12 Old 02-11-2014, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to get a V. Need feedback.

Hey y'all,

Well this is my first thread and I hope it's not my last here. I haven't been part of a motorcycle forum and I really like what I see here. Looking forward to being a member here.

So a little about me. I have been riding for a little over 5 years and started from a little Yamaha 400 and now ride a Monster 696. I am young (25) but I think I'm over sport bikes for now. 90% of my riding is commuting to work and local businesses with the other 10% being trips ranging from 30-180 miles. Which on the monster is somewhat brutal on my back and shoulders. Also the fact that my recent girlfriend has expressed a rather pointed interest in riding has me looking for something a little more 2 up friendly. So I'm in the market for something more comfortable and found a DL650 on my local craigslist. It looks like a decent deal on a great bike with a ton of extras like aluminum guards and bags and other goodies. Says its been well maintained and that everything was rebuilt before it was traded into the local dealer. He bought a new bike after having this one for a year. Claims all the riding has been on asphalt or dirt roads. No beaches or sand. Looks ok except for two issues.

1.) Has 50,000 miles. Now I know this is a touring bike so I assume that its really nothing for a well maintained touring/dual sport bike.

2.) He says it burns a little bit of oil. The price that he is asking for includes a top end rebuild/replacement. He is willing to let it go at a much reduced price without the top end work.

So is this a good deal? I am a heavy equipment mechanic so doing a top end wouldn't be too big of a deal. Finding the time and motivation to do so though is another matter.

I am ignorant when it comes to these bikes so I figured I'd find the guys who love these bikes and are used to fixing them, riding them, and enjoying them.

Appreciate any feedback y'all would have!

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Hey y'all,

Well this is my first thread and I hope it's not my last here. I haven't been part of a motorcycle forum and I really like what I see here. Looking forward to being a member here.

So a little about me. I have been riding for a little over 5 years and started from a little Yamaha 400 and now ride a Monster 696. I am young (25) but I think I'm over sport bikes for now. 90% of my riding is commuting to work and local businesses with the other 10% being trips ranging from 30-180 miles. Which on the monster is somewhat brutal on my back and shoulders. Also the fact that my recent girlfriend has expressed a rather pointed interest in riding has me looking for something a little more 2 up friendly. So I'm in the market for something more comfortable and found a DL650 on my local craigslist. It looks like a decent deal on a great bike with a ton of extras like aluminum guards and bags and other goodies. Says its been well maintained and that everything was rebuilt before it was traded into the local dealer. He bought a new bike after having this one for a year. Claims all the riding has been on asphalt or dirt roads. No beaches or sand. Looks ok except for two issues.

1.) Has 50,000 miles. Now I know this is a touring bike so I assume that its really nothing for a well maintained touring/dual sport bike.

2.) He says it burns a little bit of oil. The price that he is asking for includes a top end rebuild/replacement. He is willing to let it go at a much reduced price without the top end work.

So is this a good deal? I am a heavy equipment mechanic so doing a top end wouldn't be too big of a deal. Finding the time and motivation to do so though is another matter.

I am ignorant when it comes to these bikes so I figured I'd find the guys who love these bikes and are used to fixing them, riding them, and enjoying them.

Appreciate any feedback y'all would have!

Apparently I missed the no sales ad rule. My apologies.
That depends on what he is asking for it.

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I think the idea of it burning oil at 50k is a little strange. Typically, they don't seem to do that but it could just be an anomaly. They are known to use oil at sustained high speeds but from what i understand its usually being blown out the breather.
I also don't know what they mean by everything being rebuilt prior to trade in. I would think by 50k it could be on a second or third set of chains and sprockets, a battery or two. Otherwise I'd be curious what they mean by that.
In my area a bike with 50k is a slow seller and is going to go at a pretty low price anyway just because there are a lot of low mileage bikes available. Thus even if it ran like a top I wouldn't want to pay a lot for it. but not knowing what they are willing to take and so on its hard to say if its a good deal. I also think one should consider that by the time you go to sell it the bike will have higher miles and a rebuilt engine which further lowers its desireability. The extras are a nice thing though.

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I knew I forgot something. He is asking 4500 OBO but that is including a top end rebuild/replacement. I was thinking of starting the haggling at around $1200 and going from there. I blue booked it and for the year with about 20K less miles it came out to approx $3400.

Unfortunately the bike market up here is rather sparse. Especially this time of year.
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I knew I forgot something. He is asking 4500 OBO but that is including a top end rebuild/replacement. I was thinking of starting the haggling at around $1200 and going from there. I blue booked it and for the year with about 20K less miles it came out to approx $3400.

Unfortunately the bike market up here is rather sparse. Especially this time of year.
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Market drives everything eh?
In my area no way that bike with a rebuilt engine would bring $4500, but of course your market could be entirely different.
Your plan seems like a good one. My only big concern would be if there are any other underlying issues. It could easily just be that one in a 1000 bikes that happens to have a top end go bad at low miles or it could be abuse. If you look around on this forum though you'll see that a top end needing a rebuild at 50k is a fairly rare event. They are generally a pretty tough engine.

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I knew I forgot something. He is asking 4500 OBO but that is including a top end rebuild/replacement. I was thinking of starting the haggling at around $1200 and going from there. I blue booked it and for the year with about 20K less miles it came out to approx $3400.

Unfortunately the bike market up here is rather sparse. Especially this time of year.
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I would red-flag this one and look around a little.
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I don't feel completely comfortable with this bike especially sight unseen. If I couldn't get it for a low price (Sub $1500) then I wouldnt be interested. Especially if the burning oil issue gets worse necessitating a top end rebuild.

I really appreciate everyone's input. Its been really helpful
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I think thats a smart approach. At that price you could probably even get an ebay engine if it came to it and still be okay.
One thing about the dl650 is that it was in production as a first generation for 7 years so there are a fair amount of them out there. I suppose shipping would be a killer to where you are but it might be a possibility to find one out of area and have it shipped. Someone could do an in person inspection of it and see its as represented. Just a thought if you don't see one you like in your area.

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I would agree with everyone else about the price unseen. Iím sure that the market is scarce in your neck of the woods, and I would recommend a WEE or VEE to anyone. So I say get the price where you feel comfortable, find if the work is warranted if not do it yourself and get ready for a sweet ride!!!
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red flag

Look into a Kawasaki Versye 650 ninja motor and you can get into a new one for a good price. I think Kawasaki will be better about any IF any problems arise than Suzuki does. And yes guys I drive a DL1000 2012 but all the $ ya have to dump into them to run like they should from new is nuts.
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