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Ok, I'll buy one. Should it be 2012 or newer, or is older ok too?

Ok, so now I'm in buying mode for a used V-Strom. Looking for a DL650 due to the gas and cost savings over a 1000. Yes, would love to have a new one..but I'm cheap, and if I can keep a few grand in my pocket, all the better.

The only thing I HAVE to make sure the "new to me" bike has is ABS. Well, I'd also like to flat foot at 5'9", but that may not be totally possible. Anyways, I've looked at KBB, NADA, and talked to my bank guy. All told me that the difference in FMV for each year really takes a upswing between the 2011 and 2012 offerings.

I understand why; it was the changes to the overall bike. My question is are those changes THAT big of a change to warrant that I should only look for 2012 and 2013 bikes? Or, am I going to still have a blast riding a 2008-2011 bike (with ABS) for a lot less dollars?

I know everybody has a different value wall...but for those in the know, was the 2012 and newer models worth the extra Ben Franklins to get them?

Thoughts much appreciated. Oh, since I don't have 20 posts yet (and won't do junk posts), if you have something that may interest me and are in/near the Midwest, let me know (that's more of a *cough cough* than an ad, I hope )

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A 2007-2011 ABS Wee is a very good bike. Newer models are a bit better. Whether the difference in money is worth the difference in year is up to the buyer.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Modestly farkled 2011 V-Stroms are selling for around $5700-$5800 in central Ohio on Craigslist. There is a 2012 in Dayton going for $6000 right now as well. If it came down to just a few hundred, I'd get the 2012+, but would still be happy with a 2011 or earlier as long as it had ABS (personal preference).

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Assuming you can get out the door for MSRP or below on a new non-adventure model, your payments would be $141 for five years if you qualify for 0% financing.

If you bought a fully-farkled used bike for $6,500, depending on your state sales tax and 6% interest, your payments could be as high as $137.

With 0% financing on an adventure model, payments would be around $167 over five years. It really depends on whether you like the Trax boxes- the windscreen you will need to replace anyways.
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You will have a blast with which ever one you choose. Be sure and check out the For Sale section here too.

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There is a 2012 in Dayton going for $6000 right now as well.
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Assuming you can get out the door for MSRP or below on a new non-adventure model, your payments would be $141 for five years if you qualify for 0% financing.
I'm going to pay cash on this one. Learned my lesson on past MC and two cars...let somebody else take the depreciation hit of riding it off the lot.

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Be sure and check out the For Sale section here too.
Yep, just waiting for somebody to post a great deal nearby :mrgreen:

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I'm keeping my well farkled '07 ABS. Otherwise I'd buy a '12+. Many of the features for better riding that I paid extra to farkle are included on the newer bikes.

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Latest update: Going to look at a 2012 DL1000 Adventure tomorrow. 650 for the gas mileage, 1000 for the power. The bigger engine is pulling me....

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I'm pretty sure for $6000 you can find 2012 650 too. Perhaps in stock condition though (no farkles).
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If you haven't bought one yet, here's something to consider. Farkles for the earlier models are mostly universal across many model years. On the DL650, nearly everything that you can bolt onto a 2004 will also fit a 2009. To me, that meant that there are lots of choices, both new and used to pick from. I had a 2005 Wee, and upgraded to a 2009 Wee ABS because I was able to pull everything off the old bike and bolt it right on to the new one. The only issue was the exhaust "Y" pipe. On the newer bike, the pipe is made differently and will not accept a slip-on muffler. I had to buy what Two Brothers refers to as a "full system".
I've never ridden a Glee, but I've been told it's an improved bike. Hard to think of anything about my Wee that I'd want changed though.
Before the Glee, however, I believe that ABS was optional and can be hard to find. I had to drive from Atlanta to Orlando to pick up mine.
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