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post #1 of 3 Old 02-11-2008, 06:12 AM Thread Starter
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New to group, been looking for a V

I have been looking to by either a 1000 or 650 for a couple of months now, but have pretty much settled on the 1000, mainly because I plan on using it for long distance touring and camping. Like anybody else, I have been looking for a bike in excellent condition for a reasonable price. I can get a new one (2007) for $7700 otd. Inviting, but "farkles" will add another $1500 at least.

I wouldn't mind a used one as I have 2 other bikes, one for comuting and the other one for messing around on. I've seen a few used ones in excellent condition on ebay and locally that I have bid on or tried to buy, only to have seen them sold locally during the bidding process or I was outbid or I was toolate to call.

I am looking at one now, a 2002, basically stock, with an asking price of $4900/obo. It has 15k on the odo. From what I've seen for pricing on used V's, I think this is a little steep. Perhaps in the $4200 to 4300 range maybe. Would that be a reasonable offer?

Thanks in advance for any imput.

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post #2 of 3 Old 02-14-2008, 03:14 AM
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$4900.00 sounds about right for a 1000. You can find a 650 for around $4000.00

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post #3 of 3 Old 02-14-2008, 08:24 AM
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All depends

What has the previous owner done on the bike in regards to maintainance? If the tires are good, the valves have been checked, throttle bodies synced, and chain and sprockets relatively new, that might be a fair price. I bought a 2002 last summer with a centerstand and bags, grip heaters and chain oiler, new chain and sprockets, and 20K miles for $4700 that needed new tires. But the guy that had it obviously took very good care of it, and had it since new, so I was reasonably assured the mechanicals were in good shape. Thing is, at least around here, used V's are few and far between. So there's really no market value. Usually there are more buyers than sellers, so haggling on price is not a factor. Since I put maybe 5K miles a year on the Vee, I'll never wear it out, so a used one, even at a large percentage of new price, made sense. If I put 20K a year on it, I'd have bought new. If I planned to be more than 200 miles from home on it, I'd also have bought new, just to have the warranty coverage during the break-in period. The only wrong answer, in my opinion , is not to buy a Vee. Other than that, you pays your money and you takes your choices.
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