I am considering buying an 02 V-strom available near me; it's $2k, 50k miles, pictures look very good, owner says it runs fine.
I have researched a bit on v-stroms, and have found a detailed list of the model year differences (which makes it sound like these got alot better in 06), and as many opinions as I can stand, and it mostly sounds good with a couple known issues that are fixable. I am looking for your thoughts specifically on buying such a high mileage bike.
So in an attempt to not appear like a total noob to the interwebs, here's some background on me and what I'm looking for:
I currently ride a 92 Yamaha XJ600, have had it for about 6 years and have done lots of maintenance and mods including putting an R1 front end on it, which I think looks and feels way better and a complete engine teardown this last winter (here's my build thread
) I have put probably 12k miles on it so far and I am planning on keeping it forever. I am a mechanical engineer professionally and enjoy tinkering and I do all my own maintenance, though as I get older I find that I don't want to prioritize as much of my time to working on bikes/cars as I have in the past.
I would like a second bike that is better for touring and adventure (can mount hard bags, better for 2-up, a bit more horsepower, etc. but still capable of mild off-road/dirt roads/washout etc.). The v-strom seems to fulfill this criteria very well and at a reasonable price point
FI is a big want, ABS is another want, though I know that didn't come to the DL's until 07, and reliability is very important to me. If the 50k bike is just going to be a maintenance and repair basketcase, then I don't want that, but to be honest, I just don't have much experience with high mileage on motorcycles rather than cars.
I'm also a cheap skate, so I can't justify spending alot of money on something I want but don't need. Really the price on this one is what has me seriously considering it right now.
Thanks for reading and opining! Sorry if this is a super typical noob post and you hate it. I have looked for this info as much as I can in existing threads, but I haven't really found much on the high mileage, so sorry if I have missed some existing posts answering my questions.