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post #1 of 26 Old 11-10-2014, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Everybody,

I currently ride an EX500 that I have had owned for about 5 years. I have recently taken my wife on her first ride, and she fell in love with riding. I am now looking at getting another bike with more room, more comfort, more torque, and more carrying capacity for luggage. The 650 and 1000 V-Stroms have really peaked my interest.

I have come across an '09 that looks to be in pretty good shape, but has 39,000 miles on it. From what I can tell, the bike has been well-maintained, and the dealer supposedly went through and changed fluids, etc. I would hate to buy a bike with this many miles, but they are only asking $3,500 for it.

What do you all think of something like that?

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post #2 of 26 Old 11-10-2014, 02:42 PM
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I wouldn't consider that high miles at all. These are very dependable engines.
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post #3 of 26 Old 11-10-2014, 02:52 PM
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Not even close to high mileage!


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Yeah, these bikes aren't like bar-hopping Harley's that are considered high mileage when the odometer hits five figures.

These bikes get ridden a lot...generally...and will last easily into the hundreds of thousands of miles with normal maintenance. My bike has over 40K mile on it and runs better than most new bikes.

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post #5 of 26 Old 11-11-2014, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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I called the dealer and my brother in law rode by to check out the bike today (I live about 1.5 hours away and can't get over there before they close). The bike is in great mechanical shape. It has a few scratches, will need tires soon, and the salesman said that the front forks probably need to be freshened up. With the cash discount price, then buying tires and working on the front forks, the bike would be somewhere around $3,700 to $3,800 when all is said and done.

I am going to go check out the bike in person, hopefully either this weekend or next. My brother in law said that it's a much taller bike than my EX500, but that it shouldn't be [I]too[I] tall for me hopefully, just need to try it in person.

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post #6 of 26 Old 11-11-2014, 09:00 PM
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Definitely taller, wider and heavier than your EX500 but once under way all that weight drops away. Just be more cautious at walking speeds. You will find that you will want to explore further afield on a V-Strom.

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Engine just broken in, you have at least 100K of happy miles left.

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post #8 of 26 Old 11-12-2014, 08:05 AM
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All the previous posts are correct. The question becomes, what is your intended purpose for bike, and what is your budget. In addition, how many miles per year will you be riding on this bike? Only you can make this decision. I for one would not buy a bike without ABS brakes. They have saved me more than once on motorcycles and cars. There are many choices out there, and I am sure a number of Vstroms for sale. You do have great taste in bikes, I loved my '11 650 Vstrom, and love to death my '14 vstrom 1000. Good luck with your decision making - if you choose a Vstrom you cannot go wrong!
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post #9 of 26 Old 11-12-2014, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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As far as how many miles I will plan to ride each year, I really have no idea. Up to this point I have had the 500 that I have only ridden occasionally to work and then rides with the guys on random weekends. Now that my wife is riding with me, and loving it I might add, I feel like we will put quite a few more miles on it than I have ever put on the Ninja.
Whatever bike I do end up getting, I will probably ride to work a couple days each week (about 25 miles round trip) and then her and I will probably ride quite a bit on weekends for fun / transportation if it isn't raining.
I really like the idea of having a bike with ABS, but I am having trouble finding any for quite this good of a price around here. To be able to afford a new bike, I am likely going to have to sell my Ninja along with two of my dirt bikes, which keeps my budget somewhere around the $4K marker.
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post #10 of 26 Old 11-14-2014, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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I finally got to go look at the bike today. It's in pretty good shape, has a few scratches, tires are about 50 percent, brakes, sprocket s, and chain appear in good shape.they came down to 3200 on the price.

I have one question. The salesman, who seems like a pretty straight forward guy, recommended that with this bike having this amount of miles and going to be used for a lot of two up riding (my wife and I combine to a total of 300 pounds) that I have the front forks serviced. This would cost about 700 bucks. What do you guys think of that?

Sitting on the bike I loved it. I was just about 1/2inch shy of being able to flat foot. My wife Said sitting on the back was super comfy compared to the ninja.

On a side note they also had a like new 2007 1250 bandit with 8k miles.drool.
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