Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
There aren't any problem points. You want one that has had the routine maintenance done on schedule (and there are a couple of items with silly short schedules--radiator hoses and spark plugs, for example). And, as always, not crashed hard enough to bend anything critical. The 650 was introduced in 2004. The 1000 started in 2002, and got a few minor changes in 2004. Not sure about Canada, but there were no 2010 650s in the U.S., and there were a couple of years with no 1000s.
I think ABS brakes are important. I know that they were an option on the 650 beginning in 2007 in the U.S.; I don't know if Canada was the same. They became standard on the 2012 650s. They weren't on the 1000 until 2014.
If you'll be riding mainly mountain roads and not much superslab at 120+, the 650 might do OK. You can drop to a 14 tooth front sprocket from 15 and move the power band down to lower speeds. A 1000 that has been retuned with a Power Commander and has the clutch modified would be a good choice.
"Older people who are reasonable, good-tempered, and gracious will bear aging well. Those who are mean-spirited and irritable will be unhappy at every period of their lives.
"Let each of use properly whatever strengths he has and strive to use them well. If he does this, he will never find himself lacking."
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Last edited by PTRider; 03-06-2015 at 04:34 PM.