Opinions the this Vee? Possible purchase tomorrow...
A little background: The V-Strom has been on my want list since I started riding around 10 years ago. I'm a biggish fellow (6'3", 280lb) and I really feel that a Wee isn't going to cut it for me. My brain says Wee would be fine, but my heart says I'm going to miss the power. Current ride is an '84 Yamaha FJ1100 - only 80k km but y'know, 30 years. My wife doesn't ride with me often, but she is, um, not petite. So the Wee is out. The other bike on my wish list would an FJR1300. However, affordable FJRs and VStroms are scarce around here. So this is what I'm going to look at tomorrow night:
2004 V-Strom 1000
70500km (44k miles)
$3995 CAD (~$3250 USD)
Full 3 pc color matched luggage set, Givi adjustable tall touring windshield, Givi engine guards, Oxford heated grips, and Two Brothers carbon fiber dual exhaust.
The luggage is a must, the windshield is a plus, the engine guards - better to have than have not, right? The heated grips I'll probably come to love, and the exhaust - well I don't believe that loud pipes save lives but I have to admit that these have a certain... presence.
Appreciate any thoughts & comments - if it seems a reasonable deal, are there any problems in particular that I should keep an eye out for?