Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Philadelphia Burbs
Dave...I'm certainly not the most qualified here to answer your questions, but I was in the same boat as you and just recently bought a used (2100 miles) 2008 Wee for a very reasonable price. I have been looking for close to a year, and many opportunities came and went for various reasons, but I'm very pleased with the outcome of being patient. I think buying used is the way to go...they are solid bikes to begin with, and a good inspection will reveal how well the previous owner maintained it. Dead giveaways; a filthy or dry chain and/or discolored oil...don't bother looking further. There are many low-mileage bikes for sale out there, and plenty more to come as the 'season' winds down.
If you were to use this forum's 'for sale' section as a guide, I believe there is a big difference between what people are asking and what people are paying. Depreciation is not in the vocabulary of the typical seller. But the reality is that once the bike leaves the lot, it HAS depreciated, and all the add-ons too. I was lucky enough to find a person that accurately priced the bike and I was the first one to jump on the deal. So be patient, be willing to negotiate and perform a good inspection.
Buying new from a dealer can be a PITA...what seems like a good price in the ad can quickly devolve into a bad deal...when they start tacking on freight and set-up. Suzuki pays the dealer for set up, and the typical $400+ charge is simply gouging. Same with 'paperwork' fees.
As far as diffs between '05 and '08...I'm sure someone will chime in with a list, but the only significant ones that come to mind are: 1) anything prior to '07 has 1 plug per cylinder (2 plugs and more PCM programming added later for emissions), 2) '07 and later have slightly longer swingarms, and 3) beginning in '08, the alternator output was increased to 400w (from 375), so that could help with aux lighting or heated gear.
Lastly, it seems these bikes are built pretty solid and anything other than the standard warranty just doesn't seem, well, warranted, IMHO.
Again, I'm sure there are others who will chime in...I'm a noob here, but I've been studying V-stroms for a while and now finally have come into the fold.
Best of luck with whatever decision you come up with!
DonStrom6 - PHL
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Last edited by donstrom6; 09-26-2008 at 01:00 AM.