Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sorry to sort of resurrect this old thread....
I'm now in the market for a new bike. My old one was a 30 year old cruiser, which was great until it up and died and wasn't worth the work to repair.
I'm new to riding, and knew that the cruiser life wasn't mine anyway. I much preferred and upright / standard riding position, and really like the utility and comfort that something like the V-Strom / Versys / 500X provide. So all that said...
There are few Versys or 500x's in the used market here in Vancouver. I know, patience. However, the sheer volume of V-strom 650s available in my market is astounding, especially fully farkled. I can bide my time on those as well, but I would like to purchase sometime this winter.
Can anyone give some advice on the best bets? I would prefer ABS, which I think was standard on Canadian models from (ummm... thinking...) 2010 or 2011 (with the US).or 2013. Are there any other things to really be aware of on older models? I have scoured through the DL650 Through the Ages post over on vstrom.info, but am just wonering what year to have as my floor. I'm thinking anything from a 2007-2013, but admittedly I'm... well.... new (see above).
Thanks for the patience with a n00b (so much so that I can't post links yet...!).
2011 Wee-strom and loving it.