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post #1 of 30 Old 07-11-2017, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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what to buy?

Hey everyone. To start off I have never in my 66 years ever joined any forum. Don't know a lot about threads and the like. So with that I hope you have patience for/with me. Thanks in advance.
I have been riding bikes off and on since I was 12 or so. Last bike was a 1200 sportster. Got tired of leaning over so Im looking at purchasing a used V-strom.
With that, I have a few questions. I apologize early if this is NOT where I am suppose to do this.
Q: are there any years I should stay away from?
What is considered too many miles for a used bike?
Anything I should look for?
Anything you can think of I would appreciate.... Mike
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post #2 of 30 Old 07-11-2017, 03:18 PM
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Welcome, Mike! I'm pretty new to V-Stroms so can only tell you that my first generation 650 (2010) is amazing. All of the 650s have potential problems with the stator/RR combination, so you should either be sure to buy one that has an upgraded RR and a voltmeter, or budget to make those changes immediately.
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Welcome to the Stromtroopers.
How much money would you like to spend?
Have you looked in the For Sale Section?
That is where I found my current cycle.
Never regretted it either.
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Welcome, Mike! I'm pretty new to V-Stroms so can only tell you that my first generation 650 (2010) is amazing. All of the 650s have potential problems with the stator/RR combination, so you should either be sure to buy one that has an upgraded RR and a voltmeter, or budget to make those changes immediately.
This is a very broad statement and does not really reflect reality. Other makes also have stator failures, so I would not use that as a decisive criteria. Yes install a V meter if it does not have one so you can monitor the health of the system.

Now to your questions. They have been asked before so spend a little time and do a google search on this site or including stromtrooper in the search string. You will find a lot of good information.

There are differences between the different models, not so much from year to year. So I would say don't worry about what year it is, that is not a decisive factor. You need to narrow the choice by how much you want to spend and what features are a must, like ABS which the oder models don't have.

Mileage: There is a 2002 VEE with over 400k miles so don't get scared by a bike with 40k or 60k at the right price, if it has not been abused.

There will be may older bikes that are perfectly fine, if you can live without ABS. They will be well farkeled and likely be a real bargain. They don't hold value well unlike a BMW or Harley, so you will get a lot of bike for a reasonable cost making it a low risk investment. If you really don't like it you can probably sell it again with little loss.

Look here and if need be do a fly and ride. You are likely to find an honest deal from members here. Plus check Craig's list and e-bay and try to buy in the off-season for better prices. Always find out why the bike is for sale. Many get bit by the new bike bug and then the old one needs to go. That's the one you want to buy.

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Thanks Guys. Will look into the Stator problem and price for a new one. When you mentioned volt meter, are you referring to the one on the instrument cluster or are you telling me to purchase one for testing?
I was looking to spend about 3K. Need to sell my Z71 first. From what I am looking at you can buy a pretty nice one for that.... But miles start to get higher, hence the milage question.... Mike
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Blaustrom, thanks for clarifying the volt meter question. Maybe a dumb question but: Is "See" short for V Strom"?
Whats does Farkeled mean... Scratched up, dinged up????
Another question: I see a few guys say they have dropped the bike at speed between 5-10 mph. Any thing to worry about... What should I be looking for?
I realize I sound like a new rider, but I never went this route in a bike and want the Best Buy for the buck...
Thanks Guys.... Mike
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Welcome, and the way I see it you can't go wrong with a VStrom.

Plenty of power
Bullet proof engines and known Suzuki reliability
Nimble handling
Widespread dealer network
Strong after market support and lots of "tweakability" to outfit it to your liking

At this time I'm able to have two bikes. Nine times out of ten when I head out to run and errand and decide to go on two wheels, I roll the DL650 out and take off with a smile on my face.
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Blaustrom, thanks for clarifying the volt meter question. Maybe a dumb question but: Is "See" short for V Strom"?
Whats does Farkeled mean... Scratched up, dinged up????
Another question: I see a few guys say they have dropped the bike at speed between 5-10 mph. Any thing to worry about... What should I be looking for?
I realize I sound like a new rider, but I never went this route in a bike and want the Best Buy for the buck...
Thanks Guys.... Mike
Google is your friend for answers to many of your questions. You need to read for a few days to become familiar with the abbreviations usded here:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...-wee-glee.html
Farkles: Are "improvements" added to the bike; https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...-things-3.html
If you have a short inseam, the WEE and VEE are tall, you may drop them. Or if you decide to go through sand or mud .... you may drop the bike.

3K should get you a decent bike but will be a few years old. Make sure it was ridden regularly, properly maintained (owner maintained is ok in my book, I do all myself) and has the most important improvements = farkles installed (like suspension upgrades, luggage, windscreen and Madstad braket, seat ...) even if you need to spend a little more. More things top look up :-)
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My stator died the other day so cost is top of line .....there is a cool item with 2 x USB outlets and a voltmeter handbar mounted ...

$265 for the part
$90 for labour.

125,000 km on the 2010 DL650.

I'd not be too worried - they are solid machines.


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I've got 23k miles on my 09 abs wee (650) that I bought new, no problems. My friend got a 2013 650, wee2?. We swapped for a while on a ride and the new version has some nicer handling, and more grunt. But after an hour I made him trade back as I was missing my 'leg room'. I found the riding position significantly different. But I've had back surgery to fix a few things and am sensitive to the ergonomics.

I tested the new 1000 abs when they came and out were on a 'fire sale' My first short test ride had me calling the dealer the next day to buy it. (it was sold a half hour after I left to think it over)

found another once on sale a month later, took a much longer test ride, and decided that the ergonomics would not work for me in the long run. On that first test ride I was just focused on the grin factor of the 1000. The second test ride I rode my 650 45 minutes to the dealer, and paid attention to the ergonomic different.

so I'd say sit on all the ones you are considering and see what works for you. They are great bikes for long, long rides. (did 200 miles between breakfast and lunch yesterday)



TLDR (too long, didn't read)
try them all out and buy the one that 'fits' you best.
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