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post #1 of 14 Old 10-27-2017, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys... first post! Iíve been the definition of v-curious on and off for a few years now. While Iíve been a car guy my whole life, Iíve also been interested in motor bikes but never actually stepped up and tried it out.

Flash forward to the here and now. Iím ready to give this motorcycling hobby a shot. I found a used í05 with A LOT of miles (103k) a couple hours from me. Itís basically bone stock, no farkles Ďcept for a taller windscreen. Some additional details:

- Seller is the second owner and says they have all the service records since new
- New battery this summer
- Rear tire has about 2,500mi
- Front tire, chain, sprockets and rear brakes last summer

He mentioned that it was laid down by the previous owner at low speed, and that it ďdoesnít look badĒ. The guy is asking $1500 for the bike.

As I noted above, whatever I get would be a first bike for me. Of course Iíd love a newer, lower mile, ABS bike, but Iím thinking this older high-mile bike with a few scrapes might be a smarter first step into this. If I mis-handle it and have to bail while pushing it around, I wonít shed a tear, and heck maybe Iíll be less likely to hurt myself trying to Ďsaveí it (Iím a fairly fit 49yrs old).

So, Iíd love some feedback from the group. I know itís hard to judge the price of a bike this old, with this miles, but does that sound fair on the surface? Think an old stripper is a good way to sample this hobby? The way I look at it is I do favor, in concept, the Weeís, and this seems like a good way to sample the hobby on the bike model that Iím most interested in.

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post #2 of 14 Old 10-27-2017, 05:19 PM
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I wouldn't pay more than 1500 for it.
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Yup $1500 is about my max on that, and the 650's just don't/can't rack up the miles like the under stressed 1000 engine. But.......sounds like the PERFECT bike for you to get your feet wet again, and that ole girl still has some miles left.

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Yup $1500 is about my max on that, and the 650's just don't/can't rack up the miles like the under stressed 1000 engine. But.......sounds like the PERFECT bike for you to get your feet wet again, and that ole girl still has some miles left.
Thxs... I'd really like to pay less than $1,500 for this bike but the seller said he's firm. So it'll be take it or leave it at that price. Even though it's a relatively small amount of cash, I'm not sure it's necessarily the best value overall. There are a few V-Stroms I've seen that have some decent farkles and are newer with lower miles, at a cost that is really pretty decent (but a good $2,500 more than this bike). But the thought with this one is to see a) if I like motorcycling in general, and b) if I like the V-Strom version of motorcycling, all while risking very little money.

I see the main risk with this play being that the bike could be a PITA and have many issues; a higher risk with this cheap / high mileage bike vs. one that is newer with less miles. If I knew for sure I'd really take to the hobby, I'd prob. wait a bit and buy a newer / nicer one in the spring.

The bike is a 2hr drive from my place. I'll likely go take a look at it tomorrow. I have a buddy who has a LOT of motorcycle experience to test drive it and offer his opinion. We'll bring a trailer and cash if it looks like a fairly safe bet.

So I guess to whittle this down to kind of a question for you guys that have more experience w/ these things, does it sound OK to spend $1,500 on a bike of this age and mileage for the purposes I've described? Or is that too likely a waste of $1,500 and I should get something newer w/ lower mileage?

Sorry for the long post, thxs again for the feedback.

Jon

PS: There may or may not be a pic with this post that the seller sent me of the scratches on the bike from when it kissed the pavement as some point in it's life. (still figuring out this forum)
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You do have somewhat of a dilemma. Can vouch that the 650 is a great bike and I love mine. I think the $1500 price is over market value and would maybe try to wait him out a little bit and then make an offer. Glad to hear that you are bringing your friend along to help vet the bike. Better choice would be to get a lower mileage bike now at the higher price provided you are serious about cycling and stick with it. My experience with that kind of decision has been I should have spent more upfront.

**Just curious, you mentioned this would be your first bike - do you have any motorcycling experience at all or have completed a motorcycle training course? I am not trying to sound paternal but if you lack any experience it might be beneficial. If you do have some experience than kindly disregard. **

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You do have somewhat of a dilemma. Can vouch that the 650 is a great bike and I love mine. I think the $1500 price is over market value and would maybe try to wait him out a little bit and then make an offer. Glad to hear that you are bringing your friend along to help vet the bike. Better choice would be to get a lower mileage bike now at the higher price provided you are serious about cycling and stick with it. My experience with that kind of decision has been I should have spent more upfront.

**Just curious, you mentioned this would be your first bike - do you have any motorcycling experience at all or have completed a motorcycle training course? I am not trying to sound paternal but if you lack any experience it might be beneficial. If you do have some experience than kindly disregard. **

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Yeah, I would be more excited if it were more like $1,200, or at least had some useful accessories. But, in general I've had a hard time nailing down a market value for this bike.

I have ZERO motorcycling experience. I will for sure be completing a motorcycle training course. 'til then, if I get the bike, I'd limit myself to tooling around my neighborhood.

That's really the root of my main conundrum. If it turns out I really enjoy motorcycling, then I'm sure I'll wish I woulda got a nicer bike.

I mean for what looks to be (only) a couple grand more there are some good options:

I can't post links unfortunately, but for example a fully decked out '09 39k mi for $3700, or a '09 5.2k mi with crash bars for $3500 or a '14 34k mi with crash bars, top bag, tank bag and side bag racks for $3700.

We're pretty much up to the end of the season here short of some cold weather riding (Milwaukee area). I'm sure that there a better deals to be had this time of year vs. springtime. My initial thought was that this $1500 high mile bike might be one such deal, but now I'm not so sure...
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I would hunt for a lesser mileage one with more farkles. That should be had for 2-2.5k. I sold my 2004 with 46k in that range this spring and that bike had it all (upgraded suspension, brakes centerstand, skidplate ... etc.) and I would have jumped on it any day to ride it coast to coast.

Look here, once the new bike bug bites there will be more coming for sale.

You have all wither to find one. If its the one you are looking at I think 1000-1200 may be reasonable, depending on condition (tires, chain/ sprockets ..etc.)

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I really appreciate the feedback from you guys. You have been in the V-Strom game way longer than me

I told the guy best of luck with his sale and to let me know if at some point he was willing to reconsider his asking price. He told me, "Lol take your 1500 and buy a scooter"

So, it seems we've come to an impass

I'll keep squirreling money away and keep an eye on the classifieds.

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If you are able to wait you will end up with a better bike for yourself. I did check out the strom you mentioned on the Milwaukee craigslist site and it sounds like the owner kept the maintenance up on it. The guy should not knock scooters as some of those are really nice with really good wind protection and great storage capacity.

Also checked out some other bikes - not trying to steer you away from the Wee - but there are some bikes for sale that are beginner friendly and decent rides as well. Saw a really nice low mileage 2012 CBR 250 at $2250. That bike is liquid cooled with electronic fuel injection and the riding position is not as aggressive as larger cc sport bikes. Downside is it has bunch of plastic hanging on it and if you lay it over learning to ride it will show the rash!

I also looked for some 2000 and newer enduro/dual sport bikes (250/350cc) but didn't see any. The size is easier to learn with and you can lay one of those over and it won't do as much damage.

Keep searching and you will end up on two wheels and happy!

BTW, I have been to Milwaukee and raced in the USA Triathlon National Championships. I swallowed some Lake Michigan water during the swim portion and survived!!
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