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.
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)