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post #1 of 43 Old 01-23-2018, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Vstrom for Beginner Commuter on Highway?

Hello! First post here and have been doing extensive research about which bike I should get.

About me:
I'm 30 years old, 6'0, 175 lbs, athletic build.
I ride bicycles a lot and previously owned a dirt bike for a few years.

My commute:
24 miles one way, mostly highway. 10 mins stop and go on way home. I ride to hiking places on weekends on gravel or dirt roads for last couple of miles.

How much to spend?
I've looked through current listings and am torn between buying an older cheaper one, or a 2014 used.

I went to sit on a 14 Vstrom yesterday and it felt great, but asking price is $6k.
I looked through craigslist and found these listings that I've honed in on.

The kbb values vs asking prices are:

-Red 2006: kbb is $2950, asking $1900 (but 70k mileage is through the roof and needs at least a turn signal)

-Blue 2005: kbb is $2800, asking price is $2900 (has mods like hand guards, seat, and windscreen)

-Gray 2014 Adventure trim: kbb is $7k, asking price is $6k (also comes with givi luggage and locking mounts. Dealer said that costs a lot to add. Adventure trim has nice features like big crash bars, abs, and adjustable suspension)

I've gotta say that I'm leaning toward the 2014. It might not be such a big hit if I do if I get it for $1k below kbb.

Which would you choose if you were me?

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For what you seem to want, although I ride a 2018 1000, I would recommend the 2014 Adventure. Now, I do not know, but is that a 1000, or 650? For what you want, a 650 would be ideal.


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Since I didn't see where you are located.....will you be able to ride year round? This can be important to this decision. I'd go for a later model bike. Based on the choices you listed and the price is within budget look at the 2014 closer. Dealer will jack with the price so same bike from individual may be had for less money. Heck, set up a search on eBay for the model you want and watch prices to get an idea of what things are going for at different locations. I suspect the same bike in the North is less than one in South Florida for example. Often individuals will hold back from selling a bike this time of year knowing in the Spring it will sell easier and for more money.

Also it seems folks think every add-on (Farkles) seem to increase in value the minute they add them. That said, having some sort of case(s) will benefit using the bike for commuting. I really like my top case even when running to the grocery.

So, unless you are desperate for a bike keep an eye out for "the" one.

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Also look at the Honda CB500x. It's a great bike that's not a handful, and good to grow into. It's probably easier to live with than the strom maintenance-wise, but doesn't have as much power or carrying capacity.
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Without seeing them, I vote for the cheap one. 70k miles isn't that much really, you can learn to work on it yourself without worrying too much about ruining anything. The value won't decrease much over the next few years as you learn to ride, and if you dump it, or abuse it a bit, it's not as much of a hit.

Also, I definitely recommend a 650 rather than a 1000 as a learner. Still fast enough to be comfortable on the highway and get into a little trouble, and WAY easier to handle and pass all your license tests on. After riding for over 20 years now, I could easily pass the finicky skills test on any bike, but if I had to take it again and had a choice, I'd pick the smallest bike possible.

After a couple years you will know more about what you want on a bike, sell this one for barely less than you pay now and get something closer to what you want. In a couple years that k14 will be worth half that.
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Hola, easier to live with maintenance wise? My 04 runs well on neglect and dealer avoidance.
It's a great ride that a newer issue will only provide ABS as the deal clincher.
In the case of farkles adding value, that's debatable. It's mostly in the mind of the seller who thinks everything is gold.
My farkles, while useful and operational, are far from valuable.
If you insist on high price farkles, like Touratech, then caveat emptor.
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My commute is very similar to yours, and my L3 works just fine for me. I have top trunk that holds what I need to carry for work and running errands. Also have the factory side cases. I found mine on cycletrader after searching for awhile and felt like I got a great deal on mine. For me, ABS was a must have to keep my wife on board with me riding. I had a Ninja250 after going through the MSF and earning my endorsement. I really like the neutral/upright sitting position. My bike was very nicely farkled (top & side cases, windscreen, heated Corbin seat with backrest, Garmin mount, accessory plugs, battery tender, barkbusters, etc). If you are not in a huge hurry, keep an eye on the usual places as well as the classifieds here.

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For what you seem to want, although I ride a 2018 1000, I would recommend the 2014 Adventure. Now, I do not know, but is that a 1000, or 650? For what you want, a 650 would be ideal.


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Since I didn't see where you are located.....will you be able to ride year round? This can be important to this decision. I'd go for a later model bike. Based on the choices you listed and the price is within budget look at the 2014 closer. Dealer will jack with the price so same bike from individual may be had for less money. Heck, set up a search on eBay for the model you want and watch prices to get an idea of what things are going for at different locations. I suspect the same bike in the North is less than one in South Florida for example. Often individuals will hold back from selling a bike this time of year knowing in the Spring it will sell easier and for more money.

Also it seems folks think every add-on (Farkles) seem to increase in value the minute they add them. That said, having some sort of case(s) will benefit using the bike for commuting. I really like my top case even when running to the grocery.

So, unless you are desperate for a bike keep an eye out for "the" one.

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Without seeing them, I vote for the cheap one. 70k miles isn't that much really, you can learn to work on it yourself without worrying too much about ruining anything. The value won't decrease much over the next few years as you learn to ride, and if you dump it, or abuse it a bit, it's not as much of a hit.

Also, I definitely recommend a 650 rather than a 1000 as a learner. Still fast enough to be comfortable on the highway and get into a little trouble, and WAY easier to handle and pass all your license tests on. After riding for over 20 years now, I could easily pass the finicky skills test on any bike, but if I had to take it again and had a choice, I'd pick the smallest bike possible.

After a couple years you will know more about what you want on a bike, sell this one for barely less than you pay now and get something closer to what you want. In a couple years that k14 will be worth half that.
Sorry, I should have mentioned that it's a 650 I'm after and I live in SE PA (8 month a year riding weather)

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Also look at the Honda CB500x. It's a great bike that's not a handful, and good to grow into. It's probably easier to live with than the strom maintenance-wise, but doesn't have as much power or carrying capacity.
Funny that you mentioned that. I actually liked that one at first after 3 hours of sitting on bikes for the first time last week.

But I can only find it new, and it's weaker for eventually having my girlfriend on the back. I like how the Suzuki looks and sounds better too.

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