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post #1 of 21 Old 07-13-2009, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Am I ready to 'unlurk'?

I've been a 'member' here for a long time without actually jumping in and buying a vstrom. Partially because of the lack of good used rides for sale, guilt trips from the missus, and because I have a great (but old) bike now. Checking the listings near me now I can pick up an 05 DL650 for $4999 and there is a new 09 DL650 going for $7499 if it hasn't sold yet. Don't know what colour it is. It's mid July and I have a busy August coming up, are these the deals I've been waiting for or should I wait for an even better deal in the off season? I'm not missing anything because my bike works and is more powerful than a Wee, but I've wanted one for a couple of years now. Money isn't too tight, but yes, the wife does come into play here since she is spending a lot of her own $$$ on schooling right now. Wish I could stop thinking about it but I can't when I see all these great bikes decked out with Givi bags...
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-13-2009, 09:58 PM
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Well of course I can't make the decision for you but I can offer advice!

For an '05 $4999 seems high to me. My '05 was less than that and it came with full luggage and some other nice accessories.

I would say to continue to keep your eyes open if you're looking to save some cash. On the other hand if you've got the money and you're ready go for it!

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We're talking Canadian dollars too, everything costs more up here...
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post #4 of 21 Old 07-13-2009, 10:57 PM
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I think boths prices are decent. If the 05 has some accessories, well cared for, and low mileage, than all the better. As you know these things are hard to come by. It's really only up to you if you want to "hold out" for the great deal. You could be waiting a while..


I'll add, check the Classifieds here on the forum. Some greats deals to be had if you willing to drive or fly and ride home.

Good luck in the hunt. The 650 really is a great bike...

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post #5 of 21 Old 07-14-2009, 05:20 AM
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Now, today

Buy one now, today. Well, maybe not that quick, but soon. Maybe a sign of advancing age (nah, probably not) but more and more I regret not doing and getting things sooner. The Wee is a great bike, is bound to be far, far better than ANY old bike. If you wait a month or two to get one, I'd bet you'll wish you'd gotten one sooner. If you know you are going to get one eventually, sooner is better.
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We're talking Canadian dollars too, everything costs more up here...
Oops, sorry! Well in that case those prices are great, go for it!


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I was looking for a used one through Craigslist and Buy and Sell. Not too many people selling them. I ended up getting a new Wee (more or less with the blessing of the missus) for 10,500 in BC, plus some gear discounts.

Noticed you're from Barrie. Been there long? I went to Eastview in the 70's (I think).

Good luck shopping and hope to hear you're riding a Strom in the near future.

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Life's short! Buy now, ride now!

The perfect deal will come the day after you bought something else so just go and buy one and ride! You are missing a LOT of riding by waiting to save a few bucks.

If you can afford it, buy new. If not, get one of the nice use ones.

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I was looking for a used one through Craigslist and Buy and Sell. Not too many people selling them. I ended up getting a new Wee (more or less with the blessing of the missus) for 10,500 in BC, plus some gear discounts.

Noticed you're from Barrie. Been there long? I went to Eastview in the 70's (I think).

Good luck shopping and hope to hear you're riding a Strom in the near future.
Only been in Barrie since 1989, I grew up down in Windsor where the riding is pretty lousy. I'm going to see both of these bikes this weekend. The 05 has 21,000km, is it due for any inspections or service? The guy is the original owner but I see that the pipe is very brown (typical?)
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Life's short! Buy now, ride now!

The perfect deal will come the day after you bought something else so just go and buy one and ride! You are missing a LOT of riding by waiting to save a few bucks.

If you can afford it, buy new. If not, get one of the nice use ones.

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PS: Hey, did we tell you about the neat road not far from you? Heavy and I can show you once you get the bike..
Are you talking about the road up to Swift Rapids or Hydro Glen? I've been on a lot or great paved roads around here but stay off most of the dirt ones. My Shadow is pretty dirty right now in fact. Last Friday I was riding up Coopers Falls road and making my way to 118. They've gone and torn up the road again. I was riding in deep black gravel behind a water truck for about 3km until I cut to Prospect Lake and rode down more dirt. There's a really nice little beach down near the end before you hit 118.
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