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post #11 of 14 Old 05-10-2019, 05:05 AM
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I'm also in the camp of buying used as there are a lot of positives.

Low cost of entry 1st and foremost to see if you truly are going to be bit buy the motorcycle bug.

Most folks dream of riding every day endless miles planning mutiple adventures and so on then reality hits. Motorcycles are way different than cars and on the surface seem like great money savers for commuting but commuting and errand running on motorcycles can be a PIA. Jacket, gloves, helmet on/off every time you stop verses a car get in out and the outside weather condition don't matter. Limited carrying capacity and tires cost more and wear out a good bit faster like 5x faster. A buddy of mine who eats, sleeps and breathes motorcycles and rides between 30,000 and 60,000 miles a year and keep detailed records of gas oil tires has found that a motorcycle is actually more expensive to run than a modest automobile like a Honda Civic or a Toyota Camry. The automobiles get around 7 MPG less fuel economy than the average motorcycle buy the tires are the biggie. 4 tires that last 50,000 to 70,000 mile on a Honda are about $400 per set of 4. On a motorcycle if you rely on a shop you pay about $300 for a set of budget tires that last if you lucky 10,000 miles


Another thing is there are two types of people. Those who have dropped a bike and those who are going too. Dropping a used bike is way less frustrating than dropping a shiny new one.

And finally while the DL may seem like the perfect bike you need to get some miles on it and determine if it "is" the perfect bike. There have been many bikes that I though would be right from me until I sat on them or rode them for a while only to determine my eyes liked what they saw and the rest of me was like now way am I putting up with this bike. My Moto Guzzi Quota was at the top of this list. Looked great, handles great and sounded great. Wind noise and extreme buffeting were conditions that could not be corrected so I rode it 5,000 mile and sold it for what I paid.

At least in the lower 48 there are so many low mileage used bikes from folks than had dreams that never came to become reality I'd truly be hard pressed to buy anything new. New bikes just are not worth the premium over gently used.
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Yup, buy used. Get an old one and ride the wheels off for a small investment. They all work well and actually the old ones seems to have fewer problems than the newer ones.
New ones have features that are nice but not absolutely necessary.
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I bought a used '13 just as this year began for less than half the total of your two prices. I say buy used but be aware you are either going to spend some time going over the bike to set it up or spend some $$ having a mechanic do all the maintenance items any used bike should see. (Change all fluids, check date on tires and replace if more than 5 yrs old, test the battery, etc, and then add any accessories you did not get with the bike (heated grips? aftermkt windshield? upgrade lighting to LED's?, power outlets, etc.).

My own recommendation would be to buy a newer used bike - a 2012 and newer w/ ABS, but that is my preference only. Consider that depreciation in value on a used bike is always going to be less than on a new bike, should you decide to sell it in a year or two. I've always thought that it seldom makes sense to save money by spending more to get a "good deal".
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post #14 of 14 Old 05-11-2019, 01:16 AM
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The used one is nearly fully depreciated.. When you are ready to sell it in a year or three, as long as you haven't beat it to death and have maintained it, you'll recoup most of your purchase price. You might just decide not to sell it.. The 650 is a capable motorbike regardless of rider experience.

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