New vs. Used - new rider question
Without turning this into a debate over the suitability of a V-Strom 650 as a starter bike, I would like to pick the brains of those more versed than myself in the Wee and riding in general. I'm currently completing my safety training, and will be picking up a bike once I've passed my closed track test. Given the physical size, reliability, and my preference for an Adv, the VStrom sits at the top of my list. I'm 6'3, 215lbs, athletic, and I've had quite a bit of off-road riding and snowmobile racing in my youth. In my mid 40's, with a family of 4, I'm now looking at sensible commuting and some weekend camping/fishing trips, which is something the V-Strom is certainly suitable for. I'm debating the following options:
I can get a pretty interesting deal on a brand new 2018 650XT in the white (which I love), with the racks, panniers, center stand, accessory bar, as well as an incentive plan from the dealership that includes AirMedi coverage, free oil changes while I own the bike, 5 year warranty (factory now anyway), and guaranteed blue-book buy-back if I trade the bike in there. That comes in at $9k all-in CAD.
Option 2 is 2008 650 with crash bars, skid plate, racks and 3 panniers, and center stand with sub 30,000 kms, in really good condition for less than $3k CAD.
I'm starting out, so the risk of dropping a brand new bike is real (particularly given I plan to go off road with it, which is why I'd install TRex bars and pate on it if I buy the new one). That said, the rider-aids on the new bike make it an interesting option for starting out (ABS/Traction)...and the warranty and incentives are pretty interesting.
Opinions are appreciated.
Last edited by B-Nads; 05-07-2019 at 11:30 AM.