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post #1 of 9 Old 11-22-2009, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hi folks,

I'm new to the site and very new to V-Stroms. I've been searching for a good used sport-touring bike and this bike seems to fit the best. Could be that I grew up on KLRs. Anyway, I'm looking at a used DL1000 with quite a few miles on it and a bit of road rash. Here's the link to the site: http://pei.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles...AdIdZ167611147. I can get the bike for $4900 taxes in, but I'm concerned about the miles on the bike and the potential for hidden surprises. The dealer said the dents on the muffler guard is from shipping and the old guy that owned it dropped it in the parking lot. Any thoughts?

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-22-2009, 05:39 PM
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Well, anything's possible, for sure, but really the "rest" of the thing looks pretty good from what I can see. If you're serious about considering it I'd ask for previous owner's contact information. If they'll let you have it, ring him and ask (1) how he got that many miles "that" fast, (2) what his use and maintenance regimen was and (3) why he traded/sold it. If the dealer won't let you have that info, go find another Vee/Wee with lower mileage and less apparent damage.

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post #3 of 9 Old 11-22-2009, 06:14 PM
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I think OldnInTheWoods offered good advice on the rash from the ex-owner. As to price, it seems a little high to me with that many miles. I have the exact same bike, '04 DL1000, same color, etc. I got mine used, but with less than 2,000 miles, for $5,400. That was more than a year ago and included OEM hard side and top cases.

Though maybe not convenient to you, there is what at least appears to be a pretty nice '07 DL1000 on our local Craigslist here in the Portland, OR area with only 3,500 miles, a top case and a bunch of other accessories. The link is: http://portland.craigslist.org/clc/mcy/1477013090.html

It looks like a dealer listing and they have it priced at US$5,850, which is probably something like 42 cents Canadian these days...

In any case, good luck!

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Good idea about talking to the previous owner. Converted to miles, I figure that's almost 12,000 miles per year, which seems like a lot. Since the snow will be flying soon up here, I'm in no rush to buy. I'll try to talk to the guy will likely keep looking.

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Another opportunity has presented itself. A dealer has an '07 Wee Strom with 12,000 miles that has been damaged when it hit a car. The bike has clear title as it was purchased from the owner and not an insurance company. It apparently needs the faring, lights and gauges replaced but has no damage to the forks, triple tree, frame or brakes. They want $2600 for the bike, but I figure it will need at least $1500 in parts. I wouldn't mind another bike restoration project but is this a good idea or a bad idea?

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Here's my thoughts.

74,000km doesn't seem like alot for an '04, I'll go past that by the middle of next year on mine, bought new 01/07

You should be able to determine if the scratches were a result of drop or slide by looking.

$4900 seems overpriced for an '04 with that many miles.

I'd pick a bike that was just 'dropped' over one that was in a real collision any day unless there was enough difference in price to correct any damages not stated.
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post #7 of 9 Old 11-23-2009, 10:04 PM
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You know, you can get a brand new 2009 for a good price these days. I don't know what selection is like in NB, but there's a beautiful black 2009 DL1000 with 0 km on it for $9999 near me in Belleville. I bet it could be had for $9000.

I'd look around for a good deal on new bike before settling for something with very high mileage and rash or a write off. Deals can be found, especially these days. You can't go wrong with new.



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$4900 seems overpriced for an '04 with that many miles.
I would have to agree. You should be able to get about an '06 with a lot fewer Kms for that price.
The wrecked one could make for an interesting project if you had the time. I would be very careful checking out the forks, triple tree etc though. The bodywork/gauges can be found on eBay with patience. Add a custom paint job and off you go.
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Another opportunity has presented itself. A dealer has an '07 Wee Strom with 12,000 miles that has been damaged when it hit a car. The bike has clear title as it was purchased from the owner and not an insurance company. It apparently needs the faring, lights and gauges replaced but has no damage to the forks, triple tree, frame or brakes. They want $2600 for the bike, but I figure it will need at least $1500 in parts. I wouldn't mind another bike restoration project but is this a good idea or a bad idea?

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I dont know why you would want a bike thats been damaged because what you are looking to spend on a bike that has isuues...you could find one without any damage for a few hundred dollars more than what you are looking at here...plus the peace of mind knowing there are no hidden surprises...If I were you I would not even consider this bike...Check on ADVrider forum as they have weestroms forsale...and I'm sure you'd could find one farkled as well.

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