Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Laramie Wyoming, USA
I'm thinking along similar lines as WY wanderer . . . hey, you're from Jackson! Greetings from Laramie! Anyway, brad21, you probably already made a decision, but here's my 2 cents. I'm relatively new to motorcycles and especially the V-Stroms, but this is more about machinery, depreciation, and package deals. If the low-mile ones you are talking about are brand new, sitting on the dealer floor, then you're probably looking at losing quite a bit (in my case, 2K) just driving it off the lot. A used one in excellent condition, or even with some cosmetic damage but mechanically sound, isn't going to lose value as quickly. Plus from everything I've read these things are built solid and low-maintanence (except perhaps for the clutch basket and some often overlooked aspects of tuning). Except for the "chudder" issue (which seems to occur more in the Vees anyway), most posts I've read about these bikes say they run strong and dependably for at least 50K+ miles without maintenance issues aside from factory scheduled and minor tuning. And farkles already present on the bike should add much less to the cost of the bike than buying all those farkles seperately, so you are probably going to "make out like a bandit" on those. And some of those farkles that you don't want you might be able to sell on Ebay or another site and make up some of the bike's cost.
Of course, if you plan to keep this bike for a long time and use it heavily, the new one might be a better option as it will give you more lifetime before the mechanicals do start to fail.
To explain why I'm even blabbing in this thread, I recently made the decision to look for a used Vee in the area. Local dealer found a new '09, but with shipping and set-up wants full MSRP. I'm not fond of losing 2000 dollars in value off the lot as I have never owned a Vee and might decide it isn't me. I found several promising used options in Northern Colorado, including someone in Denver with a used '07 farkled up for quite a bit less than blue book. I'm planning this weekend to check out if there's a good reason for the low price, and if I want to ride it home.
Last edited by WithoutThought; 10-25-2010 at 08:44 PM.
Reason: Brain fart, forgot I was writing about a Wee not a Vee