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post #1 of 7 Old 10-12-2010, 04:06 AM Thread Starter
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what should i look for?

first off, i'd like to introduce myself to the forum! my name is brennan, and live in louisville, KY! i've been riding my old 82 v45 magna for about 2 years and decided it's time for me to find a more modern ride. i went to the local suzuki dealer to give an sv650 a sit. at a little over 6'1, i found it too cramped for my needs, and ended up sitting on a weestrom and fell in love. it feels like it was made for a guy exactly my size.

i've been looking around on craigslist for wee's, and was just curious what kinds of issues i should be specifically looking for with these bikes when i test ride? realizing that no bike is perfect, what are the likely points of failure that i should keep an eye out for?

i realize that this may be a bit much to ask...but considering that i never hurts to ask...if anyone on here is local to my area and willing, could i ask to take a test ride of a well riding strom, before i travel to buy one? i am genuinely interested, and not just trying to take a free ride
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-12-2010, 12:13 PM
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No special trouble points. Give the bike a very detailed looking-over, just as we all should with everything we buy. As always, if the tires are old or worn, figure the cost of new tires into the price. Ditto for the chain...do you know how to visually identify a worn chain and sprocket teeth? Look very closely at how straight everything is...forks perfectly straight ahead, handlebars perfectly straight across, etc. Scratches are expected. Crooked stuff is a deal-breaker. Try to listen to a known good DL engine, then listen to the one you're looking at. Insist on a test ride and be ready to provide whatever security the seller wants (motorcycle driver's license, helmet etc., cash in hand, he holds your car keys, etc). Ask the seller to ride it perfectly straight away from you and toward you and look closely to see that he is doing so effortlessly.

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PTRider has some great tips. I would add the 1st service that cost much is at 15k. I cost me $500.00, but I had the sprockets and chain swapped too. Farkles are good, you can save some $$. Low milage is not as important as a well ridden bike with up to date service. If past 5 years, figure tires, fluid flush and rubber hose replaced. I picked up a vee for the same reason I suspect you are looking, Ergonomics. They are stupid easy bikes to ride and very reliable.

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post #4 of 7 Old 10-12-2010, 11:56 PM
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Louisville, KY here as well. Which dealer did you visit to sit on a Strom?

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-15-2010, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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i was at commonwealth, downtown. i hope you're doing some riding this weekend, zep, because it was pretty much the most amazing louisville weather i've ridden in today.

i'm thinking that it probably won't be until spring that i get my new bike. i'm just thinking realistically that it'll be easier to sell my magna, i'll have had time to save and will have a tax return to boot.

i appreciate the help, guys!
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-16-2010, 12:05 AM
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Wow, Commonwealth. Guess what, I think you were sitting on my Wee Strom dude.

The only Strom they've had for the past 6 weeks was a brand new 2009 DL650 in Gray. I bought it September 7.

Ride it every chance I get!

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-16-2010, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
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it was definitely your bike. i wanted to take it for a spin, but it just wasn't in the cards. i already knew that they don't let riders under 25 take test rides (i'm 24 now, and was still 23 then), and i honestly had no intention of buying the thing in the first place. all the same, you got a sharp bike out of the deal, man.
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