Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Villa Ridge, MO
1. Getting good prices on Used DL650's:
You just have to keep scouring the web and try your local newspaper and Trader magazines. They will show up and you just have to be ready to pull the trigger.
2. Buying used vs New:
This is certainly up to you however, a few things to consider.
A. DL650's are very reliable. So, I wouldn't worry about a few thousand miles on one. As long as it is maintained. As any motorized vehicle should be.
B. The New price is just the first thing to consider. Dealer prep and shipping are usually additional. Sales Tax (assuming your state has one) will cost you considerably more and insurance is more expensive.
C. Farkles: The odds are very high that if you really enjoy riding you will want a few farkles. e.g. hand-guards, heated grips, Bar Backs / Risers, better suspension, different or modified seat, luggage ( even if just for a weekend or shopping), different windshield, madstat bracket, and/or auxiliary lighting. And this just names a few. Your options are limited only buy your imagination and your wallet. These things, if added to your new bike get very expensive, very quickly. However, many of them are part of a used/pre-owned motorcycle. So you can save several hundred, or even thousands of dollars.
What I have learned from all my hobbies and past-times over the years is, the initial purchase price is just the beginning. Remember, why you may only plan to ride on Saturdays between 12:00 and 5:00pm and only when the weather is clear and between 60 and 80 degrees; life, circumstances and weather don't always agree with us OR the weatherman. You WILL hit a sudden rainstorm when you need to get home, you could have a sudden drop in temperature, decide to take a longer ride and suddenly you say to yourself "damn my hands are cold, wish I had a GPS, and my behind is sure sore ... wish I had a different seat, etc.. " Or you may simply make some new friends who like to ride for a few days or take motorcycle vacations. Suddenly you are doing things you never planned on. A good used bike could already have all those items you need on it ... at heavily discounted prices.
That is why a good used bike might be a much better and less expensive option.
Hope this helps.
Banks C[FONT=Comic Sans MS]:crying:[/FONT]
2006 DL650 Current Engine 15,625 Prior engine 67,426 when chain came off and bent valves
2005 Yamaha FJR1300A 68,000 miles and counting