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post #1 of 26 Old 02-24-2011, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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I have been lurking on this site for almost a year, trying to decide whether or not to buy. I read nothing but good here, and pretty good stuff on ADV rider. I have been an off-road rider since I was 7, and "B" class racer for the last few years, racing Hare Scrambles and Enduros. In september of 2009, I had a non-motorcycle injury thay left me with only partial mobility in my left hand and fingers. I can no longer clutch with only my middle and pointer finger, and have to use my whole hand to clutch. So, thus ended my racing career. I know, Rekluse could have helped me. Ill be 40yrs old in the next few weeks, and with a house full of kids, i don't need to be racing anymore.

Needless to say Ive been off a bike for the past 1.5 years. ITS KILLING ME!! With limited budget, and with the experience that you typically get more for your money buying used, ive been trolling craigslist for the past few months. I REALLY want a ktm990, but the used market is still out of my budget. The Bike I want, (Yamaha Tenere, not the super) isnt available in the states.

Thus enter the weestrom. I know its NOT a dirt bike in any fashion, however i need something to get me back to the forest roads of AZ.

I found this posting, and at first it looks intriguing.

2004 DL650 Vstrom for sale

It has some upgraded suspension, skid and engine guards, real pegs. The starts for a seeming decent 50/50 on/off road kinda rig. I am a pretty good wrench, and do all of my own work on bikes and cars. My question is about the windshield. The pics dont show it, so am wondering if anyone can tell from the pics whether the fairing is in good enough shape to mount one. Would a Madstad mount and GIVI screen be all I need What about the broken/scratched plastics. Are they readily available aftermarket or used? I will probably repaint anyway but if mounting pints are broken I may have to replace.

What about the price for this Is it reasonable given the damage? Im almost ready to pull the trigger, but need some more informed opinions.

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post #2 of 26 Old 02-24-2011, 01:04 PM
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The plastic bits can add up fast. Check the cost of repalcement bits on a web fiche like and see what it'll cost to make it right...maybe the costs will give you some negotiating room.

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post #3 of 26 Old 02-24-2011, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Good site...I quickly added it up and its about $1500...wonder if I can buff the headlight out....Anyone ever tried?
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post #4 of 26 Old 02-24-2011, 01:34 PM
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I'm sure the seller is indicating that the fairing subframe is bent - the fairing subframes can bend in a crash, it's not uncommon - and many have used a pry-bar to bend them back into alignment. Seems the bike had it's bodywork scuffing crash incident before the seller added his Pat Walsh Designs crash bars - the crash bars are pretty scuff free [?], indicating that the seller learned his lesson and got some bars! As for the looks, Stroms look good a little scruffy anyway. The bodywork damage does not seem that bad. And the area of the headlight lens where the light actually shoots forward thru, seems relatively scuff free.....Someone on this website sells black adhesive sticker headlight accents that would actually cover up those scuffs.

3k? Tough call, the bike seems otherwise sound, low mileage, and good accessories. A Madstadt bracket will mount right up to the bike, provided the subframe mounts are still relatively aligned - you should be able to eyeball it. And any shield will do, with a madstadt. Offer him $2500 and see if he wriggles.

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post #5 of 26 Old 02-24-2011, 01:51 PM
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Considering that Craigslist is full of listings like this
2004 DL650 Vstrom

for around $4k for a similar mileage bike with lots of farkles and with no damage, I am not sure I would risk $3k for a bike with $1500 in f-ed up plastics.

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post #6 of 26 Old 02-24-2011, 05:02 PM
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They're reliable bikes. I couldn't ever justify buying a vehicle new, and if you're mechanically inclined, why would you?
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post #7 of 26 Old 02-24-2011, 10:09 PM
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I'd never buy a new bike...

I'd tell the owner the plastic would be 1500 and offer him something considerably lower than 3 grand, and see where it takes you.
You could then try to find replacement plastic for a few hundred, here, adv or ebay. People are giving away stock windshields. I'd personally wouldn't even replace the plastic if your mainly gonna take it offroad, just ride the crap out of it.

Having said that, the owner is adding an untrue front wheel and tire. This may have been on the bike during the crash, so be sure to check the front end for other damage.

If the bike is good and you can get it for 25 or less, I think your doing pretty well, your gonna have a lot of fun without going very deep in your wallet. You could get some really good use out of it, sell the accessories and still sell the bike for 2 grand.

Good luck. Let us know how you make out.

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post #8 of 26 Old 02-25-2011, 12:51 AM
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There are LOTS of 650 Stroms out there, with no damage and lots of extras in the $3500 range. I'd keep looking and leave this one alone.
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I think I would pass. Better deals can be had. The key farkles IMO are center stand ,bash plate and engine guard , and seat. They are the most costly add-on items. The windscreen or adjusable mount are only around 100.00 or so and the rest are nice to haves like side cases etc based on how you want to use it.

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post #10 of 26 Old 02-25-2011, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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I have some emails to the seller, just to go look at it. I like the suspension upgrades as a part of this bike. not too many others have had that done. Ive read good reviews on the pingle shock. Here in AZ, the v-strom selection has been pretty limited, and none of them have any crash bars or skid plates. im thinking that if i can get it for 2800, including all of the luggage, ill be in good shape. Maybe ill get all of the front end plastics for sale in the classifieds section. Another thought was that since i already know itll be an offroader, that id just go ahead and do the bedliner on the existing scratched plastics. Im more of a function over form guy, and don't really care about looks....and if I can get a deal in the process, im all the better for it.

I hope to atleast go look at it this afternoon, or tomorrow....i wont take any cash the first time...well maybe 100 bucks for a deposit..
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