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post #1 of 5 Old 12-05-2012, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
Junior Trooper
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I'm driving to check out an '09 DL650 today!

Very excited to see the bike today. I had a Piaggio MP3 400 that is no longer with us and I'm itching to be on the road again. Everything seems to be good on this bike, 11,455 miles, lots of upgrades, etc.
My questions concern the upcoming maintenance, what should have already been done that I can inquire about, and general things to look out for. Should the chain be clean and taught? I'm new to Motorcycles so there's the added first time jitters on purchasing a bike. [I'm going to have them hold the bike if I like it and complete the MSF within a month) They said there would be a fairly major adjustment coming up that in their shop would run me about $400; I want to say injectors? Valves? I spoke with them a few days ago by phone but wasn't taking down notes. =(
Any instances of getting creative deals like some more money off the bike if I bring it back there for service? I'm really looking to stay price conscious.
So lay it on me! What can I speak to to get the price down lower? I'm planning on taking a good look at the tires of course. I believe the rep said they were "the original replacements".
If you were buying a used bike from the dealer what would you expect the tires' condition to be? I just checked out another Wee strom where the dealer had put new tires on!
In summation, what should I look out for, what should I draw attention to, and what are your opinions on the bike?
Thanks to all.

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post #2 of 5 Old 12-05-2012, 12:39 PM
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The chain should be clean, but lubed. If not then you can do that easy enough. The chain should NOT be taught. With you on the bike the chain should have a bit of slack. If it's too much or too little, you can take care of that, too.

Hopefully it will come with the owners manual which has information relative to chain cleaning, tension, etc.

The tires will have wear bars, just like car tires. If the tires are getting close to the wear bars, get them to include new tires in the deal. If they're not close then ride til they are and order some new ones.

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post #3 of 5 Old 12-05-2012, 12:46 PM
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Very nicely farkled bike. Hope you pick this one up - it has pretty much everything one would need/want.
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-06-2012, 02:56 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies. Checked it out, it looks amazing. Nothing bad we could see. Didn't ride it but had a listen and that sounded clean as well. Looks like ill get it for $5,850. I'm in love. ImageUploadedByMO Free1354780358.703875.jpgImageUploadedByMO Free1354780438.348115.jpg
Bike sat a little low. The ad says it is lowered 1 1/2in but that the stocks are included as well. The handlebars can be adjusted quite well it seems in addition. Very excited about this bike.

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post #5 of 5 Old 12-06-2012, 10:43 AM
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The service adjustment they may want to do is the valve check. $400 sounds like the big service typical of a valve check. Oil changes you can do a lot cheaper than they can. If you have the talent and space you are better off doing it.
They would probably do the air filter too while the tank is off.
Sounds like a nice bike.
The tires may be marginal since at 11.5K miles, the second set may be well worn. Some of us only get 7500 miles from them, others are smoother riders and get better mileage.
Enjoy the MSF course and have fun.
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