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post #1 of 17 Old 02-21-2013, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Proud to say Im V-Curious: Help w/ Price Check

Hello Stromtroopers World!

I come from KLR650.net World. Loved the bike, but glad to be making the change. I just wanted to post a quick note to see what some of your guys' thoughts were on a bike I found.

Basically, its an 07 650 w/ 15XXX miles. Hes looking to get $4900 for it, but this will require a fly/ride on my part, so really, my price would be $5100 to get it home.

Heres the goodies:
-Rear Trax Aluminum luggage set
-Quick release racks for luggage
-MadStad adjustable mount
-Givi windshield
-handlebar risers
-alt rider crash bars
-alt rider skid plate
-sargent seat
-touratech hand guards
-touratech GPS mount bar
-wired for Gerbings gloves, jacket, pants
-tankbag
-i have a feeling he may includ the gerbings gloves

Total of Goodies: $2457 at retail value

The kinda bad:
-Suzuki manual calls for valve adjustment+full tune-up at 14,500 miles
-he said he takes his bikes in for maintenance, the technician listened to the bike and exhaust and said the valves sound fine, and recommended against paying for the $400 valve adjustment, so the owner said ok
-bike drives/starts/rides fine, so no indication of bad valves
-dropped a wrench on gas tank while putting on GPS mount, left a dime size nick in paint
-driveway drop at 0 MPH, says he forgot to put kickstand down, so the bike full onto the handlebar and the luggage, resulted in no damage to bar, broken left turn signal which has been replaced and about a 1x1 scuff on the luggage
-OEM chain and brakes probably need some replacing sometime


So for price, he said $4900, OR he can take the bags and seat off, and do $4350....

I would love to know what you all think, appreciate it!

Thanks for your time
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post #2 of 17 Old 02-22-2013, 03:06 PM
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In my area I think he could get his price without too much problem given the nice extras and low mileage. Good clean Stroms seem to bring a good resale around here. The weird part is that last year I bought my new 2011 for $7k and got the factory bags for an additional $199. I'd have a hard time paying that for one thats 5 years old and no warranty but it might be the best deal around in a given area.

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post #4 of 17 Old 02-22-2013, 11:30 PM
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1-Suzuki manual calls for valve adjustment+full tune-up at 14,500 miles
2-he said he takes his bikes in for maintenance, the technician listened to the bike and exhaust and said the valves sound fine, and recommended against paying for the $400 valve adjustment, so the owner said ok
3-bike drives/starts/rides fine, so no indication of bad valves
4-dropped a wrench on gas tank while putting on GPS mount, left a dime size nick in paint
5-driveway drop at 0 MPH, says he forgot to put kickstand down, so the bike full onto the handlebar and the luggage, resulted in no damage to bar, broken left turn signal which has been replaced and about a 1x1 scuff on the luggage
6-OEM chain and brakes probably need some replacing sometime

2-B. S. That so-called mechanic can't hear a slightly tight valve that will cause a burned valve a coupl'a thousand miles from now. You can do the valve lash measurement yourself with help from us. If there is a need for the adjustment you can do it or get it done only if it needs it. Tune up and other maintenance is easy.
3-no indicator
4-meh
5-meh
6-20,000 miles or more if adequately lubed.

Nothing to avoid on this bike. If you want all those extras, step up and pay the man. Figure that the used extras are worth half the new price, but...if you want them, get them. Your travel costs don't enter into the seller's idea of the price. I'd wait for an ABS bike, I think it's important, but that's me.... This bike is fully priced, but it seems to be a good one.

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I would really hate getting on an airplane and then find out the bike is not what was advertised. Suzuki is advertising with 0% interest, go buy new.
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post #6 of 17 Old 02-23-2013, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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thanks everyone for the feedback...

some interesting opinions....

in regards to the valves, im not too worried as ive done head jobs on my other bikes, and yeah i know that the only real indication of valve clearance is to actually check...

the new bike is intriguing, but i dont want a payment, period, and $5K is really my max max budget


from what ive seen here in socal over the last couple months, people want at least retail blue book for their bikes with no add-ons.....i havent met anyone who is flexible on price really at all....

decisions, decisions....
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post #7 of 17 Old 02-23-2013, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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[COLOR="Red"] Your travel costs don't enter into the seller's idea of the price. I'd wait for an ABS bike, I think it's important, but that's me.... This bike is fully priced, but it seems to be a good one.
id love to get ABS as well, but from what i understand you cant turn it off on the strom....and i will actually ride it offroad

is there a work around for it?
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id love to get ABS as well, but from what i understand you cant turn it off on the strom....and i will actually ride it offroad

is there a work around for it?

Yes, apparently a couple of them. I added a switch kit from Eastern Beaver to mine, plugs right in, nothing cut except a spot for the switch. If I want to turn it off I just hit the switch. The only down side is to turn it back on I have to cycle the ignition by turning the key off and restarting the bike. I consider it a minimal inconvenience. I think the other workarounds fix it so you don't have to do that but they sounded more involved and I don't like to mess with electrics.

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post #9 of 17 Old 02-24-2013, 03:01 PM
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You say you have about $5k to buy used, why not put that down instead on a new bike and get the 0% financing for 5 years. Then you will have a super low payment since you will only finance about $5K. I'm close to pulling the trigger on buying a new 1000Adventure model before the deal ends at the end of March. With new you'll have a never ridden bike, full warranty and you can buy whatever you want to customize it to your liking.
I had been looking at used too but the 0% deal is too good to pass up! Just do it, you won't regret it!
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post #10 of 17 Old 02-24-2013, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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Good suggestions...

Unfortunately here in CA a new strom is 9500, OTD...dealers very unwilling to haggle, even with 5k cash down

Plus I just don't want a payment period


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