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post #1 of 25 Old 10-24-2016, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Exploring buying a V-Strom in Denver area!`

Hello all,
I'm glad to find this resource/community on the web! I am a beginning rider, just completed safety class. After looking at a number of options, I am strongly considering buying a V-Strom 650. Would appreciate thoughts from anyone willing to share them, on any of the following:
*If I buy a new bike, are there dealerships folks would recommend?
*If I seek a used bike (no experience in buying a motorcycle, any recommendations about where to look?
*Would love to talk with folks who are not looking to sell me a bike, on tips and wisdom

Thanks!

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post #2 of 25 Old 10-24-2016, 02:25 PM
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Hello all,
I'm glad to find this resource/community on the web! I am a beginning rider, just completed safety class. After looking at a number of options, I am strongly considering buying a V-Strom 650. Would appreciate thoughts from anyone willing to share them, on any of the following:
*If I buy a new bike, are there dealerships folks would recommend?
*If I seek a used bike (no experience in buying a motorcycle, any recommendations about where to look?
*Would love to talk with folks who are not looking to sell me a bike, on tips and wisdom

Thanks!

John
My personal preference for a Suzuki Dealer is to use Apex in Colorado Springs. Don't like the Suzuki/Multi-bike dealer on the south east side of Denver and have no experience with the Suzuki Dealers north west Denver, Used bikes; try Craigs List. When going to look at a bike from a private party take some one with you who knows something about motorcycles.

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If previously owned is your decision, prepare to cast a wide net to find the right bike.
My used bike came from a Trooper in Tupelo, MS who met me about half way near St. Louis
If you can swing a new bike, I would say do it.
New and warranty are both so nice.
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Beginning rider, you will drop the bike multiple times more than likely.

Strike 1 on a new Strom.

The 650 Strom is a 500 lb. bike. It's tall also. Not a good combo for a newbie.

Strike 2 on a Strom.

The 650 is relatively quick. Very easy to scare yourself if you haven't ridden a motorcycle on the street before.

Strike 3.

My advice is get a used 400-650 single. Suzuki DRZ 400 or 650. KLR 650. About 100 lbs lighter than the Strom about half the power. About a 1/3 the price of a new Strom. Drop it all you like. Get used to the weight and the power. Learn to ride on it.

Once you've rung out all you can out of the bike get the Strom. Sell your old bike to another beginner.
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post #5 of 25 Old 10-25-2016, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your feedback! I went to a dealer, I think the one you refer to, and didn't like the way I was dealt with.
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Thanks everyone for your responses!
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I would definitely buy used for the same reasons mentioned before and I second getting a smaller lighter bike as a first bike!!!

If regardless you opt for a Wee, look for a trooper who wants to sell his (for sale section here). You are likely treated fairly and don't overpay. Even higher mileage (+50k) are typically not an issue if properly maintained. Lower price, less risk if you drop it or don't like it. If you outgrow it in 2-3 years you got your moneys worth and less cost that the depreciation of a new bike.
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Greetings John,

I'm in Lakewood, bought my 2008 650 last January from a guy in Moab, UT. I've been riding dirt bikes for 15 years and this was my first street bike. I love it, but wish it had some more power for going over the 10,000+ foot 65mph passes we have up here.

I think a DL650 is a great first street bike, probably because it was my first street bike. Seat height isn't cruiser low, but it's easy to get one foot flat on the floor and the other foot toes on the ground. I'm 5'09". Definitely go used. No need in dropping a brand new bike. I somewhat agree that a single cylinder DRZ400 or KLR would be a better beginner bike. Definitely easier to pick back up and less expensive plastic to get mangled. We aren't trying to scare you about dropping bikes, but I ride dirt bikes professionally and have dropped my Wee 3 times, all under 3 mph.

What are you looking to spend? Craigslist is where I look. There's Motorado, a purely consignment dealer, on 6th Ave. Ron, the owner is knowledgeable and not pushy. I was in there last week looking at a Multistrada. There's a KLR and DRZ there right now for you to go sit on.

Not to second guess your settling on a VStrom, but what kind of riding are you interested in? Commuting to work, touring, dirt roads, to the local bar and back, or what?

If you're looking for the 'adventure' bike, find one that someone has already outfitted with crash bars, skid plate, side cases, adjustable windshield, aftermarket seat, etc. I paid $4100 for my 2008 with 35k miles on it. I added up all the accessories it was coming with and got to $3500.

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There's a post just today on this forum from a guy that's thinking of selling his '07 1000, looking for prices. Very low miles. It would be a good one to keep polished in the garage until you have some time on a beginner bike as suggested above. If you are looking to also ride in the dirt, go for the 650. Bobby
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Finally got a bike!

Thanks to everyone who replied. It was really helpful and reassuring.

My V Strom connection is my cousin in MT so don't have ruding buddies here in CO.

After research I decided on the 650 V Strom, looked at craigslist etc. and decided to find as good a price on a new one as possible. I got one for $5,999 (OK $6k) online and went for it. 2015, but brand new, one mile on it. Warranty and all. I felt it was worth it to go for the warranty.

Anyway, having a ball so far. Have ordered some after-market stuff from Happy Trails and look forward to installing it.

How can I connect with some front range Strom riders who want to do some riding together?

Many thanks to all,

John
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