Good question. I looked at the one BV350 the dealer had in stock, but was not ready to buy at that time...I was still trying to see if I could get the BMW to work for me. One month later, I finally realized that the Beemer was just not going to happen. By that time, the BV350 was gone and the dealer has not gotten anymore, at least not yet.
The BV500 was there at the time I was looking over the BV350. As I recall, the 350 was about $1500 more (the 500 is NOS 2009, you will recall). The 350 was similar in design and features to the 500, but if I recall correctly, it had significantly more underseat storage, the valve clearance check interval was quite a bit longer...26K, maybe?...and the performance was supposed to be very similar to the 500.
I suspect the 350 would be a solid machine, like the 500...reviews in this section are very positive about the 350, so if you're willing to shell out the extra baksheesh, I don't think you'd be making mistake choosing the 350 over the 500...but the 500 is really a nice machine-at least considering that I've only ridden it 166 miles so far...your choice is going to come down to money and availability.
gumshoe4 screwed with this post 07-28-2012 at 05:38 PM