New guy here with a question. Did the Varadero bomb in Canada?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Humbucker, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. varaman

    varaman Been here awhile

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    Hey Strana

    The 09s and 10s are also gone from the warehouse. The only ones left are now at the dealers. My local dealership is trying to buy as much as they can from other dealers as well, but there no longer seems to be much left. They have no problems selling them, and often to be outfitted as you say.

    Personally, I'm getting a little envious seeing all the orange '09s I see on the road. That colour really appeals to me over the silver or black.



    Terry
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  2. rodent34

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    Well i work at a powerhouse in mississauga i just picked up a 08 demo for under 9 grand we do have a few 09s in stock. I took it for a ride and i loved it i had just got a 09 VTX1300 last year and now i selling it i will say yes the varadero is a big bike. But it dose handle well as for gas you can get around 320km if your not getting on it all the time lol.
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  3. JGBguy

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    I've had some time with my Varadero and yes its growing on me. I got a new 08 late last year, I've put 17K KM on it and well what can I say .. it has NEVER let me down. This includes on road, lots of Km's of gravel (did a run to James Bay via the North Road and the 'new' road) and some dirt trails. Not sure why this bike didn't become more popular outside of the usual issues of initial price (which I didn't pay), the lack of powerhouse dealers ... either way I don't care, great bike and it takes a beating without complaint.

    While I'm teetering on the edge of rant ... before buying the bike I hear that the Vara is 'more street oriented'. Might be true but get a set of knobbies and blast away for a couple of days off road and tell what the issue is, the Varadero has been great! I, like most ALL folks on these type of bikes, I ride mostly on road ... and yes it great for that, so maybe that is why the comment?

    As for fuel, I'm consistently getting 390Km's at an average speed around 120Km's indicated (which is inaccurate) with a full load of gear (side and top box) ... mind you that's on fumes but still, it works.
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  4. bumper1871

    bumper1871 Been here awhile

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    The Varadero has been popular in Europe since 1999. It's a good bike, but they overpriced it and selling them only through car dealers was a very bad idea. I think that's why it bombed.

    There are many good bikes out there that are not selling very well because of bad marketing decisions.
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  5. oldturtle

    oldturtle Been here awhile

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    I owned a grey market 5 speed carb model Varadero and loved bike. Sold only because registering in CA was out. So I moved on to a DL650 and then a DL1000. They are all good.
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  6. etyson

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    I second that.
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  7. Claustrophobic64

    Claustrophobic64 Adventurer

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    Just to chime in and comment on my 2008 Dero I picked up at a powerhouse dealer that has since closed up shop here in Windsor Ontario. I walked out of there last July for under 11k all in.....no addons or dealer perks....it was originally listing for 14.9k so I felt good about the purchase....I am very happy with the bike which has about 10,000 kilometers on it now...... I have been commuting back and forth to work on it and have made some long distance runs up into the northern parts of this province.......plenty of time on our 400 series highways made me enjoy this bike more and more.......6 speed easily cruised for hours @ 120kmh and then some. Comfortable seat....easy handling!

    I am tall and my head buffeted pretty bad in the wind coming off of the windsheild........so I cut it down about 3 - 4 inches now I get clean air over the top and it hits me more in the upper chest area.....that was my only beef with this bike. Also I routinely get over 400km per tank.....fill ups are normally 21 litres......thats driving like a ' middle aged bald fat guy that had way too much fun when he was young and now has to tone it down a bit'........if you know what I am saying......

    Bottom Line => The Dero makes me Happy! :clap and if you get one that would make 2 of us! LOL
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  8. zarly

    zarly Action Pants!

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    I'm 6'2 and I get a bit of a wind howl in my helmet, it kind of annoys me, but it's nothing to do with the bike which I love, I'm just sticking up off it too far. if I duck down a little it goes away, I have the GIVI taller screen on the lower notch, if I put it to the top notch I'm looking through it and it feels unnatural to me.

    Have you got any pictures of your bike with the chopped screen? how did you cut it down?

    Thanks.

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  9. Lornce

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    :lol3:rofl

    Yer funny.


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  10. WOLVERINE

    WOLVERINE Keep her pinned!

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    So for the used market, What would an 08 with 15,000kms and Trax bags, crash bar, skid plate go for these days based on the pricing of the 09's still left at the dealer. Would you take a used one decked out like I mentioned over a new 09 stock for a little more money?
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  11. neveragain

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    Claustro and Zarly...I have a 2008 Varadero and was also bothered by wind buffetting and my wife got it really bad while being on the back. . I'm 6'3 and i had a Laminar Lip add on windscreen from my 650Gs and decided to try it on the Vara. All I want to say is, simply amazing. I look over the top of the screen and no more buffetting for me and especially my wife. 2 extremely happy campers.:freaky
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  12. WOLVERINE

    WOLVERINE Keep her pinned!

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    That's good to know. I was wondering about the stock windscreen being tiny with not enough deflection. I'm 6'2/32"inseam so being tall in the body puts me higher in the wind so if the extra screen works for you it may work for me too...
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  13. zarly

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    I think I'm going to try a Liminar Lap. I've been thinking about it a year now. May as well go ahead and pick one up.
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