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2006 DL650 Vstrom Value?

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by Shropdog, Sep 6, 2020.

  1. Shropdog

    Shropdog Been here awhile

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    Looking at a 06 DL650 with perfect maintenance history and 64k miles. Mint condition and basically stock. The lowest I can get it for is $2k...too much? Any issues I should pay attention to? Thx in advance!
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  2. RedEX

    RedEX NeverSatisfied

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    Hey there Shropdog, the mileage would not worry me, especially if it's been so well maintained. Is that the original owner? Right now my 2012 is at 55k and no issues other than normal maintenance. When was the last valve check on it though? It should've had at least a couple-three checks and/or adjustments by now. Right now mine should have the steering bearings replaced, but again that's a normal wear item. How's the chain? At that mileage it should be on it's second chain, at least. Hopefully things such as fork oil, engine coolant, and brake fluid have also been recently replaced, and also check the battery.

    I think nowadays, $2000 for any bike that's in good shape, and runs well, is about the lowest you'll find. Much less and you're looking at beater bikes that would need lots of TLC. Mostly, around my area people get all freaked out about high mileage, but that engine is a proven design that's pretty bullet-proof, part of the reason I also bought one. If you buy it and find out it's not your cup of tea, I doubt you'll lose much, if anything, were you to resell it.
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  3. Shropdog

    Shropdog Been here awhile

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    Howdy RedEx and thanks for the thoughts as they virtually match mine as well. I have had BMWs with mileage 3x times that and no real issues. I thought about the head and swingarm bushings as well. I have not seen the bike in person but will in the next day or so. It is a one owner bike which is a good sign to me. The bike is actually for my son and I don't want to put him on a maintenance intensive bike and that is why I am looking at VStroms. I will be able to review the maintenance paperwork and the seller seems to be a very honest and candid person.

    Again...thanks!
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  4. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    WeeStroms are great bikes. If well maintained and running well, I would not worry about it at that price. Well worth it in smiles per mile. Keep the oil topped off, some of them are hard on stators.
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  5. BlueSkyGuy

    BlueSkyGuy Been here awhile

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    Best advice I can offer is that I have just passed the 100,000 mile mark on my 07 DL650. Replaced the right switch block twice ( pretty easy and parts aren’t too expensive). Just oil changes, tires, chains and sprockets. Still haven’t adjusted the valves but had them checked twice.
    At $2000.00 Put it this way if you rode it for 5 years and threw it away you’re money ahead. Just buy it
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  6. coast range rider

    coast range rider Been here awhile

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    "Basically stock" V-Strom is ok for $2k. But if it were me, I would buy a different one with upgrades already installed. Many V-Strom owners spend over $3k just on upgrades and they do little for resale value. Even brand new the suspension was weak. Then add luggage, custom seat, exhaust, windscreen mods, the $ all add up quickly. But not everyone desires those things so figure out your needs in advance. IMO those mods transform the bike into something special. I have over a hundred thousand miles on mine.

    At the mileage you are speaking of I had to replace wheel bearings and steering head bearings.

    My final piece of advice is to buy a fork brace. They are not expensive and it stabilizes the bike in crosswinds and makes the steering more precise.

    BTW, @Shropdog, did you already buy it?
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