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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-06-2012, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Hi folks, nice to be here. I'm a new rider and have been considering the purchase of a V-Star for some time. A local dealer has a used '07 650 for about $4200. It has custom seats and bags. Price sound about right? What should I look for? Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Welcome to the forum.Great starter bike or a bike to customize the crap out of. I would go on craigslist and compare what other 650's are going for in your area.The more accessories they have the better deal it is. What mileage is on that bike? There should lots of low mileage 650's out there.

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+1 to Hdeater113, shop around and compare in your area. Have you been riding? Ridden before? New rider?

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that price sounds pretty high for a 5yr old 650. doesn't matter what accessories are on it. compare prices at other dealers or local ads. cycletrader.com is a good place to start. get a good idea of pricing through ebay as well
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Price sounds high to me unless it has a lot of chrome candy added to it. But even that is only worth the extra money IF you like it. If they are hard bags and painted to match the bike paint perfectly then the price is starting to look a bit better. If they are just off the shelf pseudo-leather bags you can find better prices. Also for that price I'd want brand new tires and a brand new battery.
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x2 on all the above.
Check Craigs, Ebay, ect. Price does sound on the high side.
I've seen brand new left overs going for not much more than that.
Loads of 650's out there. Great starter bike, Great for mods, Great backroad cruiser, Loads of fun!
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+1 to Hdeater113, shop around and compare in your area. Have you been riding? Ridden before? New rider?
New rider. I got a generic Chinese scooter for my son to get him from his apartment to his classes (Temple U). In the process I was bitten by the two-wheel bug and signed up for safety classes with MSP. So I'm fairly proficient on a Suzuki 250, and am looking for a first bike.
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Price sounds high to me unless it has a lot of chrome candy added to it. But even that is only worth the extra money IF you like it. If they are hard bags and painted to match the bike paint perfectly then the price is starting to look a bit better. If they are just off the shelf pseudo-leather bags you can find better prices. Also for that price I'd want brand new tires and a brand new battery.
I forgot to ask, any relation to "purple"?
Bags are leather and the seat is a nice 2-up with the passenger seat raised a few inches above the front seat and a comfy back rest. Paint and chrome are very nice and the mileage is low--about 4k.

And to answer your question, I have been known as "Purple" since I was 15!
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Agree with all about being kinda pricey. Check out my 650 custom and verbage on purchase price and particulars in the gallery.

1485 miles when purchased this past fall, $3000 bucks, loaded, Pittsburgh area, and I was the first caller the kid had in a week's worth of CL.

For the money you quoted you can actually get a nice loaded 1100 with decently low mileage around here.

And... If you're going to go for as big of a frame as the V-star 650 and you are willing to spend that kind of money, you may want to consider going for a loaded
1100 for quite a few reasons. Especially if you're interested in 2-up. I don't think there's all that much difference in the fit of the bike when it comes right down to it.
But I believe that there's a significant plus in the power and gearing. What say ye crew?

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Welcome aboard GSHayes! Not to beat a dead horse, but that is too much for a 650, loaded or not...and +1 to 650vstar2003 on the info about an 1100! I loved my 650, and rode the crap out of it for 2 plus years. About 1/2 the time I rode 2-up with my wife. I put almost 20,000 miles on that little beast! Very nimble and easy to handle. There a million and 6 accesories for it too! But if it's in your budget grab an 1100. Just as easy to doll up, fuel mileage is almost the same, and that extra punch is SO much nicer! I had a deal made on an 1100 and would be riding one today except that this 1300 sort of fell into my lap!

Let us know what you get, and post some pics to keep these other hounds off your back!

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