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What do they go for? - 2011 and 2009 versys

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I am in the market for a new versys or a well taken care of versys in my area for a good deal.
But looking at the prices, I see a big variation. A dealer here in MD wants $7K for his 2011, but I just watched an auction on ebay that got a maximum bid of $5300 on a $6100.00 buy-it-now for a brand new 2011. I also saw a brand new 2009 for about $4800 on the net not too far away from me but dealer closer to me wants $5800 for a new 2009.

Since I am new at motorcycle shopping, I don't have a good sense of what a good deal is. I used truecar.com to buy my VW TDI. Is there a similar website or "price paid" thread somewhere?

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The dealer isn't by chance JT Motorsports is it?

List on the versys on the Kawasaki is 7699, I do believe they are offering 300$ off for the versys. So 7399 with no tax, title, tag, delivery, etc etc etc.
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Hello all,

I am in the market for a new versys or a well taken care of versys in my area for a good deal.
But looking at the prices, I see a big variation. A dealer here in MD wants $7K for his 2011, but I just watched an auction on ebay that got a maximum bid of $5300 on a $6100.00 buy-it-now for a brand new 2011. I also saw a brand new 2009 for about $4800 on the net not too far away from me but dealer closer to me wants $5800 for a new 2009.

Since I am new at motorcycle shopping, I don't have a good sense of what a good deal is. I used truecar.com to buy my VW TDI. Is there a similar website or "price paid" thread somewhere?

Thanks
Buying used is almost always your best bet when it comes to motorcycles. The depreciation is massive on a new motorcycle. For an idea of what things are selling for look in the for sale section on this site or other motorcycle forums (advrider) as ebay is not as representative.
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The dealer isn't by chance JT Motorsports is it?

List on the versys on the Kawasaki is 7699, I do believe they are offering 300$ off for the versys. So 7399 with no tax, title, tag, delivery, etc etc etc.
It is cycle world, somewhere in NJ. I have seen a post where somone got one for $6200 OTD - they got a $500.00 discount from Kawasaki. Maybe 7399+ was a good price when the bike came out, but not anymore.

I am looking for what people actually paid for these bikes recently.
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I would echo the used sentiment, especially if you want some standard farkles like luggage. Buy new vs. a well farkled bike and you will find that the price is a lot cheaper. Unless the bike has been abused there are no real issues with the V you need to watch out for.

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You are going through the pain alot of guys go through and even guys who have bought many bikes. New 10-11 new little older 09-08. The good news is whatever you choose you are going to get a great bike that is a ton of fun!!





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When I bought my 2011, I was also looking at an '09 with 10 months left on it's warranty and about 3k miles on it. I could have got it for $4000. It was Candy Plasma Blue and the Ninja I was replacing was Candy Plasma Blue. I decided I was ready for a different color. Had that '09 been the Candy Lime Green, I would be riding it right now.

When I bought my 2011 the dealer matched a Cycle Trader advertised price from a dealership a couple hours away. then I used my Kawi bucks to get another $750 off and then Kawi was also giving another $300 off.

Right now they are advertising low finance rate so if you are financing you have to factor in the rate for new vs the rate for used and what your final cost will be.

Be willing to travel for a good deal, or try to get your local dealer to match the other price + what it would cost you to go get it. If you rely on the dealer to do your maintenance and warranty work it is better to buy from your local dealer because he is more likely to help you. If you buy from someone else your local dealer may not treat you as well on questionable warranty issues. Something I have witnessed in the past.
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When I bought my 2011 the dealer matched a Cycle Trader advertised price from a dealership a couple hours away. then I used my Kawi bucks to get another $750 off and then Kawi was also giving another $300 off.
Now that is the kind of information I am looking for.. They are still giving the $300 (I think $500 now) off, but where do I get the kawi bucks? I missed the ticket to ride thing when it came to Washington, DC, and the only one left now is in Houston, TX this weekend.
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I paid $6200.00 for my new (still in the crate) 2011 Versys about three weeks ago. I had a Kawasaki test ride incentive ($500) that applied to the deal. So the dealer actually sold it for $6700.00 (a $1000 off the MSRP). Used Kawasaki credit for 3.99% for 24 months.

I could have bought a new 2009 for $5300.00 but I like the upgrades they did in the 2010/2011 Versys.

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It is cycle world, somewhere in NJ. I have seen a post where somone got one for $6200 OTD - they got a $500.00 discount from Kawasaki. Maybe 7399+ was a good price when the bike came out, but not anymore.

I am looking for what people actually paid for these bikes recently.
I bought my 2011 in July of 2011. I'm going to assume that is recent enough. I walked out the door with it for about 5200 with tax, title, tags and pre-paid my service so if anything happens financially all my service is paid up and I don't have to worry about the maintenance costs up to 20k miles. Which means my time with a wrench is spent for farkles and my own enjoyment.

I also have a good relationship with the dealer because I refer business to them because they have great customer service and fair prices. Reason I asked about JT's is they have a brand new Versys they got in a few weeks ago and even though they are closer (6 miles from the house) I avoid them like the plague and take my business to Hagerstown (25 miles from the house).

Hope it helps. If not good luck.
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I bought my 2011 in July of 2011. I'm going to assume that is recent enough. I walked out the door with it for about 5200 with tax, title, tags and pre-paid my service so if anything happens financially all my service is paid up and I don't have to worry about the maintenance costs up to 20k miles. Which means my time with a wrench is spent for farkles and my own enjoyment.

I also have a good relationship with the dealer because I refer business to them because they have great customer service and fair prices. Reason I asked about JT's is they have a brand new Versys they got in a few weeks ago and even though they are closer (6 miles from the house) I avoid them like the plague and take my business to Hagerstown (25 miles from the house).

Hope it helps. If not good luck.
$5200.00? Are you sure that is not a typo? That is an EXCELLENT price.

I have cash in hand and can go buy one right now for that kind of price. Hagerstown is about 50 miles away from me, so they are close. Do you know if they have a Versys and can I tell them you sent me?

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They do not have a versys as of two weeks ago. But I'm sure they could do a dealer find for you. I paid 5200 because I traded a bike in for the Versys. If I didn't buy the gel seat I would have walked out paying about 4900. Sadly they couldn't get the gel seat for me and they didn't get the whole story from Kawasaki before my paperwork was final. It's ok they cut me a check for the cost of the seat. Which I applied to a used one and the rest to the principal. So final cost out the door was about 5k. Like I said I traded a bike in for the Versys.

With no trade in or down payment you're probably looking at about 7k for a 2011. Excluding dickering, tax, tag, delivery, setup fees and title.

Dealer is Twigg Cycles (twiggcycles.com) the gent I dealt with was Colin, great guy.
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With no trade in or down payment you're probably looking at about 7k for a 2011. Excluding dickering, tax, tag, delivery, setup fees and title.
Now that makes it more within the range. Actually a bit on the high end.

Thanks for clearing that up.
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Had to go 2hrs to get mine(#3 dealer), even with 2 competing dealers(#1 & #2) within 45mins of home. I really wanted the 10/11 upgrades and couldn't find a 10 used. Im really happy with the #1 dealer and have told them multiple times I want to keep my business there, this would be my 3rd bike bought there.
Here's the breakdown.
1st run included a bike I was going to trade in:
#1 dealer wanted $9000 OTD inc $300 Kawi rebate
#2 dealer wanted $9120 OTD inc $300 Kawi rebate
These numbers were after talking to them and trying to neg.

2nd try, had sold the bike, so its a cash transaction now.
#3 dealer made a deal on the phone for $6830 OTD
#1 dealer dropped to $8400 OTD, inc $500 Kawi rebate for this month
Didn't call #2 back
Called #1 back asked for a better deal and got $8000 OTD

Had it been $200, maybe $300 diff I would have went to #1, but I just cant eat almost $1200. Best bet is too look around and try hard to get your dealer to step up.

Dealer #4(11hrs from home) was $6650 OTD, but time and additional cost made #3 the one to go to.

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To clarify, my new 2011 cost me $6200.00 ($6700 - the $500 Kawasaki test ride incentive). I did not trade anything in, nor did I put any $$ down. Kawasaki financed the whole deal for 24 months at 3.99%.

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Now that is the kind of information I am looking for.. They are still giving the $300 (I think $500 now) off, but where do I get the kawi bucks? I missed the ticket to ride thing when it came to Washington, DC, and the only one left now is in Houston, TX this weekend.
Yes, you had to go to the ticket to ride event. That event is what helped me decide to buy new over used.
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Yes, you had to go to the ticket to ride event. That event is what helped me decide to buy new over used.
The Kawasaki "Ticket to Ride" test ride event sold me on the 2011 Versys... A typical dealer may allow you to "test ride" a bike for 2-3 miles - if that. The Ticket to Ride test ride was "a very spirited" escorted ride for 25-30 minutes on twisty, curvy, rolling country roads. I took the Versys out 4-5 times during the Kansas City event. I was sold on the Versys. Five days later I had a new 2011 in my garage...

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Last Christmas I bought a used 2009 with 1500 miles on it, bone stock except that it had the Givi rack for a top box, for $3900.

Price range I was seeing at that time was between $4K and upward of $5K depending on mileage & extras. If you're still looking at 2009's, I wouldn't pay more than $4500, unless maybe it's set up with tons of extras and is exactly the way you want it. Just my 2 cents.

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New as in 0 mile 2011 purchased last saturday. 6500 including all rebates. I also got an awesome trade in on my KLX250SF. They gave me $300.00 less than I paid for it a year ago.

It now has 900 miles (less than a week ).

I too wanted the 10-11 up grades to the bike although I think the 09 RED ones look the best.

Great bike.
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I also bought a brand new 2011 versys for $6299.00 a couple of weeks ago.. I haven't picked it up yet - Insurance company refused full coverage until hurricane Irene went by.

Tomorrow will be the day I will pick it up! Can't wait....
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