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Is 60 000 km too Much?

Hi, I am looking to buy a used Versys, and have come across a 2007 with 60 000 km on it.

Should I stay clear from a bike with that much on it? I understand that these engines are well built, but at what point would it not be a good consideration as a used bike purchase?

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That depends on how cheap it is...
my 07 had 28000k on it and I paid $5200 cnd in 2010

28000km divided by 3 years old equals 9333km per year.

60000km divided by 4 years equals 15000km per year so reason would dictate that it should be cheaper to buy than mine was...

although a lot depends on condition & accessories that are included.

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IMO you don't have to avoid it for the right price. It would depend on:

Clutch feel, has the clutch disks been replaced.
Brake pad thicknesses
Condition of the tires
Condition of the chain and sprockets
Mileage since last service / valve adjustment

Cost of bringing those items up to spec can be significant.

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60000 is nothing IF the maintenance was performed properly and on schedule> oil and filter changes, valve gap adjustments most important. Other than that it depends on condition of the wear items that you might need to replace. Don't let mileage alone dictate your decision, I expect the V engine is good for at least 150000 km with no appreciable problems.

I have put well over 100000 km on more highly stressed motorcycle engines than our twin cylinder.
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All good points, thanks.

Yes, I am assuming that all other things mentioned are fine. It looks like it is well maintained, but I will need to take a close look.

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That bike has most likely been through 5 riding seasons, and therefor averaging 12K a year. To me that indicates recreational usage as opposed to commuting. I think a joy-ridden machine is less prone to wear and tear (sustained hiway speeds and all that). My bike is the same year and almost the same mileage, and runs like a top - oh, if you disregard the recently burned stator. If it's a black one it'll be very fast.

Is it the original owner who is selling it?
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Is it the original owner who is selling it?
Good point about the recreational usage. I think the mileage is from a few road trips. I think he is the first owner, but that is something I will certainly check.
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As Mt. Versuvius said, the type of riding a person's used the bike for will make difference. My own 2008 has over 50k miles on it and still runs strong, but almost all of my riding is touring, so I could have as few as 150-200 days of use on the bike, with correspondingly less braking/accelerating/etc than someone commuting to work for three years. Bearing this out is the fact that I'm still running the original brake pads. Then again, as things get old, they also deteriorate naturally, but for the right price, I wouldn't be too shy about buying a Versys with this mileage.

I'm just curious how much the seller is asking for the bike, as I tried to sell mine last year with about 40k miles, and had no takers. Back then I was asking about $3000 US including a Corbin seat, givi windshield, crash bars, and OEM sidebags/racks. In the end, I decided that there was nothing wrong with the bike and kept it. I did have the stator go out on a tour of Mexico and the Rockies last summer, but other than that, the bike has just required routine maintenance.

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I'm just curious how much the seller is asking for the bike, as I tried to sell mine last year with about 40k miles, and had no takers. Back then I was asking about $3000 US including a Corbin seat, givi windshield, crash bars, and OEM sidebags/racks.
Your American prices make me want to cry! I would have bought your bike in a heart beat! The bike in question (although I don't know if it is still available), was listed at $4200. It had lots of add-ons.

On average, I am finding that 2007/2008 bikes with an 20 000 km on them (or so) are going for $5500.

Maybe I should shop cross-border!!
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don't know if you could extrapolate their data to Canada

Accessories are worth 20 + - max of installed cost value IMO

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Your American prices make me want to cry! I would have bought your bike in a heart beat! The bike in question (although I don't know if it is still available), was listed at $4200. It had lots of add-ons.

On average, I am finding that 2007/2008 bikes with an 20 000 km on them (or so) are going for $5500.

Maybe I should shop cross-border!!
I know the feeling M. C. Here in Mexico, bikes, (and Japanese manufactured bikes in particular), are significantly more expensive, so when I replace my Versys, I'll likely be buying in the US, then bringing it down here.

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