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Am looking at a 2009 blue versys has 5100 on it corbin seat and the kawi hard bags painted to the color of the bike along with a second windshield. Dealer is offering to ship it to me in Washington state from Arizona for 5k. A little nervous doing a shipping deal never seeing the bike and all but I know people who have done it with no regrets. Only bike in my area is a 2008 with soft luggage and the hard tail luggage and some other extras 4600 firm. A green 2009 on the washington coast 1100 miles on it hard side luggage painted to match for 5300. Other then that the local dealer has a couple of new 2011's for 6800 or 6900......
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I'd check out that green one. It's $200 more, but maybe you can knock it down to the same price as the blue one, and you'ld be able to check it out in person before putting out the cash. Of course my opinion is just that.

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I'd check out that green one. It's $200 more, but maybe you can knock it down to the same price as the blue one, and you'ld be able to check it out in person before putting out the cash. Of course my opinion is just that.
No you are right I would love to... problem is I texted him then he replied he would rather be contacted via email so I did but he hasn't replied to me yet. It's been over a week..... I sent him another email today after that I will give up on him. I am a 3.5 hour drive from the Washington coast but still allot closer then AZ that's for sure.
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My guess is since the dealer took the Versys as a trade-in presumably, that it's in OK shape. About the only thing that could have gone wrong is if the original owner didn't break it in properly/do the required oil changes, or if it's a lemon, (and I haven't heard of any Versys-lemons myself). If the dealer is a kawasaki dealer, their shop may have performed some of the routine maintainance, and it would be worth asking them if that's the case, and if so, what they've done, and if any other non-routine work was performed. Other than that, I think you are within bounds to ask for contact info for the original owner, so you can pick his/her brain. But again, my guess is that it's a good bike, at a good price considering the extras, and shipping.

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My guess is since the dealer took the Versys as a trade-in presumably, that it's in OK shape. About the only thing that could have gone wrong is if the original owner didn't break it in properly/do the required oil changes, or if it's a lemon, (and I haven't heard of any Versys-lemons myself). If the dealer is a kawasaki dealer, their shop may have performed some of the routine maintainance, and it would be worth asking them if that's the case, and if so, what they've done, and if any other non-routine work was performed. Other than that, I think you are within bounds to ask for contact info for the original owner, so you can pick his/her brain. But again, my guess is that it's a good bike, at a good price considering the extras, and shipping.
Thanks very much for the thoughtful reply..... yes they are a kawi/polaris dealer. All I know of the owner is he was in his early 60's he took his bike in at 700 miles then after that did all the oil changes on his own. Good idea about getting owner info. Thanks!
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About the only thing that could have gone wrong is if the original owner didn't break it in properly/do the required oil changes, or...
good point. What is properly? Would you prefer a bike from an owner who kept the RPMs extremely low it for the first few hundred miles like the Owner's Manual suggests, or rode it hard (after letting it warm up) from the start? I guess if you care a lot about that, maybe it's worth paying a bit more for a new one. Remembering also that the new one has some small updates.
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good point. What is properly? Would you prefer a bike from an owner who kept the RPMs extremely low it for the first few hundred miles like the Owner's Manual suggests, or rode it hard (after letting it warm up) from the start? I guess if you care a lot about that, maybe it's worth paying a bit more for a new one. Remembering also that the new one has some small updates.
Yeah, there's always that debate between Kawasaki's recommended procedure and the moto-man way. Personally, either one would be OK with me. I was thinking more along the lines of someone just abusing the bike/motor right out of the box.

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Am looking at a 2009 blue versys has 5100 on it corbin seat and the kawi hard bags painted to the color of the bike along with a second windshield. Dealer is offering to ship it to me in Washington state from Arizona for 5k. A little nervous doing a shipping deal never seeing the bike and all but I know people who have done it with no regrets. Only bike in my area is a 2008 with soft luggage and the hard tail luggage and some other extras 4600 firm. A green 2009 on the washington coast 1100 miles on it hard side luggage painted to match for 5300. Other then that the local dealer has a couple of new 2011's for 6800 or 6900......
I'd wait and find out if the lower mileage, green V is available. The only way I'd buy a remote bike is if a trusted friend checked it out. Or, perhaps, you could find a forum member who lives in the area.

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If you are gonna go as far as AZ, buy my bike. I can assure you its been treated well and could work the deal through a local BMW/Triumph dealer, so you can get their sign-off that the bike is sound.

Course that price is pretty good with hard luggage...

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Arizona (and Utah!) are pretty nice this time of year. Cash in those airline miles and do a fly-n-ride!
The price difference between the new ones and the used ones gets a lot bigger once you start adding the goodies. Plus, somebody else took that depreciation when they rode it off the lot. If you're shopping for value, getting the first gen makes a lot more sense. I wouldn't be nervous about a used one at all, it's not like an R6! Most folks that bought these are the kind of people that you'd let borrow your car or ask to house sit for you.
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Am looking at a 2009 blue versys has 5100 on it corbin seat and the kawi hard bags painted to the color of the bike along with a second windshield. Dealer is offering to ship it to me in Washington state from Arizona for 5k. A little nervous doing a shipping deal never seeing the bike and all but I know people who have done it with no regrets. Only bike in my area is a 2008 with soft luggage and the hard tail luggage and some other extras 4600 firm. A green 2009 on the washington coast 1100 miles on it hard side luggage painted to match for 5300. Other then that the local dealer has a couple of new 2011's for 6800 or 6900......
I would be less concerned about buying from a dealer remotely than an individual. They have a reputation to uphold so will be very unlikely to sell a bike that is obviously defective, also the mileage is low, which reduces risk. Do ask for pictures of the tires (to check wear), any scratches, etc.
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I would be less concerned about buying from a dealer remotely than an individual. They have a reputation to uphold so will be very unlikely to sell a bike that is obviously defective, also the mileage is low, which reduces risk. Do ask for pictures of the tires (to check wear), any scratches, etc.
Dealer said front is stock should be replaced soon rear is at 50%. He sent me a bunch of pics.....gotta tell you I want it and I think I will be watching it get unloaded in my drive way in a few weeks.
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Arizona (and Utah!) are pretty nice this time of year. Cash in those airline miles and do a fly-n-ride!
The price difference between the new ones and the used ones gets a lot bigger once you start adding the goodies. Plus, somebody else took that depreciation when they rode it off the lot. If you're shopping for value, getting the first gen makes a lot more sense. I wouldn't be nervous about a used one at all, it's not like an R6! Most folks that bought these are the kind of people that you'd let borrow your car or ask to house sit for you.
Fly and ride! That's a good idea I have a ton of Alaskan air line miles......
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congrats ....and good luck keep us posted !
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congrats ....and good luck keep us posted !
Thanks! Will let you know how it all goes for sure.
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You shipping or flying and riding?
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You shipping or flying and riding?
Shipping..... Don't have the time to fly and ride from az to spokane right now plus weather over passes not ideal.
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