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Why so many 08 Versys for sale?

Seems like there are a lot of 08 Versys for sale. Why so many? We all seem to like them so much. Do you think maybe some bought them and thought they were two up touring bikes and wanted more room. I understand the 900 Vulcans where they but it and decide they need a bigger bike for the room or motor. Just puzzles me why so many are up for sale. Also seems like us older seasoned riders (61) especially like the V. Guess maybe i have had so many bikes i appreciate the V for what it does and bought it with no false expectations. Any thoughts?

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My guess is....the economic situation....
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People picked up a lot of bikes last year with the gas prices. Then the economy went to hell, people found out good gas mileage doesn't mean its cheap...etc, etc.
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Agreed on people are fickle, especially with regards to
quick fixes and greener grass. At 60 I agree totally
with your last, Deano. Eyes open wide and loving it.

My wife loves her 900LT, BTW and wouldn't part with
it. But she get lots of questions about capacity
and comments from two-up tourers that it lacks
power. Not by her measurements, and she does
occasionally carry passengers. But not on the
super-slab, thanks anyway.

Like I tell my students, sure they may let you fly
a gunship some day. But you have to make it
through these little JetRangers first and learn to
fly! I encourage people to brush up on bicycle
skills before taking the BRC on a Rebel. Some
day maybe you'll aspire to a Versys.

I have to say I'm grateful I didn't have this kind of
performance when I was in my 20's when I was
swigging Spinada and Taylor Lake Country Pink
(in half gallons). The Versys is like fine wine or
a mature woman...
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Can i ask what is a 900 LT BTW? My wife rode a BMW 650 first the twin and later the F 650 and had plenty of power to travel with me all over the US. 650 was a big bike in my early years. Best Bmw i ever owned was the K75 750. I just traded a huge 1600 classic for my Versys. Classic cruiser was like driving a logging truck compared to the Versys's quick handling. Big mistake on my part. Just wansn't fun. Was very comfortable but not for what i enjoy. Sometimes we think we need more power and it is only good when it is useable. That is why you see so many cruisers going back to the 900-950 bracket. Sometimes more is less enjoyable. Look at the V strom. Many say the 650 is the more enjoyable version unless you carry two up. As we mature and think things over we realize we don't need or enjoy the overpower bikes. V-max isn't for everybody. You were pretty spot on AvaChava on your assesment.

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I agree

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People picked up a lot of bikes last year with the gas prices. Then the economy went to hell, people found out good gas mileage doesn't mean its cheap...etc, etc.
I think you hit the nail in the head...

I don't think there is anything wrong with the 2008 model, it is a fine bike.

Last year when the gas prices spiked up, everyone went out and got themselves a bike, specially with those 24mo low payment promotions...

Now that people are getting laid off or if not, at least they are spectating it and trying to get prepare for it, every body is trying to slim down on their monthly commitments and $89/mo less helps, specially when it is soon to be converted into a $200/mo payment if they don't get rid of the bike quick...

It is not all that strange, it makes sense, result of impulsive decisions...

It was like they were telling some of those people driving Ford excursions to go to work when the gas spiked up, something they could have been doing just as well driving a Focus but they had to have the Excursions or the F250.

It was cheaper to keep doing the $200/per gas tank / week then it would had been to try to sell those vehicles at the time because no body wants them anymore so your lost would had been greater by trying to sell...

Now the ones that I don't understand are the ones that go out, buy a new Versys, spend another $2k to suit it up to the max, Bags, fog lights, GPS, etc, and then 3 mo later turns around and say I don't like the bike, it only has 1300 miles, I want MSRP for the used bike... Jejejeje

But you are correct, it also takes the punishment of several other bad bikes in your motorcycle career for you to settle down and start to appreciate the benefits of a standard style bike like the Versys.

Now, for those who waited to buy a new bike, now it is getting to be the best time...

I just saw a brand new 2008 GSXR 600 for $7500 OTD, that is a $10K bike...

But it is such a targeted audience bike that not a lot of people can out stand the punishment of riding such a bike, so in times like this, these type of bikes just don't sell...

For those who are into speed and performance, realize that the SV is now $7800, so a GSXR for $7500 new, that is a steal...

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By The Way!

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Can i ask what is a 900 LT BTW?

As we mature and think things over we realize we don't need or enjoy the overpower bikes.
Sorry, Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT, by the way!

Yeah, my 650 Triumph Trophy (single carb,
high pipes, it's a scrambler!) was a trip.
Smiled a lot until that late evening ride
home through the just-harvested countryside,
without a face shield. Alcohol may have been
a factor. God where did all those bugs come
from? Turning off the headlight helped some.

Youth.

Wasted on the young...
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