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Buying a high mileage bike.

How many miles are too many, when considering buying a used Versys?
There's one near me that has over 50,000.
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How was it maintained? How was it stored? Was it ridden like a cheap whore or was it cared for? You can get a relatively unridden 08 or 09 for $3500 or so. Let that be your guide.

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If the price is right and it's in good condition 50,000 isn't really high mileage for a Versys assuming it's had the proper care.

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I'm not sure of how well it was cared for, that's the problem.
I hope one in the $3500 range shows up somewhere near me.
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You don't say where you're located but generally most major cities have several low mileage Versys for sale (via sites like Craigslist) at very, very good prices. Seems to me, unless the 50,000 mile Versys is practically a "give away," why go that route?
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I got an "09 last summer with under 5,200 miles for $4,100 and had access to a couple of other within 100 with asking prices of $4,500 to $5,000. Some of the guys have put on major milage.

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Unfortunately for me, there haven't been any low mileage bikes in my area (Tucson), for under $4000. I will just have to be patient.
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How many miles are too many, when considering buying a used Versys?
There's one near me that has over 50,000.
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My AZ '08 has 51,xxx miles. I will NOT hesitate to ride this bike ANYWHERE!



My BC '09 has 45,xxx kms. I do NOT hesitate to ride this bike ANYWHERE!



Once they get PAST 100,000 miles, I'll probably buy each one an ice cream cone....



They've both been properly maintained (by ME!). BOTH are on their original sets of cables & brake pads, the AZ one is on the ORIGINAL chain (only WD40 ever used on it - and I ride desert roads...), while I had to change the '09s chain at around 40,xxx kms (27,900 miles), I believe because it was a 'left-over' (that I bought in Nov '10) and had been left outside in the monsoons and dust storms. I changed the chain on my return from Alaska last July, from D2D 2013.

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Mine is pushing 42k now. These little twins will run for ever with valve checks and fresh oil.
I wouldnt be worried.

Depends on the area you are living in. In the Washington DC area I have mine posted for $4100 with 42k miles. Then again there are a TON of farkles on mine...



You can usually tell within 30 seconds if a bike has been taken care of or not. Chains are a good place to start looking at, as well as the manufacture date on the tires.

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I know this doesn't answer the original question, but I got my 2009 for $3800 w/ 8000 miles, new tires, and full set of soft bags in small town, east Texas. I'm sure you can find a low mileage bike for @ $4000. Just be patient (tho' I know that's hard when you're wanting to own a Versys)!
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Depending on how you are planning to use the bike, how much cash you have available, and whether you do you own maintenance and repairs can factor into whether you should buy it or not.

If it was priced right and you weren't planning on cross country trips on it, etc. It might be worth purchasing.

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Good advice above.

But be warned, once you get one you are likely to start cranking up the milage. So better to get one with a good amount of life left in it.

Get a buddy to drive you to one if you have to!

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If the seller will let you, take it for a test ride to a reputable local shop and see if they will give it a once over. But as stated before, proper maintenance ie. valve adjustments, O/F changes, and such are the keys to a high mileage bike. Depends on your budget and the seller's willingness to divulge information and proof of work done...


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Good advice above.

But be warned, once you get one you are likely to start cranking up the milage. So better to get one with a good amount of life left in it.

Get a buddy to drive you to one if you have to!
Having owned more than 60 motorcycles..... cannot accurately describe my (first) Versys... other than I really like to ride it. And ride it. And ride it.

Did I mention that I like to ride it?
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How many miles are too many, when considering buying a used Versys?
There's one near me that has over 50,000.
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I expect the market for that bike isn't huge and the price will be decent. If it's in good shape and it seems like a good deal (compared for example to the lower mileage models on the market), why not?

Mine is at 48k miles. I had been thinking of replacing it after it hit 50k. We'll see. I still like it. Compression is still good.
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Bought the bike.

Hey, in case anyone wonders, I took the 2009 Versys with 54000 miles to a mechanic, and he said it was in great shape, so I bought it. Wish me luck!
(It's an awesome bike, I hope it lasts a few years.

Thanks for all your input.
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Hey, in case anyone wonders, I took the 2009 Versys with 54000 miles to a mechanic, and he said it was in great shape, so I bought it. Wish me luck!
(It's an awesome bike, I hope it lasts a few years.

Thanks for all your input.
Glad to help. At that price (or whatever the negotiated final price) you aren't too much into it either. Be sure and take some pics when you get it all cleaned up.


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Hey, in case anyone wonders, I took the 2009 Versys with 54000 miles to a mechanic, and he said it was in great shape, so I bought it. Wish me luck!
(It's an awesome bike, I hope it lasts a few years.

Thanks for all your input.
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I'm getting close to 60K on my bike and it's as reliable as it was the first day I bought it. The only regular maintenance I do now is change the oil, replace the chain, and replace the tires. I also have my valves checked once per year but they've never needed to be adjusted. I doubt my bike is worth a dime since it has so many miles, so I've just opted to keep it and maintain it.

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