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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-01-2017, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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How bad of an idea is this?

Hello everyone.
I'm thinking about becoming a happy owner of a 650 versys (age pending). Managed to ride a little on a loaned 2014 and fell in love in the position, response and pretty much everything.
What I'm looking for is some information on what to expect from the bike after putting some more miles on it. I'm expecting around 10 000 miles a year on it (commuting).
Anything that "normally" gives way, what should I be looking for in second hand vehicles for most pricey to fix/replace ?
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Engine & transmission are the most pricey. Best thing to do is to get everything refreshed/checked and then run a logbook. Before buying, get an oil analysis and you're sure where things are at that way. Look at the drain plug for stuff. Check compression, valves, change coolant, new air filter, new oil, check the chain & sprockets, check the head and wheel bearings. Maybe put on a Scott oiler. Set up a maintenance station and keep up with things. If you log all the work, then you'll see changes. Nice thing about 10K / year is that if a super duper tire deal comes up you can get an extra set.

People can ruin a new bike fast, or can keep one going for a surprising amount of time, just depending.
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welcome aboard i have an 08 with coming up on 40k miles on it only trouble ive had so far other then the normal wear and tear stuff (tires chains sprockets oil and so on) has been the radiator fan. my bike is on its third (both times replaced with used ones) but its also lived most its life in the woods and both fails were do to dirt getting into the motor... not really a big deal to change it and they are cheap and plentiful

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I've noticed the little bee (the one I'm using now is somewhat yellow and black) is taunting me to get off the tarmac and have some fun already but so far I'm the boss and say public roads only!
The usual lottery is find a second hand item that hasn't been abused and has been taken care of as it should. @silviefox what you wrote brings me hope and gets me closer to the tough conversation with The Mrs about financing a new one... just need to run some numbers on how much exactly will it bite me.

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I forgot to mention I'm very much NOT mechanically savvy. yet

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One of the MAIN reasons I picked up a V650 for commuting is the lack of issues these bikes and powertrains have. Go for it, like you I do about 13,000 miles a year.
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I put 30,000 trouble free miles on my '11 Versys before my riding needs changed and I went smaller with the FZ-07.

My only issue was the shifting got hard and thanks to this forum I knew to pull apart the shifter mechanism, lube everything and put it back together.

I'm not sure how many here have made it to 100,000 miles, but I do know of several Ninja 650 riders (same basic drivetrain) who have gone over 100,000 miles with the only failures being fuel pump.

Regular maintenance is the key to longevity.
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one more vote to get a new one or from a "known" source... (yeah, right)
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It is with sadness... of sorts

Well... there is no nice way to say this but I ended up with an eleven years old BMW R1200 GS.
Yes it's a completely different beast, fat, huge and the works but I think it's exactly what I needed to keep me "civilized".
Happy trails folks,
I'll come back when I grow up to get a versys
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Thumbs up Enjoy the ride!

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I can add relatable information to this thread. I bought my 08 in 13. I payed attention to the type of rider that was selling. The gentleman I bought it from was a long distance rider. He took care of the bike with all the proper maintenance and chain oiling. I bought it with 23k miles on it. I stay on top of the maintenance. The only worn out parts I have had are the tires. Replace the rear, then the pair. I now have 50k miles on it, and she still runs strong.

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