Hi, I am new to the forum and do not own a Versus yet.
I own 2006 Yamaha Vino 125 scooter that I bought used two sesons ago, and have put about 3500 miles on it so far. Mostly used for commute to work, but not ridden as much as I wanted since it is a bit too slow for some local traffic. That forces me to use some of the slower roads and lengthens my commute.
I started looking for a bigger bike to move up to. Initialy looked at ninja 250 (smaller displacement), YZ7, and Triumph Bonneville (since I prefer the more upright seating). But once I noticed Versys, I did not stop until I read all the reviews about it
The dilemma I have is whether to go with the used one or a new one? There is limited supply of used ones in my area (Chicago), so prices are not that great (or so it seems to me).
1. I stopped by one of the local Kawasaki dealers and got what looks (to me) like a good offer for a new bike. Arround $8400 OTD (including several dealer fees, taxes, and registration), yes they went below MSRP as a base.
2. There is a 2011 Versys about 150mi away with about 5000 miles that dealership listed for $6000. After taxes and registration that becomes $6550. The bike looks clean and stock, no upgrades or luggage are included.
3. There is a local 2009 Versys with only 130 miles (private seller) that is listed for $5500. Again, no upgrades or luggage. I guess after taxes and registration this one would be about $6000.
4. Move up to a smaller, 250cc bike, for a while, before getting Versys.
Option 1 comes with warranty, and possibly allows me to pick the color.
Option 2 requires me to arrange somebody to drive me there, and I would have to ride it back (or put it on a trailer)
Option 3 slightly better price, but bike is 3 years old and was basicaly sitting unused all that time, which could be a problem
Option 4 only if Versys is too much of a bike for my experience level, but from what I have read it should be good for me since it is not too powerfull/hooligan type of a bike
I am open to suggestions and opinions. What are the pros and cons of new vs. used, given the options available?