Had a chance to buy a versys on kijiji for the right price and low milage, walked away from it over $250. The next person bought the bike.
It was a 2009 with 9000 miles. I see a 2007 listed for a little more money with more miles on it, it has 38000 kms.
What should I be looking for when I look at this bike? Is 38000 kms a lot for the bike?
I'm a new rider, taking the class later this month. Is this too much bike for a beginner?
You will definitely want some form of tip over protection like SW-Motech engine bars. You can add these after you buy the bike.
If you are tall the Versys will make a good first bike as is. If not you might do better installing a lowering kit and lowering it 1 inch for your first year. The issue is that it has a higher than normal center of gravity which novice shorter riders may find challenging. It is however a fantastic all round bike. IMO the best all rounder in this size range and the motorcycle magazines agree with me. Since a bike leans in turns the center of gravity is non as issue for handling unlike a car, it really only factors in when holding the bike up at a stop. It is also less forgiving of mistakes like applying the front brake in sharp turns because of the height.
I would check out prices in larger cities like Montreal as they are usually much cheaper there. It is cheap $20 to rent a UHaul motorcycle trailer to retrieve it. You will need to purchase hold down straps someplace like Princess Auto as these are not supplied with the trailer.
Also factor in the cost of tires, chain and sprockets you may need to replace on some bikes. Many sellers ask outrageous amounts in the spring and then sit on the bike waiting for it to sell until the fall. The best time to purchase is fall and early winter. Prices are much lower then.
Another option is to get hold of a cheap used beginner bike like a Sherpa and buy a Versys in the fall, when prices go down, and resell your Sherpa the following spring when the market is hot.
As a new rider, I'm a novice MSF riding instructor, suggest you don't cheap out on gear too much, particularly on a jacket, as you'll end up replacing it later at a greater cost when you discover how much more versatile, wrt tempature, the better ones are in the Canadian climate. Have a look at something like the Olympia Airglide 3 season mesh jacket, Nomad, or other similar multi season textile jackets. Separate wind/water and insulation liners are important for versatility. Prices online are cheaper.