Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Cave Creek, AZ, USA
Re: Couple ?? prospective owner
Most of the big changes happened in 2005 such as the steering angle, headlight, engine hp, seat and most of the bodywork bits. I'm sure someone will correct me if I am wrong or missed something.
As for the various trim levels, I think those went away in '05 or so as well as the chrome trim became standard fare at that point. From there I think all the extras like intercom and so on were just options, no packages. I wouldn't worry too much about the trim package, just buy one that has the stuff you want and then figure out if it is base, icon or elite - or better yet, just ride and enjoy and forget about that stuff.
On the older models, I wouldn't pay any premium for one trim package vs another, just get a bike that is well maintained and in nice shape. Remember that any electronics like intercom and radio are 14+ year old technology. If you want an intercom get a Sena or similar wireless, it will work better and you will not have a cord dangling between you and your passenger. Plus you have the added benefit of piping music or your phone into it, plus bike to bike communication.
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