Great forum and a lot of great folks. I've been lurking here for over a year and I figured it was time to jump in. I've been planning a 7500 trip for a couple of years. The last piece of the puzzle is the bike itself. Which I'm sure is somewhat subjective.
I've narrowed it down to 2 choices.
A dealer in WA. has 2 that I'm interested in. So the first of many questions would be what are the virtues and or downside from one bike to the next.
At twice the price I'm inclined toward the first one and have been approved, from a loan stand point. Although I doubt the financing on 2009 would be an issue. I really like the miles on the latter especially given the fact that I don't have the time to go thru everything before I leave. Not my preferred method but I have no choice.
This purchase will be my 43rd bike in my fifty years, so I have a bit of experience in working on them, first beemer though. I am also a Gas Gas trials bike dealer.
Anyway, at 50, I want/need comfort. Speed is of no concern... mostly. Just luxury. I cant ride my Buell without my arms going numb within 50 miles...
I'm not sure but the 03 does not have a hydraulic center stand, correct? Really wanted one of those...
Anyway comfort-wise, positives/ negatives?
Issues of the 2 in general?
Is 15K for a near new, 4 year old bike, a good deal? It seems so.
But so does 7500.00 for the 03 with only 2100 miles. Just a bit leery of one that's 11 years old. Not a lot miles though.
Hense my conundrum...
I'd have to have the 03 painted so there's an easy 1k added. Maybe tires as well, I have to check with the dealer. Anyway a list of pertinent questions would be great.
The first is:
Model Year 2003
Model K 1200 LT
Price $7,890.00 I got him down to $7500.00
Color Impala Brown Metallic
The second is:
Model Year 2009
Model K 1200 LT
Price $14,690.00 Probably 14500...
Color Night Black
I have a lot more questions but that would be after I defer to the opinions of the learned folks here.
Thanks for your time and input.