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Question: Do I go into a small amount of debt and get it?  (Voting closed: September 06, 2010, 07:14:57 PM)
Yes, it's an unheard of deal. - 2 (28.6%)
Yes, it makes you look fast. - 0 (0%)
Only if they throw in a free t-shirt. - 2 (28.6%)
No!  Never go into debt for a toy. - 2 (28.6%)
No! With that many miles it will surely explode! - 1 (14.3%)
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« on: August 07, 2010, 07:14:57 PM »

So I stopped in the local dealer today to pick up some goodies for the CBR and noticed the small collection of Adventures in the corner, 3 to be exact, plus a used on outside.  I've been thinking about doing a big trip to Alaska in a couple years that would most likely consist of flying out and renting a suitable pair of wheels to roam around on.  OR I could buy some sort of monstrosity like an Adventure or GS and make the trip from VA.

 Anyway, so I was just BS'ing with the salesmen, trying to see what I could get for my RC51 that's for sale and we got on the subject of the used Adventure.  He first asked if I knew what the online price was which I didn't.  He said $7500.  Then he said in a low voice, $4k for you.  He had to say it a couple more times after that cause I didn't think dealers could sell any bike, new or used, for less than $10k!  They let me test ride it as I have not ever really considered anything like it before in my life.  I took it out on the little dirt course they have out back.  It spun everywhere, even with aggressive offroad tires there was way too much power for the soft dirt.  Then I took it out on the street.  The damn thing feels just like my Super Duke (basically the same motor) and is just as fast.  But the rear tire (very knobby) kept spinning up on the pavement and I knew that this whole bike would be trouble.  Plus, where can I ride it in VA?  I had a KLR that was horrible offroad and horrible onroad.  Could I learn to live with this beast?

So, for $4k, a good condition, 30k miles, '04, 950 Adventure.  Yes, no, or maybe.  After riding it I'm leaning towards no.  I've got plenty of dirt experience but love carving (kneedragging) twisties far from home.  Will this thing just spit me off the first time I go for a double or strafe a turn?
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2010, 12:19:22 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2010, 06:28:15 AM »

R Doug just sold his SuperDuke because his 990 Adventure is so capable and comfy on the road. And pretty darn capable off-road too. I think an Adventure is a great bike for an Alaska trip. And there are probably thousands of miles of public dirt roads and gnarly back roads that the Adventure is perfect for in the mountains along the Wv/VA border.
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2010, 10:33:26 AM »

I voted no.  If you had cash, it's a different story; however debt is not something to be had.
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2010, 12:59:36 PM »


... debt is not something to be had.

Agreed, but I'd have it anyway.
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2010, 09:30:43 PM »

It's a great bike and I think it would surprise you.  But, I would find it difficult to go in debt for an '04 used bike.  
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2010, 12:46:08 AM »

I have not ridden mine in a year. That will change.  Thumbsup
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