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« on: June 17, 2013, 09:43:08 am »

So the local dealer has had this 2006 Connie sitting in the showroom for months: around 30K miles on it, looks to be in excellent condition, and I'm assuming that because a dealer is selling it they've checked it out and it's in good running shape...

They finally dropped the price $500 (from the $5999 on the sticker in the photo)...but I've heard people say you can find equivalent C10's for $3K.

I know it's old-school, 1980's technology, yada yada...but I've also heard they're reliable as a stone and there are a zillion aftermarket parts. The description I like most is "it's a sport-touring version of the KLR."  Smile (And I've owned and loved a KLR.)

Haven't taken it for a test ride yet but plan to. The reason I'm considering it is that (as I've said elsewhere) I'm looking for a better 2-up bike...but we don't typically go for 2-up rides more than a few times a year. So I figure if I picked up an old Connie for less than a newer bike, I can keep my Wee-Strom for solo riding (which I'm totally happy with). I'm not sure picking up a bigger, more expensive bike makes sense if I'm only going to want it a few times a year.

Scott

PS - I'm nowhere near being on the verge of buying this bike...just taking my time and exploring my options. I'm certain I could find something better elsewhere...this just has the advantage of being easy since it's right here in town and I can take a test ride on it anytime with no hassle.

Also, the fact that this bike doesn't have ABS almost rules it out. I'm a sworn defender and advocate of ABS—because I do NOT trust my own braking skills (especially riding 2-up) in an emergency!
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2013, 09:54:01 am »

I'd spend a little more and find a C14.
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2013, 10:16:39 am »


I'd spend a little more and find a C14.


Or the same amount and buy an FJR.
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2013, 10:51:38 am »

Yes but at 4600 its one hell of a reliable bike.....



 
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2013, 01:47:39 pm »

I like C10s. I rode one for years. I've argued more than once that it's an underrated design.

There is no way on God's Green Earth I would pay that much for one. Just no.
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2013, 02:20:06 pm »

I think $5600 is a bit high, even with the dealer premium tacked on.

I know it's not a direct comparison, but I purchased my '98 C10 from a private owner with 29k and I paid $2600.
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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2013, 03:10:31 pm »

Okay, you guys basically confirmed that the price is a bit high. They might lower it another $500 in another month if nobody buys it.

I like the C14...but the rather-vague-and-murky number I have in my head as a "not to exceed" is somewhere around the $5-6K mark * if * I want to keep the Wee too. Of course if I sell the Wee (and get at least $5K out of it)...I'd consider a brand new more expensive bike.

Lots of options!  Crazy

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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2013, 03:27:03 pm »

Buying used from a dealer always costs you -- you may feel it worth it, but it'll cost some, no matter what.
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« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2013, 05:38:48 pm »

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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2013, 05:47:23 pm »


I like C10s. I rode one for years. I've argued more than once that it's an underrated design.

There is no way on God's Green Earth I would pay that much for one. Just no.


I agree on all counts.  Test ride the dealer's bike and then find similar on CL for about 1/2 the cost?
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« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2013, 05:55:31 pm »

That much for a bike that's been out of production for that long [and updated even farther back]? IMO? Yes.

You can get a used FJR for that price.
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« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2013, 06:03:15 pm »


That much for a bike that's been out of production for that long? IMO? Yes.

You can get a used FJR for that price.


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I paid $4200 for a well cared for 2004 last month. Granted, that's a pretty good deal, you can find one for ~$5000.
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« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2013, 06:38:22 pm »

That's just about what I paid for mine too. Used FJR, it's the way to go.... trust me
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« Reply #13 on: June 18, 2013, 11:29:43 am »

That price is high.  As others said FJ or C14 are possible there or just a little higher.  

I have an '06 C10 and love the bike.   You can find a good one for a better price and be well under your budget.  Other than hydrolock, they run a long time and are pretty fun and capable.  ABS - does not exist on these.
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« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2013, 12:51:46 pm »

I'm riding my 3rd one now, been riding C10 since 1990. My current ride is a 2006 purchased with 22,000 miles on it in very good condition. I bought it 3 years ago for $3200. I've 2 friends who have purchased C10s in the last year, one was a 2005 under 5,000 miles for $3200, one was a one of a kind 2006 with under 4,000 miles for $4000. The price you on the bike you are looking at is way out of line.  
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« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2013, 04:11:24 pm »

There's no way I'd spend that money on a C10.
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« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2013, 12:45:38 am »

I bought one brand-new in 2003 for not much more than that.
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« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2013, 10:09:06 pm »

I'd plop three grand on the manager's desk and see what happens.  Retail price for a new Conc in 2006 was $8500.
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« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2013, 11:44:45 pm »

3 years ago. got a mint 01.. for 3400 out the door at my local dealer with under 15k on the clock.. he is way high..  keep shopping .. great bike.. I am still ridding mine.

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« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2013, 12:40:34 pm »


So the local dealer has had this 2006 Connie sitting in the showroom for months: around 30K miles on it, looks to be in excellent condition, and I'm assuming that because a dealer is selling it they've checked it out and it's in good running shape...


Do not make this assumption. They will check fluids (may not change them) and do a cursory check of the rest of the bike. Do not expect a higher standard of bike maintenance or prep on USED bike from a dealer. Some dealers will be great about this and some will not. Just don't assume a dealer has put a bunch of time and money into a used bike.

As others have said, price is very high.

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