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Narrowed down the bikes, input welcome.

Well, went from 32 bikes down to 9 bikes and there are 2 that have my attention. What I did was build a spread sheet in Excel (yes, I did, now settle down) and wrote down the accessories I would find in my dream bike, the minimum accessories for a compromise bike, mileage and such. It made it very easy to see and wade thru the 32 bikes...
Right now it is between a 2008 1600 with 4500 mi, all stock for $6k OR a 2006 1500 with 8500 mi with 2-1 pipes, hard case touring saddles, windshield and sissy bar for $5500.
A bike with a compromise status will have saddles, windshield and sissy bar. A bike with dream status will have the above plus aftermarket pipes/seats, a power commander, highway bar and luggage rack.
The 1500 has the accessories needed to be a "compromise" bike with no needs to spend money. Plus it has the pipes which is in my dream bike requirements. It will cost me $1250 to get to the dream bike status.
The 1600 is all stock which means it dont have any of the accessories I want. It will cost me $900 to make it a "compromise" bike and a total of $2750 to turn it into what I call the dream bike. However, it is 2008, and 100 cc larger than the other one and barely broke at 4500 miles...
I'm inclined towards the 1500 unless the 1600 guy is willing to come down 1k which I'm sure it is not likely to happen.
The guy from the 1500 already agree to come down a bit from the $5500 to compensate for the power commander that I think he needs to keep them pipe from turning blue... I will try to get him to meet me at $5k, if he does, Im driving the bike home...

There are still 2 bikes that im waiting responses from the owners. They did not leave a phone number and I had to email them. Those bikes do have a fighting chance IF they have gear towards the dream bike, if not they dont stand a chance. Seems Im waiting until tomorrow morning to start dealing...

What do you guys think?
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I think you did your homework...and the 1500 sounds like a deal.

why do you think you need a power commander just because of the 2 into 1 pipes? if it has stock air intake you should be OK from what I read.

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Well, went from 32 bikes down to 9 bikes and there are 2 that have my attention. What I did was build a spread sheet in Excel (yes, I did, now settle down) and wrote down the accessories I would find in my dream bike, the minimum accessories for a compromise bike, mileage and such. It made it very easy to see and wade thru the 32 bikes...
Right now it is between a 2008 1600 with 4500 mi, all stock for $6k OR a 2006 1500 with 8500 mi with 2-1 pipes, hard case touring saddles, windshield and sissy bar for $5500.
A bike with a compromise status will have saddles, windshield and sissy bar. A bike with dream status will have the above plus aftermarket pipes/seats, a power commander, highway bar and luggage rack.
The 1500 has the accessories needed to be a "compromise" bike with no needs to spend money. Plus it has the pipes which is in my dream bike requirements. It will cost me $1250 to get to the dream bike status.
The 1600 is all stock which means it dont have any of the accessories I want. It will cost me $900 to make it a "compromise" bike and a total of $2750 to turn it into what I call the dream bike. However, it is 2008, and 100 cc larger than the other one and barely broke at 4500 miles...
I'm inclined towards the 1500 unless the 1600 guy is willing to come down 1k which I'm sure it is not likely to happen.
The guy from the 1500 already agree to come down a bit from the $5500 to compensate for the power commander that I think he needs to keep them pipe from turning blue... I will try to get him to meet me at $5k, if he does, Im driving the bike home...

There are still 2 bikes that im waiting responses from the owners. They did not leave a phone number and I had to email them. Those bikes do have a fighting chance IF they have gear towards the dream bike, if not they dont stand a chance. Seems Im waiting until tomorrow morning to start dealing...

What do you guys think?

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This is the bike from my "blue pipe" thread. The comander should help I have been told but i haven't done my research on that yet.
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Buy the 1500 ride it off and enjoy yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Will check the 1500 tomorrow, if I like it im taking it home...
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I'm new to this forum, but I have been negotiatiing things for a while. You show up with cash in hand either guy will sell if your close to the asking price.

Also I say go with the 1600. The fact that it is stock means you didn't have someone who might not know what they were doing messing around with it. it's two years newer and have the milage. Still sounds like a steal, and you get to deck it out with the upgrades you want; your a research type guy (so am I) you probably won't be happy with someone elses purchases.
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Man! That bike has been neglected and abused. Both hardcase saddles have big scratches, deep enough to reveal the inner color of the plastic. Front fender is all scratched and the pipe has big rust spots. I looked at it for just a minute and I had to leave. Worst thing this is an almost 6 hours round trip for me and he knew it. Still did not warned me about the scratches. I mean you can see all that in plain view, not like a small scratch in a hidden spot. I'm so pissed.
Next bike.
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sorry to hear that..
people should be strung up by their thumbs for such treatment of a fine bike !!


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Man! That bike has been neglected and abused. Both hardcase saddles have big scratches, deep enough to reveal the inner color of the plastic. Front fender is all scratched and the pipe has big rust spots. I looked at it for just a minute and I had to leave. Worst thing this is an almost 6 hours round trip for me and he knew it. Still did not warned me about the scratches. I mean you can see all that in plain view, not like a small scratch in a hidden spot. I'm so pissed.
Next bike.

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I agree w/ Demarco... Do you really want to buy a used bike for which someone else has tampered with the stock fuel/air intake and exhaust... or do you want to do that yourself and be sure it is done right? I think some bozos out there screw their bikes up and that is why they are selling them!

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I bought a bone stock 1600 with 4800 miles yes the upgrades will be costly but to me its part of the fun making the bike the way you want it . And its nice to know your items were put on correctly
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