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Hi,

I'm looking to buy a used Kawasaki Vulcan 500, and have 3 choices:
- a 2008 with 600 (yes 600) miles - excellent condition
- a 2009 with 6000 miles - excellent condition
- a 2007 with 14,000 miles, 6000 of which was a road trip - good condition

The 2008 and 2009 are priced around $3000 - significantly higher than kbb meet-in-the-middle point.
The 2007 is around the KBB meet-in-the-middle - $2000.

I'm stuck in analysis-paralysis as to which one to get, and would really appreciate some advice.
Or even a sense for what's a fair price gap across the 3 bikes.
Is there some general formula for $/mi premium for low mileage, assuming general care of the bike are comparable.


Thanks
 

· Ace Tuner
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I would stay away from the 2008 with 600 miles. It's been sitting idle most of the time for the last 10 years.

The 2007 probably missed an oil change or two doing a 6000 mile road trip.
But I'm an oil change freak, so there is that. (You shouldn't put much stock in my oil hangup).

The 2009 with 6000 miles on the clock gets my vote.
You just gotta hope it doesn't have the original break-in oil in it....


What are they worth? I don't know.
Check what similar bikes are going for in your area.
 

· Swamp Rat Rider
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I would stay away from the 2008 with 600 miles. It's been sitting idle most of the time for the last 10 years.

The 2007 probably missed an oil change or two doing a 6000 mile road trip.
But I'm an oil change freak, so there is that. (You shouldn't put much stock in my oil hangup).

The 2009 with 6000 miles on the clock gets my vote.
You just gotta hope it doesn't have the original break-in oil in it....

Saved me some Typing ..
 
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