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post #1 of 10 Old 06-28-2010, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Time to make up my mind

So here's my quandry, after a ton of research and scanning this site to death I'm down to a choice. A 03 with 22k miles in great shape, owned by an older gentleman, regular service and emissions completed for $2k or an 09 with 4k miles for $4k. neither really come with any goodies. the 03 tugs at me because of the OD green and black (a marine, I'm a sucker for OD) and my gut is that the 03 is the better deal for me. The lower cost allows for more farkle. The 09 is obviously newer with the gen 2 upgrades but the oil burning deal concerns me. any last thoughts before I take the plunge on Wed.?
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-28-2010, 05:51 PM
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22K miles is nothing, if well maintained. Actually, I'd be worried that it had sat around a lot!

So, to me, it's a slam dunk.

Budget for the '09, buy the '03, and drop the difference on a well thought out course of upgrades.


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post #3 of 10 Old 06-28-2010, 05:51 PM
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I would jump on the 03 and take the $2,000 savings to pay for an awsome vacation.

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post #4 of 10 Old 06-28-2010, 06:49 PM
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At that price, there is no risk in buying the 03. I couldn't imagine you not getting your $2k back if you decided you wanted a 2nd Gen.
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-28-2010, 07:38 PM
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post #6 of 10 Old 06-28-2010, 08:29 PM
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Budget 2 Thumbs up most of all Thank you for your service.

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post #7 of 10 Old 06-28-2010, 11:38 PM
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I would base the decision on what The majority of your riding will be. Gen2 if you will do a lot of asphalt and if not then Gen1. I don't have any experience with Gen1 but just picked up an 09 and it seems to be a really well rounded DS for some one like me with about a 70/30 use scenario. Goodluck with whatever you choose.


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post #8 of 10 Old 06-29-2010, 07:01 AM
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Well if you must know I heard that the green klr will last twice as long as the other colors. Facts from a double positive, negative, blind study.
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post #9 of 10 Old 06-29-2010, 07:10 AM
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My '03's got 64,500 on it and I've never had to add oil between changes. Think GREEN

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post #10 of 10 Old 06-29-2010, 09:42 AM
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Gen 1 all the way

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