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Hello everyone, new member here. After several years of listening to me complain, my wife has finally given in and will allow me to have a motorcycle as a 40th birthday present (coming up in a couple of months). I have always liked the look of a naked bike and a fairly upright riding position. Had a few different thoughts (Nighthawk, ZR-7, K75, etc.) but have always really liked the SV650 and after sitting on a bunch of different stuff that is what I have decided to look for.

I've been looking around on Cycletrader and Craigslist and it looks like I could probably pick up a pretty late model (06 or 07) with very low miles (under 5,000) for maybe $4,500. Lately I have been wondering how much extra it would really cost to just buy new. I am looking at this as a national search and assuming I would need to pay ~ $500 to ship.

Although I would definitely be looking for a naked, if anyone knows of a dealer that has recently done a real good deal on either naked or S, I would be very interested to hear about it. Apologies in advance if asking this against the rules, but I don't think it is.
 

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Hi Cennis! Welcome to SVR!

I actually just bought an 08 SV650 Naked (ABS) in February from the OTD dealership in Denver, CO.
http://forum.svrider.com/showthread.php?t=94489
I got the last one, however, as the dealer said that they would not be getting anymore, due to the Gladius replacing the naked SV. They are a nationwide chain of dealerships, so you might be able to find one locally (http://www.otdcyclesports.com/)
I had an EXCELLENT experience dealing with these guys, and they got me a great price! MSRP on the bike was $6599, and that's the price that I received, but with all taxes, title, blah blah blah included! No haggle/hassle pricing ... which was exactly what I was looking for. I knew exactly how much the bike was going to cost me, without any surprises @ signing. I'm sure they'll ship, but might be dependent on the dealership.
I know, this sounds like some kind of advertisement for them, but it's not ... I'm not affiliated with them in any way. I just had such a great experience buying my first street bike from them, that I am recommending them to my friends and family. I can't vouch for all of the OTD dealerships, but if they handle their business like the guys in Denver do, then you can't go wrong.
And keep yours eyes open on this site as well, a there is a TON of great info, and some great folks willing to help you out. SVR FTW!!! ;D
 

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Hi Cennis! Welcome to SVR!

I actually just bought an 08 SV650 Naked (ABS) in February from the OTD dealership in Denver, CO.
http://forum.svrider.com/showthread.php?t=94489
I got the last one, however, as the dealer said that they would not be getting anymore, due to the Gladius replacing the naked SV. They are a nationwide chain of dealerships, so you might be able to find one locally (http://www.otdcyclesports.com/)
I had an EXCELLENT experience dealing with these guys, and they got me a great price! MSRP on the bike was $6599, and that's the price that I received, but with all taxes, title, blah blah blah included! No haggle/hassle pricing ... which was exactly what I was looking for. I knew exactly how much the bike was going to cost me, without any surprises @ signing. I'm sure they'll ship, but might be dependent on the dealership.
I know, this sounds like some kind of advertisement for them, but it's not ... I'm not affiliated with them in any way. I just had such a great experience buying my first street bike from them, that I am recommending them to my friends and family. I can't vouch for all of the OTD dealerships, but if they handle their business like the guys in Denver do, then you can't go wrong.
And keep yours eyes open on this site as well, a there is a TON of great info, and some great folks willing to help you out. SVR FTW!!! ;D
+1 i got my bike from OTD out here in Cali and if you're near an OTD store they're prob your best bet, saved me at least $1000 on my 2008 SV650SF
 

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Welcome to the forum. And congrats - I was in the same boat 2 years, until I nagged my wife enough to get approval. LOL

You can start right here by browsing the FOR SALE section. There are plenty of good used bikes showing up there. Keep watching CL, too, and expand your search into other areas. Something will come up, spring is a good time to find a used bike. I don't think your goal of ~ $4500 for a good used bike is out of the question.

Edit: In fact, here's a nice low mile 2007 listed for sale in this forum: http://forum.svrider.com/showthread.php?t=96356

Better yet, an '06, with lots of extras, AND he's throwing in a trailer to get it home, LOL: http://forum.svrider.com/showthread.php?t=93618
 

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just from my experiences in cars and bikes i like to buy barely used. it saves me from being the one that has to take the initial hit in depreciation from just driving or riding it off the lot. the other nice thing is that a lot of people buy aftermarket accesories when they buy the bike like exhaust, undertail, frame sliders, fender eliminatiors, nicer tires, etc., and those accesories dont really affect the price a whole lot of a used bike. it saved me a lot of extra cash with all the extras i got with it. craigslist is a good place to look and people are usually open to offers on it as well.
 

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just from my experiences in cars and bikes i like to buy barely used. it saves me from being the one that has to take the initial hit in depreciation from just driving or riding it off the lot. the other nice thing is that a lot of people buy aftermarket accesories when they buy the bike like exhaust, undertail, frame sliders, fender eliminatiors, nicer tires, etc., and those accesories dont really affect the price a whole lot of a used bike. it saved me a lot of extra cash with all the extras i got with it. craigslist is a good place to look and people are usually open to offers on it as well.
agreed as long as you know it is "barely used" most motorcycles aren't b/c their so dam fun :) but if you know someone that has one or something then yes you def save that hit from depressiation
 

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Thanks for all the responses. Funny you should mention OTD, I live at about 12th and Magnolia in Denver, so they are a couple of blocks from my house. I was in there Saturday, but no SVs to be found.

I've seen a couple of really nice "almost new" ones on Craigslist. The first one below is even local, if it was blue I would offer him $4,500 today. I really like the second one, but would have to deal with the PITA factor of buying out of state and paying for shipping...

http://boulder.craigslist.org/mcy/1057398852.html

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/mcy/1054776460.html
 

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Thanks for all the responses. Funny you should mention OTD, I live at about 12th and Magnolia in Denver, so they are a couple of blocks from my house. I was in there Saturday, but no SVs to be found.
SVs often don't have a long floor life at dealerships, cause they're so awesome ;) , you'd have to ask them about when one might come in or if they can get one in from another dealer
 

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Thanks for all the responses. Funny you should mention OTD, I live at about 12th and Magnolia in Denver, so they are a couple of blocks from my house. I was in there Saturday, but no SVs to be found.

I've seen a couple of really nice "almost new" ones on Craigslist. The first one below is even local, if it was blue I would offer him $4,500 today. I really like the second one, but would have to deal with the PITA factor of buying out of state and paying for shipping...

http://boulder.craigslist.org/mcy/1057398852.html

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/mcy/1054776460.html
Not even any SVS? Wow! When I picked mine up, they had about 8 SVS/SVSF's there ... dark grey & dark blue ... NICE!!! Guess everybody else got the bug too, huh? ;)

Found this one up here in Fort Collins:
http://www.cycletrader.com/find/listing/2006-SUZUKI-SV650-94620784
 

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I actually drove up to Fort Collins to have a look at that one. A couple of things seemed fishy to me - 1) it is supposed to be a 2006 but did not have the small shield above the instrument cluster that I was pretty sure started in 05, and 2) it was bright red, where I thought the stock color was darker.

I might be wrong about the color, but I'm pretty sure the shield should have been there. Makes me think it was crashed. I just wasn't really trusting that bike. Besides they were asking $5,500 and it had 11,000 miles. If I liked the red I would much rather buy a 4,000 mile example from the original owner (the CL post above) asking $4,900.

I'll find one somewhere. Thanks for the responses.
 

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I just picked up an 06 sv650s with 5000 miles for 2,700 on craigslist, never crashed, clean title, guy just wanted to get rid of it, look around for a good deal
 

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I actually drove up to Fort Collins to have a look at that one. A couple of things seemed fishy to me - 1) it is supposed to be a 2006 but did not have the small shield above the instrument cluster that I was pretty sure started in 05, and 2) it was bright red, where I thought the stock color was darker.

I might be wrong about the color, but I'm pretty sure the shield should have been there. Makes me think it was crashed. I just wasn't really trusting that bike. Besides they were asking $5,500 and it had 11,000 miles. If I liked the red I would much rather buy a 4,000 mile example from the original owner (the CL post above) asking $4,900.

I'll find one somewhere. Thanks for the responses.
That red is definitely an '06. The small fairing above the instrument cluster is easily removal and for a while I took mine off of my '06 as I was digging the look, though I've decided I like it better on. The '07 red was darker. Nonetheless that does seem like a lot for the bike. Not sure if they'd go down a lot on it, but I'd think it should be closer to $4500 asking price. I have an '06 with only ~ 42xx miles and GSXR front/rear suspension along with a few other things (like holeshot exhaust, CRG mirrors, Pazzo Levers, etc, etc) and when I go to sell it (which may be later this summer), I'll be asking significantly less than that one.

I went into my dealer today (ABQ, NM) to get some oil & a filter and they didn't have any SV's in there which I was kinda surprised by. Good luck finding a bike you like. I ended up buying new back in Nov'05, but looking back I probably should have waited for a good used deal to pop up.
 

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I think a 1000 is more than I am looking for, I have ridden here and there over the last 20 years, but have never owned a bike personally or ridden on a regular basis. I think a SV650 is probably a good choice.

I agree on Cycletrader being a good resource. I have been checking every morning, specifically the most recently updated listings. Hopefully at some point I will find the perfect bike locally. If so I will be ready to act fast. If this one, listed yesterday in Florida, was a little closer to Colorado (or if I had any buddies down there who could help facilitate the transaction), I would probably try to make a deal...

http://www.cycletrader.com/find/listing/2008-Suzuki-SV650-94746788
 

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I dont think the 1000 is that much more of a bike then the 650. Sure it has some more kick but not that much more. It is not like a liter SS bike compare to a 600 SS bike....
 
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