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Offline stallhorn

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2017 or 2018?
« on: June 27, 2018, 09:29:07 pm »

Hello all,

Wanted to buy a connie a few years ago, but decided to buy a versys - after about 6 years and 23k miles, I think I am ready to upgrade :)

Looking to get a used (2015 or newer) or brand new (2017 or 2018). Price is between 9k - 12k (~11k for new 2017 and ~12k for new 2018). Used or new didn't seem to matter much as far as price. I know farkles count for something, so not too surprised to see used bikes advertised not much below new.

So, it comes to color and resale value. Color - I like the black better (2018), but it is named weird. Is METALLIC CARBON GRAY/METALLIC FLAT SPARK BLACK on one or two separate color options? Also wondering if it is worth a grand more - which I may make some of it back on the resale down the road.

Above all, just wanted to reintroduce myself and say hi to everyone here! :)

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Re: 2017 or 2018?
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2018, 09:36:25 pm »
The black bikes are faster

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Re: 2017 or 2018?
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2018, 09:53:40 pm »
desired color makes no impact on resale price, niether does massive farkle accumulations. I see people adding $4k worth of farkles, and never do they ever get $1k back for the efforts, then, the buyer may not find any of that stuff desirable, or applicable to their ergonomics... wasted $$$.
the only difference that is reliable, is the actual date the bike's title is put into someones name, because that starts the warranty time clock.  this can be, and should be ( if you think you may keep it for 4, 9, 12 years) in the outcome. Most people never think that far ahead, but an active warranty is needed in order to re-up to an extension. Once one expires, it's done, and cannot be extended. So, in a nutshell, buy what you can afford, make sure there is a current warranty, and extend it well prior to expiration.. it's the only farkle, that makes a difference,
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Re: 2017 or 2018?
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2018, 11:11:56 pm »
A bike with a warranty is nice but the C14 has shown itself to be extremely reliable.   Warranty is a factor but it isn't as big a factor as some other bikes.   If you do get a new bike take advantage of the extended warranty, purchase if reasonable for piece of mind and resale.  The difference between a 16, 17, or 18 won't have that much difference in resale if you keep it 5 years.  You can always mention in service date when selling also but there isn't much difference in the recent bikes except paint color.  Good luck, they are awesome.

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Re: 2017 or 2018?
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2018, 12:10:33 am »
All the same bike, so it might come down to what color you want, and the best deal you can find. I was fortunate to find a great deal on a new left over 2016 this spring. I liked the gray color I bought better than the 2017 blue as well, although that was also nice. I'm not concerned about resale, as I plan to keep the bike for years...  5-10 years down the road, a difference of a year or two (in the model year) will matter less than the overall condition of the bike when it comes time for resale.

MOB is right as far as resale for farkles. Sellers try to get some money back out for them, but it usually doesn't work out that way. It's even worse for a seller if they trade the bike. Many sellers even put some stock pieces back on prior to selling and then sell off the farkles separately to try recoup some of their $...  Farkles only matter if they are desirable to you, the buyer, and you can always negotiate to that end.

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Re: 2017 or 2018?
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2018, 03:10:31 am »
It's your toy, so buy a new one from the particular dealer you will expect to have warranty work done - if it is needed.
My '2011 has 54,000 and has had no mechanical or warranty issues, but the prices you're quoting make it easy to choose a new 2017 or 2018 version. 

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Re: 2017 or 2018?
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2018, 12:57:30 pm »
My Advice: Buy used, the color you like and farkled. This will save you lots of money down the road and any farkles that don't work for you can be sold for about 1/2 their value- recouping some investment. While it's true, farkles add very little to the price of a motorcycle, that doesn't mean there's not value, demand and a market. The only real thing to consider if you buy used, is whether the valve alignment has been performed and if an extended warranty is present, the valve alignment can be costly- or timely if you can do it yourself, but a few thousand miles here or there(+ or -) between bikes is negligible considering the robust build quality and lack of significant maintenance history.

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Re: 2017 or 2018?
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2018, 12:57:08 am »
Looking to get a used (2015 or newer) or brand new (2017 or 2018). Price is between 9k - 12k (~11k for new 2017 and ~12k for new 2018).

Hey Shawn,

How are you able to get a new 2018 for $12k - I thought the 2018 C14's were going for $15,599?

Thanks
Future C14 rider

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Re: 2017 or 2018?
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2018, 01:37:08 am »
MSRP is 15,599. I found a couple of dealers in my area willing to drop it below $12k for 2018. But I paid 12,150 + tax and title and they threw in the touring seat. It ended up being a better deal.

Let me know if you’re in MD/WV/VA area and I will pm you dealer names. Not sure if forum rules allow putting it here   

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Re: 2017 or 2018?
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2018, 08:21:13 am »
Yes as mentioned one can buy used. If tossing a coin between a 2017 and a 2018, for me it would be color and cost. As for the black one being faster my red 09 is a little faster than the later out of the box black ones.  Good luck, these are great motorcycles.
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