Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Don't count on a lot of value retintion. Especially in todays economy. IMO, you'd be better off to buy a slightly used model with low mileage. Most of the warranty will be remaining, and you may be able to find one with some costly accessories already added. Buying new is great, but not always the best choice.
Take your time. Look around, and demo as many bikes as possible. Most dealers will try to be helpful, but remember, they're trying to sell you a new bike. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) Demo, demo, demo. Then, shop, shop, shop. Don't be in a hurry. EBay, Cycle Trader, and Craigs list are all good pricing sources.
I see on ebay a completed listing for an 07 f800st that sold for $3000. A 2010 with 2500 miles best offer was $9490, and an 08 that sold for $6599 with 8791 miles.