I did buy the bike. It is being picked up in St.Louis today for delivery tomorrow evening (or thurs. am) in Denver (depending on the weather). When I said I did homework. I meant checking out the history of the bike itself and what had been done to it, since the auto dealer that sold it to me didn't have a clue except for the paperwork that they had, and the internet manager really isn't a motorcycle enthusiast.
My first choice was a '10 as most would expect. Even though the bike is an '09, the cost and condition of the bike (I was provided with a video walk around of the bike that gave me a good idea about it. It has the premium package) made it too good of a deal to pass up.
While similar models were selling locally for around 7,000.00, the dealer offered it to me for 4,000.00 plus a 199.00, document prep service fee (basically a markup). They simply didn't want it in their showroom.
I don't know about you, but based on what I have found, that represented a very attractive offer. So, I took them up on it. After the 4,200.00, and 500.00 for transport (inside a carrier), the actual cost was 4,700.00 plus tax and tag.
With regard to farkles, I am mainly interested in items that are going to protect the bike in case of mishap, and also add to my long distance comfort. Since I have already taken a k1300gt on a half day ride, I was pretty convinced about the items that would prove to be beneficial to my comfort. The iridium plugs are for the purpose of extending the mileage interval of replacement mostly. I have them on my RT, and it was a great choice to make. Since the bike already has 34300 miles on the odo, that 60000 km service will be coming up soon. So, just planning ahead.
With my 61 year old body, and the surgeries that I have had lately, I know what items need to be addressed for me. I would only buy what I need of course. Hopefully this answers your question.
Last edited by rglassma; Oct 29th, 2019 at 3:52 am.