Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Upstate SC
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I think for the money the entire Volusia-and-descendants line is a screaming good value. I won't say better bikes aren't out there, mind you, but a whole lot more money only gets you a little bit nicer bike. I'd agree that a newer bike -- say an '08 or'09 -- might be more trouble-free, but that's not to put down the older ones at all. A well-maintained, well-priced '03 would be something I would at least look at.
My personal example can give you some idea of what's out there. A year ago I bought a 2008 C50, well-maintained, always garaged, new tires, windshield, saddlebags, good cover, gloves (2 pair), helmet (size Small but maybe some elf will want a ride), 13K miles -- for $2750. In 3500 miles since purchase the only expenses I have had have been for an oil/filter/fluids change and gas. It is a solid, comfortable, reliable machine. Nothing fancy, just really good.