I am ready to buy an FJR. I have been set on buying a 2013 to get the throttle by wire, digital dash, and cruise control. The ones within a 500 mile drive from me are starting at just under $7k with near 30k+ miles on them. However, I found a one-owner 2005 with 40k on it.
He is asking $4,200. Is the 2013 improved enough that it is worth the extra $3k considering the perfect condition and total maintenance records of the 2005?
30k miles on an FJR is just barely broken in. I would not care if an FJR had double that number on the odometer. I would suggest saving up all the For Sale ads you see now, for the next few months - those unsold bike prices will be dropping. Hate to say this, but IMHO the workaday-level of the USA economy has not hit bottom yet. "Eviction tsunami" indeed; some businesses are not able to wait idle very much longer. The food banks still have food, mostly, but the lines are
getting longer. All that aside, Winter is coming. It's a buyer's market now, but wait maybe one or two months, and then hang on to your hat. Depending on your own situation, you might pick up one steal of a deal then, or you might have better uses for that money in real life, rather than buying a new toy now. Wish I was not saying this stuff, really, but you did ask.
I'd stay on the hunt these days, if I was looking to buy.
In good times or
bad, you don't want to get tunnel-vision on any one bike, or any one deal.