Yeah, I've talked him down from 14000 site unseen. Hoping to get him a little lower when I see it (a reflector fell off a side bag and missing chrome on highway pegs is all he mentioned)...
You gall-dern XC owners sure are proud of your bikes, and typically dont want to budge much. (No offense, just having some fun
) Out of all the 2011 XC's I've seen, the lowest was 11500 ( and it had scratches, melted plastic on the muffler, paint wasn't great, pistol holster screwed inside a saddle bag, and holes drilled engine covers (where the key goes) so the underlights would shine through), but the seller decided to keep it when I was finalizing the loan.
There was one for 11k at a dealership 4 hours away with EVERYTHING on it (cb passenger boards trunk, pegs, upgraded exhaust on it, luggage racks, crash bars on the bags, auxiliary lights, cupholders, 2 windscreens, looked like upgraded saddle and some other stuff). I called to set up a test ride or at least see it the next day, and he said no test rides, claimed a bunch of people we looking at it, wanted a deposit ( which I considered), but when he called back he claimed a guy in Florida was working with another salesman on financing it and tried to pressure me to buy it over the phone. I called the next day to come see it and he claimed it was sold, but it's still on cycletrader and other sites... (check it out, Polaris West (or is it east?) In Katy Tx.)
LONG STORY SHORT, after those experoences, I'm willing to meet the market average for a good quality xc. I Goss you pay a premium for quality, still miles better than H-D though.
If this one doesn't work out, perhaps it's a sign I need to stay off the bikes... or go Japanese.