Thanks for the reply. This seems like a good deal on paper but I know there are new 2017s out there for not much more - the highish miles are also rental miles, but the bike was well looked after. Comes with luggage too and the price is probably flexible.
What in particular is better about the 2018? I don't think I'm interested in the DCT but I've never tested it.
I'll back up @CaptDan26, got my '18 DCT brand new for 9600 and the reason I held out for the 18-19 over a 17 was the upgrade that was done. The DCT is amazing, takes some time to get it figured out to best suit your needs, but is worth the time weight and cost in my book.
I was unsure about the DCT, but after spending time with it, I hav found the advantages to FAR outweigh the few disadvantages. I would not hesitate getting it again..
- New instrument panel (this is better but not as good as the 2020 screen)
- Throttle by wire (This is the major improvement, no cables...and you can add electronic cruise to it)
- Three riding modes (Tour, Urban, Gravel) (This is a good one, and they can be adjusted on the fly)
- Minor intake and exhaust changes
- Lighter balancer shafts
- Lithium-ion battery (This is much lighter than the 2017 battery, but it cost more to replace)
- Seven levels of HSTC (traction control) ( I really like this feature on gravel and dirt, makes you feel like a pro sliding around curves, also can change on the fly)
- Wider footpegs with steel brackets
- Redesigned passenger pegs
- Redesigned LED turn signals
"Rental bike" would not be my first choice, but I dont want to bash the 2017, I just want to make you aware of the benefits of just one year newer..
Thanks for catching those improvements, too! Well worth the few extra $Another important upgrade is fork tube inner coating -- due to excessive friction force earlier outer tubes tend to wear faster. Also later spokes are stainless, which could be a factor in salty environment.