Originally Posted by Douf
I get where you're coming from, but I'm also somewhat skeptical about buying new. My father bought a new XJ550 which needed to have a warped head replaced. I bought a KLR in '03 which came from the factory mis-timed and would cut out over 5500rpm. Yes, both were warranty claims, but in the KLR's case, significant time and aggravation was spent at an incompetent/ uninterested dealership trying to fix it.
The 950 is also a classic illustration of where buying a well maintained used bike is probably preferable. My 05.5 is now arguably way more reliable than new, with fuel pump, clutch slave, water pump and starter torque limiter mods. The sandy shit the factory kindly leaves in the cooling cavities has been flushed and the oil pressure switch they conveniently forgot to tighten correctly has been attended to as well. The tool kit now has all of its parts!
My XT660R came without a gasket in the airbox. How I found out? Because the engine ingested dirt.