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2018 vs 2019

Post by atc250r » Wed Oct 06, 2021 12:49 am


Considering buying 1 of 2 bikes for sale in my area-
2018 Green H2SX SE with 700 miles
2019 Silver H2SX SE + with 5000 miles
Both have the OEM panniers. The ‘18 has no warranty remaining, the ‘19 has extended warranty until December 2024.
Which one would you all gravitate towards, and where should they be priced in relation to each other?
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Re: 2018 vs 2019

Post by Vex » Wed Oct 06, 2021 6:23 am


Can't give advice on current pricing, but the purchase depends on you and what you want out of it.

The 18 doesn't have the electronic suspension or the rider app, neither of which I cared about when getting mine. It's also a different color than the 19, being mostly green and black (easily changeable with wraps, cf, or paint). If you want the bells and whistles that the 19 has, then the choice is clear. If you don't care about those features, then either will work.

As for warranties, you have to decide if you want that, and what your plans for the bike are. If you're like me, and basically plan to void a warranty as soon as you roll it off a lot, then it doesn't mean much. If you'd rather keep it stock, like my buddy, until the warranty runs out, then the 19 will probably be your choice.

Reliability is a game of chance, like with most vehicles. Some baby their bikes, keep it stock/have minimal mods, and their engine still blows up (my other buddies 636 engine just detonated, and he doesn't do anything crazy with it). Others, like me, mod and beat the living piss out of their bikes, and they just keep on trucking along. What's the risk you're willing to take? If you have a dealership that will overlook stuff like tunes and exhausts, then you can usually get the warranty and still get away with it if you need to put in a claim.

Decide what you want out of the bike, in regards to features, mods, warranty coverage, etc. Then make the best decision for you.
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Re: 2018 vs 2019

Post by Nceb » Wed Oct 06, 2021 11:06 am


I bought my 2018 H2 SX SE from a dealership, and paid $1,600 for the extended warranty for 4 more years and so far its already paid for itself. I went for the 2018 because there's suspension is manually adjustable, and less electronic failures.

Previously, I owned a 2019 Versys 1000 SE LT +, and it's great and convenient to have the electronic suspension and app connectivity. However, i think it would be more expensive to replace those parts if they are electronically controlled, versus being all mechanical and manually adjustable.

I'd say if I was in your situation, I would test ride both bikes, and see what you like most. If a dealership is selling the bike, ask if they sell extended warranties through a third party. I am currently with Rider's Advantage, and although they are slower to respond, they have been able to cover some of the the major issues so far with my bike:
- ECU replacement
- O-ring by throttle body replacement
- Currently waiting for their authorization to replace my meter, which displays rider aids, speedometer, tachometer ($1,602 value for the part only).
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Re: 2018 vs 2019

Post by prettybirdSE » Wed Oct 06, 2021 3:25 pm


I'd say go with the 2019.5K miles isn't much really.I've got close to 7K on mine.I don't baby it and I do ride fairly sporty.I don't thrash it though.
Having the electronic suspension is IMO the way to go.Numerous multiple settings for every mode.The Rideology app opens up even more.You won't regret it.This is my first electronic suspension bike,the others were zx14's,zx12's,a zzr1200 and a Ninja H2.I can say this beats em all comfort-wise.
Long as the bike is in excellent condition and has been well cared for,consider it over the 18 model.Does it have the service papers and such?Owner was good to it?
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If you do test ride em,make sure the dealer puts the setup in 'F' power mode.And 'rider' mode.KTRC on '1'.
One thing about the suspension...it does control the front end dive that bikes have.Nice feature to have when braking hard.
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Re: 2018 vs 2019

Post by wellcraft » Sun Oct 10, 2021 7:24 pm


You don't mention the sale price of either bike which plays a role in what bike I would consider purchasing but I think the extended warranty might push me towards the 2019, that plus the electronic suspension. I sold my 2018 H2SXSE with a little over 2000 miles for 14500 with panniers, when I looked into trading the bike in I was offered 13K from 2 or 3 different dealerships. Its tough to say what either bike should sell for because sale price can vary from region to region. The challenge to purchasing any used bike is how well or poorly was the bike maintained and was the bike babied like mine or thrashed for most of it's life? All things considered I'd go with the 2019 because of the electronic suspension, rideology app and extendedwarranty and if the price is competitive with the 2018.
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Re: 2018 vs 2019

Post by atc250r » Sun Oct 10, 2021 7:48 pm


The prices between the two bikes are very similar.

And the 2019 has been serviced at Kawasaki dealer at 600 miles, and will be going in for the wheel bearing recall this week, and it’s second service at the same time, so I am told.

The 2019 is also on its original rubber, so I’d expect it to need tires very soon.
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Re: 2018 vs 2019

Post by Champ87 » Mon Oct 11, 2021 2:47 pm


atc250r wrote:
Sun Oct 10, 2021 7:48 pm
The prices between the two bikes are very similar.
In that case, the choice is easy: the 2019 is a smarter purchase. OK, it has more miles, but 5,000 miles isn't a lot for a 2019 bike. The 2019 gives you a couple of extra options. Those extras may not be as big a deal as some would have you believe, but they are improvements.

The other thing to consider is resale. When it comes time to sell, the 2019 SE+ will have a slightly better selling price so it will offset some of the cost difference.

You wouldn't be disappointed with either of those bikes. Both bikes will give you the same grin factor. The 2018 could be a better choice if there was a noticeable price advantage or if the 2019 didn't look well cared for. From what you say though, the 2019 SE+ seems like a better choice.
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Re: 2018 vs 2019

Post by wellcraft » Mon Oct 11, 2021 2:56 pm


atc250r wrote:
Sun Oct 10, 2021 7:48 pm
The prices between the two bikes are very similar.

And the 2019 has been serviced at Kawasaki dealer at 600 miles, and will be going in for the wheel bearing recall this week, and it’s second service at the same time, so I am told.

The 2019 is also on its original rubber, so I’d expect it to need tires very soon.
What's the big secret in regards to the price of each bike, why not just let everyone know the price of the 2018 and the price of the 2019??? Might help others provide better advice on which bike to choose.
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Re: 2018 vs 2019

Post by prettybirdSE » Mon Oct 11, 2021 4:48 pm


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Re: 2018 vs 2019

Post by unknownbiker » Tue Oct 12, 2021 3:12 pm


I'm a miles/kms guy, i like the lower miles. If condition is the same, & as long as the 18 isnt more money than the 19. You dont know how those 5000m' were ridden/broke in. Warranty? You may need that (i didnt) so that also could be the deciding factor. "IMO"
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