Hi, I bought a Gen 2 in June and absolutely love it! I had a 1989 Vmax for a couple years before I bought the Gen 2, I had to sell my Gen 1 to be “allowed “ to buy the Gen 2. I wanted so badly to keep it but it just wasn’t happening, the Gen 1 had a dale walker holeshot on it and it sounded Amazing to me. Before the 89 I had a 1997 that had a kerker which also sounded amazing. I think the Gen 1 with an aftermarket exhaust is one of the best sounding bike. My Gen 2 has a full akrapovic exhaust which sounds pretty good but in my opinion not as good as either of my first gens. If you could have both that would be awesome! Id like to get another gen 1 eventually. I bought my Gen 2 from a dealer and definitely overpaid but I didn’t care, I always wanted it and when I saw it on the showroom floor I had to have it. Sold my 89 in one day and bought the gen 2 the next day, sorry for babbling on about it. If you can have both do it, buying from a dealership, yes you are probably going to pay way more than from a private owner but how many Gen2s are for sale in your area? The one I bought was the 2nd one I’ve seen in person, I didn’t pull the trigger on the first one and regretted it until I found the one I have now. Don’t wait, go buy it today. Again sorry for the long babbling, I just get excited talking about Vmaxes. Good luck, I hope you get it.