Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Kitchener Ontario
Mentioned: 29 Post(s)
Used Bike Check List
This is a example depending on KM, What Smiley said is excellent info
50, 000KM if not maintained could cost more than the $2200 asking price. I will start with the most expensive;
#1 Valve shim check, if not done soon enough could result in burnt exhaust valve seats, as most of us have found the exhaust valves tighter than the intake, did my 07 at 29900 KM.
#2 , stator output /regulator / battery, OEM is over $400 for a stator, I am lets say a specialist on this subject, if you have a digital voltmeter, available take it with you. If the bike has been sitting for at least 15 minutes don't start it, check the battery voltage, it should be 12.40 absolute minimum, normal for a AGM battery is 12.59 to 12.89 VDC. Next step start the bike, see if headlight came on automatically, check voltage at battery, it should be 14.2 to 14.5VDC with the bike at idle, turning on high beam should result in a voltage around 13.3 to 13.59 VDC, anything lower than the voltages posted could cost you money. Here is a link for testing stator, if I was buying it and the DC voltages were low, I would test this on site, the stator plug is easy access on the 07 to 14. Polaris Regulator Install
#3 tires, price range is $200 to $300 each mounting and balancing
#4 sprockets and chain, the front rubber dampened sprocket is the first to go, would need to change both plus new chain
#5 stick coils, if the bike is stored outside the 07/08 had some problems with cracking, no easy way to check this as the gas tank needs to be removed to access.
#6 brake pad wear, brake fluid level and colour (should be clear) brake fluid should have been changed at least 3 times by now, spools on front rotor had a tendency to seize, easily rectified, however the front caliper had a tendency to draw in moisture , hence the bleeding brakes and fluid change, first time I did my 07, one side looked like chocolate milk, I used a vacuum brake bleeder and fresh fluid.
#7 Copied Smiley: I would ask for the maintenance history log with particular attention paid to oil change intervals, filters change intervals and all fluid change history. This is a tough one as multiple owners don't always keep track and unless they have a documented log in a owners manual , anything can be said.
#8 Front fork seals have a tendency to start leaking at or about 60,000 KM or higher, just depends on terrain ridden.
What Smiley Said
I hope this helps.