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Gimme a little inspection advice please.

Ok, so my search has landed me with going to see an '08 with 4900 miles on Wednesday. Aside from the thorough going over and riding it, what specifically should I watch for on these bikes?

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Ok, so my search has landed me with going to see an '08 with 4900 miles on Wednesday. Aside from the thorough going over and riding it, what specifically should I watch for on these bikes?

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where/whom are you going to get the bike from. If its from a member here then we should be able to help otherwise if your buying form a dealer give us the name and some might be able to guide you.

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It is from an individual that I am fairly sure is not a member here......garaged, serviced, not off roaded, and very clean.

I think it was only ridden on sunny Sunday's to church........

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Ok, hang in there and see what others have to say.

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Here are some tips, 4 things you are looking for:

* evidence of good or bad ownership
* evidence of crash damage
* evidence of likely engine nasties
* consumables that need replacing

So, first thing is to take a general look round.

* Is it clean and in good nick? No obvious oil leaks, no worn wires, no duct tape on the seat...
* Are there any obvious crash marks? Check handlebar ends, lever ends, exhausts, footpegs.
* Are there any rounded bolts or stuffed screws? Check cam covers, switchgear, engine cases.
* Have the cables been oiled recently?

If it looks neglected and unloved then probably best to walk away unless you are prepared to spend money. Sometimes a neglected bike is an ugly ducking waiting to turn into a swan, other times it's an ugly duckling not even fit for the pot.
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These bikes are very tough. On a bike with such low mileage it's hard to imagine anything going wrong unless the guy was a complete idiot and ran it without oil or something silly like that. Once you take ownership you'll want to do a valve inspection. A lot of members here have found their valves have been out of spec, usually a little tight.

Fastoman is right on in the general sense of what to look for in a used bike. My impression is the Versys appeals more to a mature rider and so chances are the previous owner did not abuse it the way a squid might. JMO.

Consumables are a good negotiating point when it comes time to talk turkey.
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How does the person selling the bike keep the rest of his things? Is the house in pride of owership condition? His car? Other bikes?

This will tell you a lot about how he cares for things he owns.

Is the maintenace that has been done so far documented with reciepts for things like oil and filters?
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