Gents, I appreciate the hospitality shown to me.
At the moment, I am looking at an 08 V. It looks fine cosmetically. It has an after market screen, hard top box, and side stand pad. Pretty much a stock looking bike. What I am most concerned is it has 77000kms. The first lady owner did two trips to California. The second and current lady owner used it for local commute. It is currently not being ridden. The tires have about 10000km, the alternator is new, and the battery is new. I have yet to test ride the bike. No records of maintenance to verify the bike's history. Asking price is $3200.
The price is very attractive since I don't have a big budget. Owning a bike at the moment is a want, not a need, yet. Other similar bikes with lower kms around here are between $4k to $5.5k. Newer bikes with attractive farkles and low kms are never below $6.
I don't want to spend anymore than $4k total, including purchase cost, taxes, insurance, and maintenance. Insurance for half a year with decent coverage is about $500. Taxes is 12% of purchase price. This means, if I get the bike at around $2500, I have about $700 to spent. $300 is for pants and boots. $400 is for maintenance.
At 77000kms, what particular maintenance should an owner do if there is only $400 to spend on a bike without maintenance records? I understand this is a hard question to answer because you do not know the bike's condition. I just want to know the recommended maintenance. For sure an oil and filter change. Chain and sprockets and tires are next. Any money left will be for a louder horn, mirror extenders, and crash guards. I plan to do all the maintenance myself, unless it requires expert qualifications.
Do you think this is doable?
P.S. Some of the for sale Vs advertised in this forum are really good deals. It's too bad that I am not nearby any of them.
Last edited by tikon; 10-27-2014 at 02:26 AM.