Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Shelton, CT, USA
Re: New member, need suggestions to look out for buying an used one
Check the tires for wear and date of manufacture, and if over three years old add tire cost into your decision. If the tires are new look close at the bike for signs of abuse everywhere.. If the tires are third or more worn, it will give you an idea of how it was ridden. See if there is a good quality battery or if it is new cheapest possible replacement. Might tell you that it has sit for long time before selling.
Look for really new plastic. Does the foot peg wear look appropriate to the indicated miles. Look at the shocks, any sign of leaking. The 60k bike may be in need to shocks soon. Around 60k the bike will feel soft, still ride pretty good unless it was heavily loaded. If you ride both you can tell if the older or the newer has a need for shocks as it should not wallow in corners. If you do shocks yourself, you are going to eat up the price differential. Look under the bike tupperware for leaky oil especially on the drive shaft and directly under the tranny. look for clean but oily residue as it may have been only wiped clean. Look at all the calipers for leaks and resolve any warnings or cautions especially for the ABS.
Check brake fluid color. It should be clear. Dark is bad and sign of no maintenance or improper or minimal work. Don't forget to look at the rear reservoir for color.
Check clutch reservoir for same color as brake reservoirs, shows even maintenance.
You can always look at current brake wear as an indicator of riding style..
IMHO the $1500 differential is nothing if you have the options you want and the tires are in good shape, and it rides true. Don't worry about a steady 40 MPH hands off head shake. I would be concerned if it doesn't track right at 50 or 30 MPH.
If you ride it hard and put on side stand and let it sit for awhile it might smoke. That is normal. If it smokes after you stop and sit on center stand for an hour that is not good. Make sure the engine is cold when you start it for the first time. You may want to warn the seller you want the engine cold when you show up to ride.
Take the bike and put it at 40 MPH in 5th and give it full throttle. The clutch should not slip if you have not been slipping or riding it. If the clutch is hot it will slip. The LT should load, balk and slowly gain speed if you do it right.
Just remember that an LT will ride really well if not quite up to par with other LTs, unless you have experience with LTs.. Sometimes you just have to be familiar with the unit.
Bottom line is it is a really sweet ride for the dollars...
Jack D. (Southern Connecticut)
2001 Black LTC
2015 Blue R1200GSA