Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Far West of Chicago, Illinois, USA
Assuming you have the money on hand, buying a new bike is much easier than buying used. Match the dealer with the bike of your choice, and drive away happy. With a 3 year warranty to boot. Used of course is a different story, especially when the warranty has expired. I agree with rando in that I don't think you'll find all the information you need in one spot. Gather as much information from as many places as you can before you make a decision. That was a nice touch getting the history report from the dealer. That report alone would make me move on. Also to me, getting to know the current owner is very important. Usually a person of character and high standards treats himself well, his family well, his bike well and a buyer well, whether he knows you or not. A recommendation from another 'LTer would also carry serious weight with me. I'd move on and keep looking until I found a bike that really "spoke" to me, one that was obviously taken care of. They're out there, just keep looking, but be ready to act fast. When a good bike is put up for sale by a good owner, they sell quickly. Hope this helps somewhat. d.