Need some expertise/guidance
After 30 years away from bikes, a few months ago I bought a Suzuki Bandit 1200. Not what I wanted, even when I bought it, but it has been a fine re-entry bike for me. I intend to hang onto it as my "1-up", "around-town" bike. It is a lousy 2-up bike and 2-up riding has become very big with my lady & I.
I have found a '98 LT at an Atlanta BMW dealership. It looks pretty good, I've ridden it all of ten minutes and whatever can be learned from such a brief ride, it felt pretty good - my lady loved it! The dealer told me today, once they replace a sticky clutch cable, my lady and I can take it on a 100+- mile trip into Georgia mountains to get a better feel for it. Asking $6,500.
It has 110,000 miles. Alot of miles, but I would expect the engine to keep going for another 100,000. Yes? No? Does the bike have too many miles to spend $6,500 on it? What do I look for in learning about this bike? And with regard to ascertaining the state of the transmission, rear-end, clutch, other components on the bike, how do I go about investigating them? Naturally, I would want to see receipts for any repairs, replacements, rebuilds, and I think I might also like to authenticate those receipts. But what about components that haven't been replaced-rebuilt-repaired? How do I look into them?
What would make any of you comfortable in buying a ten year old (eleven?) LT with 110,000 miles? Would you? Would you pay $6,500? If not, what would you pay? What would you want the dealership to provide on this bike before you bought it from them?
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