Living the Stereotype
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Henderson County, NC
I've had two 2005 DL650A's.
The first I bought new, I put 62,000 miles on it in five years and never needed a valve adjustment or throttle body synch. The only issue was a bad Throttle Position Sensor at 48,000 miles, a $200 repair at my local shop. The bike was taken out by a Cadillac in January of 2012.
In June of 2012, I bought Greywolf's 2007 DL650A with 77,000 miles. It turned over to 100,000 miles a few weeks ago. I do not baby this bike, but I do take of it. I don't think he's had any issues with it. He also added a dizzying number of farkels and took impeccable care of it. I think he quit doing valve checks at 50 or 60K.
I have had no issues with this bike in my two years of ownership and would not hesitate on the 55,000-mile bike - if it had been well maintained. See if the owner has maintenance records and specs on the valve checks. If the valves haven't changed too much by 55,000 miles they are not likely to now.
Consider maintenance that you might have to do like tires, brakes and chain to use in your negotiations.
Think about how long you might want to keep the bike and how many miles you're likely to put on it anually. You'll probably get tired of the bike before it gets tired of you.
I'd be a little leery of a bike that has sat around as much as the 5,000-miler. That's 700 miles per year. These bikes are less likely to get periodic maintenance and more likely to get ridden with stale gas, old coolant and gloppy oil. That's also a long time for critters to nest and eat wires.
Good luck, whatever you decide you'll have purchased a bike with an excellent reputation as a daily road-eater capable of well over 100,000 miles.
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Stromin'Nroman NC28729, USA
DL650A K7 (Greywolf Moto Lab's R&D test mule) June 1, 2012 - present
DL650A K7 April 23, 2007 - January 6, 2012, RIP
"Look here brother, who you jivin' with that cosmik debris?" Frank Zappa, 1975