Join Date: May 2007
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
The mileage isn't an issue unless the bike has been abused. But more practically, when you go to look at the bike or bikes, do make some visual checks. Check the chain for its condition. It should be properly adjusted and have no kinks. It shouldn't be rusty if the owner has taken care do it properly. Just be aware that at 20,000 miles, the chain and sprockets may be nearing the end of their life. If the sprockets, especially the primary sprocket shows any hooking, that means the chain may have been adjusted too tight. Or it could simply be worn out.
Ask to see if the owner has kept any maintenance records and see what he has been doing. Look for any signs that the bike has been down, such as broken turn signals, cracked or broken plastic body parts, etc. dropping a bike, resulting in scratches doesn't really count.
Check the steering bearings by grabbing the front tire, with the tire off the ground and gently push/pull the wheel. There shouldn't be any play. Then, again with the front tire off the ground, slowly move the handlebars side to side, stop to stop. The movement should be smooth, with no tight spots.
Bring a mirror and flashlight to check the front and rear brake pads.
And make a quick look at the oil,in the sight gauge, first to make sure you can see oil and that it is at least at the halfway point.
I'm sure there are. Many other things you can check, but in general, a Wee that has been properly cared for will be reliable and solid. Hard to go wrong with a Wee unless, as I said before, it's been a used.
Hope,this helps you in your quest. The price point is pretty much governed by region.