Mileage is not very important. The engines are excellent. I have close to 70,000 miles on mine and Black Lab has over 90,000 miles. Others have more but I forget who. What is more important is a maintenance history. Regular oil and filter changes along with a valve clearance check are the main things to look for.
After that, a general inspection of the condition of the bike is all you need. Things like tire, chain and sprocket condition will tell tell you if they need to be replaced soon. Also check for loose steering head bearings and notchy wheel bearings. Get the wheel off the ground and spin it while feeling for a rumble in the axle. I replaced all my bearings at 50,000 miles but as a pre-emptive measure. They were fine.
the engine, transmission, clutch is pretty sturdy look for the normal things that wear and get corroded or otherwise grungy, linkages, lever pivots & perches, brake calipers, fork seals, weak springs in the side stand, rear suspension action
25K would almost be the minimum to expect on a 2006. History is important as was said. It should have had 2 valve checks, 8-10 oil changes, maybe an air filter change, 1-2 brake fluid changes, a couple clutch & throttle linkage adjustments, perhaps a new sprocket chain set has been done, or is about due. Throttle body sink and TPS could have been checked if not adjusted. Take this list with you and check off what the owner reveals, then if anything is missing ask. You can tell a lot about the bike's condition by the owner's condition, if you get my drift. You should get an easy 50k more on it without any more than regular maintenance.:yesnod: expect $3000-4000 and not to pay too much for additional farkles if they are also 5 yrs old.
opinion: These bikes are all too new to know how high-mileage engines will hold up -- I don't know of too many post-100k-mile reports yet. I wouldn't bat an eye at 25k, though, provided the price is appropriate and it's been maintained properly.
experience: My '08 is at about 35k, has never asked anything of me other than by-the-book maintenance, and runs like a scalded ape. :hurray:
I do have the clear California title. I've mainly used the bike for commuting to work. I've only taken it on a few weekend rides and a 2-day trip to Big Bear. I've had it for roughly a year, and I am selling because I have a new Yamaha and can't keep both bikes.
I bought the bike from the second owner last summer. He did the maintenance himself, including the valve clearance check. He was quite capable of doing the work as he was a general contractor. He used Shell Rotella T synthetic oil. He also installed remove vacuum tubes to make throttle body synchronization easier.
I've done the maintenance since owning the bike including oil changes, chain adjustments, air filter replacement, and tire changes. I'm quite experienced as well since I've been doing all of my own maintenance for over 10 years. Upcoming maintenance due will include oil change in 1500 miles or so, spark plugs/valve clearance check/throttle body synchronization at 27,000 miles. Tires/chain/brake pads as needed.
There is nothing mechanically wrong with the bike, I really am just selling it because I got a 2012 Yamaha.
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