Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto - way way way too much traffic
Benefitting from someone else's late-season negative financial situation is good planning.
Whether it's been ridden by a squid or a careful veteran look for all of the usual signs of maintenance, or lack thereof, as you would with any used car or motorcycle.
If the tire pressure is up, the oil is reasonably fresh, adjustments are up to spec on the chain, clutch and brakes work as they should, steering head bearings (!!!) aren't sticking, no leaking fork seals, and no signs of abuse or neglect, you're probably in the ballpark. The engine, provided the oil and filter have been changed regularly, will likely be the least of your worries.
When I am bike shopping I tend to look for the least modified examples. The more stock it is the less chance that a self-declared mechanic might have messed things up.
'04 650, and goshdarnit it's fun - matte silver (#9 in the Silver 'Strom Club)
farewell to an '81 KZ550, '83 GPz750, '83 V45 Sabre, R-Reg GT380, '84 GPz550, early '70s DT175, and a '72 Peugeot 102