2007 Non-ABS Wee w/ 32,000 miles - HELP?
I'm a new member here, I recently made a little intro thread in the Stromtroopers section.
So I've been looking and looking and waiting and watching and looking some more for a used Wee to pounce on, and I'm finally ready for some ACTION.
I'm going to check out a used 2007 vstrom 650 (non-ABS) this saturday, and I could definitely use some feedback and advice. It has 32,000 miles on it, which at first completely turned me off from it, but then I realized that if it has been cared for, there are still many, many miles to be wrung out of it. This is my first bike (and first ever vehicle purchase for that matter) and I'm concerned that I don't have nearly enough knowledge to assess the bike. I think i was born missing a mechanical chromosome or something. I understand basic stuff like asking about oil, asking for invoices, looking at the brakes, and some other simple stuff, but I would have no idea how to evaluate something like steering head bearings or suspension health, for example.
So my question to the community is what specific things should i be looking and asking for, and what is the best way to approach the topic of putting the bike in a shop for a mechanical inspection, or even determining if doing that would be worthwhile??
The bike does have a serious number of modifications that i find enticing, but I'm trying not to let those distract me from the condition of the motorcycle itself. I feel pretty good about the seller, his knowledge, and care for the bike. He said that he lets a shop handle sprockets/chain and tires, but changes oil/filter and other easy stuff himself. Also, he posted a bunch of pics, and the bike looks good. Really good, not a single blemish that I could see. I'm just a little apprehensive about calling the shots myself, and I dont have any motorcycle buddies that could really help me with it.
So any advice, tips, help would be much appreciated. I will post the specific list of mods a little later. Seller is asking $4200, which seems pretty reasonable. Thanks for your help and thanks for reading my book/thread!