Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: J'ville, Alabama
Thats normal around here price wise on an 04, condition is everything. With 12,000 miles, that bike sat around. When they sit a lot things dry out like fuel lines. If its clean and not all rusty and damaged, buy it. I've seen them with Happy Trails panniers for $3500 with much more miles. Stripped down they go for $2500 or so but, the miles are usually over 40K.
My used 06 DL1000 had spider webs all over the engine when I checked the valves, fuel injector rail hose was leaking bad, fork seals were dried out and brittle and it had around 26K on it. But, it had full OEM luggage, aftermarket exhaust, gel seat, new tires, new chain and sprockets, new brake pads, new battery and the PCIII. So, I thought $3700 for a 1000 wasn't bad considering it had a few farkles and the 3 hard bags that worked kinda decent. I rode it for a while like that with the "free" gel saddle, now it looks like a different bike. I have the farkle disorder.
Condition, condition, condition... See what it needs and make an offer. Is the chain stretched, tire age? Tire tread depth? Brake pads, coolant look decent? Probably needs a full service due to age, brake fluid etc. Always think about whether the bike is ready for a long trip, is it really road worthy? How much will it cost you to make it road worthy? Some used bikes are not worth it unless you turn your own wrenches. Then again, some bikes with 60K on them are well maintained and well equipped and great deals for the money. Bike shopping is interesting,,,, always...