Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
No special trouble points. Give the bike a very detailed looking-over, just as we all should with everything we buy. As always, if the tires are old or worn, figure the cost of new tires into the price. Ditto for the chain...do you know how to visually identify a worn chain and sprocket teeth? Look very closely at how straight everything is...forks perfectly straight ahead, handlebars perfectly straight across, etc. Scratches are expected. Crooked stuff is a deal-breaker. Try to listen to a known good DL engine, then listen to the one you're looking at. Insist on a test ride and be ready to provide whatever security the seller wants (motorcycle driver's license, helmet etc., cash in hand, he holds your car keys, etc). Ask the seller to ride it perfectly straight away from you and toward you and look closely to see that he is doing so effortlessly.
"Older people who are reasonable, good-tempered, and gracious will bear aging well. Those who are mean-spirited and irritable will be unhappy at every period of their lives.
"Let each of use properly whatever strengths he has and strive to use them well. If he does this, he will never find himself lacking."
Marcus Tullius Cicero