Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Fort Lauderdale FL
Does the seller have any maintenance records? If the bike was well maintained and the seller can show you oil change receipts etc., 38k is nothing. If he's been sloppy and not taken care of it, you could wind up with a lot of repairs. Honestly, I'd be wondering: "why so cheap?"
Check under the fairings for corrosion and dirtt, especially the upper fork tubes. A careful owner will keep the bike clean and not let it rust out. Was it garaged or parked outdoors for 8 years?
Check the chain and sprockets, some wear is fine, but if the rear sprocket teeth are uneven or show excessive wear, you'll need to get new. Pull the chain at the very back end of the rear sprocket, it should not come away from the sprocket.
Check all the fluids. The radiator overflow bottle should have clean coolant at the proper level. The brake and clutch master cylinder windows should show reasonably clean fluid.
If the bike has a center stand, spin the wheels and look for bends, warped rotors etc. You can easily see the brake pad wear, and the rotors should be smooth and not have grooves or serious wear.
RIDE THE BIKE. If you show up prepared to buy, he should let you at least ride it up and down the street. Some bikes of that era had a clutch "chudder" issue. It's an expensive fix, and there's no way to determine if it's there other than a ride.
Go hakafugu yourself.