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22k on C50T

I am considering buying a 2008 C50t with 22000 miles. It was a daily commuter of 40 miles each way, so miles got racked up rather quickly. Oil and filter changed on 4k intervals. Tires on the bike now are about a year and a half old.

Previous owner purchased it used from a dealer with 800 miles. Don't know if it had the 600 mile valve adjustment or not, but it hasn't had one since purchased.

Should there be any major concerns in considering this bike, given the maintence or lack thereof?
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Valve adjustment, Splines lubed, check brakes, a really good look over.

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I've got an 06 with 48k miles. Purchased it from a member here @ 12k miles. The key is how the bike was maintained early in its life. Sounds like the bike your considering did not have the required 15k mile valve check adjustment either....? In my opinion, that's the crucial check. These bikes can be considered bullet proof, if maintained. What's the asking price? Is it a good deal for you? If so, then buy and it should provide you years of service if that's what you are looking for. Have the bike checked out by a certified mechanic, not necessarily the dealer if you have that option in your area. If I was buying it, I would put new tires on it just so I would have a safe reference of tire wear. As a daily driver of 40 miles, that adds up pretty quick. Just weekday riding amounts to 10-12k miles over a year and you say the tires could be 18 months. I'll get 15-20k miles on my tires but I spend more than most will to get a high end quality tire. Most riders will spend less for less miles. Not a bad thing, but you end up changing them more often which amounts to more expense.

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Price has been negotiated , $2800.00. I don't have the luxury of a mechanic to check it out, as the bike is 4 hrs away from me. I am going to inspect it tomorrow.
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Good Luck on the bike.

My advice: don't be in a hurry to buy the bike. Check battery, tires, brakes and clutch at the minimum; if they need replaced, negotiate that cost in the price.

Plenty of bikes for sale so don't buy something before you fully know what needs to be done to it. Not sure where you are from but check local CL etc. for other deals too, if you haven't already.

Given your suspicion of lack of maintenance, here is what I would recommend:

1. Do a valve adjustment - you already know that.
2. Replace every drop of every fluid on the bike (Oil, final drive, brake, coolant).
3. Pull the clutch, see what it looks like. Replace springs/discs if needed.
4. Adjust gas and clutch cables for play.
5. Inspect the front rotor and pads. Replace as needed.
6. Inspect/replace rear brakes.
7. Replace spark plugs.
8. Replace the brake and the gas lines.
9. Use some sort of fuel injector cleaner with a fresh tank of gas.
10. Measure the tread on the tires. Don't go by age alone.
11. Check/replace the battery.
12. Make sure the various hoses are not cracked. Replace as needed.
13. Replace the fuel filter - Don't know what has gone through it.
14. Lube everything including splines.

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fyi, the rear brake can be checked for pad level by pressing pedal down with hand while observing where the clamp lines up relative to the stamped arrow on the cover on rear wheel. Easier than taking it apart...
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If it runs fine and you want the bike just buy it and do the oil changes every 3k. If you're paying 2800.00 for a bike you can't expect a new bike out of the deal. It's just like buying a used car. Check the basic stuff. If the engine makes too much noise that is not usual then stay away. If the person was doing regular oil changes they would know if they did the valve adjustment at 15k. Just ask them.

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fyi, the rear brake can be checked for pad level by pressing pedal down with hand while observing where the clamp lines up relative to the stamped arrow on the cover on rear wheel. Easier than taking it apart...
I did not know that! Thanks!

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Given your experience level, it might not be a bad idea to find an independent shop or mechanic and pay him $50 to give you an independent review of the bikes condition and what they might need. Make it clear that you are paying for an unbiased opinion and that they probably wont get to do the work as you are 4 hours from them. You might call the local dealership and get recommendations from them as to what shop would be reliable. Take it off the sales price of the bike or split it with the old owner.
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