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Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Outside of Boston
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I'll second what DCinCT has said. There are many bikes out there that have low mileage for a number of very good reasons (mostly to PO thought they wanted to get into riding and they just didn't for whatever reason). My story is that I got back into riding after 27+ years away and just didn't want to invest a ton of money in something that may not pan out. In the end, it was a spur of the moment decision that led me to an '01 Volusia with 7K on it. It was at a dealer and he was willing to stand behind the bike, hold it for me through the winter and service when summer came around, so I bit. Probably paid a little too much for it at the time, but lesson learned. Fast forward three years and the bike has been awesome! Everything I could have asked for and more. Sure, I wish it had a 6th gear or was more powerful, but for 95% of my riding it has been great.
As many have said, go into this with as much knowledge about what you're looking at as you can get. Spending a little money to have a qualified mechanic look it over is money well spent. If the owner is shy about that happening, that says volumes about the bike. If you pull the trigger, definitely plan on investing some time and money going through it completely. New tires are a MUST. They are your very small contact patch with the road. When they fail, you fall! All things rubber should be replaced and all fluids changed along with the battery. Hopefully the gas tank is OK. If it is, run a couple of tankfuls of fresh fuel through with a can of Seafoam in each. It will clean out any varnish and gum.
Good luck and keep us informed on what you do. We are here to help!
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