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'04 Marauder 800 barn find

I am taking about a 1-hour drive in the morning to check out a barn find, a 2004 Marauder 800. The current owner admits it has been parked for a year (owner has health issues) and is filthy. Until yesterday the battery was down, but he has had it on a charger overnight and the battery has come back enough to light everything up and turn the engine; no start, but fortunately he drained all the gas not long after it was parked and I am taking a jump-starter, some fresh gas and starting fluid to see if we can get it to fire off. He states that the tires were new and had less than 200 miles on them when the bike was stored, so that's a plus, and he says there is zero damage to the machine -- just a thick layer of barn dust. He's the original owner, it has 3450 miles on the clock, and he says it was running fine when it went on the inactive list. So, my questions :
-- Any inspection tips beyond the obvious?
-- Anything I should take along beyond a tool kit, starting fluid, gas?
-- Assuming we can get it to start, any suggestion as to a fair price? Kelley Blue Book puts trade-in value right at $1800, but that is, of course, in running condition, which this is not right now, and at least reasonably clean, which I already know it isn't.


I am hoping a thorough cleaning and servicing will be all it needs to be turned in to a rider, and I am willing to put some time, elbow grease, and a reasonable amount of money in to it, but I don't need a money pit!
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I hope you like to work on motorcycles. Personally, I would take a soft pass. at 3,450 miles on a 15 year old bike is not so good. My guess is it has been sitting in the barn for much more than 1 year and who knows what has happened in that barn. I know me; I would rather ride a motorcycle than work on one for hour after hour. I do all my maintenance and have fixed things before to get back out and ride. But, if you like to work on bikes, it could be a lot of fun for you and a great ride at some time in the future.
Due to age and lack of use, be prepared for all new rubber hoses and tires. Due to time in barn and critters, be prepared to chase electrical problems and fix/replace wires. All fluids, obviously. Perhaps some gaskets that are old and brittle.

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Mice and other critters have been known to build nests in the intake ( behind air filter and even lower).

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It may have only been a year since it was last ridden, but it's only been ridden an average of 350 miles per year. It's going to need a lot of work, even if it does run. You're probably going to need tires and anything rubber on the bike is going to need to be replaced. If you enjoy working on bikes you might enjoy it, but if you're just looking for a cheap bike to ride, you probably won't.

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Well, I went and saw it and, frankly, I came away disappointed that we couldn't reach a deal. It was barn-find dirty for sure -- I mean downright nasty -- but underneath all that accumulated dust the paint and chrome were intact. No sign of it ever having been crashed, nothing missing, tires fine with the little new-tire nubbies still on them. By the look of it I was highly skeptical that it would crank, but I fed it about 1/2 gallon of fresh dinosaur juice, checked the oil, turned the key, hit the starter -- took three tries, but then she fired right up! After warming up for 8 or ten minutes it idled nicely with the choke off, and revved willingly with no stumble.

I was eager to make a deal at this point but it was not to be. It is clear the gentleman who owns the bike will never ride again -- he's pushing 80 and in ill health -- and equally clear that his kids have zero interest in resurrecting the bike, but he just was not willing to come off of his asking price enough to make it worthwhile for me. I made him an offer that anyone in his right mind would consider fair, if not outrageously generous, but he would not budge. All in all, though, I enjoyed the outing and I had a good time talking to the guy.
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Wait for the estate sale... did I say that out loud?
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Just curious, what was the guy expecting for the bike? I picked up a 1999 VW cabrio that had been sitting in my buddy's Uncle's garage since he passed in 2014. It was completely covered in dirt, the top was ripped and all 4 tires were flat. But the engine was solid (only 84,000 miles) and the transmission was free and working. Chris wanted $2,000 and I paid $2,000 without hesitating. I put $800 into a new top, $700 into a new set of wheels and tires, $100 into the front brakes and another $200 in miscellaneous parts and fluids. The car runs like a dream and my wife loves her little convertible. If the bike was truly in the condition you indicate and only dirty, why did you not take the asking price?

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I don't care how good the tires look...they are 15 years old...new tires a must...figure that cost into your purchase...use that as a bargaining tool in future looks.

Whats the big hurry...slow down and enjoy the ride!

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