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Old 11-16-2012, 12:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Considering these two. What should I look for?

hello all,

I am in need of your expert advice. After browsing Craigslist, I found two bikes that I am interested in:

Being fairly new to bikes, I am not entirely sure what I should be looking at or for when talking to the owners. What should I be asking? What are tell tale signs that the bike is good or bad? Are the prices reasonable?

For the bike with the ugly paint job (the 2nd link) the price appears to be a bit high. I check the bluebook value and it said about 5100. What do you guys think?

Any advice on purchasing used in general?

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Old 11-16-2012, 01:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd go with #1. 18,000 miles isn't much. Ask if he has the service record on the bike. It will be due for a regular service at 18,000 miles.

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Old 11-16-2012, 01:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd consider what you're going to be doing with the bike as a big part of the purchase. If it's a daily rider and going to get lots of use, I'd go with the newer one. The cafe racer is a head turner but, like any older one, it will need more care and maintenance (they all did, believe me...and I own an old one as well as a modern one) to do the job. Me?? I'd go for the newer one and enjoy it. Sorry to be the spoiler.........

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Old 11-16-2012, 02:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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#2.) Ugly paint job?? ... I think not. Maybe when you see it person you will be more inclined to agree.

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Old 11-16-2012, 04:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The low mileage stock bike is the better deal, by far.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The low mileage stock bike is the better deal, by far.
And he sounds eager to negotiate a lower price.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:46 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'd always go for the stock one. Not that the other one isn't OK looking, but with 2k on the clock and stock more or less you can do your own thing.

There's very few things that I would consider chronic on most Bonnies, but all are easily fixable, like weeping cam covers (my cylinders got oily and it freaked me out til I read it's no biggie and it isn't).... easily fixed, blueing of the headers because they are single walled, you learn to love that blueing.

Memory fails on the other things. I consider my 07 Bonnie stone cold reliable and fun as hell...

By the way one is a Bonnie Black, which as a used bike you should consider that it's cases aren't chrome and you don't have a tach. The other one is a T100 which is trimmed out better with the two tone paint. $6995 new for the Black and $8,495 for the T100 (retail that is) back then.

Also the 04 has a 790 motor, but a bit hotter cams. The 06 has the 865 motor with milder cams, but I think better torque.

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