If you are looking for a really built 2002 bonne, I've got a nice one for sale. Are you looking for something stock?
Wasn't there a starter mount issue on some of the early years? I believe there was a problem where the starter mounting/bolt points on the case would crack and break, causing untold sorrow and headaches. This seems to be the only major issue I've heard of. Pls correct me if I am mistaken.
I'm glad to see that I'm not completely out to lunch. I knew I read that somewhere in this forum.the older bikes have a weaker area in the block where the starter idler gear mounts to the case it was beefed up on later year bikes .Thats not to say the older bikes will mess up but enough did that they made the change .Some of the early 01s had some clutch troubles the later bikes they changed the clutch .The later bikes have a better breather system then the older bikes that had a seal that gave trouble .If your a hot rodder the 07 and later bikes have the best heads to port.ALL in all there all good bikes and give very little trouble.
Everyone has their own opinion, but I prefer the torquey feel of the 865. I actually waited til 07 to get my Bonne Black with the 865.