1997 and 1998 are two of my favorite years. All the bugs were worked out, and the build quality was a little better than the later models.
I would check the NADA site for the best current value. In the past year, these bikes have been appreciating. Should be good if you can get it in the $3500 - $4500 range.
Be careful of low mileage bikes.. Too low a mileage may mean it has been cared for poorly, and could need carb work, battery, new rubber, etc. I'd want a bike this age to have at least 10k on the odometer...
Are you getting this bike for yourself, wife, etc?
Am looking for myself - something classic as a solo bike and hoping to find better gas mileage than my Rocket
I have been keeping an eye out for a Bonnie or America and this one poped up.
I've run both on a Bird. Miks are definitely more cold natured. I just like working on them better. Setting the floats on the K's is a pain, IMHO.I definitely like the Keihins better. They did get better mileage (which they should since the S3 has a higher spec motor and lower gearing) and seemed to stay in tune better and be less finicky on start up and in bad weather. I even put Keihin FCR's on the S3 and got better mileage with more horsepower!
Correct, no choke. The procedure is turn the idle up the whole way twist the throttle three times (this varies of course with weather) and hit the button and she fires up easily. The carbs have accelerator pumps so it isn't as bad as you would think but I have it jetted for warm weather so that is when it gets ridden, at least when it is rideable again. They are suprisingly good at being an all around carb for the road, BigAl seems to have good luck with his. They do require a lot of messing with to get them right.I've run both on a Bird. Miks are definitely more cold natured. I just like working on them better. Setting the floats on the K's is a pain, IMHO.
Huge difference between the Keihin FCRs and the Keihin CVTs... totally different animal. 'Course, you are back to cold natured again with the FCRs, since they are racing carbs and don't have any choke, right?