That 07' looks exactly like what I'm looking for and if I had it arranged into the deal that I would pay to have it taken to a mechanic, before purchase, and have it looked at that would probably be about as good as buying it from a used dealer, yes?
I've definitely changed my mind about not buying of CL considering the amount of money I would be saving.
Call the seller in advance and ask who has serviced the bike - what dealer or independent mechanic. It really is the rare person who has never
had their bike in some sort of shop.
Yes, there a number of folks on the board who have done complete 'tear down/build ups
, but as I indicated, they are the minority. I do the vast majority of work on my '15 Zed, but every once in awhile, I need to take it to someone who has more skill/the unusual specific tool. And then it's a case of time vs money vs skill, vs will I ever use that very expensive special tool again?
And this long route leads back to the point: if someone else has laid hands on it, they could give you an impartial assessment of the bike's mechanical state. Also, why is the seller putting the bike up for sale? Take this last Q w/a healthy dose of salt. Chances are their answer will be 50%+ B.S.
Closely check out "consumables"
, things like tires, chains & sprockets, etc. If they don't maintain the little stuff
, they sure as hell are not taking care of the big stuff
. Again, don't be too hesitant to walk away.
Happy hunting, and good luck.