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Any folks near Winchester, MA?

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    Lightbulb Any folks near Winchester, MA?

    There's a bike out that way that I'm interested in, however, being the no-nothing newb, it's not like I want to ride the hour+ out there to check it out - especially since I don't know how to look at a used bike.

    If someone out in that neck of the woods would be willing to check it out for me, it'd be greatly appreciated!

    I can pay you in beer... or a fine bottle of whiskey... or a handful of tootsie rolls if you're under 21.

    Lemme know. TIA

    HP

    *Actually, if someone is willing to work out schedules, I might even meet up with you to check out the bike, I figure it's easier for someone to check it out and 'report' back. *shrug*

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    Any folks near Winchester, MA?

    It's a '98 EX500 with 17,500 miles.

    This is the only pic (from the ad):



    What kind of Q's should I ask when I email him back saying I'm interested? Ask for more pictures?

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    Any folks near Winchester, MA?

    Pete is near winchester. Ask him to take a look at it. If anything about that bike seems similar to his EX, it's probably broken.

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    Any folks near Winchester, MA?

    I'm the next town over, no idea what you want checked out though. I can build a bike ground up but I'm no salesman or appraiser.

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    Any folks near Winchester, MA?

    Originally posted by hessogood
    I'm the next town over, no idea what you want checked out though. I can build a bike ground up but I'm no salesman or appraiser.
    Sorry, I just need it looked over to see if it's a good buy.

    I'm just newb lookin' for a bike. Just so damn newbish I don't know what to look for in a bike... other than basic stuff like "does it look like it was down." I figure someone with more experience could help me out.

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    Any folks near Winchester, MA?

    Originally posted by Honclfibr
    Pete is near winchester. Ask him to take a look at it. If anything about that bike seems similar to his EX, it's probably broken.
    Excellent... if I only knew who Pete was... I think he's Oreo-something something...

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    Basically, I just need someone to look at it and say "Yes, I would buy this" or "No, I'd stay away" or something in between "It needs some work on x, y, and z" (and using that as a bargaining angle)

    Like I said, I'd go myself, but I'm not 100% sure I know what to look for. It'd be easiest if someone close by could check it out and let me know, or I would even be willing to meet up with you and go check the bike out - that way I'd also get a first hand look at how to look at bikes.

    I'm not asking you to negotiate or bargain on the bike for me, just let me know if it's a good buy or not.

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    Any folks near Winchester, MA?

    How much is he asking?

    I know a guy in Derry who's selling an 89 EX500. Just told me about it today in fact. Apparently he really wants it gone.

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    Any folks near Winchester, MA?

    Originally posted by Honclfibr
    How much is he asking?

    I know a guy in Derry who's selling an 89 EX500. Just told me about it today in fact. Apparently he really wants it gone.
    Interesting. How much?

    The seller is asking $2000.

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    Any folks near Winchester, MA?

    Originally posted by hqp921
    Interesting. How much?

    The seller is asking $2000.
    Not sure, I'll ask.

    I think he said it had like 7k miles on it. I'll get more details for ya.

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    Any folks near Winchester, MA?

    Originally posted by Honclfibr
    Not sure, I'll ask.

    I think he said it had like 7k miles on it. I'll get more details for ya.
    Awesome, thanks!

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    Any folks near Winchester, MA?

    I'm the next town over, and I'd go look, but I'm no mechanic and would only be able to look at the obvious, like tires, exhaust, listen to it run, ect.

    And I would think you'd be able to knock some $$ down. Just as a reference, I bought a 97 Katana 600 with about 15K 2 years ago for $1900.

    Didn't they make some changes to the EX500 after the late-80's, like bigger wheels, suspension, something like that?

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    Any folks near Winchester, MA?

    So I asked the guy a few Q's via email and here's what I got from him:

    I am the third owner of this bike and do have the title in my hand.. The bike has never been raced or crashed, but I did drop it once.. a dead fall on the driveway... not thing major, but I did manage to crack the front faring... other than that the bike has been free of any accidents through its 3 owners...
    He sent a couple photos as well:



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