Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Front Royal, Virginia
Yeah, it's kind of a tough one to figure out. The dealer I'm buying from didn't do the work, otherwise I wouldn't question it. This will be the 4th bike I've bought from them and they've been good as gold on everyone. In fact, I'm dealing with the same guy I bought my last bike from so they don't turn help over very often either. They're asking like 48 for the bike, probably settle around 43 is my guess. Ordinarily, I'd say it's a pretty good deal. All the racks and hardware for mounting saddlebags (aluminum), crash bars, skid plate, progressive suspension (front and rear) and replaced the doohickey along with new chain and larger front sprocket and smaller rear sprocket. Everything I'm going to do is pretty much already done.
Normally, I'd probably pass on it too. But they evidence of a real crash just isn't there. It's a very minor touch up on the fairing (and you really have to look to spot it) and a very small scrap on the end cap to the throttle, that's it. Living in this area, I can easily see how the rocks I mentioned could cause this. When I say rocky, we pretty much have to import dirt up here. And large rocks. I can literally visualize this thing falling over in some guys driveway and something like the head hitting a large rock. IMO, what adds to this is that the bike has street tires, not the 80/20 type. With the saddlebags, sprocket change and all it seems to me that this bike was set up as a commuter. Not uncommon at all in this area. He ended up trading it in on a Vulcan (that would in my mind make a better commuter). All the roads up here on the mountain are gravel and you don't pick up any pavement until you hit the main road down. If I were to see any scraps to the frame, forks, swing arm or anything else, I'd say the bike went down pretty hard, but there just doesn't seem to be anything else other than what I've described. It seems to me that the bike wasn't set up to do any off-road which make me think more that the guy slipped on the gravel or in his driveway at low speed or stopped and something struck the engine when it hit. And even with the crash bars, I can walk out my front door and it's pretty easy to find a large rock along side of the driveway that would penetrate the bars and cause damage. I have no idea. But it seems to run fine (outside of the carb being a little gummy from sitting since Jan.