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Old 04-19-2010, 04:50 PM   #1
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Just signed up since I think I'll be buying a new (to me) ride tomorrow. I'm 62 and haven't ridden in 30+ years, so I'll have a rather steep learning curve ahead of me. I'm looking at a 2005 Suzuki C90T Boulevard. I live in S. Central Tennessee, just above the Alabama state line and a short 20 minute scoot over to Lynchburg, Tennessee (Home of Jack Daniels!).

The bike has about 26000 miles, engine guards (crash bars), Vance & Hines Longshot pipes and leather saddlebags. Has also been changed to ape-hanger bars (owner doesn't have the original bars). He's asking $5500 (which according to the NADA site is low retail).

Is there anything special to check/look out for with this model or should a normal inspection cover all bases?

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Old 04-20-2010, 05:46 AM   #2
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Apehangers are a bad idea for any rider, a very bad idea for a re-entering rider. Get some stock or at least standard bars. If you want to go back to the apes later, fine.

26k miles for an '05 cruiser is a lot. Most bikes of that type average less than 2k miles a year. I'd go looking for one with lower miles and fewer "upgrades." It's a buyer's market; lightly used cruisers are a dime a dozen.

Does he have maintenance records? Was it dealer serviced? If so, you can ask him or the dealer to pull the records. Oil change reciepts? Was the engine re-tuned to compensate for the V&H pipes? Does he have receipts for that?
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Old 04-20-2010, 06:12 AM   #3
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Does he have maintenance records? Was it dealer serviced? If so, you can ask him or the dealer to pull the records. Oil change reciepts? Was the engine re-tuned to compensate for the V&H pipes? Does he have receipts for that?
At a guess: no, no, no, no and no. What do you expect from someone who installs apehangers?

Low retail is $4450. Mileage is high for a cruiser. It's spring and everyone thinks their old bike is wroth its weight in gold. Frankly $4K would be high in this market. And if the bike wasn't rejetted for the new exhaust I wouldn't touch it period.
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:55 AM   #4
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It has been re-tuned for the new exhaust, and the current owner didn't install the apes - blame that fiasco on the originaal owner. I was wondering about the mileage but didn't have anything to base my gut feeling on - good to know my gut was right.

Guess that bike will stay for sale for a bit longer.
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:55 AM   #5
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yeah, tons of nice bike out there, what you're after is stock and babied with reasonable miles, "performance mods" are a BIIIIIG red flag.

I like apes myself, shoulder height is about right..
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