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05-09-2014, 02:25 AM,
#16
RE: Roadstar 1700 cc
Wow that's pretty good and informative write.
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05-09-2014, 07:12 PM,
#17
RE: Roadstar 1700 cc
well @OldePhart do think he was looking at 08 so it is the older Cali compliant but in this case Canada compliant (hah), so sorry but you got stuck with the universal US model though.
2006 VStar Stratoliner, Freedom Performance split dual exhaust, Mustang seats, Sissy bar with back rack, bolted saddlebags to mounts.
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05-11-2014, 11:42 PM,
#18
RE: Roadstar 1700 cc
So here I saw another 2007 with 36,000 Miles. Fully loaded but only thing making my head itchy is the mileage. Is it safe to buy a used with that much miles (or is it not that much for this specific bike)? It runs fine but should I be looking for any major maintenance or repair soon? Ideally I was looking for something below 20k miles but the price is very attractive compared to others on the market.
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05-13-2014, 10:22 PM,
#19
RE: Roadstar 1700 cc
I guess if it's been well maintained I wouldn't get too worried over that kind of mileage. I've owned cages with smaller engines that went over 100k miles with no real issues. The problem is with any used vehicle you never really know if it's been maintained well and whether those 36k miles were "draggin' the lights" or easy highway miles.

John
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2011 V-Star 650 Custom (new in fall 2013)
V&H Cruzer Pipes, Memphis Shades Bat Wing, Floorboards, Highway Bars,
Locking Bags, Tail Rack, LED Signals & Aux Brake Lights, Headlight Modulator,
Brake Light Modulator, 5/8" Gel Pad Under Upholstery.
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05-13-2014, 10:34 PM,
#20
RE: Roadstar 1700 cc
I would think that the bigger a bike, the more often it is used...I bought mine with a stitch over 20k and havent had any problems more than expec...save the damn fuel seepage from the carb but that happened a while into it...
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05-14-2014, 07:16 PM,
#21
RE: Roadstar 1700 cc
Yeah...my big problem with buying used motorcycles isn't high miles...in fact I think I'd almost rather have a fairly high mileage bike if it looked really clean, didn't smoke, didn't have any obvious shade-tree wiring and so on. If that sounds strange, think about this...the first 1k miles on a motorcycle are the most critical. That may not be as true today and on some really modern bikes like the BMW models. But, I suspect it remains true for our cruisers.

Back in my day "conventional wisdom" had it that a rider that was really hard on the bike could put 10k or 20k miles worth of wear on a bike in that first few hundred miles before the parts had a chance to wear in and polish themselves. Even with current V*'s the manual specifies a pretty lengthy and gentle break in regimen. I know I had a friend in high school whose Honda 350 was smoking like a chimney at less than 5k miles (and, no, it wasn't a two stroke - in fact it smoked more than another friend's Kawasaki two-stroke street bike :) ).

So, if you see a bike with 36k miles and it's sweet, doesn't smoke, etc. then chances are it was probably broken in right...or not...it's still a duck hunt at the end of the day. :)

John
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2011 V-Star 650 Custom (new in fall 2013)
V&H Cruzer Pipes, Memphis Shades Bat Wing, Floorboards, Highway Bars,
Locking Bags, Tail Rack, LED Signals & Aux Brake Lights, Headlight Modulator,
Brake Light Modulator, 5/8" Gel Pad Under Upholstery.
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