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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Could use some advice.

I found a 2008 SV for $4400, 8500 miles. Checked it out last night, rode it and it seems in great shape. It has been sitting in his garage since last winter, was told he still starts it regularly though. Cosmetically it's almost flawless with a small white smudge near the tail, I couldn't care less about that.

After turning on the key, checking turn signals high/low etc. for about 30 seconds, we fired it up and it started no problem. We turned it off, chatted for a bit, then I got ready for the test drive. It wouldn't start due to a deadish battery so we had to jump it. Would that have been from the 30 seconds of testing lights?? It's a newer battery he says.

When we got it jumped it ran fine, no clutch rattle smooth acceleration, but I found out quickly there was no back brake. He had bled the lines earlier that week, and we attempted to do so after I go back, but then it went below LOW on dot4 and we still had no back brake >.>.

I'm newish to buying automobiles and even newer to buying bikes, we still verbally agreed on 4400 as I left (without the bike) once he got the brakes working. But on the drive home I got to thinking about potential problems with the alternator/battery and what could cause the brake to go out again.

He seemed like a good guy, ex military ex fireman and currently working at a VA hospital, had a nice wife kids were running around etc. and I'm really not worried that he's pulling a fast one in any way, but how should I approach our next conversation? The bank also has the title so I would be meeting up with him again in the next couple of weeks for that, and initially would just have the bill of sale. Do I offer $4000 until I know the bat/alt is working good as well as the brakes aren't going to crap out on me every 2 days? Also the bike is registered in Oregon and has Oregon plates and I live in California. Is that another fee on my end?

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That price is wayyy too high. I paid 2800 for my 07 with 3800 miles mint. The battery is old, the brakes need bled, and he doesn't have the title? I wouldn't pay more than 3200 even if they never came around my area.
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OP. That battery is mostly dead, but not due to the 30 secs of testing the lights.

Unless it is on a tender for the last year, regularly starting it up and let it sit idling is just not enough to charge or maintain the battery.

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Is KBB wrong? Do most people not want to spend that type of money on SVs, making my eventual resell much harder to get close to the price currently listed?
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I've been looking at these bikes in my area lately and I have seen large fluctuations in price. Some are around 3500-4000 (2003-2007 usually) with some people looking for upper 4,000's (2008+). Not sure if something changed in '08 or what.

Considering you're going to have to get the brakes working properly, and probably get a new battery (if that's the actual problem), 4400 sounds too high. Unless you can get it cheaper, I'd keep looking.
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Looks like I also need to figure out if the bike can be registered in California by myself, according to Before Buying a Vehicle From Out of State - Be Sure You Can Register It in California FFVR 29

Was sold by an out of state dealer so it could possibly be a 49 state bike.
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