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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?
Sorry for the longer than intended post, and thanks to those who stuck around long enough to read.