OK all apologies for posting such a newbie question, I just joined the forum. I'm thinking (hoping) this is the best place to post a question like this. I have no idea if this certain RC51 is a good deal or not, was hoping someone could offer a little advice? I've checked KBB and they don't offer anything but a full retail price suggestion and a trade-in value. & NADA doesn't even list RC51's (dammit.. =)
There is a guy in my city selling an '02 SP2 for $2000. He is actually a mechanic at the local bike dealership here in AZ. It has 37k miles on it, seems to run great. The plastics are less than spectacular. There is a little bondo on the gas tank and 1 crack in the fairing up by the headlight, but I think I can fix them up nicely. (I've done it before and the plastics I'm not too worried about.) They'll need paint too, the fairings are basically Krylon-black right now.
A few other things to note:
2 Brothers pipes, K&N air filter(s) setup, upgraded headlights (meh). Other than this it's stock. It doesn't seem like you need to do too much else to an RC51 to make it fly.
Is $2000 a decent deal? I've checked craigslist all over the country and almost every single RC51 around is cherry, but they're all going for at least 4k. Since it needs quite a bit of plastics work (well mostly just paint on the fairings and a little work to fix 1 or 2 cracks at most) and has relatively high miles, is this a decent deal? I know it's not much to go on, especially without pictures, but should I offer him $1500? Pay the $2k straight up? I'm mostly concerned about the high miles I guess... I know it IS a Honda, but I don't have any experience with these liter-v-twins.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I've owned a couple motorcycles in the past, but they were both I-4's (a ZX-11
and a 600GSXF
) so I'm not sure how long this big twin is supposed to go. Nor am I sure about the resale value on a higher-mileage RC.
Anyway, can someone offer any advice? Thanks for your time and for any help you can give!
- J in AZ