This is an old motorcycle, with high kms, that has gone through many hands. People seem to buy it, and only own it long enough to get their license before they sell it again. I was told that the guy 2 owners previous to me had put a bit of money into fixing the bike up, but it still needs work.
Both tires had to be replaced. There was uneven wear and dry rot.
2 rear spokes were broken. Dealer is installing them with the new tires and tubes this week.
The choke cable has seized. The bike starts OK with a bit of crank of the throttle, but you have to babysit it until it fully warms up. Can't find an exact replacement, so I will probably have to move the mount.
Clutch lever is worn at the hinge and flops around. A thin washer will help here, but you don't notice it while driving.
The front brake mechanism was stiff, so the light was slow to go off. Some spray lube at the joints seems to have fixed that.
Throttle grip rubber was very loose. 2 spirally rapped strips of electric tape under it has been a big improvement.
Mirrors are not very stable. The right one flops just from the bike's vibration. The left one starts drooping after a bit of driving.
This is mostly just normal wear and tear, so not unexpected in a multi-owner bike of this age. I intend to keep it for a while, and gradually repair and replace what I can as I learn about motorcycles.
I've been thinking about getting a motorcycle for about 30 years, and finally got around to it. This bike was for sale not too far from where I live, the price was reasonable, and the engine big enough that I could get a few years of enjoyment out of it before wanting something with more power.
This is the first motor bike I've owned, so I can't really compare it to anything else. I've also only had it a few weeks, with limited experience riding it in town or on the highway, but I'm pleased with it so far.