I am new here and could use some input regarding a possible purchase.
I ride a 1998 1100RT. Well, "rode"... it is no longer with us.
Yesterday, I visited a 2003 K1200RS with 27k miles on it. It had the clutch and main seal replaced 7 years ago at 23k. SO only 4k miles ridden in 7 years, but apparently never sat for more that 2 weeks at a time.
I didn't ride it, as the registration had lapsed, but the owner took it for a quick spin. Sounded beautiful. He is third owner, but it has comprehensive service records. Ohlin shocks F and R. It really is mint. He was asking $3000 but will take $2600.
While I was inspecting the bike, all looked clean and solid. The only thing was a little but of fresh oil right along the seam between engine and gearbox; not at the rear of gearbox. The seam was glistening along its length... although it was dry in the pan/cowl (?) that sits directly under that. He recently did his own oil change, so I can't rule out that he spilled a little and a drop or two collected at that seam... but it gave me pause.
Also that seam isn't perfectly flush. I have attached a photo. I have no idea if this is normal.
The owner just texted me a few minutes ago. I had asked him to take it out for a longer ride and recheck that spot. He went for 20 minutes and got rpms up to 5500 (not registered, he can't take it out on main roads...). He sent photos of that same part - perfectly dry. Thoughts?
I have no reason to doubt that this man is being anything anything but perfectly straight with me; he is an affluent man in his 70s who is getting out of the riding game and wants his bike to go to a good home.
One other question. It is a big bike. This bike is even bigger than my RT. I am 5'9" 160lbs. I ride in Los Angeles traffic every day, splitting lanes. I occasionally tour and like to get on well-graded gravel occasionally. Even if this bike checks out mechanically, how is it as an everyday commuter with lots of clutch action..? I am looking for a reliable replacement for my RT that is within my insurance payout range (this is) and don't want a project.
Any and all input would be greatly appreciated...
Thanks a ton!