Originally Posted by Adair09
As the title said I'm looking at getting a bike. I found a deal on a 2000 Yamaha V-Star 1100 classic. Its for sale for $2000. Heres the catch it needs a starter. Does anyone know what one is worth? Also if anyone knew the average life of one of these yamaha motorcycles is that would be great. This particular one has 50,000.
Any help is appreciated
Suggested retail for one on KBB is $4K. That would be low miles and mint condition.
A starter is about $400 from the dealer. You can find one on ebay
. New ones there look like they run around $200.
I'm not familiar with the reliability of a V-Star, but for a bike that size, I wouldn't think 50K is too bad. It is high, but that just means it wasn't sitting around collecting dust. I bought a Kawasaki Concours with 45K and have put 40K miles on it. As with anything, but especially a bike, it depends on how well it was taken care of and how it was ridden. You'll want to check out the suspension (fork seals, pitting on the forks) and brake system really well, maybe replace the fluids. Also, check out the driveshaft splines to make sure it's been lubed and isn't too worn. You might look at the date on the tires
too to make sure they're not too old.
Note that some motorcycle shops won't work on a bike that old. They've been known to get stuck with a bike that the owner decided it was too expensive to pay for the repairs after it has already been done.