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Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Ossum, Texas
Motorcycle: '08 KTM SuperDuke R, '99 SV650S, '84 XL600R
Re: Suzuki gsx500 good buy?
That's a GS500F, not a GSX500. 170000 sounds like a lot for an '05, I'm thinking 17000 would be more realistic - looks more like that also, you'd have a lot of paint flaking off the fork, rims, etc. if it really was 170000.
In either case I'd look into that, ask for a photo of the odometer. The story about the mileage not being accurate does sound weird. On bikes that read speed off the front drive sprocket (like the GSX-Rs), it will be inaccurate if you change gearing. However, THAT model reads speed off the front wheel so that' not an issue. If the odometer does indeed show 170K, the bike will have done about that much...
Anyway, I'd want the clutch cable changed so you can test ride it or - if she isn't willing to let you - have her ride it up and down the street so you can hear how it runs. That engine and gearbox are pretty solid but just in case...
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