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Hi,

So I find a used 2011 Highball…and of course it’s 10 hours away from me. :(

The seller (100% feedback on ebay) guaranteed me that it’s in “like new” condition, it has under 1000 miles, etc. It all sounds great, but then I take a closer look at the pictures. The bike is pretty dirty….but take a closer look at that crankcase. I’ve owned a number of bikes, and I don’t recall the crankcase being so discolored.

Would you pass on this bike? :confused:

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the gasket on my primary cover allows a little bit of seepage like that as well. It tends to be more noticeable when I don't wash the bike regularly and the dust sticks to the oily surface. It's never formed droplets or felt "wet" or even "damp," so I've continued to lump it into the category of "ain't broke, don't fix." Even dabbing at it with a paper towel seems to not pick up any oily wetness of any type, so I don't worry about it.

The scuff on the tank could be from just about anything, so who knows? Doesn't look like it's been dropped or anything.

It mostly looks like it's been allowed to get quite dusty really. Is he throwing out a pretty good deal on it?
 

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I think the price is fair, it's $10k.

I think his definition of "like new" is different then mine. :D

I may point these things out to him and see what he says...now I'm just curious as well....
 

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Where are you located at? Where is the bike located at? Maybe another member of one of these forums could go look at it in person and report back to yoy.
 

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I think the price is fair, it's $10k.

I think his definition of "like new" is different then mine. :D

I may point these things out to him and see what he says...now I'm just curious as well....
You now KNOW it's not "like new" so if you think his price for it in the condition you see it in is acceptable then I don't think you have any problems. Go pick it up. Or are you trying to get the seller to come down some in price due to the fact that it has dust and dirt on it that could easily be washed off?

I always recommend that if anyone is going to invest in a bike, car, plane, boat, etc that costs more than $5K that they should also make the minor investment in travel to review it IN PERSON before you buy it. If it is a good deal then you are riding back on it. If it's not a good deal, the visit will have been time well spent to have avoided a potential costly mistake. I don't see where your problem is. Get over there and check it out.
 

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I wouldn't even think of it, if the bike is dirty like that. That owner probably never really took care of it maintenance wise. Those 2 linked from Craigslist would probably be better bet

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I dont see the big deal it is dirty, looks like it is in the back of a shop. My bike is covered in a film of dust after night sitting in my garage. Vic factory warranty is what 2 years the bike has such low mileage not much could of been done to hurt it. Go check it out or ask for some pics of the bike cleaned up. If the sale is offered by a non motorcycle guy say through an estate sale or something like that they might not care to clean it up first and may not even think of it. The seepage around the crankcase is pretty normal mine got better after a few thousand miles and is not anywhere as noticeable as the pics you show. Anyway if the factory warranty is still in place and you get a good deal I wouldn't care about some dirt.
 

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If you put where you are located it makes it easier if we know a good deal.
 

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I'm scratching my head wondering why the guy wouldn't at least wash the bike before he advertised it for sale. And then have the nerve to say "it's like new."
Maybe he doesn't know how to clean it, and being afraid to break something, he'd rather sell it dirty. Just offer a couple of grand less for being dirty, and having the potential of something being amiss.
 

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If you put where you are located it makes it easier if we know a good deal.
Location has been updated, Aurora IL :cool:

The crankcase caught my attention because I haven't seen that before on any other bikes I've owned. I very much appreciate the comments from others regarding the seepage.

I did send my questions along to him, just waiting for a response bike. thumb up
 

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I'd go for the one at the Dealer up here in MN before that one. Simply because they're asking only $1K more and it's from a dealer which gives you more legal recourse (not a ton, but more). And, it's more likely that it's at least been gone over. Plus, it's half the distance away.
 

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Thanks everyone for the responses. Interestingly enough, the seller never responded to my questions regarding the condition of the bike. I think our definitions regarding the condition of the bike are just different...I hate to drive 10 hours to find that out. The eBay auction ended and I hope it makes someone happy. :)
 

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Thanks everyone for the responses. Interestingly enough, the seller never responded to my questions regarding the condition of the bike. I think our definitions regarding the condition of the bike are just different...I hate to drive 10 hours to find that out. The eBay auction ended and I hope it makes someone happy. :)
I think if the seller couldn't be bothered to answer any questions, you may have been better off. It means he either doesn't know or doesn't care, and neither reason is something you want in someone you're doing business with.

Keep hunting, the good used Vics are out there.
 
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