Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Nothing wrong with buying used and like Les said, there are tell tale signs if it's been looked after. I bought mine in 2016 with 16,000 miles on it (it's a 2000 1100 Classic). At the time I didn't know a whole lot about buying a used bike, but I'd looked at a couple that were less money and I stayed away. One was hard to start and I remember the owner giving it a lot of throttle to get it running. I didn't know about the starter clutch issues then and I probably dodged a bullet not getting that one.
When I went to see the one I bought I could tell that it had been cared for and in talking to the (second) owner I could see he was very meticulous about his house, garage, his cars, and his motorcycle. Since then I've about doubled the mileage and I've continued looking after it with regular maintenance and proper winter storage. Other than the rectifier going and frying my battery the first spring I rode it, it has never given me any problems. Maybe I just got lucky and found a good one, but it pays to be patient and shop around. Yamaha sold a pile of Stars and there are still plenty out there to choose from.
2007 Vulcan Nomad
2000 V Star 1100 Classic (Sold)
All stock except for:
Switchblade Quick Release Windshield
Ugly but somewhat functional saddlebags