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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-20-2019, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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2005 1600 classic with 48000 miles, 1500. bucks?

Found a 05 1600 classic for sale for 1500 bucks. Ive got a 02 1500 classic been riding for 4 years. Found this 05 1600 and it has 48000 miles on it. I would like to have a 2 up bike for the wife and I and have the 1500 for single rider.
Should I be alarmed at near 50000 miles? When I look at this bike is there any thing I should look for as something that might be a problem. I had the relay for headlight go out on my 1500 but other than that its been great to me.
Any information about the 05 1600 would be greatly appreciated. thanks

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-21-2019, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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no clues out there on the 1600 classics?

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Besides the usual wear and tear items, there is a sometimes sore spot with the bevel gear case bearing.
The symptom is a whine when de-accelerating.

$1500 seems pretty cheap, so there must be a reason for that.
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Thanks for the heads up on that bearing. I appreciate it.

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Another issue is grinding or jumping out of second gear, but that is not limited to the 1600.
Many bikes may suffer from this problem.
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Paying 3k for my 03 1600 Classic with 36k miles. No issues.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-17-2019, 02:49 PM
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Paid $2900 for my 1600 Classic last year with 42k on it, it's up to 45k with no issues whatsoever.
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I've got 73000 KM on mine, no issues, I've had to tighten the triple tree nut once. Rear shocks might be an issue, I upgraded to progressives.

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