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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-27-2011, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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ShouldI buy an '05 800 Classic in perfect, new condition with less than 1000 miles for $3000.?

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Depends on your stable of bikes you already own I guess.

Sounds like a good deal to me, but at the same time I wouldn't be buying one as I don't need that new of one.

If you're asking about resale value, then I really don't know. I would guess a nearly new 2005 model could be sold for more than that.


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ShouldI buy an '05 800 Classic in perfect, new condition with less than 1000 miles for $3000.?
I would say YES!!
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I would love to know the actual valve clearances on that new of 800 just to see if Kawasaki actually had them to the correct measurements as they went out of the factory, lol.


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I would love to know the actual valve clearances on that new of 800 just to see if Kawasaki actually had them to the correct measurements as they went out of the factory, lol.
Is there a reason to think they weren't set right?

Also, this is the first 800 I've ridden, and I was surprised that it shifts more Honda-like, smooth and quiet, without the 900's loud clunking.

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Is there a reason to think they weren't set right?
Not on the 800's that I've read - but I don't know as 800's have been out of production long enough that questions as to initial build quality are pretty rare. I ask because I have read the same question posed of another current Kawasaki - I believe the Concours, but I'm not sure. Whichever bike it was, a number of people in a forum thread had the same question - if Kawasaki was churning out that particular bike so fast that it wasn't checking valve measurements correctly.


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I would say yes also!

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Sounds like it's priced right to me. My only concern would be, how long has it sat? Those miles are so low I'd be a little leery that it could be the same old oil too.
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Sounds like it's priced right to me. My only concern would be, how long has it sat? Those miles are so low I'd be a little leery that it could be the same old oil too.
The owner says he used to commute about a half-mile to work everyday for a couple of years, then when his daughter was born he rode even less!
I know what you mean about the oil- when I bought my '06 last year with only 1800 miles on it, I was pretty sure that at least the oil filter was the original, based on the fact that it was put on with 200 ft.lbs. or so of torque!
The oil was clean, but I went to Mobil ! right away and have had zero problems and no oil usage between changes. If I get this one, it will probably get frequent dino changes until 2000 or so, and then go to synthetic.

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