The Green Frame 750ss has increased quite a bit in value. Nostalgia is an unpredicatable thing though.
The year I was born, my dad's friend bought a 1964 Corvette, 327 with 4 speed tranny. My dad said he though his buddy was crazy to spend $5500 on a car. (Of course his buddy was single, I don't think dad got that part).
25 years later the guy still owned the car and it was worth considerably more.
Hopefully your dad has taken good care of that Volare! The ones with Corinthian leather are especially desirable!
Thanks for all the input so far! It's really helpful.
To answer a few of the questions and comments I've recieved here goes.
First this is going to be my first bike. I know I know bad choice but I feel that I have enough commonsense, maturity, and experience with other high powered machines to take on this challenge. Let's put it this way if I dont' buy this one it's a R6 or a 636 or something.
The Bike is the regular 748 as far as I can tell the actual price is $5750 and it's got akrapovic Ti exhaust, showa TiNi forks, and a aluminum subframe. According to him the vavles were just done before he rode it to laguna also. Although I guess since that was from Washington it'll be due for another valve job soon? Oh and it needs new rubber.
It won't be my primary commuter but more of a toy for me. My truck gets me to where i need to go. Although I'll probably use it to commute if I have it. Can't leave a pretty thing like that pent up in the garage too much ya know?
I wish I had held on to some of the muscle cars I owned back in the late 60s/early 70s. However, the money they fetch today is a market anomaly. Successful baby-boomers have driven up values trying to relive past memories of a special time in America. I doubt a motorcycle will appreciate the same. Just in case, I put away a MV Agusta F4.
that bike is sex on wheels, but as a new rider I'd aim a little less high maintenance, i stuffed my brand new speed triple into a ditch the first week i had it, cought some gravel and low sided @ about 20 mph. in retrospect, it was not a real good beginers bike, insurance was cheap and other than a few scuff marks the bike survived, let's hear it for naked durability.. perhaps a monster is more in the cards?
besides, its a lot easier to embarass a supersport rider in real world situations on a liter class naked than you might think, how often can you actualy use 150 + anyways?,
I guess it all boils down to how well the bike was maintained, I think it is fair to assume that with that much money in suspension, and that many miles on the clock it may have been used for more than just lazy sunday drives (look for safety wire holes!!!) ie significant track time..
I like any bike that can pull a wheelie, but i prefer naked sportbikes for the performance, agility, and everyday ergonomics.
buy what you want and be happy, don't end up with someone elses dreambike.
That's the thing about this bike. I was always kinda interested in motorcycles but what really did it for me, what made me want a motorcycle more than anything was when I laid eyes on a picture of a red ducati 916 screaming across the cover of a motorcycle magazine when I was about 12 years old. I still have that old issue.
That is the problem I'm having, I can afford this particular duc so I just want to buy it but know that it has high miles so maybe it's not a good idea. My heart might overcome my better judgement on this one.
no one has enough common sense or maturity for a first bike, thats whats cool about em, think about it, first car, first house, first girlfriend, the first motorcycle fits right into the bitersweet procesion, break your self in on an 80's ujm, pick em up for 800 bucks, after that the duc will drive itself and you will really apreciate the new technology. be like crawling into bed with a porn star. When you wreck the beater, just take the plates off and walk away.
It sounds like you make a decent enough living to handle the maintenance. $5700 ain't exactly a king's ransome to just get the damn thing.
I'd grind the guy on the price though. The used bike market is in the tank due to all the special low interest deals on new ones right now. Tell him that you know the 24k service is coming up and that's a biggie and the rubber is shot.
Trust me his phone ain't ringing off the hook. Now stop peeing down your leg and lo-ball him.