i am considering buying a 2003 z1000, bike is in mint condition but the only thing im iffy about is the mileage, bike has 40,000 km's on it.. how strong are these bikes and is this something i should really be concerned about?
I've got 28,000 miles (45,000 km) on my '03 and it's all good. Make sure the valve clearances have been done/checked and the plugs have been checked/changed and you should be good to go. Haven't even needed to do the fork seals yet on mine, and I pull the front wheel up in first almost daily.
It'll be the best bike you ever get, in every category, comfort, control, power, speed, it'll stay up there with the best. Where some bikes only do a couple things well, fast and nimble or smooth and comfortable, this one will do all of it pretty good but none of it the absolute best (except looking cool).
if it is real clean and looks like it was well taken care of DO IT. i have seen some bikes with very low millage that look like they were never taken care of . stay away from those bikes no matter what the millage is.
What's most important is that is well taken care of and had regular maintenance performed to it. Question the owner about what he has done maintenance wise and ride it to see how it runs. If all checks out, go for it.
That mileage shouldn't be a problem as long as it was well taken care of.
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