Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sacramento, CA USA 96814
I'd run too, but for different reasons - the bike is damaged, and I'd guess it's either been raced or stunted. If you buy it, consider it a beater bike, and price it accordingly.
I don't agree that mileage in itself is a reason to turn down a bike. There are bikes out there with 2,000 miles on them that I woudln't touch because they've been thrashed, and their engines might not go another 1,000 miles. But if a bike has made it to 40,000 miles, chances are it has been well maintained, and it will probably make it well past 100,000 miles. Obviously, other things being equal, you want a low mileage bike vs. a high mileage bike, but maintenance and riding conditions are a much bigger factor.