Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Springfield, OH
First of all, I'm going to tell you to avoid a GSX-R for a first bike.
Secondly, what is the size (600, 750, 1000) and year of the bike?
Would you hesitate to buy a car with 21,170 miles on it? Personally, I'd bet that a bike with that many miles has been maintained better than a lot of bikes with half that many, since the people who put a lot of miles on their bikes tend to care more about them than the tools that like to pull them out to cruise to the nearest parking lot and look cool.
It's been discussed on here before that the main reason bikes don't normally have a lot of miles is that they are neglected most of their life, or are totaled for one reason or another. However, most sportbikes (besides Ducatis) are very mechanically sound and don't require a lot more than routine maintenance to keep them in good condition. My '05 GSX-R 600 has 14K miles on it, and it still runs like new, and I've only had to do oil changes, and a new chain a couple months back (and new tires, but that's part of the game).
I think one of the members on here (Dad) had a Honda somethingorother that had over 100K miles on it, and he still took it to the track.
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