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Old 11-06-2012, 11:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,

New to the forum here (obviously) and am very excited about hopefully purchasing my first cruiser (shadow) very soon. I'm not new to bikes but I love the design and idea fo cruisiers and wanted to get into it a little. I was hoping you guys could provide some advice and tips for someone just getting into it and impart some wisdom and knowledge. I've been eyeing a couple local listings for bikes to pickup and also wanted to get some feedback on this particular one (link below). Thanks in advance for the help and support guys!

1997 Honda Shadow ACE
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the Forum. Bike looks reasonable. He started at $2000 so ofter less and go from there.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So you don't think there's an issue with there being rust around the handlbar fittings?
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would investigate that rust around the risers a little more. I've had a riser bolt that was corroded snap on me while riding.
What saved me was I just slowed down and turned into a parking lot when this happened.


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Old 11-06-2012, 06:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I wouldn't worry too much about some surface corrosion around the handlbar fittings, but that thing has a lot of miles on it. By the pictures, it seems fairly well maintained.... but still, to me, that seems like a lot of miles on it.
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7722 miles is alot?
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The bike looks nice. As long as it runs nice, I would say go for it. My first bike was 98 ACE that had 87,000 miles when I bought it. I ran another 20k on it before selling it. It still ran nice and I changed the oil every 3k. 7722 miles is not a lot of miles at all.
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I don't think 7,700 miles is a lot at all. Especially considering the bike is 15 years old...

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Old 11-06-2012, 09:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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What'd he do to the air cleaner? . . .nvm apparently there wasn't a large air cleaner on that model.

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Old 11-06-2012, 11:29 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Make sure the guide plug is fixed....
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