Today I got wind of a 1997 F650 ST "Strada" in my area with 5830 miles on the clock. I called the owner and the reason he is selling is that his wife no longer wants to ride the motorcycle.

We have here a garage queen with a relatively new rear tire (previous tire attracted a nail) and the original front. The seller, the original owner, wants $3K. KBB is $2315. Although the bike appears to be in really good shape, the fur is standing up on the back of my neck. Owner maintains that oil has been changed every year and there is a new battery.

This bike has carbs. I can only imagine what is in them. There is some discoloration on the various rubber hoses. I plan on a test ride next weekend.

What else should I be on the lookout for in a 16 year old F650?

Ride safe, TIA,