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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-25-2017, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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1987 Honda Magna: Good deal or avoid?

Hello everyone, I am looking for a mid size bike and I came across a 1987 super magna for sale. Just wondering what your thoughts are on whether this is a decent deal or one to avoid.

The good: asking only $1100; it's in good shape mechanically (overall),

The bad: it has 53,000 miles, seller said carbs need to be cleaned, choke is broken (he said he's never really needed it), needs a new rear tire.

I guess I'm most concerned​ with the miles. Is it just too many miles to make it worth buying? The bike is inexpensive, but is it too old or have too many miles? I don't mind doing some work on it by myself, but has it passed it's half-life?

What are your thoughts on the issue with the carb and choke?

Please advise...
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The price seems a little high for a bike that doesn't run correctly. Around here that bike might sell for about $500. In running condition and in good shape it might go for a little over a grand.
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The price seems a little high for a bike that doesn't run correctly. Around here that bike might sell for about $500. In running condition and in good shape it might go for a little over a grand.
He said even on the phone that he would negotiate the price. I'm guessing I can get it for less than $1100...he pretty much said that on the phone. I'm not as worried about a carb as I am the miles? I haven't owned bikes that long...the only bikes I've seen with miles that high are adventure bikes.

Is this too many miles to bother messing with?
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Going used is always a more risky proposition. A lot depends on how well it was maintained, which is hard to say without looking at it. If you know how to do the work, great, but if you don't, it may spend more time in the garage than the road. If you can bring along someone who knows what to look for, that would be most advantageous.

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Back in 87 that bike was arguably one of the hottest bikes going. Normally that mileage wouldn't be a major concern. It can easily go another 20k miles and some riders never get that many in 10 years. But the real issue would be whether those 53k were hot rodding the thing which is what a lot of owners did. But normally those riders didn't live too long either so the fact you have a survivor could mean it's owner(s) were sane about their riding. I always want one myself but was a chicken back then and got a Harley instead. No way would that go too fast to kill me. Too slow to get out of the way of a Magna yes The owner probably won't let you test ride it but ask him to run it out for you while you follow. That should tell you enough to judge from. It sorta depends on how long you plan on keeping it. Like I sad, I thought they were one cool bike.
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What are your thoughts on the issue with the carb and choke?
There are two models of buying a used motorcycle. The first is when the wear and tear is as expected for its age, but it is in full working shape, with no need for any repairs to make if roadworthy and ridable.

The other is when it "needs work". It should be bought only if the buyer is himself competent and equipped to do that work and confident the price of the vehicle more than allows for the repairs; or it is a "project piece", and the buyer was not after a vehicle but after a project to start with.
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Is it a V65 or V45? I owned a V65 many years ago. It was a pretty fast bike. There are too many bikes with less miles and in good condition to settle for this one, in my opinion. I also think fuel injected has advantages over a carb bike.
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That bike is a 1987, first year of the Super magna and that being said I believe is a V-4 Magna with 700 cc. Do not be worried about the mileage on those they run forever. They also have a cult following even now and as such one in nice running condition will bring between $2000 and $4000 depending on mileage, paint and such. I sold mine for just under $3,000



Other cool cult bikes from that same period would include the Yamaha Fazer


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