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Good deal? Bad deal?

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Old 04-26-2012   #1
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Hi all,

New to this forum and looking to buy my first motorcycle. I've been looking for something to drive about 10 blocks to class in south dakota. I know there isn't a long riding season but I've come across a 1978 Hondamatic Hawk 400. It looks to be in excellent condition and the seller says it starts right up and runs great. There are no cosmetic issues except for a minor dent in the tank. I haven't seen it in person but it seems to be a decent deal. I offered the guy 500 cash but he didn't post the mileage or anything else really than what I've already stated. From what I've posted, does that sound like a good deal? How many miles is too many miles just in case he ends up telling me a rather high number? I'm very well versed in the car world but am new to motorcycles. Does it have the potential to be a maintenance nightmare? Are there anythings I should test or look for when I see it in person? Any advice would be appreciated. Honestly, for 500 bucks I don't really know if I can go that wrong but hit me up with your opinions anyway. Thanks in advance for the response.

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I would inquire about the charging system. This is a problem that is easily disguised and the new owner discovers after riding it for some time. A lot of shysters will set the idle high or leave the choke partially on to hide idle circuit issues. This applies pretty much to all carburated bikes.
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