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2005 ABS asking $5K?

I found a 2005 ABS with 17K miles on it. The seller says he has a fairing that is cracked in 2 places where he over tightened the bolts and that it has never been dropped. He has a lot of recent maintenance done on it (tires, battery, coolant, oil) and has been forthcoming with the pictures of the bike. It has a Two Bros exhaust with a Power Commander.

From the research I have done this is a Gen I and the main concerns are it being a "ticker" and heat management isn't the greatest. Price is negotiable and he lives about an hour from me so just running out and looking at it isn't a realistic option. Does this sound like a worthy deal? Should I let it pass until something newer comes along? I have been riding for over a decade so I know my way around a bike but I also want my first FJR to be one that I will keep in the stable for some years to come so educate me with your FJR experiences please.
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I have only owned one FJR, my current '14ES. I don't know that I would go Gen 1 without having it at or below the $3k mark. There are too many newer bikes at the $8k-$10k range to go backward. That being said, others may be able to speak from experience regarding great deals on Gen 1s. There are plenty of price books online, akin to KBB, which can give you an expected range by year, condition, and mileage. After that, most guys seem to have a preference for certain years over others based on improvements, etc. My advice, if you want to hold onto it for a number of years, increase your price point and get something newer. I think it is worth it. For whatever that's worth.
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I just hit kbb, and suggested retail value in my sip code in excellent condition is $5.5k...so what do I know?? And I also don't know if the market is really supporting that, but that's what the book says.
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I think for not much more you could get a 2006 or newer with reasonable mileage.

As mentioned elsewhere, aftermarket is dropping off for the 1st gen bikes.. something to consider if you plan on farkling. (Who doesn't?? )

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As mentioned elsewhere, aftermarket is dropping off for the 1st gen bikes.. something to consider if you plan on farkling. (Who doesn't?? )
That's a good point I didn't think about (which is shocking considering all the farkling I did to the VFR).
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IMO, I'd keep looking. Tons of GEN II FJR's out there. I paid less than $5K for my 2008 last year. It did take a while to find the deal though.
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Bike prices vary some depending on where in the country you are, so while I would think that 5k is top money for an '05 it might not be unreasonable for a low mileage in top condition.

I wonder why it has an after-market exhaust at only 17000 miles, and my '05 is smooth, with excellent throttle response, and has never needed anything like a Power Commander. I think some folk buy stuff because they think it sounds like a good idea.

There is little worry of it being a "ticker". As far as I can recall, most of those were prior to '05.

The '05 had some decent upgrades over the '01-'04 models ('01 and '02 were not marketed in the US), and would rightly be considered a Gen 1.5.

However, I'm pretty sure you would be able to find a good Gen 2 for around that price, but an '05 with low miles will give you years of satisfaction just as it is.

After all, it remains the purest FJR, in the fastest color
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I am not sure why there is a Power Commander on it either but my intentions (if I do buy this bike) is to get rid of it. I don't like piggy backs as they usually make things worse unless it was installed and tuned at a dyno shop. I don't want a race bike. I want a sport touring bike.
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I bought my 2004 in November in Buffalo, NY.
I was watching the market for them in my area for about a year before,
and ever since. I was looking in that price range.
Since then I have never seen more than 2 or 3 FJR's at a time for sale on my local Craigslist.
I search a Tri-State area (New York, Ohio & Pennsylvania)

I just did the same thing in your local craigslist.
Be sure to type in "FJR 1300" & "FJR1300"
(note the space between the FJR and the 1300)

I found (2) 2007's and (1) 2004 under "FJR1300"
I found (1) 2005 under "FJR 1300" and that was the one you are looking at, I believe.
https://albuquerque.craigslist.org/mcy/6044664112.html

Some have higher milage, one has mismatched bags, and one doesn't have the milage listed.
The asking price seems consistent with your area.
Blue Book on yours at KBB is $5,510.
Walking away at less than KBB or $5,000 would be sweet.

All the recent service will save you money:
"Fork seals redone very recently. Coolant change and oil change recent. Dunlop roadsmarts tires are fairly new. Also replaced battery about a month ago."

People in your area ride year round.
I believe that 17,000 miles is really low for that bike in your area.
I'd think they'd all have 60,000 to 100,000 on them in New Mexico.

When we buy older vehicles, condition and milage is everything.
Accessories are more of a bonus to you than the seller.
If it's in great condition except for the cracked fairing,
and you can get it for Blue Book or less, you are doing good.

That fairing is probably cracked at the mounts/tabs and out of sight.
If so you can have that repaired on the backside.
There's videos on Youtube.
I just bought a 2005 lower right fairing in Cobalt blue for $100 shipped.
Now I have to get it painted 2004 Cerulean Silver. LOL

If you ride it, I'll bet ya $20 somewhere in the first 100 feet you say,
"Holy smokes, how smooth!"
And then a few seconds later when you open the throttle a bit,
you'll forget everything everybody said here.
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I am not sure why there is a Power Commander on it
When I had my 2004 FJR, I had a Power Commander on it to help with the off idle, low throttle jerkiness, not to make it any faster. It helped with that issue but I took it off after I cleaned the throttle bodies, synced them, and adjusted the throttle cables properly. That smoothed it out plenty enough for me.

Anyway, my point being that just because it had the Power Commander on it doesn't mean it was beat on like a squid riding a sport bike.
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