just bought an 03 with 1800 miles and rode 180 miles home with no problems. I have checked with the dealer that sold the bike and spoke to the mechanic who worked on it. The register they have matched the registration and frame number, showing all recall work had been completed:
New clutch basket
Clutch modification kit
New trip switch
This was done in Feb 04 when the bike had 900 miles on it. Being an 04 you may find the work above has not needed to be done, but i would definatly check this.
If you are buying from a dealer think about the value of the "warranty" they are offering. It will be just 3 months, so unless you plan to use the bike through the winter consider this as a bargaining tool to get the price knocked down. Unless you have found a private sale beware of the inflated prices some dealers are asking at the moment. I wish you good luck in your search, i have to warn you though, i have developed a permenent smile that makes people think i am some sort of religeous convert!
Buy mine its mint condition 5k 03 mental breakdown forces sale, swap ya for another bike dont care what it is if you dont have another bike were after a cat yeah a cat will do....oh as long as its not green and silver and born in italy!
P.S. if you do wanna buy it please dont read my post TornadoTRE help
Yes just do it Andrew.
Hopefully like me, you'll get a good one & wonder what all the fuss is about(permanently crossed fingers, whilst sore, seem to work).
Would say however that if you're really keen then a split new one with warranty from a good dealer (worth hiring a van & travelling) is what i'd suggest.
Also if trawling through the forum which i reckon should become The Benelli Owners Bible you may notice that the RS versions dont seem to cop as much flak. Biased i may be but only speaking from personal experience with mine & what i've gleaned from others.
Best of luck & hope you join us.