What to look for
Bulletproof apart from oil drain tubes at the front of the engine which can corrode. Replacement requires removal of the cylinder head.
Corrodes from the inside, especially when left to stand with a mixture of old fuel and condensation.
Lack of maintenance leads to sliding calipers that don’t slide and pistons that don’t retract.
A mixture of stainless and mild steel which means parts of the system don’t corrode while others do, while all sections are prone to cracking.
Weak springs, same affliction as the Bandit. They’ll be very tired by now too, making them even softer.
Look out for verdigris green spades and connectors. Rusty earths and tired wiring are becoming issues too.
Diaphragms are getting to an age where they split. Worn float valve needles are common issues too.
Praised for a ‘comfortable’ nature when new, they will now be past comfort and into saggy. Given the price of OE units, aftermarket is the way to go.