WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Engines are bombproof if regularly serviced, so check the motor's been looked after.
Header pipes corrode cosmetically, but not always functionally. If they’ve been horribly neglected, the exhaust studs can be an issue.
Cam covers can oxidize and discolour if the bike is used in all weathers and not looked after.
Engine cases lose their finish if not treated with a good wipe down after winter rides.
If the seat is not properly fitted it can scuff the upper subframe rails leading to rust.
The Tokico six-pots can suffer badly if neglected in the less clement months of the year. Make sure all six pistons are working freely and check the disc carriers for corrosion too – NOS pistons are expensive.
If you get the impression there are precious few major issues, you’d be right.