This is a first bike purchase. Both bikes have been dropped, however the wear and tear is not that noticeable on either one. I rode both today and liked each one.
The Suzuki is not as pleasant to the eye (not as well kept but no obvious damage), but handled nicely. It is not as heavy as the Shadow which perhaps is why it was more easy to handle. It has 32,XXX miles and backfires when shut off. She is asking $1,500 with some wiggle room.
The Honda has been taken care of but upon inspection you can tell it's been dropped. It has 52,XXX miles. The left turn signal wobbles and the right rear turn signal is taped in place, both work. The Honda handled nicely as well, felt more solid than the Suzuki and left me with a more positive feeling. He is asking $1,500 OBO.
KBB & NADA shows the Savage @ $1,115 and $1,150 for Excellent, respectfully.
" " " " shows the Shadow @ $1,205 and $1,445 for Excellent, respectfully.
If I understand correctly, Suzuki's are easy to work on and this does play in as I'd like to learn how to to do minor repairs and so on.
Thank you in advance for any and all advise given.
P. S. I've heard it said that it's question of if, but when you'll drop a bike. Well, that was answered today. I dropped the Shadow while make a slow left turn, I became confused and laid it over on the left going about 5 to 10 mph. I told the seller as soon as I returned. He was more concerned for me that his bike.