I figured, since this question is about the wisdom of buying an older bike, or a high mileage bike, this would be the most appropriate section of the forum. I recently helped a new rider acquire his first motorcycle. He has just passed the MSF course, and had a budget set for a bike of around $1500. He is very much into the idea of doing his own work, but is completely unfamiliar with it. Within his budget, we found two types of bikes. One is the older bike; mid seventies, honda cb's and what have you, or newer high mileage bikes. More or less, at my insistance, we decided to go with a 1996 BMW R850R for $1600 with about 100k miles on it. Known problems are: worn brake rotors, and a "hickuping" third gear, most likely because of a bent shifter fork. The hickup only occurs when really getting on it, or heavily engine braking. He knows that this is a problem that involves getting into the transmission, and fixing it. No other way. Unbelievably, there are no maintenance records (they got lost between the first and second owner), and we still went for it. I've asked my friends about the wisdom of this decision, and they are divided in two camps. One says that you are guaranteed to run into problems on a high mileage bike (more so than an old bike), and the other says that it is better to start with a more modern bike, and do what needs to be done. So what say you? what is the best bike for the budget? Would you choose an older bike with lower miles, or a newer bike with higher mileage?