Thought I would share my experiences with buying a 1990 model bike with 65k kms and owning it for 18 months and 25k kms. So, the GTR has a reputation for anvil-like reliability, and it has certainly had that. It's stopped on me twice, both times due to a new, too restrictive fuel filter. It restarted after 5 mins. But I digress. What have I had to replace during that time I hear you ask? Well, I'll break it down for you. I will list normal wear items and things that have broken seperately. Normal wear: Front pads. One tyre each front and rear. Clutch friction discs ( I believe this bike used to tow a trailer, would explain the abnormal wear). Five oil filters. 20 litres of oil. 6 litres of coolant. 1 Litre brake fluid. 1 Air filter. 1 battery. 300ml 80/90wt gear oil. 4 spark plugs. One pair front wheel bearings. Steering stem bearings. Replacement parts: Clutch star spring. Speedo cable. Mufflers(rust). Reupholstered seat. Thermostat. Radiator cap. Generator chain( didn't really need replacing, but it rattled some). The reason I have posted this up is to show that if you select the type of used bike you buy carefully (as in teh bike's reputation for reliability, long model run etc) you don't end up spending thousands on parts at all, contrary to the hype spewed forth by many. Even though I do my own work, there is nothing on that list that would have cost you a lot of money to have replaced by a mechanic, and the normal wear items would go on any bike new or old. Even though the GTR is a reliable, solid bike, many bikes of this age are similar and will give similar results, if in reasonable condition to start with. Regards, Andrew.