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I agree with Apollo-- buy the bike which makes your heart and wallet happy. These are beautiful once in a lifetime bikes and the prices are getting to be within reach of more gear-heads. Unfortunately the price to repair or service, the reputation of part failure, and the dwindling number of certified D16 repair shops does put a damper on the "stretch- to- buy enthusiast parting with what is still a good amount of money.

Number #3 rings looks like it hits the mark of what you seem to be looking for in a D16----if you want a rider/collector. It has a few nice factory bits on it you cannot find anymore like the double bubble. It also has a high production number which should indicate that the motor has the latest parts as an outcome of the early teething problem fixes-- but even this is not guaranteed even though it has had its service recalls.

If you are concerned about retaining the $42K you may be able to buy it for- that is possible -but none of us have a crystal ball. I think the majority of D16's for sale in the future will hover around the same condition/miles- some better-some worse.

If you are hoping that in the future it will bring much more money then you paid for- then I feel it has too many miles on it for a future high dollar collector who seem to gravitate to bike having under 100 miles. These bikes are currently bringing good money while the bikes with miles are selling in the mid $40'sK with unsold bikes asking in the $50K range. The low mileage bikes do come up from time to time and because of the number built, will be available for that high dollar collector in the future. Judging from the few non mile bike I have seen sold - these low mileage bike are already finding their way into smart collectors fleet. Feels like many of the investment buyers have bailed out so true collectors or died in the wool gear-heads are the market.

The most repeated advice is- buy for the love of the machine- not for investment, and I think that holds true in this case. Enjoy it and be surprised if the value goes up.
 

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Marty-- Nice bike- good price- you are going to have some fun.

I am not sure Keyboard will go door to door that far West anymore. I think they now only go to a few major cities. I have used them four times so far- they are great.
 
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