Originally Posted by HardWorkingDog
Walk away from that salesman! You should be able to find a clean XT225 with less than 3000 miles for less than $2000. Easily. To compare, I bought mine (a 2003 model, with 1700 miles) for $1700 in Southern California two years ago. They last pretty well, but at 50,000 miles it's VERY used. Typically, a top end will be needed at the 18,000 to 20,000 mile range.
Mine is less than 3 years old, just passed 59,000 miles and had no engine work what so ever.
My previous bike was a 2005 XT250 Serow and that passed 75,000 miles in 3.5 years, had no engine work done, before being written off in a crash.
So with proper use and regular oil changes, these bikes will do the miles.