Ya, the previous owner bought it new. He owned 2 other bikes so this didn't get all of his time. As a result it only had 8,500ish miles since 2005. He showed me where he dropped it while riding it off road up at Hungry Valley. Paid a little over KBB but it came with all the stuff I'd buy for it anyway and it was the only 950 for sale within 50 miles of me that I could find.
Every time I trade a bike in around 10,000 miles I know the next guy is getting a bike that is barely broken in and in great shape. I always feel a little dumb. Knowing that, I kinda began to think that buying low millage used bikes is the way to go. Especially since they come with a few thousand dollars worth of farkels.
But ya, bad luck I guess (though I suspect he knew about the water pump since the problem appeared withing 24 hours!!). I've had good luck with Craigslist bikes in the past. I bet if I sold the bike now, I'd run into the guy a year later and he'd report that the bike is perfect.
I actually feel a bit better now.
2012 KTM 990 Adventure
2014 Triumph Street Triple R