Buying a used bike
I've been doing the rounds in the classifieds and there are quite a few Yamaha bikes out there, including my top choice, the XT225. I have a few questions about buying a used bike, and about the bikes that are currently up for grabs:
1) How does the title-thing work? I've never transferred a title before--what does it entail? Is there anything I need to look out for with titles?
2) I'm thinking I should get the bike looked over by a professional before I buy one, since I wouldn't be able to spot things that need fixing. Should I bring it to a Yamaha dealer, or would a private shop be better? Anything mechanical that I should really look out for?
3) The bikes: There's an 1996 XT225 with 3600 pavement miles on it, stored inside and well-maintained, for sale for $1600!! Seems like a good deal to me...any thoughts? Also a
4)There are other Yamaha's that I don't know about for sale, such as a 1978 400cc dualsport for just $950, and 1984 XT250 (similar to a XT225, no?) with "only" 9000 miles one it for sale for $900. Are any of these deals that I should really be jumping on? What's a good milage/year to buy? Difference between a XT225 and XT250?
I am planning on taking the bike a long way, Colorado to Argentina and back, if that makes a difference. Sorry for all the detailed questions, and thanks for any help!