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    1998 Yamaha XL1200 Potential Purchase

    I am considering purchasing a 1998 XL1200 that has been well taken care of, but has 188 hours. Its never had any work done except routine maint. It comes with a trailer also.
    Garage kept in winter, covered in the summer.
    Freshwater use only. I plan on a test drive and compression check at minimum.
    Is there anything to look out for on this year?
    Owner says it will still go 55-57 mph
    I assume it may require a top end job before long due to the high hours and age of it.
    Seller has it listed at 2000
    Assuming it checks out well, what is this ski with trailer really worth, and are parts still available to keep it going for a while?


    Thanks

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    Re: 1998 Yamaha XL1200 Potential Purchase

    Great ski, great engine, parts readily available. At minimum replace the oil lines and do the balanced return mod on the carb rack.
    And yes, thats a 55 mph machine.
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    Re: 1998 Yamaha XL1200 Potential Purchase

    Thanks for the advice. I am considering a newer 4 stroke ski now. I really like the 09 and later Yamaha FX HO

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