I have been shooping for 35 years, so my 08 with only 2980 on the odometer was a no brainer. This is my 1st running bike that was not a basket case. I bought it from the 2nd owner (65+ years old) who rode it 2839 miles in four years, but it spent most of those years under a cover in his home workshop. His four year extended warrenty ends on 8/30/12. The 1st owner (that blinged it) traded it in at 141 miles. He wanted a GSXR1000. My neighbor, who's owned 15-20 street/dirt bikes, took one look at it and said, "Dam, it brand new. You have to buy it." He trailed it the 45 miles home for me, since I had surgery on 1/27/12. All my sport bike or HD friends ask if its a 2012 FZ1. If I ever bought another bike it would be a brand new FZ1 and do this to it myself.Years back, I bought a used bike. Granted, I paid only $2K for it, and it was in extremely poor shape. Not maintained, had the crap beat out of it, dumped, repainted, etc.
Ever since that experience, i've been biased against used bikes. Unless you know the previous owner personally, you don't really know how it was ridden and/or taken care of. I rather pay the extra $$$ and know that i'm starting with a clean slate.
Not sure if you want to travel up to oregon, but there are a few new fz1's in the Portland, Bend area for between 7-8k, just an fyi. There is also a Yamaha dealer in Sublimity an hour south of Portland that usually has good deals on the fz, just an fyi.I too am looking for an 2nd gen Fz1. It seems here in Ca. the dealers are on the high side of pricing. I have researched and have decided I will not pay more than 8k O.T.D. for an 09 I usually research on Cycle Trader and Craigslist. I am going to see a dealer tomm. So we will see if they can step up and get me the deal I want.