True that. I love working and riding on my '97, but if I had to do it over I'd get at least a '98. Seems much easier to get parts for the '98s to '04s.Then again, if you see enough good parts and want to go through the trouble, if you can't get it running, part it out.
I thought the same thing. Seems odd to replace head gasket, stat, and radiator. Maybe trying to find out why it's overheating. Could be something more serious.Don't think I'd go that much on it. Sure, someone put some new parts on it that may, or may not, have fixed the original problem. You could spend quite a bit of money to get it running & still have an overheating problem. Its a gamble buying a non-running bike. You might win or lose. Its your money, make an offer. Something less than $500.