you mentioned being concerned over the lack of odometer. well, that's an issue, but at the age of the bike, the mileage on it really isn't an issue for parts to wear out.
gotta remember, an 85 is 30 yrs old... yea, they built the VN700/750 for 21 years and very little changed so parts are fairly avail (with exceptions of a few), but its gonna be like buying a 30 yr old car. don't matter how many times the tires have rotated (miles), its likely gonna have issues of some sort.
NOW, don't take my 'negative nancy' posting as a scare away, that would be a pretty good deal for it, providing it hasn't been heavily modified in some way (missing odometer leads me to believe its missing speedo as well, possibly the tach and temp gauge as well).
things to watch for on a used bike purchase (regardless of age): Tire AGE (check the DOT code on sidewall), does the battery charge (very important on this bike, take a voltmeter with you to check), and how old is the battery (check date code there as well). Tire age is obvious, safety! don't ride on tires over 6 yrs old. the VN's have issues with stators and regulators (charging system), and they don't like cheapo wet cell batteries (AGM batteries are more expensive, but much better for this bike)
Last edited by michiganteddybear; 07-16-2015 at 11:29 AM.