"Age and rust" on a '97 with just 1,800 miles ??? Is that what Kansas humidity can do? My old '93 with 11K has hardly any rust. But then the "high desert" climate in Idaho with almost no humidity is kind to my bike and I keep it in the garage in the winter. Can't say though how the previous owner(s) treated it. It does have signs that it may have spent some time stored outdoors.