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I have to tell ya -- any Edge 700 from 2002 to 2005 will be a great single sled. Try to find something around 2000 to 3000 miles or less and you will get many seasons of riding. They hold up well, get respectable mileage and have a pretty decent ride for a 10 year old sled. Try to stay away from the 800's --- lower end problems.
I am 200lbs. and it moves my body to 100mph at a pretty good clip. I have done a couple of things to mine that improves performance, but nothing you can't do to yours for a few bucks and it is worth maybe 10 to 12 HP. The plain jane stocker runs well and they give a good ride and handle in the trails pretty dang good. Also, these sled are from yesteryear and there are several that are being sold for parts --- I have picked up several items at 25% of new and keep them for spares. Mileage -- at 4200 miles I replace the pistons just for insurance. Do they need it -- yes and no. The guy I ride with is over 8000 miles and never touches anything -- I'm not the lucky. Pistons aren't very expensive and it is pretty easy to change them out -- if they break while under power it usually gets much more expensive. Lot's of guys run 6,7,and 8 thousand miles before a change. You should be able to find something nice in the 2 to 3 thousand dollar range and that is a lot of sled for the money. If you get one PM me and I will help you set it up or you can search the sites for tips --- good luck shopping.