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Old 11-22-2005, 04:53 PM   #1
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I need some 640 Adventure advice.

I've just put a deposit on a second hand 98' LC4 Adventure, the shop originally started out telling me that it'd done 17000k's, great right. After I put the deposit down I got a call telling me that they'd gotten it wrong and it actually had 71000k's, not so great. They were quick to tell me it had new bearings throughout the engine and had been looked after realy well but still... 71000k's?

So can the Adventure collective tell me what I can expect from a well looked after, apparently refurbed lc4 with 70000k's on it? I have a few pics and the bike's obviously in great condition but I need some other oppinions, mine's clouded by the possibility of actually owning a 640.
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Old 11-22-2005, 04:57 PM   #2
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the only guy i know here with that kinda mileage is janfromfinland... he'd be the best to respond. my bike has 25,000 on it and internally (yeah i have a look from time to time) it's clean as can be. my guess is a 71,000k bike that has been maintained and rebuilt recently would be a good bike if you don't plan on riding it every day as your transport. you could get years and years of good riding out of it as a weekend warrior.
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Old 11-22-2005, 04:58 PM   #3
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I've just put a deposit on a second hand 98' LC4 Adventure, the shop originally started out telling me that it'd done 17000k's, great right. After I put the deposit down I got a call telling me that they'd gotten it wrong and it actually had 71000k's, not so great. They were quick to tell me it had new bearings throughout the engine and had been looked after realy well but still... 71000k's?

So can the Adventure collective tell me what I can expect from a well looked after, apparently refurbed lc4 with 70000k's on it? I have a few pics and the bike's obviously in great condition but I need some other oppinions, mine's clouded by the possibility of actually owning a 640.
41 thousand miles?... Anything and everything could or could not be worn completely out. Good answer huh?
It's easy to make a bike look good... but just the chassis bearings and suspension alone could set you back well over $1000 to refurbish... and we ain't even got to the engine yet.
I'd demand a full "repair on demand" warranty in writing for a period of one year... or walk away.
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Old 11-22-2005, 06:17 PM   #4
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Aww man, don't say it, I can't take the hard answers.
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Old 11-22-2005, 06:25 PM   #5
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Aww man, don't say it, I can't take the hard answers.
To paraphrase Loaded, if the whole bike was well maintained and they can prove it... groovy.
The fact that they don't have their story straight gives me pause for concern.

What's the $$$?
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Old 11-22-2005, 06:38 PM   #6
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Mmm, there's no problems with the dealer, they're the biggest KTM dealer in OZ. The person who put the details in the sale book wrote 17 instead of 71 apparently.
The bike looks imaculate and seems to support the story that it's been well and truly looked after.

Anyway, I think I'll go for it. It's going to cost me AU$4900, about US$3600.

Here is is by the way.


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Old 11-22-2005, 06:55 PM   #7
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To paraphrase Loaded, if the whole bike was well maintained and they can prove it... groovy.
i'm a sucker for a project so i tend to get into these bikes that require work and i love doing it. if you want a good reliable bike that you can ride without the fear of unanounced breakdown... maybe you're better going to the next bike.

shit... the bearings in my bike aren't worn, but i've got a big riding season coming so i have replaced every single bearing on the chassis. it makes me feel better
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Old 11-22-2005, 07:06 PM   #8
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Looks nice enough to hit 'em for a future issues warranty of some sort... that or a knock off the asking price.
If you are mechancally inclined and like dickin' around with bikes as much as you do riding... it's not such a bad deal.

Pretty cool bike actually... but I'd hit 'em for some concessions before rolling over.
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Old 11-22-2005, 07:25 PM   #9
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I'm fine with fixing things but on the other hand no one goes looking for something that's going to break, Loadedagain excluded apparently.
I called the dealer and laid out my concerns and he just said that it's a good bike and that they wouldn't have taken it with that many k's if it wasn't. He also said that if anything did happen to go wrong they'd help all the way.

I'm going to stop worrying about what could go wrong and just be happy that in a week or two I'll have a shiny orange 640.
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Old 11-22-2005, 07:34 PM   #10
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I'm fine with fixing things but on the other hand no one goes looking for something that's going to break, Loadedagain excluded apparently.
Loaded does have a facination with broken shit.

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He also said that if anything did happen to go wrong they'd help all the way.
Humor me... have 'em put that in writing.
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Old 11-22-2005, 07:51 PM   #11
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That bike is in Victoria??
Been on the market for some time??

Does look good but . . . . .

I concur with Creeper. You agreed on the bike for a price and k's.
Ask for a warranty for 12 months ???

I know of a 2003 silver adventure for sale in Sydney for $7500 with 5000's

Few marks on the tank ect

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Looks nice enough to hit 'em for a future issues warranty of some sort... that or a knock off the asking price.
If you are mechancally inclined and like dickin' around with bikes as much as you do riding... it's not such a bad deal.

Pretty cool bike actually... but I'd hit 'em for some concessions before rolling over.
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Old 11-22-2005, 07:58 PM   #12
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Loadedagain excluded apparently.
i just like fixin stuff... call me a freak show (everybody else does).

ps... here's mine before i started cleaning and stripping it to do the bearings... yes. i mean before

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Old 11-22-2005, 08:11 PM   #13
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Strewth

The chain could do with some adjustment . . . . . . .

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i just like fixin stuff... call me a freak show (everybody else does).

ps... here's mine before i started cleaning and stripping it to do the bearings... yes. i mean before

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Old 11-22-2005, 08:14 PM   #14
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she cleans up nicely though...

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Old 11-22-2005, 08:36 PM   #15
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Does look good but . . . . .

I concur with Creeper and Pezz. You agreed on the bike for a price and k's.
Ask for a warranty for 12 months ??? or even 3 months.

Still 70 000 km averages out at 10 000 per year. That isn't much if you look at it that way.

IMHO, a bike with 70 k thats had regular maintainance is better than 1 with 10 k that hasn't. If its got a log book, service history, etc. and / or comes with some warranty I'd probably buy it. also 'cause the twin pipes look bitch'n, and it appears to be in great condition. If it "blows wind up ya skirt" its the bike to get.

I always look on the bright side, if something did go wrong ya have a perfect excuse for a 660cc engine rebuild.
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