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Old 02-13-2013, 06:27 PM   #31
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Ha Ha. That's the guy that buddy told me about. I look just like him. That awesome. I like the lumber jack shirt.

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Old 02-13-2013, 08:15 PM   #32
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I bought a bike that got rode through a cement pond once!
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:39 PM   #33
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Great thread

Maybe you can put in the first posting all your tips and tricks and how to do them when looking for a used bike.
And when other people add their tips and tricks, you can add to the first post.
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:59 PM   #34
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All bikes need work. Some bikes need work all the time. Those are the ones to avoid. I generally look for a bike where the owner had little time to ride and decided to sell.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:46 PM   #35
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Mega miles in a short time or obvious crappy maintenance a huge
red flag..
Wow! Ellie May looks like sh••!
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:53 PM   #36
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yo jeathrow..... you gonna fix me up with that cute sister of yours?.....
Screw that...where's Granny? Ever have a gummer?
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:08 AM   #37
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Dave. Saw the ZRX in your profile. Do you know Dennis? GSXR1100
don't think so?... i'm just up the road from you.... you a dirtbiker too?.... we just started going to Crooom....

sorry to hi-jack Jeathrow.... hell, i think 'yer sister looks hawt!....
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:44 AM   #38
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Having recently purchased a used CFRx, I have been dealing with this.

Buying a used bike correctly requires skill, and I am still a little nieve. Well, I get excited easily and that screws me up too.

Anyhow, my first mistake was not reading up on the bike and motor so as to know what to look for.

The bike was clean, not raced, motor has no wierd noises. The owner claimed that the valves were good cause he checked them, and I reluctantly took his word for it. I had a feeling that the guy was not honest when we started talking suspension and the guy claimed the suspension had all been tuned for a 120lb rider. When I started talking shim stacks and such he seemed to get confused. Later when I tore in to the suspension, it was obviously still factory assembly and untouched. Liar!

When I checked the oil, it wasn't even on the dipstick.. I pointed this out to him and he was embarassed. At that point I knocked $200 off the price. Had I known how low it was it would have been $500.

To make a long story short, the motor appears to be fine on compression. The intakes are out of spec by .0005" and the exhaust are in spec, but just barely. So a new head will proabably be needed in the next year. SO there is antoher $300 I should have knocked of the price.

Basically I got lucky with this bike, but still payed more than I should have. I am only lucky because I am able to do the repairs myself when the time comes.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:46 AM   #39
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I have never gotten a bad used bike.
I know enough to be able to check them out, research trouble spots before buying, and I often buy bikes cheap so I am not out if it has a problem.

I think its easy and cheap to rebuild a motor in a motorcycle (its also a bit of fun) but even so, I never got something that was bad.
Most were totaly trouble free, some were known to be problems (very old bikes) and some were race bikes where you expect to do a lot of work if you use it much.

But I have got some steals, like a 250 mile 6 year old TW200 for $900.00, needed a battery and a carb cleanout and was like a new bike. A $1500.00 5000 mile dr650 that was trouble free, a 5000 mile 2005 Bonneville that was totaly trouble free for $5000.00 with many extra's, etc.

If it runs ok when I look at it, it can't be a bad deal unless I over pay...
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:14 AM   #40
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I have never gotten a bad used bike.
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I think its easy and cheap to rebuild a motor in a motorcycle (its also a bit of fun) but even so, I never got something that was bad.
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Easy, sure. Cheap, oh hell no. A v8 engine can be rebuilt for the same or less than most high performance thumpers, that have 1/8 the number of pistons.

But then again, I can justify buying one $325 connecting rod, but no way I could justify buying $2600 worth of connecting rods.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:18 AM   #41
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yet another problem

Another difficulty with buying used bikes is the driving factor. It seems if you drive to go look at a bike between gas and sometimes food you spend 100 dollars and kill a day or at least an afternoon. Its a bad feeling driving home empty handed and out money in your pocket.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:33 PM   #42
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Another difficulty with buying used bikes is the driving factor. It seems if you drive to go look at a bike between gas and sometimes food you spend 100 dollars and kill a day or at least an afternoon. Its a bad feeling driving home empty handed and out money in your pocket.

That was another issue I had, drove 2 hours one way.

Tip #x: Be mentally prepared to walk away, no matter what the owner says, its not the only bike out there. Listen to you gut.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:59 PM   #43
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My WRR probably WAS drownded in a mud whole. The throtel cam was packed with mud, as were both levers. The fork seles leaked. The inside of the airbox was coated with durt. Some of the wiring had been crudely repaired, and the radiator mownts are bended over.

On the plus side, after cleaning it up I've run the sheet out of it with no problems. l o l
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:17 PM   #44
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Quite generally, and more for one who dosen't even trust mechanics, "previous owner" could be considered like an insult.



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Old 02-14-2013, 02:24 PM   #45
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Screw that...where's Granny? Ever have a gummer?
You'll have to dig a little deeper to get that low...
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