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Old 04-15-2013, 05:43 PM   #16
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A bike that hasn't been ridden can have alot of unknown issues that will continue to pop up as you ride. You can do the obvious as previously stated but sitting for 7 years is scary especially if it was not prepped for storage. Scary for me but maybe a challenge for you, but budget money off the asking price in anticipation of issues.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:01 PM   #17
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Low mileage scares me with an ST that shows ANY rust in the fuel system. I knew a guy that got a real deal on a low mileage Concours that was a flood bike from New Orleans but of course the seller didn't reveal that. With a lawyer he got the shop to take the bike back but it stlll ended up costing him plus the times it quit running before he got rid of it. There are too many complicated systems on the ST that can run into money to fix and the good deal will sour in time. There is little room to install a filter before the fuel pressure regulator and besides, they pull fuel from an internal pump with integral filter. That is one that clogs if the lower tank is rusted.

ABS is good but most USA market ST's don't have it and they run up very high mileages without killing their owners on slick roads.

Take it out of here and go to ST-Owners.com
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:51 PM   #18
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As an 04 st owner with 59,000 miles I can vouch for their reliability. I had some initial warranty work done when I first got it; some ground wire recall and a weird head gasket leak. Otherwise no problems. They are like toasters- little maintenance required. If nothing is leaking or sounds funny, some mileage won't matter. I personally would go with the former bike with more miles. Anyone that lets a new bike sit needs to have their head examined! Too many questions with a bike sitting that long with rust in the tank.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:09 PM   #19
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I would take it to a shop and have it gone through, or take a good bike mechanic with you to go over the bike as closely as he can.

If I couldn't do that I would pass for the next one. I personally would buy a bike off of St-Owners.com. St 13's come up for sale occasionally there, and those bikes are meticulously cared for.
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:55 AM   #20
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a 9 year old bike with less than 2,000 miles is a red flag, particularly on a bike as complex as an ST. They are exceptionally well made but things allowed to sit for years can develop problems unless they were stored properly. I think you'd be better of with a higher milage bike that has been well maintaned. These things will do 100k+ without breaking a sweat, the differrence between 30 and 60,000 miles really isn't that significant. Take your time. the right bike will show up.
By the way, I road a Road King cross-county several times including thru the dessert southwest. I don't find the ST to be any hotter than a big air-cooled twin, in fact its no where near as hot in traffic. You will find the range, power, smoothness, and handling addictive tho.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:15 PM   #21
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Yeah, so I came across a blue 1996 BMW R1100RT with 60k miles and bought it on the spot - $3800.

It's clean and well-cared for - maintained regularly, and rides like a dream. I have never ridden a motorcycle so well-balanced and responsive.

Thanks for all the info everyone! See you out there.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:22 PM   #22
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Nice choice. I had a '96 RT, great handling bike.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:38 PM   #23
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Yeah, so I came across a blue 1996 BMW R1100RT with 60k miles and bought it on the spot - $3800.

It's clean and well-cared for - maintained regularly, and rides like a dream. I have never ridden a motorcycle so well-balanced and responsive.

Thanks for all the info everyone! See you out there.
Many years ago i got a chance to ride a 96 RT for a week end & really like it (i owned an 86 Concours at the time) It handled better than the connie but was slower. After the ride i wanted an RT , but couldn`t swing the payment. You made a good choice & we sure need pics of your find.

Oh and congrats
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:00 PM   #24
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So glad you asked!

This is all I have right now but you can get the gist:



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Old 04-16-2013, 08:20 PM   #25
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So glad you asked!

This is all I have right now but you can get the gist:



I like it enjoy the ride
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:21 PM   #26
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Nice color. You have 700 watts of alternator power to play with, you'll want to add some driving lights for sure, and convert the H4 headlight to HID.

Here's a pic of mine.


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Old 04-17-2013, 09:47 AM   #27
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Very nice bike!

I just received some bad news at my safety inspection.

I failed because of play in the rear wheel - turns out the final drive is bad.

Quoted $1627.65 for the part and about 3 hours labor.

This isn't something I can do myself at this point so my high has turned low ... ... and todays 50 mile pleasure ride is postponed indefinitely.

Anybody think it's safe to ride to the dealer 20 - 30 miles?
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:12 AM   #28
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Very nice bike!

I just received some bad news at my safety inspection.

I failed because of play in the rear wheel - turns out the final drive is bad.

Quoted $1627.65 for the part and about 3 hours labor.

This isn't something I can do myself at this point so my high has turned low ... ... and todays 50 mile pleasure ride is postponed indefinitely.

Anybody think it's safe to ride to the dealer 20 - 30 miles?
Ohhhhh ohhhh. Understatement of the day: That wasn't a very good deal.

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Old 04-17-2013, 10:22 AM   #29
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Yeah well ... I just talked the BMW dealer.

The service guy asked where the inspection was done - I said a Yamaha dealer (because of proximity).

BMW guy said he's seen BMW's fail for wheel play that normal on a BMW when the guy doing the inspection is unfamiliar with the bikes.

I'm just going to get it to the dealer and see what they say.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:23 PM   #30
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One of the 5%. Sorry to hear the news no one wants to hear.
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