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Old 10-07-2013, 01:37 PM   #1
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Buying A Lemon Bike

Would you buy a bike that was declared a lemon due to engine problems? The manufacturer has replaced the engine after the original owner got their money back and there is still over 2 years warranty on the bike.
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Old 10-07-2013, 01:41 PM   #2
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Yes, I would buy it if it test rode out nice, and it was significantly discounted, I would absolutely buy it
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Old 10-07-2013, 01:52 PM   #3
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Yes there is a significant discount and the original bike has only 2000 miles on it. The new motor has probably less than a 100 miles and they will definitely let me test ride it.
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Old 10-07-2013, 03:25 PM   #4
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If the title is branded then you expect more discount. You will have a hard time selling it so plan on keeping it.

If not branded title then go for it. Check all the mounting bolts though.

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Old 10-07-2013, 03:29 PM   #5
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Will the lemon law still apply if you buy it and disaster follows?
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Old 10-07-2013, 03:33 PM   #6
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I bought an ST1100 with a "Rebuilt Salvage" title. Significant discount, knew I would have it long enough that resale value would not be an issue. Was one of the best bikes I've owned. I wouldn't hesitate on the bike the OP describes if the deal is right.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:29 PM   #7
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Having owned a lemon, nope. I wouldn't touch it with a 39 and a half foot pole. The manufacturer kept making the same repair. The repair didn't work. I can't imagine the manufacturer did anything different before selling it to the next victim. The problem with lemons is not that the bike is possessed or anything. The problem is that the manufacturer won't/can't fix the true problem. Just my take.
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:40 AM   #8
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Just out of interest, what is said lemon.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:03 AM   #9
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Lemons= lemonade!

Lemonade is water,lemons & a little sugar= CHEEP(bike challenge)!

If the price is right...
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:33 AM   #10
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just out of interest, what is said lemon.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:44 AM   #11
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:51 AM   #12
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Bought one of these and the pesky thing blew 3 motors while still on the stock tires. Paid $10K sold it for $2.5K in a box. Feel like I got ripped off. Bike almost killed me and was inconvenient every time it left me stranded.

Now I don't need to be the trendsetter.

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Old 10-08-2013, 08:16 AM   #13
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If the warranty was tyre to tyre and the work orders were in order, then probably yes, given the appropriate discount. I'd want to see that the work made sense, that the diagnostics were fully documented, and that the dealer was going to stand behind it.

Otherwise, no.

If it's the crank position sender, no way even with a new motor.
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:02 AM   #14
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If the warranty was tyre to tyre and the work orders were in order, then probably yes, given the appropriate discount. I'd want to see that the work made sense, that the diagnostics were fully documented, and that the dealer was going to stand behind it.

Otherwise, no.

If it's the crank position sender, no way even with a new motor.
Why would the crank position sender make such a difference? Can't it just be changed out?
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:53 AM   #15
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My understanding of that particular problem is that some of the housings were mis-threaded, so the sensors get replaced and ground off again in short order. Hence the demand to see the full diagnostics on the failure that led to the lemoning of the bike. If it's a known defect with a known path to resolution, that's one thing. Heck, even if it's a bunch of dumb stuff that the dealer just got sick of listening to, I'd not be too bothered. But if it's a known defect that has no known resolution, or the resolution is known to suck, too, then run run away!!!
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