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Old 09-27-2010, 03:35 PM   #1
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Looking at a used bike (R1)...helpful tips wanted!

I'm looking at a used 2008 Yamaha R1 today or tomorrow.
It has 8,000 miles on it.
I know that it has sat outside for a few months under a tarp. Rotors have surface rust on them, so it hasn't been ridden much in the last few months either.
Tires have what I've heard called "chicken stripes" on them...so I assume not ridden very hard either, but not sure.

It is 100% bone STOCK. ZERO mods of any kind.

I know to check the oil to see how clean it is, start up cold to listen to the warm up and see how she reacts cold to warm, and of course run thru the gears, check brake pads, and stuff like that.

Before anyone jumps in about how the R1 is a horrible "1st bike"...calm down. I have been riding since I was 6 years old (I'm over 30 now) and I've owned/ridden all kinds of street bikes. Everything from a classic Honda cb750, Harley Sportster, Road King, Katana, and many, many more. I haven't owned a street bike in 3 years, but I understand "respect the power".

But this is the 1st time I've ever looked at a USED bike like this. I am not very familiar with the R1 or with Yamahas in general. That's why I'm asking the question.
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Old 09-27-2010, 03:38 PM   #2
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Thats the last bike on the list IMO.
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Old 09-27-2010, 03:40 PM   #3
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Define few months?

Everything should be alright if we are only talking 5-6 months, I would drain the tank, fill it with fresh fuel, run it for a few minutes to get the oil up to temp, then change it.

Change the brake fluid, bleed the brakes, clean and lube the chain.

Check your tire pressure, and check the date codes on the tires, if the tires are old, I'd replace them.

Then ride it like you stole it.

Oh and check the title against the VIN on the frame and engine.
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Definetly check title status, matching VINs as mentioned. Then get a good look at the frame and make sure there are no dents or hairline cracks, check out the plastics for any damage, cracks, missing hardware etc. Talk to the owner and feel out why they are selling (obviously dont ride it). Just get a feel for the situation. How much are you looking at offering?
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:08 PM   #5
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It's a combo deal his bike + cash for my boat.
So I'm valuing the bike around $7,000. Does that sound fair?
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:08 PM   #6
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Thats the last bike on the list IMO.
I don't understand this reply?
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:10 PM   #7
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:13 PM   #8
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Does it run?
Are the forks rusted AT ALL?
Brake lines sound (no weather cracks etc.)?
Look under the seat and any panels you can remove to look for corrosion, damage, etc. Including wires and connections.
Battery condition.

As mentioned TITLE STATUS (it's a deal breaker for me cause I don't want to deal with the headaches... plenty of bikes for sale).
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:25 PM   #9
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Clean clear title and I already told him I'll be checking for the VIN to match.
Has been sitting for (at the MOST)...6 months. He doesn't like it - too much bike.
NO rust on the forks that I saw in the pictures. Only surface rust I saw was on the rotors. Everything else looked fine.

Just looks dusty, not ridden, but will (I think) clean up just fine.
HOw is my estimation of value - does $7,000 sound about right?
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Tires have what I've heard called "chicken stripes" on them....
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:11 PM   #11
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I would never pay 7 grand for an R1
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only if it was an 09
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