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Old 05-22-2012, 12:17 PM   #1
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Just wondering what to watch for when purchasing. Like oil leaks and so forth. I found a 1978 yamaha sr500 that looks to be in great shape but want to know what exactly to look for and if there will be any probs down the road.
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:19 PM   #2
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2nd gear.
That era Yamaha had sensitive transmissions. If you were too rough with 1st to 2nd shifts too often it would chew up the engagement dogs and 2nd would start to slip.
Proper clutch adjustment is important.
Other than that the SR500's were pretty solid bikes that wheelie real well.
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I wouldnt mind buying/building an 70's KZ1000.... I probably wont ever get to though...

That or maybe a early 70s Norton Commando 850 but... the british bikes are to keep going and expensive to get parts for.
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I hope to one day restore some 70 Yamaha. Are there year/models to avoid?
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:19 PM   #5
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Thanks! The bike has been kept up with from what the owner says. Ill ask about the gears grinding. I know there is lots of parts out there but dont want to dump to much money into it.
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classic bikes and not spending money, do not go together.
there are several I would like to have, but they are all money pits... my new ones are money pits.
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I hope to one day restore some 70 Yamaha. Are there year/models to avoid?
I can't think of one in particular that you should avoid but I can recommend an XS650.
Fairly common, good solid motor, strong tranny and a pretty large aftermarket. One of the few bikes that is slowly appreciating in value.
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I guess thats a big concern, if classic bikes are money pits? I guess they are like classic cars. Some are in great shape and some have rust all over. I want a bike that runs strong and I dont have to worry about breaking down.
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classic bikes and not spending money, do not go together.
there are several I would like to have, but they are all money pits... my new ones are money pits.
+1 to that.. 2500 dollars later after an initial 1500 and I'm still some oil, NOT THAT IT ISN'T FUN TO DRIVE, but oil on your boot anytime the engine jumps up above 4.5K RPM gets tiresome.
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Id kill to have my '81 XS 650 back.....just waiting for a friend to decide she wants to sell her '82 and then ill pick it up.

Hoping to come back to Texas this summer with an Kawi KZ750 H2.....mmmmm two stroke triple....
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I like SR500's and of course the SRX. Either would be cool. Plus on the 650 as well.

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Hoping to come back to Texas this summer with an Kawi KZ750 H2.....mmmmm two stroke triple....
750 H2 would be a blast.... Those are some NASTY little FK'Ride Smart... Id put a steering dampner on that lil before I even rode it.

Looking to buy a classic bike.

kawasaki 750 h2 scyqwmx
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750 H2 would be a blast.... Those are some NASTY little FK'Ride Smart... Id put a steering dampner on that lil before I even rode it.

Looking to buy a classic bike.

kawasaki 750 h2 scyqwmx
Yeah, they are fun and hella fast for their time. It was an ex-gf's grandfathers bike, not sure if they still have it or not but if they do, im going to try and buy it off em. They got no use for it, and I want to restore it.....
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I just love '80s bikes. Those were the haydays of Japanese bike coolness. A lot of very classic bikes came out of that era and lasted for decades - Yamaha gave birth the the V-Max and Virago, Suzuki had the Intruder and Savage. Many of these were still in production up until a few yrs ago, when the Great Recession killed them off. Amazingly, the Savage is still in production - virtually unchanged - today. Few other mainstream mfrs can lay claim to continuous production of the same design - unaltered - for 26yrs straight.

If I have to take a pick though, it would be the Suzuki VX800. Similar to the SRX, it has loads of character, something that bikes typically lack. Old enough to be classic, but new enough that I could probably find a well-preserved example that won't suck my wallet too hard.

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