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Old 04-07-2007, 08:17 PM   #1
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I have been skeptical about buying used stuff especially bikes due to them getting ridden hard. What are some things to look out for when buying a used bike? should you only go back a certain amount of years, milage, Etc.? I am just not sure that i should buy a new bike when i upgrade from my 250.
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:22 PM   #2
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hey mang, i saw in cycle trader an 03 zx10 for 3400! i dont care who you are, thats a ****en steal! 880 miles! ill pm with details if yoiu want.
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:25 PM   #3
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wait. make that a 04.
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I always buy used...just look at it very carefully before buying. If somethings seems strange it prolly is.
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mebbe so. says clean title. couldnt hurt to ask, right?
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look for evidence of prior crashes. like rashed plastic or frame. dented frame, rear tire that has seen too many burnouts. look for poor maintenance on the bike. dirty non adjusted chain and such, that will be evidence of neglect of maint.
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I have been skeptical about buying used stuff especially bikes due to them getting ridden hard. What are some things to look out for when buying a used bike? should you only go back a certain amount of years, milage, Etc.? I am just not sure that i should buy a new bike when i upgrade from my 250.
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1. If there is a connecting rod hanging from a hole in the block, its best to avoid that purchase.
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first rule fo thumb:
1. If there is a connecting rod hanging from a hole in the block, its best to avoid that purchase.

I bought a car like that once. The oil pan looked as if someone had set off a grenade in the crankcase. Of course I did have a 455 sitting around, and the car was only 500 bux...

Then I sold it all and got a bike.


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Old 04-07-2007, 09:58 PM   #10
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I have always bought used bikes and as long as you are careful and look them over well, or if your not comfortable get some one to inspect it for you, it should be in your favor. I have a 2005 R1 listed in the for sale section right now that is spotless with tons of real mods, " not just carbon fiber look at me ". It is built to be riden although it may be to big a jump from a 250. Use your better judgement on that one.
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always buy used. cars and bikes depreciate if you're looking for a investment never buy something that depreciates. buy used and let someone else take the initial hit.
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Buy a bike from a member of the board. Look for people on the board giving the bike props for being clean and well maintained. Check service history with authorized dealer. If maintained by Patrick (Motorcycles Unlimited) or Andy (metric) give em a call. And look at Patrick's cause he always has a good selection of low mileage good condition bikes for sale.
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Old 04-08-2007, 10:25 AM   #15
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I would say that MOST bikes are not ridden hard. Track day bikes, yes, they have been ridden hard. The amount of time you really get to open up one of todays sport bikes on the street is pretty insignificant.

I'm not saying that they aren't going fast on the street. I'm just saying that compared to a track day it's not riding as hard, nearly as much.

If the bike hasn't seen much track time and has been taken care of properly, miles won't be much of an issue. If it's over 20k ask about when the valves were checked last, the rest you can see.

If in doubt, bring the bike to a trusted shop and ask them to look it over. If you spend $75 to get a professionals idea of the condition of the bike I think it is money well spent.
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I would say that MOST bikes are not ridden hard. Track day bikes, yes, they have been ridden hard. The amount of time you really get to open up one of todays sport bikes on the street is pretty insignificant.

I'm not saying that they aren't going fast on the street. I'm just saying that compared to a track day it's not riding as hard, nearly as much.

If the bike hasn't seen much track time and has been taken care of properly, miles won't be much of an issue. If it's over 20k ask about when the valves were checked last, the rest you can see.

If in doubt, bring the bike to a trusted shop and ask them to look it over. If you spend $75 to get a professionals idea of the condition of the bike I think it is money well spent.


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The performance potential of sport bikes is so high that on the street no one can really thrash one.
However there is still the possibility that it was stunted but in that case it would likely show a lot of wear and tear.
Shop around, talk to the seller, get someone (pro or just a more experienced rider) to look at it, then go see Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited (he will do you right).
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Buy a bike from a member of the board. Look for people on the board giving the bike props for being clean and well maintained. Check service history with authorized dealer. If maintained by Patrick (Motorcycles Unlimited) or Andy (metric) give em a call. And look at Patrick's cause he always has a good selection of low mileage good condition bikes for sale.
Motorcycles Unlimited currently has a bad little SV 650 at the right price IMO
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Fly you dont need to upgrade off the 250 till you've had it for atleast 4months min! I dont want to hear about you turning into a puddle ;(
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Old 04-08-2007, 01:34 PM   #19
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Fly you dont need to upgrade off the 250 till you've had it for atleast 4months min! I dont want to hear about you turning into a puddle ;(
hahaha yeah i know, i was just asking. It will take me about that long to save up enough money to buy my next bike cash considering i don't want a note. may even possibly take up to 6 months to get my money right. my wife wants the 250 for herself once i upgrade
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my wife wants the 250 for herself once i upgrade
Now that sounds fair
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