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Old 08-29-2007, 09:06 PM   #1
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Buy an 88,000 mile Busa?

I am looking at buying a 2001 Hayabusa with 88,000 highway miles, for somewhere around $4k. Clean TX title. Ridden from new to about 70,000 miles by a CHP officer who commuted 125 miles each way to work. All of the bike is very very clean for it's miles. According to the owner, no mechanical problems, maintained regularly. I figure the seller is fairly honest, as many would probably just buy a set of 10k mile gauges on ebay and sell it for $2k higher.

Am I crazy for thinking of doing this deal? I've seen lots of bikes with high miles that if cared for did very well. The Busa has enough power in reserve it doesn't need to be ridden hard to go fast. I am on the fence for getting another new Busa, and this one came so cheap I am seriously considering it.

Obviously I will do the compression check and a once over of everything. I'd count on doing full fluid changes, wheel, swingarm and head bearings, seals, maybe a shock in the next year.

Any thoughts?
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:08 PM   #2
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why bother when you can pick up one of that year with 15k miles for 1k more ish?
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:09 PM   #3
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That seems kinda high priced for the miles it has, IMO.
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:14 PM   #4
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HAVE THE COMPRESTION CHECKED OR DO IT YOUR SELF AND OTHER WISE CHECK OUT THE OVER ALL CONDITION, WORSE CASE TALK HIM DOWN, AND BUY A 1340 BIG BORE KIT AND REBUILD , THEN YOU HAVE A NEW MOTOR WITH MORE POWER!
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:19 PM   #5
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I'd talk him down. He got his use out of his investment.
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:25 PM   #6
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thumbsdown on this one.
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:48 PM   #7
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unless it has maintenance records I'd resist, its not a good enough deal...
who knows what kind of shape stuff is in, beyond the motor...
like forks, brake calipers, rotor thickness, etc... all sorts of little things that can start to go wrong and make that an expensive proposition.
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You can find 99-2000 busas for as cheap as $5k, average is $6k.....I would definetly pay $6k for one with $15k miles....

Right off the bat you can prepare for $1500 worth in a engine/tranny rebuild(doing it yourself), not to mention everything is gonna be wore out on it...

Forks, steering head bearings, swing arm bearings, etc........

I would skip eating out a few lunches a week and save up the $2k extra to buy a low mileage one. I would stick to 30k miles and less.

I am quite the advocate of high mileage busas but....I would have to see, inspect and ride that one for me to dump $4k in a 88k bike.
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Old 08-29-2007, 11:22 PM   #9
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i would think twice about buying anything with that many miles, nevermind a sportbike
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:13 AM   #10
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my 2000 suzuki vitara has 215,000 miles on it and is running like a champ (knock on wood) and my suzuki GSXR 750 has 24,000 miles on it and runs strong.

suzuki knows how to screw their together if you know what I mean.
but yeah 88k on a sport bike... if it was my bike and nothing was breaking, I'd keep riding it, but I don't think I'd buy it.
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wow alot of miles and alot of money
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:12 AM   #12
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I'd talk him down. He got his use out of his investment.
I agree I thinK he is aking a bit much! I would,nt pay more than 2k for it if even that! he got more than his moneys worth out of it!
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:12 AM   #13
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Against most folks advice, I bought it for $3800 tonight, so far have a $100 deposit on it. Seriously, it ran as well as my 2002 did when I got it new. Idled it down to 400 rpm and smooth as butter, no oil light. It's obvious it has been taken care of. Has every stock sticker, blinker, grips...all like new. Only one small 2 by 4 inch scrape on the tailsection and a rusty spot on one bar end. No rust anywhere else, no UV damage. Only mod is 4/1 pipe (fairly quiet!!), and cut rear plastic under the tail. Has been garaged since new. Back shock good, swingarm tight, front forks were a little bit sticky, but have never been rebuilt. The bike is in surprisingly great shape. Hard to believe the miles. Hopefully it will get me through this, my second dose of Hayabusa envy, without too much trouble.

Worst care, a frame on Ebay goes for about $1800 with a clean title so I can part it and not take too big of a loss. I hope it doesn't come to that.

i do the compression check tomorrow. If good, then I'll take it home!
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:19 AM   #14
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Well im impressed that it mad it to 88,000 miles suzuki makes good bikes hands down! good luck with it worst case just replace motor!
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:21 AM   #15
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Oh yeah, it turns out it "only" has 80,500 miles.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:24 AM   #16
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post pics when you can id like to show to some freinds that its proof that if you take care of your bike it will last along time!
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no reason that bike won't go another 100k miles - have fun with that power.
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Miles are not the biggest indication of wear and tear....I would rather have an older well maintained bike w lots o miles then an older bike with low miles and no maintenance and poor storage.
That being said make sure it is running nice, do a compression test, and make sure to get it for cheap. I know that Motorcycles Unlimited will give it a lookover for free...
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You can find 99-2000 busas for as cheap as $5k, average is $6k.....I would definetly pay $6k for one with $15k miles....

Right off the bat you can prepare for $1500 worth in a engine/tranny rebuild(doing it yourself), not to mention everything is gonna be wore out on it...

Forks, steering head bearings, swing arm bearings, etc........

I would skip eating out a few lunches a week and save up the $2k extra to buy a low mileage one. I would stick to 30k miles and less.

I am quite the advocate of high mileage busas but....I would have to see, inspect and ride that one for me to dump $4k in a 88k bike.

Good advice right there!
As stated, it's not just the engine, it's the peripherals I'd be concerned about.
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