G'day guys, just signed up to the site although I've lurked here for years. My last bike was an '01 KTM 640 Duke II and I'm very grateful for the wealth of information on these forums.
I came across a WR450F for sale in my area and went out to have a look at it today. On paper it seemed great! 2006 model with 5,300km. Loads of extras incl pro circuit exhaust, after market fenders, foot rests, bars, grips etc. All for a low $4,700.
I tend to get a bit obsessive about my bikes and as I know little about Yamaha I spent about 10hrs yesterday researching it. I went to inspect the bike ready with my questions and I wasn't entirely satisfied with the answers. For example: "have you checked the valves recently?" ... "well I had the top end rebuilt last August by a local motorcycle shop." Hmm. So that's a no, really isn't it? He claimed to have changed the oil every 500km but hesitated and was vague when I asked where exactly the oil filter is located on that model of bike. Not a good sign. Turns out the bike has been dropped and the broken plastics etc replaced but I'm a worried about damage to the frame. In the following pic it seems as though the rear fender, license plate and tail light are way off-centre compared to how the back wheel and rest of the bike is sitting. When the bike is standing upright it is the same.
I took it for a ride and it rode fine, sounded great etc.
What I'm really asking is if the possible frame damage in the above picture is a big problem, and how risky is it to buy a bike like this which has probably only had it's valves checked once or twice, and who knows how often the oil / oil filter / air filter have been changed.
I am looking for a bike to do short-distance FUN commuting with the possibility of some longer range trips, like 2000km round trip on dirt 4x4 tracks. I will be looking to purchase rims and tyres to ride as a supermoto in town, with the ability to quickly swap out for dirt when I want to.
Would this DRZ400 be a better option? http://www.gumtree.c...rego/1039941072
Thanks for your help fellas.