2001 VOR 503: sensible choice?
Posted May 27, 2004 - 08:44 AM
I can buy a 2001 VOR 503 enduro cheap. I think the main reason it's much cheaper than KTM, Honda and Yamaha is their reputation as time bombs.
How much of this is true for the 2001 model? What do I need to check to avoid a lemon? Do they have an oil pump to improve durability?
Posted May 27, 2004 - 11:37 AM
I have had a 2000 503MX for about two years w/o any real issues. It was a demo bike at a dealer that I assume was abused by all.
If the model you are looking at is different, someone here will let you know.
They do require strict maintaining like any race bike, but if you don't do proper maint, anything could be a time bomb.
I think the bike you are looking at may be so cheap because like most true exotics, the resale is poor. Most people are scared to work on them and think exotic means always breaking down and hard to find parts.
My VOR has been very reliable as most here will agree with thier's.
The parts thing was a concern in the past, but with Frontline taking over, I think the parts problems are/ will be solved. I have not need to many parts, but have been able to get them with no problem from Motoexotica. (A sponser of TT) They seem to have a lot of parts in stock.
Hope you get the answers you need, they are great bikes.
Too much bike for me, but I am getting used to it.
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Posted May 29, 2004 - 10:14 AM
I had a quick look yesterday, and a couple of things struck my eye:
- The paint was cracked in a number of places, among which the main frame bar near the steering head. Does this mean the metal has been 'working' or is this normal?
- The paint was bad all over the place: Does this mean the bike has seen quite a lot of abuse, or is it just the low quality paint used.
Posted May 29, 2004 - 10:36 AM
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Posted May 30, 2004 - 04:09 AM
That confirms it as a 2000; that part of the frame is pretty ugly (paint off, paint cracked, discolored).
The rear cradle (the part of the frame your boots rub against when you ride) on the 2001s are nickel plated. The 2000s were painted.
Did the 2000's have teething problems I should know about? Browsing this forum I read something about X-cams or X-rockers...