Posted July 11, 2002 - 02:26 PM
As with anything check the oil, air filter, state of cleanliness, etc.. If either are dirty then avoid it because if they didn't to the maintenance to sell it then they definitely didn't do it while they were riding it. Do a compression test if you can, make sure it doesn't smoke at all. For the older YZF's (pre-01) let it idle and be sure there is no clunking. Also see if the clutch is grabby when you test ride it. Be sure it idles smoothly (these things DO idle well) and make sure the gears all shift smoothly and it doesn't slip out of any gears. Look for things like stripped bolts, bolts that look like they don't belong, repairs that don't look proper (things taped together, excessive use of silicone sealant or gasget sealant, etc..), banged up or smashed radiators, etc... Make sure there are no dings in the foks and that they don't bind. If the forks are leaky you can probably see it, but look closely at the shock to see if it's leaky (you probably won't notice the shock unless you make a point to look). Does anything squeak or bind when you bounce on the seat (neglected shock linkage can squeak or bind). Wiggle the wheels and swingarm side to side, is there any play (play means worn out bearings). Things of this type. I'm sure some other people will chime in with more advice.