Gonna TRY to purchase yzf again!
Posted February 25, 2002 - 09:27 AM
Posted February 25, 2002 - 03:24 PM
I alway's ask lots of questions of type of riding, maintenance, look at overall condition of the bike and do a test ride. I know this isn't a great indicator, but I tend to look around at the sellers place, like conditon of other vehicles or bikes is sometimes a good indicator of how well he/she takes care of equipment..........TW
Posted February 25, 2002 - 04:12 PM
TW is correct. Just because the bike being sold is clean (and you know it will be because its being sold) a quick look at his garage, his other bikes, and his auto's will tell you alot more than he might be able to.
If the pipe is very blue and the paint is worn off the frame by footpegs, it doesn't mean the bike has alot of riding time on it. My pipe went blue on the first ride, and within 3 rides the frame paint had worn through a bunch on both sides.
If you buy the bike, post, and let us know how you like it.
It is really a good price for the bike.
Posted February 25, 2002 - 04:19 PM
Posted February 25, 2002 - 09:13 PM
Posted February 26, 2002 - 06:05 AM
If you're heavy (say 190lbs+), the 400/426 is a better choice.
The airfilter is a great indicator of abuse. remove it and see if there's grease around the lip of the filter. Look at the kickstarter. Does it have a huge groove in the lever from the peg when starting? If so, they probably had starting problems at some point or it has a lot of miles on it. Look at the mudflap-if it's torn up the bike has miles on it.
I would strongly encourage you to bring a dirtbiking friend that has owned many bikes in the past.
Posted February 27, 2002 - 04:10 AM
1. Front End:
Visual: check plastic fasteners for the front frnder (Any white markings in the plastic automatically generates the how many times this bike been crashed question) (1 Minute)
Look at the front forks carefully for dents and dings, slide a credit card or feeler gauge under the lip of the sweepers( Folks hide blown seals with a clean-up, but lifting the sweeper seals will allow oil to come out if the seals are blown. (2 Minutes)
Get the bike up on a stand and spin the front tire, look for dents and a bent rim. take a spoke wrench or a screw driver and tap about every third spoke or so looking for loose spokes. Listen for the sound of dirt caught in the bearings. Visually inspect the front caliper and brake pads for leaks or rust. Move the steering head side to side and listen for grinding, sticking or clicking. Check the bars and levers for signs of abuse. Check the clutch for ease of use and lubrication, same for the throttle tube. (5 Minutes)
Move to the front of the frame and look for signs of over stress (Paint cracking around welds or dents in the lower portion of the frame). Paint rubbed off without obvious damage is OK. Check all weld points to ensure that there are no broken welds. (2 Minutes)
3. Rear Wheel
Same as the front but also check for abnormal wear to the Sproket Bolts(Look for wallowed bolt holes or damage to bolts from being ridden loose) Check the drive chain for excessive side wear. a badly worn clip on the master link indicates problems with the alignment which causes premature wear out of not only the chain but the sprokets as well. Look at the rear fender and the subframe as well for signs of damage. (2 Minutes)
Check the area around the countershaft spocket for signs of oil leaking (Sign that the chain has been run too tight). Look for other obvious signs of damage and oil leaks. Remove the seat and check the airbox (good maintenance dictates that this area should be spotless to guard against FOD. (5 Minutes)
****NOTE***** If at any time you feel like the owner seems to be drawing you into a conversation unrelated to what you are looking at, LOOK CLOSER. I have had people start pacing or walk away, or start talking to a partner just out of ear shot....There are all signs that you should use caution.
NEVER BUY A BIKE THAT YOU CAN'T TEST RIDE FIRST.... I've heard all the excuses..."My Neighbors will call the Cops" "The Pipe is too loud" so on and so fourth.
When you do ride it....Take your time....This is an investment of YOUR MONEY. Check every system, listen to the engine for excessive or unusual noise. (It's a great Idea to first ride a friends bike that you know is in good condition so that you have a reference point to work from)
Dont pay top dollar for a bike that you have to repair to ride....
Posted February 27, 2002 - 05:45 AM
Posted February 27, 2002 - 09:46 AM
I'd better stop I'm starting to sound like GA426OWNER......
Posted February 27, 2002 - 10:42 PM
Posted February 27, 2002 - 02:51 PM
( Have been looking for a good used Toyota 4x4 pick-up for the past 2 months and by adopting a laid-back attitude have seen pricing vary by 5000.00 for same condition / year of truck ! )