'96 YZ 250 - What are your thoughts?
Posted January 02, 2009 - 09:45 PM
I'm shopping for a KX or YZ 250 and came across this bike. Is seems high in price for a '96 even though is looks to be in good shape.
What are your thoughts on the '96 model and the modifications of this bike?
Any input would be appreciated.
Thanks for your help.
96 YZ250 (Green sticker reg - 2010) "N-Style" Hot Wheels Graphics with gripper seat cover, New Top End, 2002 YZF suspension,Forks just serviced with new seals,Maxis tires,new sprockets and RK gold chain ,black plastics,fmf header/Gold series with power core 2 silencer,etc. Too fast!!! original plastics and exaust included. $2000.
Posted January 03, 2009 - 07:40 AM
unless he redid the crank, top end, chassis bearings, new brakes, chains and sprockets, i'd say no way even close to that price.
those are all the things u will probably have to do if u get the bike. by that time u will have another 1000 into it and could of bought a
06 or newer yz.
Posted January 03, 2009 - 07:52 AM
For some reason the second pic makes it look like an alum frame tho?? 1st pic looks older.
Also who knows what kinda shape it is in really? Cosmetically it looks fine but 12 years is a long time for wear and tear to invest in something like that.
Posted January 03, 2009 - 08:28 AM
However, check out his driveway. He appears to have two older cars in good shape. This COULD be someone who just takes care of his stuff and sells it for top dollar. I would offer 12-1500.00. At 2k it better come with brand new tires, chain, sprockets, and receipts.
PS....As you'll notice looking through the page. A used motorcycle has never been sold that did not get "JUST REBUILT". LOL
Posted January 03, 2009 - 08:30 AM
Like 800screws said, this one is worth about $1000 - $1200, only because it seems you won't have to do much to it.
96 YZ250 (Green sticker reg - 2010) "N-Style" Hot Wheels Graphics with gripper seat cover, New Top End, 2002 YZF suspension, forks just serviced with new seals, Maxis tires, new sprockets and RK gold chain, black plastics, fmf header/Gold series with power core 2 silencer, etc. Too fast!!! original plastics and exaust included. $2000.
I've seem similar bikes sell for $750 - $950.
And like R1der said, the bike is 12 years old. These days, you can get a lot of bike for $2000.
The seller is just fishing.
Give him your number, walk away, and he'll be calling you once a week with a new, lower price.
I would be a little concerned about the "2002 YZF suspension". There were lots of little changes done to the suspension (especially the rear) between 1996 and 2002, so unless the new parts were dialed-in for the bike (springs and valving) you could be asking for trouble.
(That could be why he says the bike seems, "Too fast"!)
Good luck, and keep us updated!
Posted January 03, 2009 - 08:39 AM
Posted January 03, 2009 - 06:02 PM
Although it is a very strong engine, he is asking way too much for the bike.
(It funny because he is selling the bike because it is too fast / strong for him. I mentioned a flywheel weight to soften the power curve)
He said he paid $2400 here in CA and has put another $500 into it. Except for the upgraded graphics and front end it was not in the shape I was expecting for the price. Plus he was very "firm" on the price. So I'm still looking.
Thanks for the help though.
I'm looking at another YZ 250 and will post it here in a few minutes.
Posted January 04, 2009 - 07:54 AM
I went and gave it a look and test ride.
...Except for the upgraded graphics and front end it was not in the shape I was expecting for the price. Plus he was very "firm" on the price. So I'm still looking.
There were lots of (very worthwhile) brake and suspension advances done on the 1998 YZs, and the 1999 250's received a class-leading motor (basically the same motor as used in the current bikes).
So keep that in mind when considering the 'value' of bikes you see.