need help in my purchase for a WR426
Posted May 11, 2003 - 06:00 PM
Posted May 13, 2003 - 06:49 PM
That's a daunting question because a raced bike could need major rebuilding. New engine or rebuilt? Check what will need replacing and subtract from the price; tires, chain and sprockets, cosmetic stuff, grips, etc. Look to see if the bars, subframe, rims and frame are straight. Look under the engine and note all dents from bottoming. Ask him if he'll help you wrench on it if it breaks. Get a good price, but first, see if you can start it.
Posted May 14, 2003 - 10:17 AM
And like the post above go over the bike with a fine tooth comb, looking specifically at the head stop where the tabs on the lower triple clamp make contact with the tab on the frame head tube, this will always tell if the bike was crashed hard because there will be impressions on the triple clamp from hard force applied to it during a crash.
Straight true wheels are a dead giveaway if the guy was a serious racer or not, worn sprockets indicate lack of attention to detail etc.
Find the clues. then buy accordingly.