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Old 02-17-2012, 12:16 PM   #1
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Made an offer on a Piaggio Fly 150

Made an offer today on a wrecked Fly 150. Missing the front fairing, broken headlight assembly and a couple of other cosemetic things. My biggest concern is getting it past inspection.

I was pointed towards athens scooter and it looks like it will cost around $500 for cosemtic fixes.

Is it worth my time?
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:48 PM   #2
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well, how much is your time worth? I think this question only you could answer it.

Evaluate how much you want the scooter and how easy/hard it is for you to come up with time to fix it, yourself or have it done by someone else.

Now I would not buy nothing that need fixing simple because I have close to 2-3 hours free per week and I rather be riding than fixing things, maybe latter in my life fixing thing will be a better idea, but for now it isn't.

I hope this helps you a little

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Old 02-17-2012, 02:09 PM   #3
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I can make time if I need too.

I talked with the shop that is holding the bike, and they said it would take them 3-4 hours of labor. Which in my mind translates to 10-12 hours for me.

THe owner wants $900, I offered $600...
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:52 PM   #4
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Do you enjoy doing this kind of work? I enjoy wrenching, and the cosmetic stuff is far simpler than rebuilding an engine (at least for me) I like a late night with U2 playing and a project on my bike lift. It's soothing.
Don't forget to try ebay for the parts you need. I'm constantly impressed by the bits I can get there if I shop carefully
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:08 PM   #5
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I would if I had a garage and tools...

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Old 02-17-2012, 04:55 PM   #6
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If I was you, F the cosmetics. Just get it mechanically good. Just fix the major things that are necessary like the headlight. You'll get over it if it's mechanically good. Then you can have a blast with it and not cry if you dump it. Like fly off road, and scratching it carrying shit won't hurt.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:18 PM   #7
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be extremely careful buying scooters that have been crashed. I've seen more bikes with frame damage than i care to see. Might not be noticeable at first, but after you throw a crap load of money into it and it doesn't ride right... Bummed out is putting it lightly.
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:44 PM   #8
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Thanks for the replies.

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Old 02-19-2012, 02:26 PM   #9
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be extremely careful buying scooters that have been crashed. I've seen more bikes with frame damage than i care to see. Might not be noticeable at first, but after you throw a crap load of money into it and it doesn't ride right... Bummed out is putting it lightly.

Yes you may want to get the frame checked out if possible. Even a moderate accident can do serious frame damage. And newer bikes like this, part bikes aren't so cheap and easy to find, as in a frame on ebay would probably not be so cheap or easy to find.
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:28 PM   #10
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IMHO,,,,forget it.... keep looking.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:07 AM   #11
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Personally, I'd skip it if any frame damage is possible at all. You can usually spot frame damage when the front fairings are off; check for cracked or peeling paint, kinks in the steel tubing, broken welds... but subtle damage may not be so obvious.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:15 PM   #12
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Talked with the shop that is currently holding it and they feel pretty confident that the frame is straight. The only thing they mentioned is a possible tweak in the fork(s)

I havent heard back from the owner on my original offer, $600. Should I up the offer?
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:12 AM   #13
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If it tweaked the forks, it may have also tweaked the frame portion holding them.

I'd look elsewhere.
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:28 PM   #14
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The shop has a conflict of interest; they want to unload this tainted wreck... on you! Plan on there being frame damage, and unless they can prove beyond a reasonable doubt the frame is perfectly straight, I'd avoid it like a leper. It's your money, and your risk; if the frame is even slightly warped or bent, it will never be right again.

From what I've been hearing from other riders, a motorbike that has even seen a minor collision is often written off as a total loss, as frame damage may not be obvious. You say they're "pretty sure" there is no damage? I'd want to see a certified notarized letter before I even make an offer on that thing.

As for value, it's worth quite a bit; the engine alone is worth about $800 to someone who needs it.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:10 PM   #15
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All the replies have been great. I'm taking a risk and made my final offer of $700. The owner is gonna think about it and get back to me sometime tomorrow.

Worst case scenario, i figure out the bike is messed up in the coming weeks and I have to part it out. The engine is only good on other piaggio flys from what I've heard...so the market for selling that is limited. We'll see what happens.

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