|04-27-2015, 09:03 AM||#1|
Joined: Apr 2015
Location: San Francisco
Help! Buying a 1984 XT600 today, need advice!
I'm so happy to have found this forum filled with so many XT enthusiasts.
I'm super excited to finally pick up an "el cheapo" dual-sport for the great city of San Francisco. Earlier today I spent a solid 40 minutes on the phone with the seller of the XT600 - it's been in his family for as long as he can remember and it spent most of its life in a garage.
I'd love some advice on what else to look for when I inspect it tomorrow. The price is quite fair, but I'd like to know what else to consider. Stressing out a little, but want to make sure I don't get entirely boned by lack of knowledge.
Couple of problems he can think of off the top of his head include:
Anyway, I see the bike tomorrow and here's some other details. I would really, really appreciate any sort of advice or feedback when checking out this bike. I'm particularly concerned about the brakes and their feel. I'm used to pretty powerful front brakes, haha. THANKS IN ADVANCE!
|04-27-2015, 10:03 AM||#2|
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: San Francisco,Ca.
Looks like a deal of a bike.
1) The tack is cable driven. Easy to check.
2) Tony in the outer Sunset can take care of that torn seat cover for you.
Steve in SF
87 Harley FXRS-SP ~ 06 KTM 625 SMC ~ 72 Honda CB750/915cc ~ 92 XR600/654cc ~ 95 XR650l/675cc ~ 03 CRF450r ~ 05 CRF450x ~ 02 XR650l/675cc ~ 86 YZ490 ~ 93 YZ80 ~ 93 XR650l Project
|04-30-2015, 04:56 AM||#4|
Joined: Jan 2014
Things to do
Not so much things to check but things you will want to do to ensure this 30 yo motorcycle is reliable for you. I have a '88 Hawk Gt as a daily ride. Things that will give you trouble are the rubber bits. Carb gaskets, slide rubber, and any other internal rubber bits you might want to replace while/if you can still get parts. Rubber boot from carb to engine. Does the rear wheel of these have a cush drive? Throw a stainless brake line on the front and give it a good bleed. Do same for the rear. Check pad condition. Wheel / swing arm bearings could do to be refreshed. Tires and tubes. Fork rebuild needed? Nice bike. Let us know how it works out!
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