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Old 03-15-2012, 10:23 AM   #1
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Should I buy a well used 2005 Beta 270?

Seller is a nice straight-up guy. The bike was his son's who is a "A" level enduro rider. He says the bike is a little rough looking but no major damage and runs good. No idea of the hours on it. Not used as trail bike but plent of rock bashing hard trials stuff. $2,400 Cell phone photos look OK but no detail. 2 hour drive to go look.

How likely is it to need a rebuild or other major work? I hear Betas are pretty durable.

I have missed several near new similar bikes in the $2,600-2,800 range. These are selling within hours of listing on craigslist.

I also have dips on a 2001 Sherco in origional new conditon for $2,500. With possible DMV hassle bringing it into CA.

My gut feel is I should wait and spend $500 more on a near new condition one.
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:12 PM   #2
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Generally, I would say hold out for a near new bike, but maybe he is flexible on the price?

Also, maybe someone closer could take a look for you. I'm about 1h 45min south of you.
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:05 PM   #3
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Thanks for the offer, think I will pass on this Beta. Now It's between a very low use Sherco 290 and a Montesa that has seen steady use. Both 2001 aroudn $2,500.

Hard finding the perfect deal. Every super deal that shows up on craigslist is gone in hours. Every other bike is kind of high priced for the age.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:10 PM   #4
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Probably too late, but I have a 2005 Beta 250 with lots of hours on it and no major issues, except normal wear stuff. I'd say he's fair on the price, unless you have to replace lots of wear parts like tires, chain and sprockets, wheel bearings, really bad plastic and stuff like that.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:48 PM   #5
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I was about to pay $2,400 for an 01 Sherco when I got a response to my want add - he had a 96 Beta Techno for $1,000. It turned out to be low use and cleaned up nice. I have riden it for a week and it really needs nothing. Real happy with it.

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Old 03-28-2012, 01:28 PM   #6
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