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Old 01-06-2015, 05:39 PM   #1
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Im sure this has been covered, but I cant seem to operate search function on my android device.
I am considering a deal on a 2007 suzuki with 800miles. Guy swears he has started it once a month, and decided motorcycling just isn't for him. Original owner. Garaged. He has many accessories never installed, including yoshi cans, gel seat, and "chrome pieces".
So my concern is the fuel system. Obviously I will poke a flashlight into the tank looking for obvious signs, but how do I tell if this thing is good to go or has potential EFI issues?. If it runs smooth, does that indicate all is clear?
He has agreed to a test ride, scheduled for Friday 9th.
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Old 01-06-2015, 09:44 PM   #2
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Old 01-06-2015, 10:38 PM   #3
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For sure peek into the tank and look for crud and rust. What model is this? Tell him to NOT start it before you get there. You want it stone cold to see how it starts. Fuel injected or carbureted? Carbs are more easily plugged with goo from deteriorating gasoline. If it has more than one cylinder see if both (or all) cylinders are firing as soon as you start it. Be careful and feel for heat at the headers. Sometimes seals can dry out with lack of use and leak. Check for any oil/fuel/coolant leaks. Check the tires for cracks due to old age. If you find cracks, talk him down a bit due to tire costs. If it won't run without choke, or dies when you give it fuel, it may have plugged pilot jet(jets). Smell the oil to check for gas in the crankcase. Check the oil for cleanliness. and level.
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Old 01-06-2015, 10:58 PM   #4
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I bought a "new" 2007 Aprilia last year with zero miles.
I changed the tires and flushed the brake fluid. No issues and it runs like a champ!
As has been said, if it starts and runs well on a cold start and when warm, you got yourself a new bike at a bargain price.
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:58 AM   #5
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Thanks guys.
It is a 2007 sv1000s.
I have already pre negotiated a price, an incredibly good one. I am prepared to replace the rubber, so my primary concern is in regards to fuel system.
It is a favorite model of mine, and finding one in new condition, the last model year is a blessing ...if all goes well.
Also it is the full fairing model. He snapped a pic while it was still on showroom floor and saved it...shows full fairing. I was skeptical that it came that way.
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Old 01-07-2015, 08:27 AM   #6
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Get some new tires and change the fluids, certain models years Suzuki offered lower fairings as an incentive to increase sales, these bikes were never big sellers, and some dealer installed them hoping a fully faired bike would sell better than a half faired one.
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Old 01-07-2015, 08:46 AM   #7
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Just spoke with the service manager of my local independent shop.
He indicates that if it runs well for several minutes, it is probably fine.
There is a filter upstream from fuel pump that can be replaced for $60. Worse case scenario I would be in for about $500 to clean out fuel system and replace some seals, according to him.
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Old 01-07-2015, 08:48 AM   #8
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sounds as if your decision is dependent on a shop's opinion.
what could go wrong?
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:42 AM   #9
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sounds as if your decision is dependent on a shop's opinion.
what could go wrong?
Sounds as if you jump to conclusions, even with evidence of the contrary staring you in the face.
I have been able to get some sound advice from this board, and offer some on occasion as well.
But there is always a DB lurking, looking for a scab to pick. Tis the internet!
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:59 AM   #10
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EFI bikes don't have nearly as many issues as carbed bikes after sitting. The fuel doesn't sit in the bowl like it does with carbs. As the dealer stated, if it starts and runs fine, you should be good.
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Old 01-07-2015, 11:57 AM   #11
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It'll be fine. I let mine sit for four years and it started up just fine. (I got heavily into bike racing after I got it and no longer had time for weekend motorcycle rides).

Make sure the gas tank recall has been done. There's a spot on the bottom where the bracket for the fuel pump is spot welded on that cracks.
Also the electrical system ground is poor and can make the bike cut out. Best to make a new one. It's well documented on the sv1000 forum.
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:58 PM   #12
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Old 01-08-2015, 05:55 AM   #13
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Thanks guys.
It is a 2007 sv1000s.
I have already pre negotiated a price, an incredibly good one. I am prepared to replace the rubber, so my primary concern is in regards to fuel system.
It is a favorite model of mine, and finding one in new condition, the last model year is a blessing ...if all goes well.
Also it is the full fairing model. He snapped a pic while it was still on showroom floor and saved it...shows full fairing. I was skeptical that it came that way.
The full fairing was a factory kit, dealer installed as I recall. I believe there was a promo towards the end of that year where Suzuki essentially gave you the kit for free to try to move the last of them off the showroom floor. Is this bike the weirdly cool copper color?
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Old 01-08-2015, 06:04 AM   #14
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I believe copper was only on the 2003 model.
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I believe copper was only on the 2003 model.


I still miss it.
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