About to buy my first trials bike, any advice?

Discussion in 'Trials' started by HolyCannoli, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. lineaway

    lineaway Long timer

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    Check the frame for signs of cracking just above the radiator and just below the steering head.
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  2. laser17

    laser17 Been here awhile

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    This is perfect condition? The chain is at full stretch, not the original chain tensioner block, cant see the sprockets very good, but dont look great from what I can see, need to put a washer behind the mid box muffler mount to pull the silencer out away from the new tire to stop it from rubbing (common) - i dont know, id rather have the seller be honest with me and say its used but no abused than say its perfect and give me this. I'd pay around $2600-$2800 for a bike in this condition assuming it has a smooth shifting tranny and its noise free. (other than alittle "clutch" noise when the levers not pulled in) The 200 near me has ALOT fewer hours on it. (or at least it did when sold to him)
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  3. HolyCannoli

    HolyCannoli Adventurer

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    All things considered, I would much rather have that 200. If he still has it in a week or so I may offer to take the wife to New England to see the leaves change :evil Thanks for all the info, it looked pretty used from the photo's but I also figured that these get dropped often and have no frame of reference so again, thank you. Eric
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  4. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    I would agree with 2600 to maybe 2800, my wife's 2008 txt pro was in near showroom condition compared to the pictures I see here and because of that and the fact it's hard to find the 125s I payed 3200. (That was almost 12 months ago at this point.)
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  5. Boom Boom

    Boom Boom Been here awhile

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    2 day trials event this weekend just outside Williamsport Pa.
    Should be some bikes with for sale signs available to tire kick.
    d6trials website has a event flyer posted with directions.
    Easy to walk loop to come check out the action.
    If you come sunday look for a dark green excursion with large white enclosed trailer, stop by and say hello:freaky
    Oh, should be close to prime leaf peeping season so that would give you a reason to drive that direction.
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  6. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    My advice would be to not stress too much about the bike. As long as it's not broken it'll be fine. They all work quite well and will be way better than most riders will ever be. FWIW I bought about the first used trials bike I found in my area which happened to be a Cota 315R. It's proven reliable and worlds more capable than me (and as far as noob trials riders go I do ok) :deal

    Spend most of your time and money on riding, participating in events and taking classes like the ones Ryan Young does.
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