Buyer bewear

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Jeathrow Bowdean, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. dsilver1007

    dsilver1007 Been here awhile

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    Another difficulty with buying used bikes is the driving factor. It seems if you drive to go look at a bike between gas and sometimes food you spend 100 dollars and kill a day or at least an afternoon. Its a bad feeling driving home empty handed and out money in your pocket.
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  2. crypto666

    crypto666 Long timer

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    That was another issue I had, drove 2 hours one way.

    Tip #x: Be mentally prepared to walk away, no matter what the owner says, its not the only bike out there. Listen to you gut.
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  3. dhally

    dhally Hammerhead

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    My WRR probably WAS drownded in a mud whole. The throtel cam was packed with mud, as were both levers. The fork seles leaked. The inside of the airbox was coated with durt. Some of the wiring had been crudely repaired, and the radiator mownts are bended over.

    On the plus side, after cleaning it up I've run the sheet out of it with no problems. l o l
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  4. Krono

    Krono Perfect Liner

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    Quite generally, and more for one who dosen't even trust mechanics, "previous owner" could be considered like an insult.

    :D

    L
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  5. nevermind

    nevermind sLOW Rider

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    You'll have to dig a little deeper to get that low... :evil
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  6. Jeathrow Bowdean

    Jeathrow Bowdean Been here awhile

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    That's a 10-4 on knowing the bike you are looking at. My buddy did a lot of home work before he bought his used bike last year, and it worked out good.

    It took him 4 units before he found the one he was after. The frist 2 were hammered hard, and the 3rd bike wasn't even good as boat ancher. Ha Ha.

    Buyer Beware I say.
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  7. plugeye

    plugeye unforgiven

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    use a spell checker next time
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  8. Harpoonalt

    Harpoonalt Been here awhile

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    Sometimes when a kid is obviously enjoying picking lint out of his navel, it's best to not ruin the moment with details. Phonetics work and who wants to ruin, what I imagine is a mile wide smile!

    YMMV
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  9. Jeathrow Bowdean

    Jeathrow Bowdean Been here awhile

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    Ha Ha.
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  10. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    I've bought allot of used bikes, I look it over good, ride it and decide. It's not 100% but if ithe bike is obviously taken care, good mechanical condition and it's the model size I'm looking for I trust my instincts. A good mechanice is essential if you don't know bikes and motors specifically but a knowledgable rider with expierence is going to be just as good judge in most situations. Even taking a bike to a mechanic isn't fool proof, much can be missed aside from obvious like drive system, bearings, seals and compression.

    Yeah it's buyer beware, key is not letting you emotions make the purchase decision and that's hard sometimes :D
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