Should I buy this 2004 ST 1300?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by maurerhouse, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. maurerhouse

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    Yeah, so I came across a blue 1996 BMW R1100RT with 60k miles and bought it on the spot - $3800.

    It's clean and well-cared for - maintained regularly, and rides like a dream. I have never ridden a motorcycle so well-balanced and responsive.

    Thanks for all the info everyone! See you out there.
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  2. twinrider

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    Nice choice. I had a '96 RT, great handling bike.
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  3. roadstar

    roadstar Been here awhile

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    Many years ago i got a chance to ride a 96 RT for a week end & really like it (i owned an 86 Concours at the time) It handled better than the connie but was slower. After the ride i wanted an RT , but couldn`t swing the payment. You made a good choice & we sure need pics of your find.

    Oh and congrats :clap
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  4. maurerhouse

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    So glad you asked!

    This is all I have right now but you can get the gist:

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  5. roadstar

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    I like it :evil enjoy the ride
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  6. twinrider

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    Nice color. You have 700 watts of alternator power to play with, you'll want to add some driving lights for sure, and convert the H4 headlight to HID.

    Here's a pic of mine.

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  7. maurerhouse

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    Very nice bike!

    I just received some bad news at my safety inspection.

    I failed because of play in the rear wheel - turns out the final drive is bad.

    Quoted $1627.65 for the part and about 3 hours labor.

    This isn't something I can do myself at this point so my high has turned low ... :(: ... and todays 50 mile pleasure ride is postponed indefinitely.

    Anybody think it's safe to ride to the dealer 20 - 30 miles?
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  8. Cakeeater

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    Ohhhhh ohhhh. Understatement of the day: That wasn't a very good deal.

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  9. maurerhouse

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    Yeah well ... I just talked the BMW dealer.

    The service guy asked where the inspection was done - I said a Yamaha dealer (because of proximity).

    BMW guy said he's seen BMW's fail for wheel play that normal on a BMW when the guy doing the inspection is unfamiliar with the bikes.

    I'm just going to get it to the dealer and see what they say.
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  10. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    One of the 5%. Sorry to hear the news no one wants to hear.
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  11. twinrider

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    Guess you know now that checking the rear wheel for play is on the to do list before buying a boxer, hope it ends up being ok.
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  12. maurerhouse

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    Yeah. Guess I do. What's the worst that could happen if I decide to ride to the dealer?
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  13. roadstar

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    If it is bad , I would confront the seller. You have 2 choices, either he takes it back or bring him to small claims court.
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  14. Cakeeater

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    Jeesh. This issue has been around for, oh, a few thousand years....and the latin term is Caveat emptor -- Buyer Beware.

    If I buy something used, I know I'm responsible if it falls apart within ten minutes. If I sell something used, I tell the buyer "the warranty lasts til the end of the driveway."


    If you're the kind of fella who goes back to "confront" a seller after buying something and it turns out to be lemon, I do hope that if you ever buy something used and it turns out to be a better bargain that you first thought.... send some additional money to the former owner. Goes both ways...

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  15. roadstar

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    Its kind of different when you know you sell someone something that can cause an injury or death . If the final drive is faulty (maybe not) & fails at speed the rider sure will have a problem.I have been lucky and buy stuff that has been either checked out or brought a friend that knows such item. Sounds like you like to sell a lot of buyer beware stuff.
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  16. twinrider

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    If people want a warranty they should buy from a dealer imo.
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  17. twinrider

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    If it were me I'd ride to the dealer, you didn't even think the bike had a problem till the inspection guy pointed it out.
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  18. Cakeeater

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    Gee, Roadstar, maybe the seller of this fine older BMW didn't know there was a problem. You are making quite a leap here. You are presuming he knew, and you are presuming you know anything about me, which you don't. So, as Hemingway might have said, go confront yourself.

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  19. duke944

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    Did you check for play yourself? what does it feel like top/bottom and side/side?
    As far as suing the seller are kidding me? :huh I thought everyone understood buying a used vehicle from an individual doesn't come with a warranty. That's probably the biggest reason to take on the inflated price of new - because you get a warranty.
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  20. mrbreeze

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    sorry to hear about the possible issue with the BMW. If it were me, I would not be afraid to ride it the 20-30 miles to the dealer and have them check it. If it turns our you are on the hook for the repairs, then you will still have a great bike. The cost of the repair will be forgotten over time.

    Don't over think it.

    As for ST1300's, I had a 2007 non-ABS. What a fantastic machine! The only real issue I had with it was the heat. On a hot summer day the tank would get so hot it would burn you if you touched it. As long as temps were <85, it was fine.
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