I'm about to purchase a 1986 GSXR 400 with 23,000km on it never been in accident or dropped and new tires new battery, new chain and spark plugs, with recently cleaned carb for 2500$. first off i am hoping this is a decent price for this bike.. (any feedback on this would be appreciated )
This is going to be my first bike (been driving scooter for past year).
I am not wondering if its okay for me to start on a bike like this but rather i am wondering specifically about the different pro's and con's of getting this bike..
It seems pretty rare and the KM's are pretty low for such an old year..
will i be able to get an antique/collectors license plate for a bike this old?
What kind of mpg do you think i can get out of it?
how expensive is it to insure?
would it be relatively easy to get replacement parts for?
would a yoshi exhaust fit on this bike? (i really like the sound of these exhausts, i am hoping it would help jazz up the look of this bike too).
Is there any way to do a background check on the bike to make sure the km are legit?
were can i take it to get it checked and serviced?
how much does a service check usually cost on one of these?
would it be wise to get one initial service check before purchasing the bike?(ie have a mechanic take a quick look to make sure its not going to be a really expensive fixer upper)
would this bike be able to handle a longer trip (ie from Vancouver to Kelowna or Seattle)
sorry for the large amount of questions but i am serious about getting my first bike, this has been my dream for the last 6 years and I want to make happen
Please any and all answers are HUGLY appreciated! i am going to look at the bike this week so i need to figure everything out asap
also i have attached some pictures
The bike specs are this:
GSX-R 400 1986
Overall Length: 2 055 mm (80.9 in)
Overall Width: 680 mm (26.8 in)
Overall Height: 1 155 mm (45.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1 400 mm (55.1 in)
Dry Weight: 153 kg (337 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 398 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 59 hp/ 12,000 rpm, 3,8 kg-m/ 10,500 rpm.
info on the bike from http://www.suzukicycles.org/GSX-R-series/GSX-R400.shtml
The power/weight ratio was a bit better in 1986 0,39 hp/kg (0,18 hp/lbs). The upgraded GSX-R400 new chassis, shorter wheelbase and was totally redesigned. I fact, you could say it was a totally new bike. It even got a new internal model code: GK71F (presented in March 1986).
The 1986 and 1987 year's engines differ from the other models, they do not have the normal type of liquid-cooled engines. Instead they the use the SATCS (Suzuki Advanced Three-way Cooling System) that used water, oil and air to keep the engine from overheating.
The 1986 year's GSX-R400 (Type 3) had a single square headlight instead of two round headlights. The new front design didn't gain popularity and the twin headlight were reintroduced the following year.
Retail price in Japan 1986: 66,900 Yen.