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    +1 Array schmii's Avatar
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    What's the biggest surprise you found with a used bike?

    Situation: You bought or you're looking at a used bike, maybe even a dealer bike.

    What is the biggest surprise you found out during your inspection, ride, or maintenance after purchase?
    Last edited by schmii; 12-23-2010 at 08:47 AM. Reason: title typo
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    Registered User Array avocet's Avatar
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    2002 vfr800a 2003 duc ss1000ds
    bought a used bike only to find out it would intermittently cut out while riding around. I was terrified to ride it on the highways or in traffic.

    felt like i was taken for a ride and had an electrical nightmare on my hands.

    it happened a few times and i started checking electrical connections etc. found a loose ecu ground and had her running flawlessly.

    i emailed the previous owner and asked him if he had any problems with the bike. he never got back to me.

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    I like traffic cones :S Array made Man's Avatar
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    hard in the mac
    having full aftermarket exhaust... when i went in for an oil change and was told it would take a bit longer to get it done because of it.

    funny part is that i was talking to the parts/accessories guy about getting a new everything
    "Honda = Boring, Suzuki = Wannabes, Yamaha = Poser, Ducati = Overated, BMW = Compensating, Aprilia = Insecure, Buell = BCIT business... go faKOffee." - PUREVIL

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    Don't be stupid. Array Sikorsky's Avatar
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    Disintegrating big end.
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    Registered User Array Son of Lars's Avatar
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    01 Honda RC51
    Buying my beloved RC51, only to have it break down 5 minutes into my 1st ride. Then again a week later. Then have the sidestand spring fall off on that same ride. Really, the initial month of RC ownership was a myriad of fun little "surprises". Luckily it didn't take too much to sort her out, just a little bit of time and patience. Great bike now.

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    And shepherds we shall be Array miraclejoe's Avatar
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    Gixxer V2.1
    Broken clutch cable.
    Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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    Starbucks in turn 2.
    It went from zero to flashing lights in my mirror faster than I expected.
    "Yamaha" - it's Japanese for "fuck your sports car."

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    Registered User Array pherthyl's Avatar
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    Mar 2007
    2005 DR650
    Battery installed backwards, vent hose not hooked up. Acid gases chewed halfway through the subframe. The joy of my first bike! Bought for 1200, sold for 1900 a year later.
    My bikes: A random assortment of junk I found in a barn and fixed up.

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    2004 R1, 2005 DL1000 V-Strom
    Brand new '00 ZX-9R ram air hose wasn't connected. The bike would only rev to about 4000 rpm then felt like it was running out of gas as the air box wasn't getting any, um air. Took only about 10 min to figure it out.
    Reformatted to fit your screen.

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    Registered User Array 5thgear's Avatar
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    2005 CBR 600RR
    Box of Cialis under the rear seat.

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    TeaBagger Array Grove's Avatar
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    Ooot an Aboot
    2011 KLX250S
    My biggest surprise is finding out how many people out there know jack shit and will sell a motorcycle for next to nothing because they can't clean a carb or use a multi-meter to located a $5-10 problem.

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    Registered User Array bandito's Avatar
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    CBR600RR / RVT1000 RC51
    CRF 230 BSA 650
    Stripped threads on oilpan drain plug... seized bolts all over the place... helicoiled spark plugs...

    But when you buy old bikes, and I mean OLD, not 10 years old old... you
    never know what you are going to get.
    Long Live Shervin Of The North!

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    Registered User Array StevieMac's Avatar
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    Ninja250 + a few
    Crappy wiring jobs (this is 100% expected now), stripped bolts, missing bolts, tools that were dropped into the bike that someone was unable to find/remove.
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    StevieMac- any and all advice provided by me is of the "Use it at your own risk" variety. Common sense and your own good judgement must always prevail.

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    That new bike smell Array mondocycle's Avatar
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    My 86 gsxr 750. Bought cheap off a friend who quit riding entirely. Found out it had been somebody's race bike when investigating the aftermarket engine cases. For a bike that had been tracked for the longest time it never gave me problems and went like stink.
    Log off and ride.
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    Chronic Array PRSmechanic's Avatar
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    2011 VStrom 650, 1983 KZ750, 2006 WR450, and any racebike I can get my hands on!!
    I have found lots of the above.
    And forks completely empty of oil, wiped clean. Chains hooped, but links removed so they could tighten it up.
    Too many bad wiring jobs, expected like Stevie says.
    Some people are cons, some are just stupid, some don't know.
    Getting it checked out sounds smarter with every post.
    chicken strips are a sign of intelligence
    unless you're at the track ;)

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