bike spits and sputters
Im still looking for a bike and I really like this GPZ600 but its starting to sound like alot of work to put in. Hopefully soon I will get back to the guy and get a pre-sale check on it. The main problem is the motor... It does start but only starts and stays running if the choke is on...you take the choke off it dies...when you rev it it spits and sputters you know like the odd little backfire. I talked to a mechanic and he said its probably ineed of a carb rebuild but I really dont know if its that easy, like what if the compression is low... then im pretty well screwed haha. It has been sitting for about a year or so. The body is pretty raddy but thats not a big deal, gonna paint it up (got a father whos an automotive painter and bodyman haha) but I just want a reliable first bike.
Anybody with experience or solutions to what the problems might be.. I want to get a check on it but figure I should know somewhat of what im gonna get into. Also it needs a new front tire... anyone know what they cost?
Probably 150$ into the front tire,installed.
Carb rebuild=not that cheap if you have it done by a shop, parts alone probably 180-250$ and then not sure how many hours of Labor.
If you doubt compression, have it tested before you fork out the $$.It's not a hard thing for a shop to do and wont cost you much. if the owner doesnt want to, pass on the bike
Sounds like you should be paying 800-1200$ for that bike, i wouldnt pay more.
Yeah thanks for the reply, yeah shop quoted me at $400 with parts to do carb. For sure I am going to get everything tested, hes knows that it needs alot of work... his asking price was $1950 but its going to have to be closer to $1000 for me to buy. Still not sure if it is actually the carb though =\
It also needs a new seal in shock :S (just 1 shock) not sure what that costs? Also can you do those yourself?
I bought an old bike that had been sitting for over a year, it ran rough but got better as I rode it over a period of a few weeks. Carb sync and valve adjustment cleaned up the idle nicely too, and not too expensive. So you could get lucky.
EEEP. by '' needs seal in one shock'' you mean it has one blown fork seal? or a blown shock?
Looking at Bike Bandit, does NOT look like the shock is rebuildable, so you'd have to find one at a wrecker or Ebay(bike bandit lists it at like 700+$)
Dude don't pay anything over 900 bucks for that bike. if i were you, with the amount of work it needs i'd just pass and spend more to get something that doesnt need much work, regardless of bike's age if youre looking for a dependable first bike
Its not a blown shock just a blown seal its got quite abit of oil coming out of it, and you can buy seals for them so I figure you can just take them to the shop cant you? Yeah this bike is gonna give me alot of headaches but my limit is $2000 so its really hard to find bike in time for summer.
Originally Posted by Greeneyes
so buy my 86 Ninja 1000R, its right in your budget, and my new bike is on its way
Cleaning the carbs is not a big deal, its fairly easy to do as long as you have a good set of the right screwdrivers, and a lot of patience. I would just take them apart and clean them yourself, and then take it into a shop to have them synch'd.
I'd get an estimate from a shop on the fork seals though, I've never had one apart.
Buying a bike thats sat for a while isnt the end of the world, just be prepared to change all the fluids right away, including flushing the brake and clutch master cylinders. It'll probably need a battery too.
Well he obviously didnt like my offer of $1000-1200 which for its condition is ALOT, well maybe he will realize how much work it needs and give me a call Haha sorry 1000 is way to much bike for me.
Originally Posted by Deej
I suggest you look at other bikes, for 2 grand that thing is way overpriced and will need more work than riding for the first couple months i think.
You can buy my CB400T. yes it's a 79' but it's got under 10 thousand km and it has newly rebuilt carbs and front tire,chain and brake pads like new. your's for 800 bucks. totaly gutless compared to a 600 sportbike but you can get rid of it after half-a season.
Well I figure Ill wait till something pops up in ICBC salvage then grab a nice bike and save myselft the headaches. I can buy the salvage its just fixing it thats the problem Alot of it is common sence and doesnt hurt to have a profesional by your side
Originally Posted by Greeneyes