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Old 11-06-2007, 03:33 PM   #1
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What to look for in buying used?

I am going to make a 9 hour trip Friday to most likely buy a 2006 SV650S. It has 2,400 miles, Yoshi exhaust, and various cosmetic addons. The buyer has bought an R6, so he is selling the SV.
I am mechanically apt, and have rebuilt many a jetski engine. I would like to ask the group if you have some ideas of potential pitfalls to look for, (or ask for in advance, before I make the trip) ?
Again, has 2,400 miles, so tires and brakes are good, as the buyer stated. I have a few pics, with close ups of the engine/frame also.. No scratches, or ever been dropped.
Thanks in advance, and I hope to be uploading pics of my new baby soon!
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:15 PM   #2
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Re: What to look for in buying used?

Well, ffrom that it sounds like he just got bored with it and wanted something faster.
Tires probably are far from being warn out.j
Ask about his break in riding, and ask if he did any stunting.

Ask about if he at least did the oil change after break in.

I've personally bought 2 bikes pretty much without seeing them in person first, just ask as many questions as you can and hope for the best.

With a bike that hasn't been used and is pretty new you should be safe. Hell I bought an 06 w/similar milage...cept the one I bought was in a wreck. The guy selling answered all of my questions and I felt comfortable buying it. Sent them a deposit and drove the 4 hr trip to pick it up a few weeks later. Took me 200 bucks to get it road ready.

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Old 11-06-2007, 04:17 PM   #3
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:21 PM   #4
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Re: What to look for in buying used?

Be sure to check the fork tubes for any pitting or rough spots. They'll shred fork seals.
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Old 02-22-2008, 04:35 PM   #5
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Re: What to look for in buying used?

just wanted to say that this thread was exactly what I have been looking for. Going to check out a sv650s with ~750 miles on it. It appears the owner just hasn't had time for it, bought it a year ago.

I'll definitely use that bike buying guide. The owner is asking 4600, has viper exhaust and fender eliminator. The price sounds decent, the only other bike I have seen in my area was an 06 with ~10.5k for $4300. That place wouldn't budge at all on the price.
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Old 02-22-2008, 04:52 PM   #6
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Re: What to look for in buying used?

The most important thing to check is the steering stops on the neck of the frame. If they are snarfed, bent, twisted or damaged in any way, the bike has been down.

Second. Look at the rubber on the shift lever and hand-grips. See that the wear is similar to the mileage. If its a low mileage bike they will look untouched.

Third. More important with an inline than an V-twin. Start the motor and lightly touch the header pipes to see that the warm up at the same rate. If they don't there's a problem.

Fourth, point the bike at wall and rev the motor. The headlight SHOULD get brighter.

Fifth. Feel the rotors. If the bike is low mileage it will be almost impossible to feel any difference between where the pads touch and where they don't touch. A bike with high-mileage will have more wear - the rotors will be worn down more where the pads tough. This will also tell you if the PO used the front or rear brakes more. (most use the rear brakes more).

Sixth: look at the front tires for any kind of uneven wear. Uneven wear will show up if the forks are bent, or the rear wheel is out of alignment - the axle's not straight.

Seventh: Look at the chain, and the rear sprocket. Check that the wear is consistent with mileage. If the rear wheel is out of alignment, there will be funny marks on the side of the rear sprocket.

Lastly: rub your hand slowly over all the low points of the bike - bottom of footpegs. bottom of frame/motor etc. This will show if the bike really has been tipped over. Get down on your knees and look. You'll be surprised how much information that will reveail.

And of course, while you are doing this, look for any leaks, or signs of leaks, particularly from the valve covers (top of the motor) and the forks and the rear shock.

That should cover most things.

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