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6/30/2020 7:37 AM

I am going to be buying a new bike this week. It’s been over 10 years since I have ridden one. What would you recommend I look out for in a private sale ? Bike looks very clean. Chain looks slightly slack but noting to worry about. They have said the engine rebuild was 8 hrs ago but am sure most people would say something similar. Tyres look really good. Anything else ?

Thanks in advance

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6/30/2020 7:42 AM

Ride it. Don't take it easy either. Run it hard through first and second gear at least, make sure it doesn't jump out of gear. Even better if you are in a residential area after dark.

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Current Rides: 2019 YZ450F & 2015 YZ250
Past Rides: 2018 YZ125, 2007 YZ250, 2005 YZ250F

6/30/2020 7:51 AM

Look at the frame on the bottom of the bike, it’s easy to clean up and hide things but a roached frame can tell wonders

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6/30/2020 7:58 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/30/2020 7:59 AM

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6/30/2020 7:59 AM

Ask to look at air filter and boot.. sounds simple but a shitty filter even clean tells about maintenance same with the air boot... why was I rebuilt? Blown up or just time to replace. I have even had a guy ask me to drain the oil and I did and he bought the bike

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6/30/2020 8:10 AM

Overall appearance
Wheels for abuse
Sagging foot pegs
Engine cases for damage
Bottom of frame for damage
Environment where bike is kept. Is it clean, organized and so on..

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6/30/2020 8:14 AM

If possible see if they have any receipts for oil/maintenance. if they are truthful in it being rebuilt recently they should have receipts available

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6/30/2020 8:19 AM

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6/30/2020 8:22 AM

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6/30/2020 8:23 AM

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6/30/2020 2:58 PM

That could go either way honestly. Diamond in the rough. Or a roached bike with subpar quality pics that make you think it’s cleaner than it is.

I’ve seen both scenarios....

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6/30/2020 4:59 PM

What's up with that throttle cable routing? Looks odd but I am not a KTM guy.

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6/30/2020 6:02 PM

Call me picky.... but I have always had a funny feeling about a pic of a bike, or car, that has the ground wet around it. I know, you just gave it a rinse.... But, damn it, don't show me that you just washed it for the pic. Show me it cleaned up and ready for the big dance. I didn't ever wanna see my prom date all ready to go with wet hair..... I wanted to mess her hair up later.

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6/30/2020 7:45 PM

It doesnt matter. I've bought bikes from guys who had no idea and didnt take care of them and the bike lasted great. Then the very next time bought one from a dealership mechanic who cleaned it up great, even polished the kickstarter, and the bike was trash.

If it's used, it is hit or miss. That's what you get for the lower price.

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6/30/2020 8:27 PM

Spin rims with the bike on the stands. I Bought one a couple years ago that the Rims looked Like Travis Pastrana had been Riding it for a few weeks. And I didn't notice until I got home. They 🤔 where not round

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6/30/2020 10:58 PM

We will see on Sunday when I go to view it. Thanks a lot for the replies everyone. will make sure to check all your points out 👍🏻

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