How To tell how low Hours are on a used bike ?

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5/23/2018 3:08 PM

Bought a used 2003 CR125
I have no idea how many hours
Person I got it from just said very low use by him
And person he got it from said the same to Him
Anyway to tell if certain parts are original ?
I think the front tire is it's a Dunlop K490
Front and rear Brake pads both look brand new condition
The clutch pull is so easy I could do it with my pinky which I love , only parts I see that Arent stock
Is Pipe FMF Rev , handle bars protaper CR Hi
, new air filter and newer rear tire .
Wondering about chain sliders or anything else that might be obvious to look for ?
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5/23/2018 3:20 PM

I don't know a lot, but I know that IS a very lightly ridden bike. Hours, I don't know. But assuming that seat and stator cover are stock, that is extremely light use. Who knows, it could have a ton of hours of mostly idling and revving it for friends and family. But actual real riding- extremely clean if the items are original.

What does the right side case look like?

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5/23/2018 3:24 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/23/2018 3:43 PM

Used to be clutch cover.... but everyone wised up and pull that off with the stock plastic now. A great way IMO is to look at things like the foot pegs and the peg mounts. Anyone can scotch bright the frame and engine, put the OEM plastic back on, and replace the clutch cover.... but who in their right mind considers the pegs/peg mounts?

A hard ridden bike will have the paint worn off the mounts or have slop in the pin. the teeth will be nubs too. Just a thought.

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Washed up moto and enduro weekend warrior.

5/23/2018 3:25 PM

Right side Photo
Front tire Photo

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5/23/2018 3:27 PM

Looks pretty decent for being 15 years old to me. It also looks like a farm boy rode it with rubber sole work boots (causing the polished part of the clutch cover).

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Washed up moto and enduro weekend warrior.

5/23/2018 3:28 PM

I’d say anywhere between 36-39 hours based on footpeg wear

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Washed up moto and enduro weekend warrior.

5/23/2018 3:30 PM

Pegs look Good to
Good call on looking at that
I didnt think about the pegs. Photo
Would I need to change front tire just because it's old?
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5/23/2018 3:31 PM

MxKing809 wrote:

I’d say anywhere between 36-39 hours based on footpeg wear

Everyone replaces cosmetics but vary rarely if not hardly ever think of replacing foot pegs. First thing I look for is footpeg wobble

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5/23/2018 3:35 PM

MxKing809 wrote:

I’d say anywhere between 36-39 hours based on footpeg wear

I was thinking more like 34-35 and 1/2 based on the muffler bearings wear ?

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5/23/2018 4:51 PM

The rear sprocket is stock and is in good shape. Does it have the stock black half-waffle grips? Looks like a really clean bike.

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5/23/2018 5:27 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/23/2018 5:28 PM

It's got the freakin factory showroom "drive chain" sticker on the swingarm still. Clearly it hasn't been taken outta the cornfield out back. No way it has too many hrs on it with all the stock stuff & no wear/crash marks. Curious how much you picked it up for? Been waiting for one on craigslist here in NC to lower the price a few bucks before I snag it up. Not nearly as good of shape as that though.

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5/23/2018 5:36 PM

$1500
And with some extra goodies
Seller also Gave me a big plastic Tub of
Old chainlube pre mix etc
And a Brand new in the Box pair of 100% goggles
And a Bike Hauler that you put in your trailer hitch
If u dont Have a Truck
I was Happy with the Deal
Was listed a little bit Higher though

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5/23/2018 5:43 PM

I like to look for wear on the bottom of the frame rails beneath the engine...on the chain guide (especially if it has the aluminum stock on)...and the bottom of the form tubes.

Pull the seat and have a look in the air box...also look for wear on the sub frame...lots of hours equals many filter changes and usually oil and grease all over the air box, and the sub frame will be work when the seat touches it.

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5/23/2018 8:08 PM

MxKing809 wrote:

I’d say anywhere between 36-39 hours based on footpeg wear

xr70 wrote:

I was thinking more like 34-35 and 1/2 based on the muffler bearings wear ?

34 or 35? No offense but you guys clearly don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. After one look at the bike it’s painfully obvious it has 43hrs.

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5/23/2018 8:25 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/23/2018 8:26 PM

Tarz483 wrote:

$1500
And with some extra goodies
Seller also Gave me a big plastic Tub of
Old chainlube pre mix etc
And a Brand new in the ...more

Wow...Nice find! FML.

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5/23/2018 8:33 PM

That bike came with a purple powerband. If it’s showing signs of colour wear, you know it’s been flogged.

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5/23/2018 9:02 PM

tempura wrote:

That bike came with a purple powerband. If it’s showing signs of colour wear, you know it’s been flogged.

Exactly. Check the edges. If it's scalloped, that's a sure sign.

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5/23/2018 9:10 PM

That's a clean bike, probably legitimately about 40 hours (Light, Very easy hours). Besides the obvious case wear, frame wear, chain guide, chain, and sprocket (all of which can be changed easily), I look at the frame under the engine. I never considered the foot pegs, but that is a good idea. Sometimes you can see nicks in the triple clamps from taking on roost. But this will be a thing of the past because some of the new bikes have ways to check hours from ECUs. I don't know if they can be reset or not. I'm sure some sheisters will find a work around.

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5/23/2018 9:23 PM

Tap the spokes gently with a pencil. Each spoke needs to be a C# as read by your chromatic device. Anything over that equals 75.3 hours or more.

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5/23/2018 9:48 PM

Yeah to me that seat cover alone is a pretty good sign the bike is fairly new/lightly used. Good find bro but if you didn't get a sick deal after all that browsing of CL I would've been so sad

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5/23/2018 9:55 PM

Typically warning stickers and that drive chain sticker being attached is a damn good sign it’s low

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5/23/2018 10:08 PM

Measure the thickness of the discs as well, looks like you have a good one there though.

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5/24/2018 1:59 AM

Regardless of hours it's still in amazing condition, had an easy life that's for sure. Great find!

Wouldn't hurt to throw a new piston in though, even if just for reassurance.

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I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not too sure.

5/24/2018 2:00 AM

But yes if those are the original tyres it's probably a good idea to replace them, you could still ride them but at this point I think they'll wear extremely fast!

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I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not too sure.

5/24/2018 2:19 AM

Play in the foot pegs, kick start and levers, stone chips on the pipe and frame, chain guide, forks and rad louvres. All these are indicative of lots of use.

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5/24/2018 3:11 AM

Does it have stock grips? If it does and theyre not worn its a good indicator of low hours.

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5/24/2018 6:20 AM

drain some fuel from tank. send off to diagnostics lab. they can carbon date it to determine last fill up.

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5/24/2018 6:52 AM

kb228 wrote:

Does it have stock grips? If it does and theyre not worn its a good indicator of low hours.

No, the op said the bars have been replaced.

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5/24/2018 7:33 AM

Look for parts that aren't easily replaced to look sand blasted, bottom of frame, forks where the Axel is, are the seat bolts rounded, clutch and ignition cover worn to hell from boots

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5/24/2018 7:48 AM

What others said. Also radiator fins are a dead giveaway.

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