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post #1 of 5 Old 04-23-2010, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Help!!! Looking at 2005 DL650

I found this bike in our local classifieds - here's the description:

2005 DL650 with 6400 miles asking $4,800.00

This is 2005 Suzuki v-strom. This is a great motorcycle for just about every type of riding. Has plenty of power, handles great,and economic doing it. I am selling because I have a very long and steep driveway and it is not very safe on 2 wheels. It has not been ridden more than 50 miles in the last couple of years. It is in perfect shape other than where it had fallen over on my driveway.It has some light scratches on the cowling and the turn signals are cracked and repaired with super glue and gorilla tape.The shift lever was broken and is repaired.
OK - the bike has low mileage, but the super glued and Gorilla taped parts need to go as does the "repaired" shift lever. Needs a new front tire as the old one is probably cupped out.

Obviously this machine has been sitting for a few years. If it was undercover that's a plus and can live with a few minor scratches

My main concern is the oil probably hasn't been changed in a couple of years and the fuel has probably turned to water or worse. If I get this machine I'd immediately change the oil, drain the fuel system and add a can of Seafoam with a new tank of gas.

Currently I have a 2005 KLR 650 and I spent all winter doing preventive maintenance on. After adding, lowering links, a 16 tooth sprocket, and a Corbin seat, I just about have the KLR where it needs to be for me. Only problem is that it's a thumper and I ride a lot more on blacktop than I do dirt.

If I could get this bike for under $ 3,200.00 I could probably keep my KLR. I haven't seen the bike yet and have no idea how desperate the current owner is for cash.

Comments and suggestions in a hurry would be appreciated.

-bob
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-23-2010, 08:08 PM
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Obviously this machine has been sitting for a few years....the fuel has probably turned to water or worse.
Among other things to look at, look into the gas tank. Check for rust. The fuel can't turn to water, but water from atmospheric humidity can collect in the tank and start rust.

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My main concern is the oil probably hasn't been changed in a couple of years and the fuel has probably turned to water or worse.
+1. Cracked parts are easy to figure into the price, and I wouldn't worry much about the old fuel; the problems that might cause will be apparent and fixable (and correcting that, if necessary, should be part of the negotiation).

I'd be more concerned about used oil sitting in the engine for years. The accumulated acids can do a lot of damage that might or might not be obvious right away. The smart move, if you choose to buy it, would probably be to not start the engine until you've drained the oil and replaced it -- maybe even flushing it with fresh oil in between.

I definitely wouldn't pay anywhere near what he's asking, personally.
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Flushing the system with fresh oil after doing a run up to operating temp seems like a good idea too. flush and refill. I'm running Rotella 15-40 in my KLR and that might be good for a flush asI have some on hand.

Inspecting the tank for rust is a good suggestion too. I have a small LED flashlight and a dental mirror that should work for that.

Hell, if I get too fussy he'll just wait for another sucker.

If the bike has a clear title, I'm thinking about $3,400.00 in small, unmarked bills.

Keep the comments about what to look for coming.

I'll let y'all know how this turns out.

((Maybe $ 2,900))

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Not riding a bike is worse than having more miles. Figure new tires ( I go by the EU 5 yr max) and I suspect flat spots. Change all the fluids and start hunting on e-bay for parts. It should not cost too much to get it in tip top shape.
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