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post #1 of 14 Old 02-28-2013, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Pic of used bike engine - potential problem?

I am searching for a used Wee in my area but I have never owned one. I found one in my price range and the pics were posted while it was still dirty. In one of the pics the engine has oil on the left hand side. Can anyone tell me if this looks like a normal sort of dirty, maybe from the chain, or more serious like a gasket leak? Any help is greatly appreciated.



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post #2 of 14 Old 02-28-2013, 07:57 PM
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I'm a little dumb founded, why would anyone who is trying to sell a bike not clean it up?

I would find a well kept bike.
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I'll call the owner tomorrow. It has all of the nice suspension upgrades and is set up for more dirt riding which is appealing to me. It only has 25k miles so hopefully it hasn't been thrashed.

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To me it looks like grime on a bike that was owned by someone who never heard of simple green and water. Probably not an outright leak. Lots of bikes will have a very light mist like that that catches dirt. Even if it does turn into a real leak i doubt its a big deal to fix.
Kind of makes one question the laziness of the owner though. If he doesn't keep it clean what else doesn't he do?

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Thanks for the feedback. I called the dealer and he said the guy traded it in dirty after a long trip. It's a 1 owner and the dealer has done all the maintenance. He assured me that there are no oil leaks and even though it has all of the suspension upgrades, the guy didn't do any real off-roading w/ it. I'm getting ready to sell a Vulcan 900 and price-wise it should be about a swap for used wee like this. A Wee would give me a dirt road bike and a winter bike. My main ride is a ST1300, but sometimes it's just too much.
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I'm a little dumb founded, why would anyone who is trying to sell a bike not clean it up?

Maybe because he's really honest and doesn't want to misrepresent the product.
Dirty is as dirty does.
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I'm a little dumb founded, why would anyone who is trying to sell a bike not clean it up?

Maybe because he's really honest and doesn't want to misrepresent the product.
Dirty is as dirty does.
More likely just a slob.

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I have two bikes that I'm looking at, 2006 w/ 25 k miles and a 2004 w/ 20k miles.

They are both moderately farkeled. The big differences between the 2 are that the 2006 has an aftermarket shock(Progressive) , racetech goldvalve fork emulators, skid plate, heated grips but no side bags. The 2004 has GIVI Trekker side bags and top case but no suspension upgrades or skid plate or heated grips. I figure $1000 would finish outfitting either one.

I think the suspension upgrades would be harder for me to do than the bolt-on farkels. I have Gerbing jacket liner and T5 gloves so I don't really need the heated grips. Anyway it's fun to make the choice.
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jesus people! it's a vstrom for chrissakes! it's not supposed to be clean. it's supposed to be ridden.

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