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post #1 of 4 Old 09-24-2013, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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Looking at adding an older bike

What kind of questions should I ask over the phone when I call this guy? I am two hours away and I don't want to make the drive if I could have asked the right questions and eliminated this bike as a lost cause or too much work ahead of time.

If I go look at it, what are some of the things that I need to pay attention to in a bike this old? I know that hoses and other rubber bits are going to be dry and cracked, I am more worried about frame rust that would weaken the strength of the frame.

Here is the ad: tulsa.craigslist.org/mcy/4058344469.html
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-24-2013, 08:13 AM
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'Is it running?"

"Licensed and currently inspected?"

Fear not; at that price, you can part it out and make money!

Ride it HOME!

Nice-looking "Barbie" model!
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'Is it running?"

"Licensed and currently inspected?"

Fear not; at that price, you can part it out and make money!

Ride it HOME!

Nice-looking "Barbie" model!
Yup. I always chat with someone for a while before I buy a vehicle, too. You can get a good sense of the previous owner's character, I think, and that's gotta be good.




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That's a steal! I agree, if you can't get it working, you could always part it out for that price, worst case.

But for that price, whatever you need to put into it to get it working and/or perfect will be worth it. You've got about $1500 to spend on it to get it working nice before you'd hit anything close to a ceiling on what you could resell a nice, decent looking working bike for.
And that's if you never actually rode it and got any of your investment via enjoyment out of the bike!

From the ad though, the "needs battery" is always the most suspicious thing...
I'd ask when it last ran, who ran it, how often was it used up to that point, if not very often - why not. You should just try to get a picture on how the bike was used, how often, if the owner ever experienced any problems with the bike, if he knows of any problems that still exist on the bike (besides the flat battery), etc.
Seems like minimal risk on that bike though. I'm tempted to pack up a battery and fly to Tulsa myself and ride it home to Buffalo
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