but I found a deal I can't refuse. Found a 2007 R6 in dire need of, well, pretty much everything that I'll be picking up in a few weeks. At least it is a clean slate to start with. Lots of work ahead.
I went to pick up an exhaust for my 250 from a small dealer and saw this.
Jokingly one guy there asked if I wanted a project for $2500. I didn't really think much of it, but took a quick look and it looked decent but I'm not really in a position to be looking at bikes since I'm closing on a house in a few weeks.
I couldn't resist and sent him a message a few days later to ask if they still had it. They still did and said they were about to advertise it for $2800, said he would take $2500 since they offered it to me at that. I asked if I could break it down a little and check the wheels. Sure enough the front wheel has a slight lateral wobble, but the rotors are good. Also noticed that the lower triple has had both steering stops taken off of it. Not broken off, but actually ground down like someone purposely took them off. So he lets me take the forks off to check them and the left one is very slightly bent. We go back and forth with a high from me of $1700 and a low from him of $2000, ending in a stalemate and no deal. We shake hands and I thank him for letting me tear it apart (I put it back together too), and I wish him the best.
Well a couple days later I get a call that they wouldn't feel right selling it without disclosing everything I found and would be willing to take $1700 to get it gone.
Lowdown of the bike:
Clean title (was a bank repo), unknown miles, missing the obvious, and ecu, doesn't have keys, can't start it. I did take a look at the oil and it was clean. The coolant looked good. The OEM chain is still on it with no wear showing on the sprocket, and the brake pads had lots of meat left on them, leading me to think this was a fairly low mile bike
My original plan was to piece together an '08+ cbr600rr trackbike for next season a little at a time off ebay and forums. I would have probably paid close to $1500 just for an engine or frame. So, even if she doesn't run, I basically paid $1700 for a clean title frame, swingarm, tank, rear wheel and wiring harness. Still a good deal.
I was considering buying Evad101's RC51, but I want to try something different, and I won't feel bad if I toss a lowly R6 down the pavement.