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found one, and it's making me think.... would love to have one as a track bike. don't really know shizzit about these bikes, but i'm pretty mechanical, gotta ZRX, a KTM SMR, and a Harley chopper(i know that's a dirty word.....). i gotta go look at this thing, gimme some ideas what to look at? if i can't turn over the motor, is there anything i can tell? i guess that's kind of a dumb question..... the side covers look good, doesn't look like the motor was rashed at all. where do you check the oil in these things, is there a sight glass?.... help me out...
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Makes a fun track bike. Just be aware that parts are expensive for this bike and are getting more expensive and harder to find, so if it needs a lot of work.....idk, it'll probably end up costing as much to fix(if not more) then buying one in good shape.

Check the usual things, make sure the fork, frame, and subframe are straight and not bent or dented
Make sure the motor and covers are not rashed up.
Plastics are expensive for this bike.....but if its just for the track you can pick up race fairings for a few hundred.
Check the wiring.....they have a tendency to be butchered from previous owners and can turn into a nightmare.
Make sure the tank is dented scratched.....if its an SP1 (2000-20010 you will most likely end up replacing the tank because the SP1s had a fuel leak issue. tanks in good condition run about 500 bucks. You can tell if the tank is leaking. you'll see and feel grease and grime on the left side of the bike, by the tank hinge, and on the inside of the frame all the way down to the rearsets.
Those are som of the main things i can think of.

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