Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Korinthos, Greece
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
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I found mine standing on a dealer's show room, and time was printed all over it from standing still for over than 2 years.
However it was in a store so all it's damage was it's hardened tires and a lot of dust in some spots.
I asked the dealer to start it up and he promised he would once he had the new battery delivered cause the one on it was dead long ago.
So next time i went there, I had the money with me and the dealer started the bike for me but he wouldn't let me test ride it. There has been lots of stealing bikes this way so he wouldn't take the chance.
Having my mechanical experience as a judge, I was convinced that the bike was in a very good and OEM condition on the engine.
Of course that is no warranty on anything but it turned out well for me.
During the first year of ownership I had to replace the fork seals, tires, and a full meticulous service to make her "fresh" again but that was something I expected anyway, since I bought an 8 year old bike which was standing on a display screen since 2005!
I know though a lot of cases that people, even though they took the test ride, they were deceived big time. They came in the workshop to repair the bike always telling that they bought it some days before and on the test ride it was working ok while I was coming up with camouflaged damages that even me wouldn't have noticed if I was in their shoes.
That is why, for me, meeting the previous owner and talking a while with him/her about the bike is more revealing than taking the bike apart.
Cheap replacements, tie wraps, glue, wore out tires in the middle, blueish brake rotors etc etc are bad news......maybe the bike is still good inside it's engine but, for me, it doesn't wort the risk.......there are other bikes to review, out there, too.
Last edited by MakisRC51; 10-14-2012 at 09:19 PM.