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Offline Quattro695

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Potential purchase (high mileage)
« on: December 13, 2017, 08:51:11 AM »
Greetings everyone.

I found this 86 700s RWB in the local classifieds. The choke lever is seized, a few scratches, and a small dent in the tank, but overall its in good condition. Started right up and idled smoothly. I didn't hear any odd noises. My main concern is the mileage. It has 80k. From what I gather these motors are very robust. But still, that's a lot of miles. Seller wants $1000 or best offer. Decent buy or should I continue my search?

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Re: Potential purchase (high mileage)
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2017, 10:53:38 AM »
I'd pass on it for $1000.  But it really comes down to how much you're willing to spend.   Not sure where you're located, but winter is usually a good time to buy for states with only 3 riding seasons.   Even in the spring, you should be able to get a 750 with half the miles on it for $1500.  Unless you're in California or Hawaii.

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Re: Potential purchase (high mileage)
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2017, 01:11:20 PM »
I'm in the Midwest. I've checked out a few other 650s with less than 30k that weren't in better condition than this 700s. I just really like this color combo.





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Re: Potential purchase (high mileage)
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2017, 03:39:32 PM »
That doesn't look like it's in particularly fantastic condition cosmetically.  Might have been dropped on both sides (brake pedal has been scraping the clutch cover indicating that it's probably bent, and I don't know how you'd get that dent in the tank except by dropping it).  The wheels have some rash on them.  Turn signals are aftermarket replacements.  I believe it may be a California model as it has some kind of tank under the fuel tank, above the carbs.
$1000 is not a terrible price, but the seller is probably banking on this being (inexplicably, to me) the most popular colour scheme.  People have taken these engines well over 120k miles with regular maintenance and care, but you probably have no way of knowing the history of this particular machine.
Five years ago I paid $1000 for an excellent condition 1984 model with 21k on the clock, a luggage rack, and engine guards.  I would be cautious with this one, but I wouldn't immediately say no.  Remember that no matter what you buy, with something this old you're going to need to know how to do your own routine maintenance and probably be also ready to dig into forks, clutch, final drive, and more.
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Re: Potential purchase (high mileage)
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2017, 07:53:04 AM »
I would concur with the other opinions so far.. One item to add is finding parts if needed can be a challenge with any 30+ year old bike.
As Mollusc said, there could be a lot of life left in it if it was well cared for.. but if not, it well could be nearing serious trouble land.
It doesn't look particularly well cared for... not just the dents, but rusty bolts whisper neglect...
Excuse me if I'm a bit pedantic, but I don't know your experience level.
Things I'd ask (if you haven't already):
Bike history - How long owner had it - Why selling it - Any maintenance receipts - What has current owner done with it - CAN you let a mechanic check it out..
Check engine oil - sludge or really dirty - I'd walk
It starts and runs - does it smoke- was it cold when first started or did he use a lot of starting fluid a few minutes before you showed up?
How does it ride - clutch and tranny work ok?  Any weird noises (like grinding or whining final drive)
Head shake or not?
How about tire AGE - even if you've got tread, rubber much over 5 years only looks like a tire - Look at the DOT emblem 4 digits WWYY WW = weeks of year YY = year  e.g. 5012 is a tire exactly 5 years old (50 weeks into 2012, or mid December 2012).  Not a deal breaker, but maybe a negotiation point if other things look good.
Rubber parts condition - Some can be replaced aftermarket (e.g. hydraulic lines) but some others are likely shot and need replacement.
This may also tell you some of the story as to how the bike was stored.

I guess the first question should have been what you want to do with a/the bike.
Do you want a beater to blast around the block to get motorcycling checked off your to do list, or are you looking at a long term investment in keeping the bike ?
If it's the later, starting with a bike that has been cared for is worth the restoration effort.



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Re: Potential purchase (high mileage)
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2017, 08:11:07 AM »
Be sure to check the tires for age.  If over 5 yrs old, use the cost of new tires to lower the price.

If you can get the bike for $750, then it becomes a good deal (for you), if you are "stuck" on the color and design.

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Re: Potential purchase (high mileage)
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2017, 12:18:21 PM »
Thanks for the tips. This would just be a beater to get me back into riding, after many years away. I'm not expecting mint condition on a 80k commuter bike. I just really like the 700s...Maybe I'll keep looking.

 

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