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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-20-2005, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
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buying a used race bike....

I'm going to look at a 2004 600RR race bike on Saturday. I assume that it's an insurance write off, and then rebuilt as a track only bike. I've seen the bike at the track and watched the owner race, so I know it's basically sound, but have never given it a close inspection. Is there anything specific I should pay close attention to?? I'm thinking that it has had at least one good crash, so I'm looking for something that may have been missed that could be a weak point or possibly cause me a problem or reliablity issue down the road.
Maybe you can post up some of the things that broke during your own crashes so I have some items to check over carefully. I'm a licensed auto mechainc, and I've been working on bikes for a couple of years on the side, so basic mechaincal items are no problem.

The bike is well equipped, and the price is right ($7000 canadian), so I think I'm going to go for it if everything checks out ok....

Here's a link to the 4 sale ad. : http://www.bcsportbikes.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=60139
check it out and tell me what you think....
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My biggest worry would be what the bike was used for specifically...........



Did he do sprints or endurance races? Endurances races tax the motors beyond belief and maintenance is key.
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no we don't do any enurance racing locally around here, sprints only, amateurs run 10 laps, and I think the pros run 10-12 laps depending on the schedule. And I believe the track is only 1.5 miles long.
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Me personally, I'd atleast want to see a compression test done on the bike if it has been used as a track bike.


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a compression test wouldn't be a bad idea, but what I also would possibly suggest is having it brought to someone that does chassis geometry to make sure that everything is straight.

Tell the person that you want it brought in for a compression test and to also check the geometry. If he insists its all good then tell him to take the costs for this off the top of his asking price. If something doesn't check out have him pay it or split it with you.

These motors are strong and can take punishment. Two seasons of racing on them is nothing and even endurance races aren't that bad on them. Plus replacement motors are cheap. A friend of mine just got one for 500 USD.

$7K CAN still sounds a bit high though for an '04 unless it has all the race bits on it already. Find one in the states for cheap, rent a van, and go pick it up.

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a compression test wouldn't be a bad idea, but what I also would possibly suggest is having it brought to someone that does chassis geometry to make sure that everything is straight.

Tell the person that you want it brought in for a compression test and to also check the geometry. If he insists its all good then tell him to take the costs for this off the top of his asking price. If something doesn't check out have him pay it or split it with you.

These motors are strong and can take punishment. Two seasons of racing on them is nothing and even endurance races aren't that bad on them. Plus replacement motors are cheap. A friend of mine just got one for 500 USD.

$7K CAN still sounds a bit high though for an '04 unless it has all the race bits on it already. Find one in the states for cheap, rent a van, and go pick it up.

Ya it has all the race stuff already, ohlins, flex-glass, gears, damper, rearsets, etc....compression test & chassis check sound like a good idea though....
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