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Red flags on used bikes listing ! Things that keep me amused!

Spoody

Well travelled
I like reading owners descriptions and pictures on used bikes for sale . Here are a few of my favorite ones . Easy fix, if its so easy why don't you fix it before offering it for sale . Dent in tank from previous owner, those previous owners are hard on their motorcycles . I like the ones who keep the bikes under a tarp decide to sell drags the tarp off or sometimes half way off then takes a picture too lazy to drag the tarp out of the picture. Only needs carb cleaning , yea!!! And I recently saw a 2001 bike for sale listed low mileage original tires. Original tires on a 2001 is not a selling point . I saw a used Sportster with vines growing around the engine and I couldn't tell if the tires were flat or had set in one spot so long they'd sunk into the ground . Not to mention they were asking several thousand more than the same model in good shape sells for. Just a few that keep me amused . Chime in if you see any where you think "Let me know when you get an offer on that".
 

George S.

Well travelled
Yeah the pictures that show the tarp at the edge of the photo gets me too. As does the “easy fix for the buyer”.
“Ran well when parked”. When was it parked, 1982?
Also when they take it out of the shed and wash it and take The photo while it’s still wet and a water puddle under it.
Or when they take the photo at the spot just outside the garage where they always park it, and there’s some sketchy looking oily stain right under the bike.
And what about when they don’t even bother to take it out of the shed or garage, and just take a photo with the bike tangled in a mass of other crap like a riding lawn mower, a long ago forgotten exercise bike, etc, and you can’t even tell where the bike in question begins and ends.
 

Stig57

Well travelled
Location
Wigan
I don't think it's that old. AMF era were iron barrels and the tank never had a ridge down the middle.
Some of the newer models had AMF-era paint jobs and the one in the pic looks like a rubber mount 'cos the rear of the clutch cover is different as well from the solid mounts.
OK, so I'm a geek :)
 

Spoody

Well travelled
Just saw a listing ,tarp laying beside bike . Bike was covered in dust , you couldn't even read the numbers on the tach or speedo as they were completely dust covered . Too lazy to wipe the bike off .
 

Alan F.

Well travelled
If I had bought that bike for sure I'd be keeping the patina.

Clean up the dirt and all, but that 30 years of sitting had made a finish which simply can not be bought for any monies. I'd rock that rusty ride so hard that the National Geologic Society would want to have words with me.
Exactly my plan, keep the patina but lose the rust and replace what I must.
 

Roy Gavin

Well travelled
Actually I lowballed his $300 asking price by half, I've got 2/3 of it including the wheels soaked in Evaporust and coated with CorrosionX, I'll do more this winter. The engine spins but I haven't looked at it otherwise.
Drain the sump , it is probably half full of water.
Around that time brake linings were glued on with an adhesive which corroded the alloy shoes underneath the linings, so have a good check---!
If the motor stopped with the exhaust valve open chances are there is rust on the stems so fill the valve boxes or the cylinders with something too,
Might loosen the rings too.
Rescued a (free} Black Bomber which had stood a similar time not that long ago - new house owner would have paid to have it removed and dumped!
Tires, battery , brake shoes and indicators and the usual lube clean adjust and it ran fine - only had 16,000 km on the clock.
Good luck with yours!
Rego was surprisingly easy, never been reported stolen and previous owner uncontactable, they just seemed to want my money!
 

Alan F.

Well travelled
No water came out just old oil, clean and golden at the top but black on the bottom.
Some hot diesel should clean it out when the time comes.
First thing was to fill the head ports, valve train compartment and cylinders with seafoam deep creep, then I turned it over with a socket on the alternator a few full revs before putting the socket on a slow corded drill for a couple of minutes.
New brake shoes front and rear from Thailand were pricey, thankfully I bought all of the parts I'd need back in 2021/early 2022!
 

Roy Gavin

Well travelled
Lo
No water came out just old oil, clean and golden at the top but black on the bottom.
Some hot diesel should clean it out when the time comes.
First thing was to fill the head ports, valve train compartment and cylinders with seafoam deep creep, then I turned it over with a socket on the alternator a few full revs before putting the socket on a slow corded drill for a couple of minutes.
New brake shoes front and rear from Thailand were pricey, thankfully I bought all of the parts I'd need back in 2021/early 2022!
Looks like you have been there before too, but never drained a stored motor that didn't have condensation in the sump!
 
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