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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-06-2007, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Found a bike with a problem

Hey everyone. The other day I found a bike for sale near me. It seems like a decent starter bike, most importantly it is cheap so I won't care if i junk it after a month. Its a 1986 Yamaha FZ 650CC bike. But when I e-mailed him about it heres what he said about the bike:

When I purchased it, it had to be started by popping the clutch. I had it serviced, and was able to start it easily with the key after. It rode smooth the few times I did so, but began acting up after I filled the tank at a gas station. I'm assuming that the mixture of new fuel with the old (previous owner had also had it sit for quite some time, unused) caused some difficulties. It stalled out often after that, but seemed to run fine as long as it was kept from stalling again-then it was a time to start it again.


Just wondering what could be the problem with this bike, how easy it would be to fix myself (have basic mechanical skills), and also how much it would cost to get it fixed if I'm not able to do it myself.


Thanks in advance for the replies!!! - Don


Edit: Sorry for the spelling mistake in the thread name

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-06-2007, 04:22 PM
 
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Its probably just carbs, from sitting but I would like to know what he is talking about when he says he started it by popping the clutch. Roll starting maybe. probably needs plugs too. It may not be much of a problem but seeing how the guy doesnt seem to know a dang thing about it, it would just depend on the cost to whether I would mess with it or not.
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You'd be safe to assume that the bike has had a lack of maintenance or was improperly stored. The carbs would definately need some attention. If you've never done work on motorcycle carberators it can be challenging to say the least.
Aside from obvious stuff like the rubber (tires and hoses) check for corrosion on the inside of the fuel tank and battery/electrical (lights, horn ect).

Also that should be a FZ 600 not 650.

Those were pretty cool bikes so it might be worth the trouble, depending on how much time and effort and money you want to put into it. How cheap is cheap?

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You'd be safe to assume that the bike has had a lack of maintenance or was improperly stored. The carbs would definately need some attention. If you've never done work on motorcycle carberators it can be challenging to say the least.
Aside from obvious stuff like the rubber (tires and hoses) check for corrosion on the inside of the fuel tank and battery/electrical (lights, horn ect).

Also that should be a FZ 600 not 650.

Those were pretty cool bikes so it might be worth the trouble, depending on how much time and effort and money you want to put into it. How cheap is cheap?
its honestly 1 of those things that looks kinda sketchy. its definately not in perfect condition. According to his ad its been under a trap in his barn for the past 5 years.

I am obviously inexperienced, but how much would a shop want to do the carbs? I've heard they are tough. I e-mailed the guy with a couple questions and depending on his response think I'm just gonna go take a quick look at the bike this weekend....first MEMORIZING that manual for purchasing a bike.


How cheap is cheap you ask? $100
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ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... 100 dollars like american?


shoot i'd buy that no questions asked.
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ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... 100 dollars like american?


shoot i'd buy that no questions asked.
**** you could buy it and quadruple ($400) your money with out doing ANYTHING TO IT
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ya...i'm waiting to hear from the guy. Checkin my e-mail about every 5 minutes...haha
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yeah If i were u I'd jump on it.
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advice stay away get a more common bike like a ex 500 or f2 the fz is in the collector range now. i just do not want to see a newbie hate motorcycling becuase starting on the wrong bike
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kinda hard to learn on a bike that doesnt work properly. get it fixed up, then take the MSF course so you learn the basics.
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ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS i'd buy this bike and another. if i cant get it to work at least it'd make a good yard ornament.
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does it look like this?

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does it look like this?
Little different paint scheme, and not in that good of condition, but yes.

What would be the reasons for this not to be a good starter bike?
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I say for $100, go for it. I've spent more than that on gloves... If it doesn't work out, push it into a river.

My local shop will service carbs for $65 per (and it will have four) and then re-install and sync them up. A shop near you would probably be similar.

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If you get in over your head, ill buy the engine from you.
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Its worth $100 to use for maintenance practice. Practice taking the carbs on and off, removing wheels, etc. You'll probably even get it to run while you are tinkering with it, and you'll learn a great deal on how a bike works.
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ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... 100 dollars like american?


shoot i'd buy that no questions asked.
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I say for $100, go for it. I've spent more than that on gloves... If it doesn't work out, push it into a river.

My local shop will service carbs for $65 per (and it will have four) and then re-install and sync them up. A shop near you would probably be similar.

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post #19 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-10-2007, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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I got a e-mail that says it was sold. Oh well, the search continues!!
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