There was a 2001 TL1000r in the paper today for $3200. I figured for that price that it was atleast worth looking at. I figured it had to have been down too. Custom paint, missing fairing the ad said.
I called. Here's what he told me. 12 o'clocked it doing a wheelie. Tail section busted up. Bondo fixed. Cracked nose fairing. Missing right side mirror. No lower left fairing. Needs front tire.
So the dood seems to be upfront. I call my buddy. Him, my wife, and I roll down to see the mighty twin.
It's as he described...but needs a few other things. Rear brake lever is bent to hell. Clutch and front brake levers have the ends broken off.
So he says he'll start it and take it down the road so I can hear it. Fair enough I say. He goes to start it. Takes several cranks to fire. That concerns me. He also said he was riding it today. So it shoulda fired right up IMO.
But when it did fire....WOW. The sound of a V-twin.
Damn did it sound good. It has V&H ss2r system on it. The same as my 92. I'm not wild about the V&H.
So I say to him...do YOU wanna take it down the road so I can hear this bad boy. By now he realizes I know more about his bike then he does and says..."YOU can take it." Hellllll yeah.
"Be careful", he says, "it's got alot of torque." Understood. I take her down the road. Man it sounds awesome. It's WAY more comfortable than my 92. It felt a ton lighter too. Although in reality they are close to the same weight. Within 20 pounds or so. I DOES NOT handle like a semi-truck (as onesickpsycho said in the SV1000 thread.) It handles very well.
After I come back from a quick trip to the end of the road...I get out the flash light. I notice the left side of the engine has oil on it.
Not good. I couldn't tell where it was coming from. But it was there. Also...I revved the engine a bit when I got back and a HUGE flame shot out the pipes.
He proceeds to tell me this 2001 is carberated and it was remapped.
That is a bit contradictory. I know for a fact that the TLR is FI'd. But I wasn't gonna argue.
Why would a FI'd bike that was warm take so long to start. Why would flames shoot out the pipes and where is the oil coming from? Those are the questions I had.
Basically it would cost me an additional grand or so to get it back to factory looking. All new skins, tires, levers, brakes, tune up, etc. It's not worth 3200 to me. I might call him in about a month and low ball him...he did say he would negotiate the price.