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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-24-2010, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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1992 Sitting for 14 Years

Guy has a 7500 mile 1992 Vulcan that's been sitting for 14 years. He says his uncle gave it to him when he moved far away, but he never rode it. He says it's in great shape, but needs a battery and a tune-up...

I'm thinking new tires, clean the carbs, new plugs, oil... check the brakes, as they might be bad from sitting, etc...

Any 'gotchas' to look out for? I know to ask if it's got a good title. I'll try to start it with a jump start, and see if the headlight dims at idle to check for a working stator...

I'm kind of wallowing between this and the 4800 mile 05 for $3k... or just waiting to see what else comes along. LOL

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How much is he asking? As you said, it'll need tires, battery, tuneup, carb clean, oil change, tank cleaning, electrical check, etc. All of that will be at least $1000, maybe more. If his asking price is less than $1000 I'd consider it, if not pass for the '05.

It makes me sad hearing about old, low-mileage bikes. Better to ride it until it falls apart. Mine? Put 2k on the odometer in the last 3 weeks. Ride, ride, then ride some more.

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You don't say where the bike is....(city, state)?

Also: you don't say what cosmetic condition the bike is in (was it stored in an enclosed environment--or if was stored outside, instead)?

A relative says it could be rideable in a few days by replacing the tires & battery, a few hydraulic lines (and the fluids), and running Chem Tool carb cleaner thru the carbs (instead of detailed carb cleaning and/or overhaul). This assumes no loose rust in the fuel tank.

Do any of the rest of you agree with this assessment? Or is he being a bit too optimistic?....

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I talked with him on the phone this evening.
He said the tank is rusty and the battery is dead.
Nobody has tried to start it.
He said the tank has a few scratches that look like they came from a belt buckle, and the seat has a couple of dabs of paint on it.
He hadn't checked to see if the brakes worked, but was going to see if they 'felt' good.
He also said he's no mechanic, and works with rocks all day. LOL
The license plate reads 1996, and it's been kept in a garage.
I'm assuming it's an unheated garage since the tank is rusty.

He wants $800 as it sits.
He is supposed to send pics tomorrow.
Here's a pic after he pressure washed it.



That's all I've got right now.
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05 for 3k if it's been cared for...actually make em an (cash) offer, wether they know it or not, it's a buyers market. Seen vn750s sit on CL for months. Seen lots of bikes sit on CL for months. Midpoint of Kelley Blue Book is $2705. If it is in great shape, I'd probably start at $2,500, willing to go to $2,800. My 2 cents, and not even worth that!

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I'm not going to jump on this, so I'll share the craigslist ad. He started at $2000 in his first ad, posted ads going progressively down to $1000, in this last one he says he'll even trade it for a pellet stove... and on the phone he said he'll take $800.

He said he doesn't know anything about bikes and isn't a bike person.

He also said that he probably won't bother posting it again until spring.

Here it is, in case anybody is interested.
Item is located in Columbus, Ohio

http://columbus.craigslist.org/mcy/1994221139.html

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Good move. I re-read one of your posts...Here is a pic after he pressure washed it. OY! Can you feel the love?

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He should part it out. He can sell me the final drive. I will take it for 100$.

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Damn! Too bad he is in OH. I have a pellet stove that I don't use that I would trade. I can imagine what the shipping charge would be pretty expensive too.

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I would buy the 05. It'll probably be cheaper in the long run.
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