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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-23-2011, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of buying a used '97 750. Yes? No?

Found one on Craigslist for $1400. The guy told me he would meet me at his buddy's motorcycle shop in San Marcos, I'd pay him the money, and he would pay his buddy to replace the driveshaft right there, and i ride it home.

Does itseem like a good deal? If so, would this be a good bike for me?

I've been riding for about a year and a half, the whole time on my '82 Honda GL500 Silverwing 'til it was stolen. That bike treated me VERY well and I had no problems handling it.

So tell me, guys... Is this a gimmick, or is this ad heaven-sent?
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$1400 would be a good deal for the bike but I think this deal sounds funny. I am getting bad vibes on this arrangement, be careful sounds like it could be a set up for a rip off. Is this buddy shop a legitimate shop?

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Yes, to me that sounds like a good deal. That is if in fact, you will ride away with a replaced rear drive and a good coupler.

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I may be wrong here, but I seem to remember someone on this forum saying that replacing a final drive is around $1,000. If this is correct, I would be asking myself if this guy would sell his mechanically sound '97 for $400? Seems a bit too good to be true IMHO. It would be a great deal if legit. If you're serious about this offer, make sure you go into it with both eyes open. Just my 2 cents.


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There's got to be a reason the guy hasn't already replaced the final drive. I'd be leery of this one.

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Take a friend or two with you... does it have papers?
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I'd want to go for a look-see before making the deal, and let them know you're not carring the money. Do you know how to tell a good set of splines from bad ones? I'd want to know they were good before I paid any money, and lubed with the proper grease, such as Honda Moly 60. Would also like to know why the replacement parts are on hand but not yet installed. Doesn't make a lot ot sense to me, and I think I'd pass on the deal. Definitely take several friends if you decide to follow through. Security should be paramount.

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Sounds funny to me too. Did you ask what else is wrong with the bike? Why can't we see the front end in the pics? All the pics are of small portions of the bike, I don't like it. Yeah if you go, take a couple people with you and, if possible, DON'T bring the cash! Let them know you don't have it on you from the start but can get it once the drive work has started.
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You could do the repairs your self. Changing the final drive or the drive sgaft on this bike is pretty easy & most of the parts can be found easily on ebay. The price is good but I agree. Something sounds amiss. It's deffinitly worth checking out though. Just be cautious. The 750 is a great fun peppy bike & there's always one for sale some where.
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PhayzeR ... starting to get the vibe here? I'm with most of the rest of the crew. The bike is evidently only about 30~40 miles away, you could go for a look see before progressing the deal to the drive shaft installation. Look the bike over real good electrically and cosmetically, discuss any mods, pull levers, play with switches, hear it run and rev, etc. ... The seller might even let you do a quick compression test on both cylinders, you get the point. Not having the cash on you, and having a buddy or two with you on the first meeting is great advice, I would use caution, and heed this tidbit of sage.

P.S. Oh yea ... you could also review the title. Could be important.

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