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Old 06-15-2008, 01:37 AM   #1
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Im looking at a used 07 bike that has a digital odometor that reads 390 miles. The seller claims it was a repo, the mileage is accurate and the title is clean. Im not sure if this is true however. What are some clues to look for on the bike that may tell me if the mileage is accurate?
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Old 06-15-2008, 02:39 AM   #2
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An overall "worn" look to the bike, poor-running/hard starting, shagged tires (although, the BACK tire might be shagged from burnouts). Crud in little "crevices" - especially on the engine - look for places where fluids have seeped and drawn dust to them - thicker layer means more time accumulating = more miles on the bike.

One point though - depending on the previous owner; 350 miles isn't really "out of line" - psuedo-riders put little to no miles on a bike each riding season.

I'd be more worried about any abuse the bike incurred, ESPECIALLY if the P.O. knew it was in default and he might lose it. I've a cousin whose then-boyfriend totally stomped the shyte out of a car my Dad co-signed for her when he got word it was going-back to the bank. REALLY pyssed-off Dad when the bank called him about it, he took-over the loan, and went to get the car (THEN discovered the damage). Lucky for my cousin's BF that Dad never found him, there wouldn't be anything left when Dad finished his own shyte-stompin'............
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Old 06-15-2008, 07:55 AM   #3
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Ya I was looking at the tires and the chain. Tires look new and the chain has a white color lube on it. It looks like it could be lube that was done at the factory.
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:52 AM   #4
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Then there are the losers who just buy shyt without any thought about whether they can actually pay for it.
I love those people!
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Old 06-15-2008, 11:47 AM   #5
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Lots of people buy a bike on impulse. Then the reality hits them that they are actually responsible for their own safety and freak out the first time they have a mishap.

Then there are the losers who just buy shyt without any thought about whether they can actually pay for it.
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Old 06-18-2008, 12:45 PM   #6
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I'd check brake pad wear, sprocket wear, etc. Look for any wear at all, with that few miles they should be like new.
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Old 06-18-2008, 06:02 PM   #7
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Ya I was looking at the tires and the chain. Tires look new and the chain has a white color lube on it. It looks like it could be lube that was done at the factory.

That's a pretty good sign the miles are true, the whole bike should look new,shiny paint, no crud built up, look underneath and around the rear shock linkage. Those are the first places to get dirty and the hardest to clean, there should be very minimal dirt there.
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