Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Pull up a log and grab a coldie. If I was shopping for a GT (good choice) I would look closely at the owner, and I have bought many bikes, more than I can recall. I chat and figure out what sort of a rider he is. I bought a 10000 k RS (same thing) because the owner was of mature age, police trained (as I was , 6 week school) , the k,s had been run up quick, and he was dropping it cos his wife was dropping him. So as usual I got another bargain. I would check underneath for oil leaks between the gearbox and the motor, seems a common problem in the US, probably cos they lay up their bikes for winter. I suspect the seals harden up, like in an a/c compressor. Then I would ride it and try and figure if he was selling it cos the frame was warped through an accident. If it felt stable I would be happy enough. Expect to hear the bucket of rocks noise from the gearbox. Not evident in mine at purchase, but now at 100,000 it sounds bad. Some times. No probs. If any one is admiring my bike at the lights, I put a bit of pressure on the clutch lever, stops the noise. Check for clutch slip, service intervals, and by whom. I tend to stay away from kids who have modified their bikes, I prefer the bike standard. The only riders capable of riding this bike to its full potential have names like Stoner or Doolan. Great machines. I use mine every day for shopping, and the occasional fast trip between Melbourne and Townsville.