Took the ride . . .
OK. Took the test ride. Bike is just a bit rougher than the photos, but nothing major. The basics all check out although we met in a public place so I didnít get to start it cold. Clutch was good, no racket and shifting was a little notchy but didnt jump out of gear. ESA has issues. Could not get the button to change on the display with either a press or hold, still or moving, in N or gear. The suspension seemed very firm. I did have a Yellow triangle warning the entire ride. The bike was also very low on gas- range remaining like 30 miles. I think I read on the online manual that the yellow triangle comes on with the fuel warning, would that trump the ESA portion of the display- I thought he ESA modes display at the bottom? I rode it for about 20 minutes, did not get beyond side streets and a couple four lane streets with lights. Brakes seemed fine on both ends and only slightly felt what was the servo assist. Never grabbed enough to get the ABS to kick in. Revs cam up fine, Iím not used to high rev limits so I was shifting a bit early- but hey I was in town.
Owner reports she got the bike at a great price but never really rode it much, she didn't tell me the price She paid. She knew nothing of the ESA or its function- kinda felt like she was playing dumb. She claimed the new tires and battery were last year, but may have been earlier- I forgot to check the tire dates (damn) but they still had hair on them. Iím guessing it has mostly been sitting for the past year, maybe two. Last service was at the BMW dealer, someone else took it in and paid for it for her and she does not have the receipt.
Interesting adds- MZ? Bar risers, BMW cases, bmw battery tender already wired, two accessory plugs (the cigarette plug type.). No manuals or tools. She hinted at throwing in a helmet.
I have the VIN. Told her I have to research the ESA issue. I can also call BMW and have them check the warranty/service bulletin work. She offered to fix whatever is wrong with it, until I explained the potential cost of suspension replacement. She stayed after me pretty hard, so I can tell she is trying to get out of it. She said she would pay for the checkup with BMW.
Her eagerness concerns me. Her not knowing what the ESA even is seemed dodgy.
My gut says walk away, there are a lot of great bikes out there. Part of me also says lowball the offer to part it out level and enjoy whatever life it has left in it. I mean- oil/gas/filters. Maybe coolant and rear drive service and see how far it takes me. The ride was really firm so maybe its running in 2up+ and sport? Again, I restarted it without issue. It spooled up fine, some popping coming down the revs, not a lot. No weird noises from the clutch, shifting was notchy but never jumped out. Brakes seemed spot on.