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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-05-2005, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Help me with a few questions regarding poss. buying a salvage title bike...

Ok, my first instinct is to run, but...maybe this is an ok I'd like your advice.

I saw an SV 650 on craigslist. It's near me. Looks ok from the pic. Seller says it's a 2003, "5,700 original miles, good condition, strong runner." I email him and ask a little more about it...he says it has a "salvage restored" title, that he works at a bike shop and "The bike had fade & chips on paint so we repainted to factory metallic blue. ( we have motorcycle bodywork repair & mechanic shop ) There was no mechanical damage. I never got any problem since I got this bike."

Besides the fact of his grammar (I'm an English teacher... ) anything sound odd to you about this? I'm wary that a salvage title would have been given to a bike with just minimal cosmetic damage like that. I've asked him for the VIN to call the DMV and check up on it if I can; also I asked for more history about the "damage" to the bike, how did it happen. He did also say he dropped it in the garage because the kickstand wasn't all the way down, which I can understand, but if he's a mechanic...

He's asking $3500 too, which seems way too high. I bought an '02 SV 650 with NO problems whatsoever, impeccable condition, for $3500...From my understanding, salvage titles are going to potentially make it harder to register/insure...and worth less than the Blue Book I'm more prepared to offer $3000.

Thoughts? Thanks!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-05-2005, 10:09 AM
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I seriously doubt the bike was painted to hide rock chips. Chances are there is more damage, like a cracked fairing, or some road rash.

At the same time, bikes are rediculously easy to total. A typical crash will likely result in 2-3 broken fairings, messed up lever, scatched clip on, and a dented tank. Perhaps a broken headlight.
Thats plenty enough to total the bike, given that you are looking at ($700 tank, $500 headlight, 2-3 fairing piecess $250) Thats almost $1500 in damage on a $8,000 bike. Once you count in labor, and something like a scatched alternator cover, the bike is totalled.

But I agree, $3500 is high for a totalled bike. Why bother when there are untotalled to be had for the same price?

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i think the reason the majority of ppl paint their bikes is to hide up a wreck, not lil rock chips and not to look cool (except for thug bikes). and if its been down, there are many variables.
3)engine leaks

the list can go on and on, im not a mechanic, but thats the first thing id be looking for. and ask yourself if you would repaint a bike and spend all of that money on some paint chips from gravel.

but, id still go look at it.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-05-2005, 01:50 PM
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Around here we just use stickers to hide scratches and cracked fairings.
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