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bike after fire. should I buy?

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A friend of mine has a bike that as been in a fire for some reason and he is saying the I need to change the plastics, sit, sub frame and electric harness.

My question is, is it worth it? the engine/frame could be damaged from the fire? what sould I check at the bike?

Thanks.

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You should check EVERYTHING. If the fire was very hot, every rubber or plastic part could be ruined. This mean needing a new carb, a complete engine tear down.

Only buy it for the metal's value.

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All of the seals are probably ruined and the grease inside the bearings is probably gone. Did the bike catch fire and burn or was it in a garage and the garage burn?

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Aluminum melts at about 500 degrees, steel at much higher temps, but both loose their strength if heated. A wise hot rodder once told me "Walk if it's been on fire!" There are plenty of these bikes out there, and you don't need a pile of scrap metal to fold on you in a jump.

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I'd pass. As others have stated, you would need to completely rebuild the bike from the ground up which could easily cost more than a lightly used bike. It's reliability would almost always be in question, something you don't want while riding through Golan Heights!

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