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Buying a XR400, what to look for.

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g'day

im going to be purchasing a XR400 within the next few months, so the 250 is going to be on the market soon.

What should i look for, other than basic oil leaks abuse etc.

would a bike with primarily road use have problems with the swingarm pivot bolt seizing?

im mainly looking at bikes 2001 on with less than 10000km's, so there usually in fairly good condition.

Abuse is going to be the biggest killer right?

thanks :busted:

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There are a lot of XR4's getting about, the ones for sale pull good money in Oz. The reason they get the good money is because they take a lot to kill. Look for wear on the cases, make sure the sub-frame is straight and read about the XR400SM. There are a heap on fLeaBay. Late model ones can be a bit more expensive but worth it. There is even one with eStart.

I mention the SM because it is difficult to get them to go as hard as the R.

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would a bike with primarily road use have problems with the swingarm pivot bolt seizing?

Sure it would. The bolts don't have squat for grease from the factory. At least ask the owner of any bike you're considering if it's ever had the bolt out for greasing.

You've had your 250 a while and should know what to look for if buying another, so look over the same when buying a 400.

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get on it and give it some juice. Look behind you for any smoke, bluish smoke. If she burns clear on a high rev acceleration, the motor probably won't need any serious investment any time soon

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