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  1. I'll have to ask. I actually did not notice that until you pointed it out (so thank you!). Is the wear on the clutch cover what you would expect after 7 hours of riding?
  2. I'm looking at a 2018 YZ250F for $4,950. Seller claims the bike only has 7 hours. I asked for close up pics of the motor, and I'm a little skeptical because the clutch cover has a few more scratches than I would expect to see after 7 hours of use. The seller did say that he's fine if I want to take it to a shop to have them look at it and plug in a Yamaha tuner, and also that a friend of his has a tuner he could borrow as an alternative. He seemed pretty knowledgeable based on our phone conversation. He lives 2 hours away, which is why we've only talked on the phone and I've only seen pictures. Not ideal because its obviously easier to judge the character of the seller and quality of the bike in person, but I also don't want to make a 4 hour round trip without being confident that I am most likely coming home with a new bike. I would appreciate your thoughts and feedback on this bike.
  3. I'm looking at a 2018 YZ250F for $4,950. Seller claims the bike only has 7 hours. I asked for close up pics of the motor, and I'm a little skeptical because the clutch cover has a few more scratches than I would expect to see after 7 hours of use. The seller did say that he's fine if I want to take it to a shop to have them look at it and plug in a Yamaha tuner, and also that a friend of his has a tuner he could borrow as an alternative. He seemed pretty knowledgeable based on our phone conversation. He lives 2 hours away, which is why we've only talked on the phone and I've only seen pictures. Not ideal because its obviously easier to judge the character of the seller and quality of the bike in person, but I also don't want to make a 4 hour round trip without being confident that I am most likely coming home with a new bike. Anyways, that's the background info on my question. Is it possible to do anything to a YZ250F that would make a tuner show 7 hours when it really has more hours on it?
  4. I'll try to keep the intro short. I'm getting back into Motocross after a very long time off. I have done a lot of research recently on what to look for when buying a used bike, but I don't have as much mechanical knowledge as I would like to - which is why I'm here looking for some advice and opinions on the 2017 YZ250F that I am considering buying. The seller is young and selling because he doesn't have time to ride now that he's in college. He, and his dad, are telling me the bike only has 30-40 hours and it has only been trail ridden. After meeting him and his Dad, and looking at the bike, I think they are telling me the truth. I realize that's partly because I WANT what they are telling me to be the truth. I looked over the bike pretty thoroughly. There are a few things I noticed that seemed questionable. Everything I noticed is included in the pictures. We talked about the price/negotiated a bit. If I decide to buy it, the agreed upon price is $4,000. Potential Issues (what I noticed): Rust on the chain. It appears to only be surface rust, but any rust is bad. Is this normal? Does this mean the chain needs to be replaced (and if so, any idea how much a shop would charge me?)? Rust on part of the rear brakes. This seemed to be surface rust even more so than what I saw on the chain. Same questions - Is this normal? Does this mean the rear brakes need to be replaced (and if so, any idea how much a shop would charge me?)? Does the rear tire look too worn down to have only had 30-40 hours on it? The seller was honest enough to tell me that he hasn't changed/cleaned the air filter. I did look at the air filter (unfortunately did not think to take pictures). It wasn't clean or brand new by any means, but I also didn't think it was in terrible shape. I took it off to see the screen underneath and there was not any debris on it. Other Questions: I couldn't see what the oil level was when I looked at the gauge on the side of the motor. I didn't see an oil line at all, it was more like you just couldn't see through it at all. Is it normal for oil to get caked on so you can't really see though it and have to use the dip stick? (The seller claims to have changed the oil every 4 hours) I had the same issue as described in #1 when trying to look at the brake fluid (front and rear gauges). I didn't see anything to indicate it was dark and needed to be changed, but I felt like I wasn't seeing anything. Could anyone help me understand how I'm supposed to look at these gauges and be able to tell whether the fluid needs to be flushed/replaced? (I did take it for a test drive, and the brakes worked just fine. I was actually surprised by the sensitivity of the front brake) Other Observations: I asked the seller not to start it before I came so I could look at parts of the motor while it was cold. I also wanted to cold start it, and it fired up on the 3rd kick. The bike sounds good and the motor doesn't have any kind of rattling or ticking sounds. Test ride went well. I only took it up and down the street (gears 1-4; didn't want to go all the way to 5 as I was already well over the 25 MPH speed limit of his neighborhood road). Shifted fine and the bike has plenty of power. The bike it completely stock. Suspension has not been re-valved (which is good, because I'm 165-170). Frame is in good shape. Normal wear and tear - scratches, but no dents or anything more serious. Front fender is bent. I think this is pretty easy to do, and I'm assuming cheap to replace. (Please tell me if I'm wrong) Other than the fender, all of the plastic is in relatively good shape. Normal wear and tear, but nothing that stood out. I checked the coolant and that was full. Thank you all very much in advance for any advice/opinions/insight. I am very eager and excited to get back into Motocross. Buying a quality used YZ250F is obviously both a major financial decision and will be a big factor in how well the "restart" of my Motocross career goes. I appreciate any help/guidance in making the right purchase decision. I posted this in the Yamaha Motorcycles forum as well. I'm re-posting here to get as many responses as possible ASAP. Link to original post in Yamaha forum:
  5. I'll try to keep the intro short. I'm getting back into Motocross after a very long time off. I have done a lot of research recently on what to look for when buying a used bike, but I don't have as much mechanical knowledge as I would like to - which is why I'm here looking for some advice and opinions on the 2017 YZ250F that I am considering buying. The seller is young and selling because he doesn't have time to ride now that he's in college. He, and his dad, are telling me the bike only has 30-40 hours and it has only been trail ridden. After meeting him and his Dad, and looking at the bike, I think they are telling me the truth. I realize that's partly because I WANT what they are telling me to be the truth. I looked over the bike pretty thoroughly. There are a few things I noticed that seemed questionable. Everything I noticed is included in the pictures. We talked about the price/negotiated a bit. If I decide to buy it, the agreed upon price is $4,000. Potential Issues (what I noticed): Rust on the chain. It appears to only be surface rust, but any rust is bad. Is this normal? Does this mean the chain needs to be replaced (and if so, any idea how much a shop would charge me?)? Rust on part of the rear brakes. This seemed to be surface rust even more so than what I saw on the chain. Same questions - Is this normal? Does this mean the rear brakes need to be replaced (and if so, any idea how much a shop would charge me?)? Does the rear tire look too worn down to have only had 30-40 hours on it? The seller was honest enough to tell me that he hasn't changed/cleaned the air filter. I did look at the air filter (unfortunately did not think to take pictures). It wasn't clean or brand new by any means, but I also didn't think it was in terrible shape. I took it off to see the screen underneath and there was not any debris on it. Other Questions: I couldn't see what the oil level was when I looked at the gauge on the side of the motor. I didn't see an oil line at all, it was more like you just couldn't see through it at all. Is it normal for oil to get caked on so you can't really see though it and have to use the dip stick? (The seller claims to have changed the oil every 4 hours) I had the same issue as described in #1 when trying to look at the brake fluid (front and rear gauges). I didn't see anything to indicate it was dark and needed to be changed, but I felt like I wasn't seeing anything. Could anyone help me understand how I'm supposed to look at these gauges and be able to tell whether the fluid needs to be flushed/replaced? (I did take it for a test drive, and the brakes worked just fine. I was actually surprised by the sensitivity of the front brake) Other Observations: I asked the seller not to start it before I came so I could look at parts of the motor while it was cold. I also wanted to cold start it, and it fired up on the 3rd kick. The bike sounds good and the motor doesn't have any kind of rattling or ticking sounds. Test ride went well. I only took it up and down the street (gears 1-4; didn't want to go all the way to 5 as I was already well over the 25 MPH speed limit of his neighborhood road). Shifted fine and the bike has plenty of power. The bike it completely stock. Suspension has not been re-valved (which is good, because I'm 165-170). Frame is in good shape. Normal wear and tear - scratches, but no dents or anything more serious. Front fender is bent. I think this is pretty easy to do, and I'm assuming cheap to replace. (Please tell me if I'm wrong) Other than the fender, all of the plastic is in relatively good shape. Normal wear and tear, but nothing that stood out. I checked the coolant and that was full. Thank you all very much in advance for any advice/opinions/insight. I am very eager and excited to get back into Motocross. Buying a quality used YZ250F is obviously both a major financial decision and will be a big factor in how well the "restart" of my Motocross career goes. I appreciate any help/guidance in making the right purchase decision.
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