Main Motorcycle: 2004 Triumph Speed Triple
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Brisbane Australia
Other Motorcycle: 2012 Thruxton
They are a great bike, usually you can get a fairly good indication of how the bike has been looked after by simply having a look over it. If it looks like the bike has rust in different places it probably means the bike has been left or ridden in the rain a lot, check the colour of the oil, black oil means it has not been changed regularly, get the bike hot by riding it for a while then park it and give it a good few hard revs in neutral to see if it blows blue smoke, blue smoke means it is using oil. Does the engine sound tight ? Mine is an 04 with 35,000km's on it, when it is idling it has the normal triple whine and slight engine noise but pick the revs up to 2000rpm and everything is quiet. Just look over the bike and try to get an idea if it has been looked after, check brake pads, chain, sprockets, colour of brake fluid, check the steering head bearings, see if they are notchy, what are the tyres like ? All these things will either cost you money (which means you can negotiate more on price) or show you if the bike has been looked after. I usually find that the first ride can tell you a lot, if you feel that the bike feels tight on the road and is a pleasure to ride and everything seems as if it has been looked after then you should be ok. Ask for a service history, does he have his own log book ? Has he proof of maintenance he has done himself, extra oil changes etc. Don't believe anything the guy tells you without proof and just go by what you have checked and not by what the seller is telling you about the bike. So many of my friends have bought sh^tboxes from people that they said seemed so nice and trustworthy. And don't let his talking distract you from what you are doing. Take a list of everything you want to check, and stick to it. The amount of km's on the bike and the overall condition will dictate the price you should pay, and as mentioned above, the major services are every 20,000km's. Good Luck.
Last edited by 1peter; 11-27-2012 at 05:45 AM.