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pre purchase advice on 83 xr500

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2006 11:47 pm
by ubarw
I am trading emails with a guy who has an 83 xr500. His price seems good. This is what his last email said...

"I have not taken it to a shop, but those friends of mine (one worked for a shop in his day) said is sounds like a jet/carb cleaning issue. I bought it 3 years ago, rode for one summer, then it sat for almost 2 years before I started it in October. It took some effort to get it started and once started it ran rough (didn't want to idle). I have not started it since."

Any comments on what you all think it might be, any general comments?

Mucho gracias! :|

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2006 11:57 pm
by ZooTech
Bad gas and clogged carb jets.

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:13 am
by ubarw
thanks. I am interested in this bike, and wonder what it would take to rebuild the carb.

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 1:17 am
by Ninja Geoff
ubarw wrote:thanks. I am interested in this bike, and wonder what it would take to rebuild the carb.
Shouldn't be too hard. Also, dirtbikes are fairly straight foward to tear down due to their lack of body work, so any other things that spring up will be easy to get to. What's the price, if you don't mind me asking?

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 3:14 pm
by ubarw
GeoffXR200R wrote:
ubarw wrote:thanks. I am interested in this bike, and wonder what it would take to rebuild the carb.
Shouldn't be too hard. Also, dirtbikes are fairly straight foward to tear down due to their lack of body work, so any other things that spring up will be easy to get to. What's the price, if you don't mind me asking?
He's asking $500 OBO. Seems reasonable to me, just want to make sure I know what I am getting into.