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Your advice please

Post by rightstuff » Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:42 am

I might be old but new to bikes looking for my first bigger bike only had 125 till now I've been offered a 52 plate honda cb600 hornet it's only done 950 miles and looks like new the owner never used it preferred his car then a few years ago he died so his wife is selling it always been garaged all the paperwork in order it doesn't start so will need a new battery is it worth a punt or do I leave it not actually seen it yet she is looking at £1550 a bit of advice please



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Re: Your advice please

Post by Six30 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:54 am

go for it , ideal first bigger bike , with them miles and if its like new its not out the way money wise, if you kept it for a year then sold it you'd get your money back and some :thumb:
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Re: Your advice please

Post by Ian Frog » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:05 am

Six30 wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:54 am
go for it , ideal first bigger bike , with them miles and if its like new its not out the way money wise, if you kept it for a year then sold it you'd get your money back and some :thumb:
Spot on advice.
The kind of things that suffer from storage of that duration (providing it was dry?) can be easily sorted and still give you a great first bike and a potential profit if you decide after a year it`s not for you.
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Re: Your advice please

Post by M620 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:12 am

Ian Frog wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:05 am
Six30 wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:54 am
go for it , ideal first bigger bike , with them miles and if its like new its not out the way money wise, if you kept it for a year then sold it you'd get your money back and some :thumb:
Spot on advice.
The kind of things that suffer from storage of that duration (providing it was dry?) can be easily sorted and still give you a great first bike and a potential profit if you decide after a year it`s not for you.
Cheers
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Hornets are not a bad buy but if only 950 miles it’s true, and it’s not been used for years there could be a lot of expense to factor in to recommission it (unless that’s already been done and included in the price).

Some years ago I was practically given a CBF 1000 that had been “stored” in similar circumstances. Just as a guide it needed the carburettors removed, ultrasonic cleaning and rebuilding and a new battery just to get it to run. Professional set up and balance of the refurbished carbs and oil service just to get it fit for taking for an mot. The tyres had deteriorated with the prolonged storage and also required two new tyres for the mot.

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Post by Stu » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:18 am

Buy it! spend £500 getting it sorted ie tyres and a good service and you would have a decent bike still at a decent price
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Re: Your advice please

Post by fastbob » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:35 am

What's not to like ?

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Re: Your advice please

Post by rightstuff » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:42 am

is it just cracking on the tyres I'd be looking for could I clean the carbs myself or is it a specialized job I suppose best go and have a look stick a battery on it or give it a jump stick some juice in it and see what happens

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Re: Your advice please

Post by Ian Frog » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:49 am

rightstuff wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:42 am
is it just cracking on the tyres I'd be looking for could I clean the carbs myself or is it a specialized job I suppose best go and have a look stick a battery on it or give it a jump stick some juice in it and see what happens
For what its worth before attempting to start it I would see if you can check that the old fuel supply was turned off whilst in storage and if possible remove the old (possibly stale and rank) fuel.
Also worth turning over using a spanner on the crank to check there is no kind of "locking" and no feelings of things coming into contact.
Good luck with it they have a good reputation for reliability and I am sure you will be fine.
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Re: Your advice please

Post by fastbob » Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:54 pm

rightstuff wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:42 am
is it just cracking on the tyres I'd be looking for could I clean the carbs myself or is it a specialized job I suppose best go and have a look stick a battery on it or give it a jump stick some juice in it and see what happens
I wouldn't do that at all on a bike that has been standing for a long time . At the very least I'd take the plugs out , stick some oil thinned with petrol down the holes and then hand turn the engine to ensure it moves freely . Next job would be to run some injector cleaner through the fuel system ( not my area of expertise ) or possibly prime the fuel pump . I'll leave the details to those who have worked with EFI bikes . All I'm saying is that you could do a lot of damage in a few seconds if you just stick a battery in it and hit the button .

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Re: Your advice please

Post by M620 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:00 pm

rightstuff wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:42 am
is it just cracking on the tyres I'd be looking for could I clean the carbs myself or is it a specialized job I suppose best go and have a look stick a battery on it or give it a jump stick some juice in it and see what happens
You could do that but agree with what fastbob said, my advice would be take a friend who has some experience of recommissioning old motor vehicles with you.

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Re: Your advice please

Post by Six30 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:12 pm

just bid her a grand for it , get someone with a van to get it for you, then mess about with it when you get it home :thumb:
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Re: Your advice please

Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:28 pm

What a cracking offer. Go for it, just do the common sense recommissioning as above.

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Re: Your advice please

Post by M620 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:12 pm

Six30 wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:12 pm
just bid her a grand for it , get someone with a van to get it for you, then mess about with it when you get it home :thumb:
Best advice yet - go for it :thumb: :thumb:

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Re: Your advice please

Post by rightstuff » Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:19 pm

well I've gone for it still haven't seen it but getting to me on Friday it's my wife's bosses daughter that's selling it know him well so won't be caught will have a play in the garage with it next weekend and see what happens can't wait now till next weekend just one last question is it worth getting one of them lion batteries or stick with the normal lead acid whats your thoughts

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Re: Your advice please

Post by sparkpaintersuk » Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:41 pm

Six30 wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:54 am
go for it , ideal first bigger bike , with them miles and if its like new its not out the way money wise, if you kept it for a year then sold it you'd get your money back and some :thumb:
Great advice this is. :thumb:

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