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kind of almost bought a bike

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Talk' started by Cab, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. So I have been trying to get the lady to ride bikes for probably 3-4 years now. She finally took the team oregon course and was ready to buy a bike. She found one she liked, made sure it was something I liked so if she decides she doesn't like riding anymore, guess I now have two bikes to ride.
    So I go check it out, nit pick some stuff, haggle a a little and take it for a spin around the block. Everything looks good, well taken care of ect. We finally decide on price, he even signs the title, gives it to me, I give hime money, get keys and I'm off to go ride it home.
    Strange thing, it won't start. It won't even turn over. what the hell, then I notice that not every time the key is flipped does it even run power to all the relays and such. Wow, are you kidding me????
    So I told him if I can't ride it home I can't buy it. So we give everything back, I get my money back he gets a bike that doesn't start.
    I'm kinda bummed out though, I was super pumped all day to go get a new bike and all. But I must say I am really glad that happened there before I left instead of after I got home tomorrow morning trying to take it for a ride and running into this crap.
    Kinda sucks but what a blessing at the same time. There are always more bikes though, and if he ever gets his stuff figured out, who knows. I might be able to be talked back into buying it, for the right price.
  2. RedKat600

    RedKat600 Vintage Screwball Staff Member

    What kind of bike? An SV perhaps?

  3. It was a Ducati monster. I kind of like the sv, but it has to "look cool and and be just what she wants". Don't ask me, any time I try to understand her reasoning it doesn't often help. But I'm not going to complain. I like the monster. Although she said she really likes the duc sport classic and wants that. I just laughed and said no. Probs not the best bike for her, but that's how pretty much everything works with her. Does it look cool, oh it does, then I want that one.
  4. Don't feel bad.

    Used bike, electrical gremlins, . . . meh.

    Could be as simple as an old, discharged
    battery that needs replaced. I would have
    replaced the battery BEFORE attempting
    to sell if it indeed needed a battery, IMHO.

    IF she really wants the Monster, contact
    the seller. It may have been a 'glitch' and
    fixed. If it was a good deal, it might be a
    better deal now ?!?

    I picked up a bike for $250 less than low
    book value that I wanted. Then it breaks
    a clutch cable and fails a fuel pump after
    I get several rides out of it. Still a good
    deal for me and a project bike.

    My $0.02 worth . . .
  5. Could very well just be a worn ignition. Granted, you don't want to buy a bike that doesn't work 100%.

    Heh, c' don't think a SportClassic 1000 is a good starter bike?! Pish posh!
  6. Wow, lucky thing it happened before you were taking off. The seller likely knew about the problem and was keeping his fingers crossed it wouldn't act up. Bummer!

  7. Hey, at least you're not stuck with a bike that's broken and not what she really wanted anyway.
  8. Jims08Z06

    Jims08Z06 Bat Crazed

    You are a lucky man, never had a women who liked motor sports. Had I ever been so lucky I would have bought her what ever she wanted; Brand spanking new. Why, well those bargains can and often turn into darn near the cost of a new ride; Unless you have knowledge tools and time. There is nothing that kills the fun of a new hobby quicker, than walking down the road helmet in hand, looking for a ride home...AJ
  9. Yeah, I am glad it happened before I left. It seemed like it had happened before, but didn't say that till after it did it again. I really don't want a project bike unless I intend to buy it as such. I can fix a lot on bikes, but I want it to be running 100% when I take it home.
    I left him my info, so if he gets it figured out I'm not against buying it still.
    And I did luck out that the lady wants to finally start riding. Something will work out I'm sure. Just have to wait for the right one.
    As for walking home with your helmet, done that. Infact I was in my full leathers, it was hot as hell and I had to take the battery too. Hoofed it 1.5 miles home and charged the battery. Not my favorite moment. Don't really want to ever do that again.
  10. Jims08Z06

    Jims08Z06 Bat Crazed

    In 44 years of licensed riding, if I remember correctly only walked twice. Broke a chain on my 69 CB750 and once on my one and only HD. Left NW you know the name, made it half way home and the shifter fell off. So there I was, walking down the shoulder of the freeway looking for said part. It was more embarrassing than anything else...AJ
  11. typical ducai.My buddy has all sorts of electrical issues on his ST4.
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