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New to Buells(and bulletbikes in general), need expert advice/opinion

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Snoobies

Salt Lake City, UT

#1 Feb 21, 2007
I've got a deal on an '05 Buell XB12R from a buddy who works at a car dealership. He's offering it to me for just under $4300, his cost +$500. Here's the thing though, it's a salvaged title(theft recovery). It only has 2300 miles on it, but the rear tire looks like 5k. The clutch is slipping like crazy; takes a while getting up to 50mph(10sec maybe). There's sufficient freeplay at the clutch handle, so I'm not sure if it's just an adjustment thing. Would the internal adjustment perhaps fix something like this? The only other thing I noticed on the bike was light scratches on the right side, broken right front signal, and a crack in the air dam. So, it's obvious that the thieves had their fun with it. I talked to a Harley shop here and they said $300 to replace the clutch, which I'd probably have to pay for since I'm already getting a low price on the bike. I guess what I need help with is knowing what this sounds like to you guys, a lemon or something worth while? I really like the bike, and it's a killer price if it's just a bad clutch...
mik

Australia

#2 Feb 22, 2007
or a time bomb, dump oil check top end
Kevin Johnson

Draper, UT

#3 Mar 3, 2007
I think it depends on what you want to do with the bike.....are you planneing to keep it for a long time and ride it alot? Or are you going to get it and ride not often and possibly move on to something else in the future?
If it is choice (a), take the bike to South Town HD and have them do a pre-purchase evaluation. It sounds as though you would be getting a good deal if there are no major defects. That said, the salvage title will kill you if you want to re-sell after fixing the bike up.
Otherwise, I would pass and look for a deal on one in better shape. There are a ton of these around for a SIGNIFICANT discount off new. I know..I bought one new.....I love the bike, and don't mind putting some money into it to get it where I want it to be, and I will keep it for a long time.
You can contact me if you would like krjohnson@msn.com
Hope this helps.
Kevin
Snoobies wrote:
I've got a deal on an '05 Buell XB12R from a buddy who works at a car dealership. He's offering it to me for just under $4300, his cost +$500. Here's the thing though, it's a salvaged title(theft recovery). It only has 2300 miles on it, but the rear tire looks like 5k. The clutch is slipping like crazy; takes a while getting up to 50mph(10sec maybe). There's sufficient freeplay at the clutch handle, so I'm not sure if it's just an adjustment thing. Would the internal adjustment perhaps fix something like this? The only other thing I noticed on the bike was light scratches on the right side, broken right front signal, and a crack in the air dam. So, it's obvious that the thieves had their fun with it. I talked to a Harley shop here and they said $300 to replace the clutch, which I'd probably have to pay for since I'm already getting a low price on the bike. I guess what I need help with is knowing what this sounds like to you guys, a lemon or something worth while? I really like the bike, and it's a killer price if it's just a bad clutch...
ironhead

United States

#4 Mar 16, 2007
remember you get what you pay for. There are no so called good deals,just some one thats does not want it as bad as some one else.
jandj_davis

Cedar Rapids, IA

#5 Mar 28, 2007
It sounds to me like it lived a rough life of burnouts and high revs. I would look elsewhere. The buells life seems to be pretty sensitive to engine break-in. They tend to break down more often if broken in poorly rather than going through the instructed run-in procedure.

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