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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-05-2001, 12:31 AM
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250R - purchase??

How would someone determine if a prospective '89 250R is in good condition or not?? In the 4 stroke world, you can get some clues from compression tests and checking the oil, are their similar techniques for 2 strokes?? What questions would be worth asking of the seller, what answers would give good insight on the history?? Any help will be appreciated, there are several '89 250R's in the cycle trader, many are "low hours, dunes only, 100% stock". That sounds good (good base and build from there) but I'm pretty clueless on determining what makes a good base...

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look at the fenders, if they look like they are in good shape, then it gives you a pretty good idea that the whole fourwheeler has been treated well, unless of course if the seller has recently replaced them. ask if it has been raced, usually a fourwheeler that has been raced has had some abuse to it. check the frame for any weak spots, cracks, or bends. look for oil leaks and check the bottem end oil to see what it looks like. ask how often the owner serviced it (changed the bottem end oil) and find out what oil (both bottem end and the premix) that he used. take her for a good spin and then look over the engine carefully for anything, and then if she rides good and is fast, and most importantly if YOU like it, grab it up :-) hope this helps some.

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I wouldnt worry too much about the motor,250r's are very reliable.The only psrt that wears out(other than the top end) is the clutch and clutch basket,also the shift forks.The tranny should be perfectly smooth.When shifting into gear from neutral there should be no pull at all(the bike doesnt move)The biggest problem areas is the suspension. Check the rear linkage and a-arms for free play.Most people neglect these areas and when they rust out it costs plenty to replace the bushings,collars and seals!

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Re: 250R - purchase??

Compression tests are still valid in the 2 stroke world. Basic knowledge of 2 strokes is a plus...look it over really good and as the 2 above stated...and you should be good to go....

yes the 250r is reliable, but at the same time, to say dont worry much about the motor is, no offense, a stupid comment...you are spending alot of cash and the motor is a big part of that cash...other then that follow the above and ull be OK....


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Bought the '89 over the weekend, paid about $5000, (a lot I know). Its really in great condition and after looking at all the ragged out '86s that were going for $3500, I decided it was worth the money.
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that is a sweet ride man!

thinking of new signature hmmm...
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dude that thing looks CLEEEEEAAAAANNNNN!!!!!!!!

very nice....

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that is one nice lookin 250R....tell the little one to hang on! :-)

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hey it looks like you got a pretty sweet ride i like it and if i am not mistaken those look like the orginal front tires nice purchase how much did you pay if you dont mind me asking

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didn't you say you dished out almost 5 g's for it?

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