Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Columbia, SC
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Re: Jeep trade - Advice!!!
Okay, he replied to my e-mail I sent him this morning...
It's a 1994 yamaha (stock retail at $2900). He has it chromed out with engine guards, widshield, saddlebags, etc. All new bringing the retail to $3400...plus it has low mileage which adds a little to that (the bike only has 4600 miles on it)... He is retired and bought the bike to drive back and forth from this place he volunteers at. Problem is, he hasn't ridden a bike in 30+ years...He has had numerous knee problems...and he is steadily losing weight (down to around 265 from 330 last year). Well, the first ride on the bike, he lost his balance at the end of the street while turning around, slipped, his ankle caught underneath it and broke it...no damage at all to the bike. Anyway, the cast is off, etc. etc...
He gets about 18mpg in his pickup, but in his words, "I'm putting mileage on it that I'd rather not." He has not "SEEN" the jeep yet. So, I guess the advice I will give him is, "After seeing the jeep, test driving, looking at possible maintenance records (if the PO kept any), it sounds like a very fair trade to me." He is getting rid of the bike, which he wants. Yet, still gaining the transport vehivle he desired in the first place. And I agree, he can still get the same wind in the face experience out of the jeep (or close to it anyway).
As far as the carb goes...how will I know if it is the one that everyone has problems with? What kind of problems are they? Is it easy to swap out to a more reliable system, for a low cost?
I appreciate all the input! Keep it coming!