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    50,000kms seems to be a ballpark figure at which 250s become less desirable. Depending on the bike, there are various things to watch.
    Service history would be great, but that hardly ever happens. Dont worry, it probably doesnt still have it's original oil, if it did, it wouldnt be running by now :S I guess
    Run it and listen to any knocks or rattles.
    Ride it and listen for piston slap.
    Look at the colour of the exhaust fumes - if there is colour it aint good
    If it goes ok, and the price is good, get it. You can always fix annoying little problems....



    And the first bike I bought, I got with 2 flat tyres and no battery, hadnt been run for 3 years, belched out blue smoke when i initially ran it, and sounded like shit, banging and knocking everywhere.

    Still, it gave three years of good service, after we got an electrics problem sorted (coil, twice).

    Just goes to show, all the best advice doesnt necessarily apply always. Gut feeling also counts. Not just if it looks cool, but just a gut feeling about how well it is gonna run....

    Edit: That one looks pretty tidy and well cared for.... Run it and if it runs well, offer somewhere under $1500 would be my advice
    Queiro voya todo Europa con mi moto.... pero no tengo suficiente tiempo o dinero.....

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    Got told from a guy that those vt250's (before like 92 or whatever) don't last past 50000km. Mine lasted close to 90000 before i blew it up. Replaced the engine and it ran sweet again. Also Honda's have the most shittyiest charging system ever. My vt blew a reg/rec and stuffed 2 batteries among other things so you gotta be carefull. But as i said as a runner she was really forgiving and put some bigger boys to shame out of the corners

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    What would this bike be like

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/structure/a...sp?id=16508981
    I'm just trying to find a good (fast) reliable bike under 250cc in dunedin area (under $2000)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamgee
    http://www.trademe.co.nz/structure/a...sp?id=16508981
    I'm just trying to find a good (fast) reliable bike under 250cc in dunedin area (under $2000)
    Fine, except for the reliable bit. being a 2 stroke it would probably need regular rebuilding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamgee
    http://www.trademe.co.nz/structure/a...sp?id=16508981
    I'm just trying to find a good (fast) reliable bike under 250cc in dunedin area (under $2000)
    I've hear of problems with the engines but they seem to be okay. Everyone seems to go for the ZXR250 or CBR250. Not too many KR1's around so parts may be a problem.
    And I to my motorcycle parked like the soul of the junkyard. Restored, a bicycle fleshed with power, and tore off. Up Highway 106 continually drunk on the wind in my mouth. Wringing the handlebar for speed, wild to be wreckage forever.

    - James Dickey, Cherrylog Road.

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    oh ok, thanks

    I mis read the description and thought it said it was a 4 stroke, am only really looking at 4 strokes, so will continue looking

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    Hi, you guys have been a really big help so far

    and I really appreciate it, just wondering about another bike its a 1990 Yamaha SR250, it's done 24600km, and apparently been fully reconditioned 2000k's ago, reg and wof for $900, I'm not sure if it's a 2 stroke or what, but are the sr250's a good bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamgee
    and I really appreciate it, just wondering about another bike its a 1990 Yamaha SR250, it's done 24600km, and apparently been fully reconditioned 2000k's ago, reg and wof for $900, I'm not sure if it's a 2 stroke or what, but are the sr250's a good bike?

    ahhh. the hippo..... not if you want to go fast. they're a 4 stroke single cylinder.
    and they're old
    http://www.kiwibiker.co.nz/forums/sh...ighlight=sr250
    was an interesting project and the owner rode it everywhere... but they dont handle and they dont fly.

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    The one I'm looking at is a 1990, will I have trouble getting it past 100, thats all I need is a bike that can do 100 up a decent hill, because I'm going to be riding to alexandra and back every week (from Dunedin) hence the need for a reliable bike - don't want to be breaking down in the wop wops

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamgee
    The one I'm looking at is a 1990, will I have trouble getting it past 100, thats all I need is a bike that can do 100 up a decent hill, because I'm going to be riding to alexandra and back every week (from Dunedin) hence the need for a reliable bike - don't want to be breaking down in the wop wops
    it'll be reliable
    the guy that had the one Paul in NZ rebuilt rode it from here to northland and back..... it was fine til it was stolen.... give Paul In NZ a PM and see what he says.

    i had a fzx250, the zeal.... that would be a recommendation if you can get one... mine cost me $1900 earlier this year

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    Hi, I've done that now, thanks

    what about the speed, any probs there?

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    Ok, I have almost made a decision and should have a bike

    before the end of the week, just one last one I'm looking at is a Suzuki Gn250 1991 25000k's would that be better than the yamaha, or worse?

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    Dunno - personal preference I reckon... the GNs seem pretty indestructible
    Queiro voya todo Europa con mi moto.... pero no tengo suficiente tiempo o dinero.....

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    indestructable as in reliable? or indestructable as in if I fall off?

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    Both, I think
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