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Old 08-20-2018, 08:25 PM   #1
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Considering buying a 2001 FZ1 with 42K miles

Maintenance looks good as far as valve adjusts, oil and filter changes, sprockets, chain and brakes. If the bike looks and rides nice, what other issues at that mileage should I be concerned about? Anyone had cam chain issues, or steering head bearing issues (like FJR) or forks and seals issues? I have had a low miliage (about 11K) Gen one back in 01 and a second Gen 08 that I ran to about 20K miles without issues (except the stator throwing magnets on 2nd Gen). I am buying this one right and tires and chain and cosmetics all look good. Don't want to get a $1K maintenance bill to make it top shelf again.
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Old 08-20-2018, 09:06 PM   #2
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Asking price?
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Old 08-21-2018, 02:58 AM   #3
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Depends on the bike. You’re right at the second valve check, and unless the owner looks like they took care of it, most of the bearings will need greased, or replaced. As well as brake lines.

Unless they are asking around 2k, or if it has the usual good mods( not just a slip on). I would say no.
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Old 08-21-2018, 05:36 AM   #4
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Its always a good idea to find a nice open piece of road and do a WOT pull in 2nd gear to make sure it doesn't pop out.
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Old 08-21-2018, 05:51 AM   #5
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If the maintenance records indicate good service has been done as you mentioned and the bike rides well, it is most likely in very good shape. With the earlier units, you may want to verify 2nd gear has no issues, so shift into 2nd and accelerate hard to near redline. If if doesn't jump out of gear it should be fine. Don't know what it looks like cosmetically, but it could be a $1700 bike or $2800 bike.

Also, ask if it has ever overheated, as that is the achilles heel of most aluminum engines. Otherwise, these engines are about as bulletproof as you'll find.

Even if the tires have plenty of tread, check the date code on the sidewall to find the actual age of the rubber. More than 4-5 years old you may want to consider a fresh set which could play into the sale price.

Electrically and before you motor off too far, you'll want to check on the condition of the white connector under the tank. It is a known weak point which can leave you stranded, although can be remedied quickly, easily, and cheaply. No blown rotors with magnets strewn inside which require internal engine work.

Even with minimal maintenance, the Gen I is a dependable, long-term peformer.
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Old 08-21-2018, 07:03 AM   #6
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If the fork bushings have not been replaced, they are likely overdue.

Here's the relevant info:
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Old 08-21-2018, 09:30 AM   #7
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Any bike with 42K miles on it is due for a good bit of maintenance. Forks for sure like grommet said. If you can't do it yourself, it could get pricey.
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