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post #1 of 10 Old 07-02-2013, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Is this a classic yet? 1989 zx10 for $500?

My friend called and says he has a line on 1989 zx10 that's been sitting for a few years and has a "small" oil leak. Word is the guy tried to sell it to a used bike shop and they said no. Carbs are probably gummed up. Going to see it this weekend.

Not sure If I should jump in or not.

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If it's got a legit title, it's only $500. Could give you a reason to sit out in the garage for a year oo two drinking, beer and swearing at it.

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Correction-Talked to the owner on the phone and its an 1986 zx1000, but says zx10 on the title. Now I'm confused. He says it was last run in the fall of 2012 and that it has started to run hot. Dirty radiator or bad thermostat maybe. Its black with red stripes.

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Best guess is it's one of these....


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One thing about bikes that age to consider is parts availability. You can often find used parts from part-outs, but some OEM stuff may be no longer available.

I did a frame up, 1986 Interceptor rebuild and used mostly the best parts from two parts bikes and one barely running bike. It was a good, fun experience, but stressful at times.

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One thing about bikes that age to consider is parts availability. You can often find used parts from part-outs, but some OEM stuff may be no longer available.

I did a frame up, 1986 Interceptor rebuild and used mostly the best parts from two parts bikes and one barely running bike. It was a good, fun experience, but stressful at times.
I hope it's not that big of a project. I've heard a lot of GPZ900 stuff will interchange, but you're right-it may turn into a headache in a hurry. Even finding a donor bike might be tough.

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Going to check it out tomorrow.

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Went to see it. Its all there, though cosmetics aren't as pretty as I'd like. Scratches all over. It ran for a bit, but the carbs are likely gummed up. Some oil leaking around the shifter shaft.

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A bike that age will need TLC. If you really enjoy wrenching, then it can be rewarding.

Are you going to buy it?

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I guess so. Hopefully I can turn a buck on it.

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