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Was I wrong in my decision

Postby made2care » Thu Sep 24, 2015 7:38 pm



So I have been eyeing a really cool 1977 kawasaki kz400 deluxe. This bike is pretty rare since it has the original factory fairing and bags and has only 6,000 miles on it. The owner parked it in front of a pawnshop several months ago and I guess the pawnshop owner did not maintain the bike. I should say, the owner did not take the necessary steps to prevent the tank from rusting and the carbs gumming up.
Anyhow, I show up 1 hr before the owner gets there, and the pawn shop owner tinkers for about an hour attempting to start the thing, with no luck. Owner finally shows up and I attempted to get him to come down on the price since the bike wouldn't start.He wouldn't budge a penny!
He then stated that I could take it home without paying a dime, get it to running and then pay him. Wow! I declined and told him to call me once the bike fired up. The pawn shop owner, who was not getting a dime for selling the bike, appeared challenged to get the bike running, even to the point that he took apart some gas lines and filters in hopes of clearing water and debri to get gas running through again.
Well, she never started and I informed the owner again to call me once the bike got going. The pawnshop owner said he would have it running tomorrow, and I seriously hope he doesn't spray something he shouldn't into somewhere he shouldn't.
What would you do? was I wrong in my decision? I know I could get the bike cleaned up and going again, however, for what he was asking, I declined.



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Re: Was I wrong in my decision

Postby NVSB4 » Thu Sep 24, 2015 7:54 pm

I would say that it all depends on the price difference between a running and not running bike was.
We all know that you could get it up and running again, but what is your time and effort worth?
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Re: Was I wrong in my decision

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:59 pm

If this was me , which it is not, I wouldn't mess with a rare bike, you will have a hard time finding parts for it.... I would pass on the bike. You made the right decision...That's only my opinion which means nothing really...LOL

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Re: Was I wrong in my decision

Postby tfdeputydawg » Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:33 am

Went through that very situation!!!
No run, no buy.
Depending on how many "months" you mean, there should not be any reason simply draining the carbs and the tank, adding sea foam to fresh gas, it should start.
If there is actually rust in the tank, it takes more than a "few months" for it to form! Sitting at a Pawn Shop!!!
I'd move on down the road and pass on this POJ. (piece of junk)
Just my opinion based on your info posted

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Re: Was I wrong in my decision

Postby made2care » Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:14 am

I've brought many a bike back from the grave and I enjoy the challenge, however , when parts are hard to come by it changes everything. The dude wanted $900 and if he came down to say 4, then I might have purchased and attempted to make some of the parts.
Rust in a tank does not bother me too much, but on a bike as old as this, that could be tricky when getting into carbs and such.
I walked away, but I'm sure he's going to come back with something else with exception of lowering the price.

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Re: Was I wrong in my decision

Postby Harp » Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:14 am

Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don't get. My attorney has reminded me of this a few times and saved me a bunch of money. I'd walk away.

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Re: Was I wrong in my decision

Postby Happytrails » Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:57 pm

You made a good choice. Its easy to get fixated on a bike thinking you could save it. But the price has to be considered. After the owner has awhile to think about the price he may well come down. If not then better to move on and find the next one.
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Re: Was I wrong in my decision

Postby made2care » Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:59 pm

True, this was a really cool bike and i would have bought it in a heartbeat if around $300 since it would take some cash to fix up. After my Sleeping Beauty episode, the wife is watching me like a hawk. I put 3000 into that bike and that will not happen again.

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Re: Was I wrong in my decision

Postby NVSB4 » Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:36 pm

Harp wrote:Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don't get. My attorney has reminded me of this a few times and saved me a bunch of money. I'd walk away.


Wasn't it Garth Brooks years ago that had a song "Thank God for unanswered prayers"? Sounds like one.
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Re: Was I wrong in my decision

Postby redial » Sun Sep 27, 2015 7:05 am

NO! Never let your heart rule your head when buying a vehicle. You did the right thing, I would re-offer at a lower price than what you originally offered - but that is just me being an a-hole!


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