1983 Interstate (last time I ask, promise)


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1983 Interstate (last time I ask, promise)

Postby lyman54 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:04 pm



I think I asked about 2 others,so don't want to be a pain. The others didn't work out. Anyway on Saturday I'm taking the trailer to see another. It's a 1983 Interstate with 92,275 klicks or 57,672 miles on it. Has the carbs rebuilt, brakes perfect, new filters and windshield. Apparently in excellent condition. He's asking $1600 but it does need a battery. Hopefully I can trim a bit off the price, so does this sound pretty decent? I'm no expert on these, so a lot of questions. Thanks very much.



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Re: 1983 Interstate (last time I ask, promise)

Postby detdrbuzzard » Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:18 pm

for $1600 i would want to hear it run and check that there are no problems with the bike. a friend just picked up a 1200 wing and the guy told him " it just needs a battery ". no it needs a battery and a stator so his bargan wing is turning out to be no bargan
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Re: 1983 Interstate (last time I ask, promise)

Postby lyman54 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:49 pm

Thanks for that. I'll put the volt meter on the battery while it's running, that should at least tell me if it's charging.

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Re: 1983 Interstate (last time I ask, promise)

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:02 pm

OK.Go buy a battery(save the receipt)take some petrol.If the seller says it's a good bike,let him prove it.Fire it up and idle it for 15 seconds then shut it down. Carefully tap the exhaust pipe at the head(behind the heat shield).A cold pipe is a dead cylinder.( carb problem is common).Hit both brakes a few times then roll the bike if verrry hard,problems.Jump up and down,do both the front and rear shocks work?If he will let you test drive it.start at a 1000 rpm and accelerate modestly to 4500 rpm.It should be like a car.No rattling,no poping,reasonably smooth and quiet.Watch the headlight,bump the throttle a few times,it should increase in brightness each time(charging system OK).I guess for $1600,I'd want to be sure it's in good shape.You can put lipstick to a pig,but it's still a pig.

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Re: 1983 Interstate (last time I ask, promise)

Postby starfleetengineer » Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:48 pm

At idle, most voltages will be 12-13 volts. Might go down to11 volts depending on the voltage demand. Bring the idle up to 2000 rpm's. The voltage should go up to 14.0 volts, maybe higher. Listen to the engine at first start up. "Knocks bangs clanks chatters...ect. Ask about the services that have been done, see if they have documentation. See how much play is in the tripple tree. Put it on the center stand and move the handlebars side to side and back and forth. Grab the frt. wheel and shake it as well. If you can ride it, listen to see if the timing belts wine. Feel for roughness in the steering and frt. wheel while making a corrner. Listen to the final drive for noises and play when you shift. $1600 is a great deal if the bike is in good shape. O, and if he won't let you ride it, be careful. Most sellers will let you ride it if you have the licens and they are truthfull about the bike. Offer to leave him you licens while you ride it.
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Re: 1983 Interstate (last time I ask, promise)

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:36 am

If he has done all of those things mentioned and the frame doesn't have rust then buy it, someone else will, if you don't...If the money is gonna hurt you don't buy it..Make sure it will pop up on the centerstand and off with no problem's..Sound's like a very nice bike... :D

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Re: 1983 Interstate (last time I ask, promise)

Postby RoadRogue » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:28 am

If the bike checks out mechanicaly, $ 1600 is a good price for a 83 with that few miles on it. Prices are a fair bit higher here north of 49*. A quick check of craigslist in Vancouver shows asking prices from $2500- $3500, Edmonton is higher $3000-$4000. the farther you go east the higher the price goes it seems. Kinda makes you want to import a bunch of bikes from the States dont it?
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Re: 1983 Interstate (last time I ask, promise)

Postby lyman54 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:00 am

Many thanks to all. Very good advice.




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