Should I do this?

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Should I do this?

Post by Groover » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:59 pm

I'm in Ontario, looking at buying an immaculate 1980 Interstate with 113K on it for CAD1600.
Ontario requires that all vehicles pass a safety inspection.

The only real flaw that I can find is that the rear brake lever is very stiff and it doesn't bring on the brake light.

Any thoughts on the subject?

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Re: Should I do this?

Post by eklimek » Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:39 am

For what it's worth

Presuming it actually runs the price is somewhere between a good runner ($2,500) and a
donor bike ($500). Where is it on the spectrum?

Figure on most things including brakes and tires will need to be replaced, if they aren't already. Bonus if already done. If you do it yourself figure three weekends lost and a several hundred dollars, not counting tools and manuals.

Hard to assess internals. Compression test. If there is a dead cylinder(s) the price is off the mark and it becomes a winter project unless you send it out ($$$).

Good luck

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Re: Should I do this?

Post by virgilmobile » Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:06 pm

To address your question.The brake lever is attached to the frame with a stud.Remove the cotter pin and washer,apply a copious amount of WD40 and work the pedal up and down to loosen it.The final step is to remove the brake lever and clean the stud and lever,grease it and re-assemble using a stainless steel cotter pin.
As far as it not operating the brake light,there is a spring attached a few inches in front of the pivot point.This spring attaches to the brake light switch and is adjustable(assuming that the switch is OK

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Re: Should I do this?

Post by DragonRider » Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:43 pm

1600 Canadian Dollars sounds fair. The rear brake is minor and someone has explained how to fix. does the brake light work with the front brakes? this should pass inspection.

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Re: Should I do this?

Post by RBGERSON » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:43 am

questions..have the belts been done? has it sat for a long time = carbs rebuilt, things you cant' see..rear splines lubed properly or worn, clutch does it shift smoothly when the bike is cold AND hot, all electrical work?, rotors smooth or grooved, any leaking form the weep holes on the water pump or fuel pump, 1600 isn't bad for a good bike 1200 is better.


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Re: Should I do this?

Post by macka » Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:51 pm


see if you can take it in for a safety as part of the purchase agreement. If it needs more then 400 in work, then you can walk away from it. It will only be 65 bucks out of your pocket. What part of Ontario are you in? If you are in Guelph, go to 2 wheel motorsport. In Ottawa, Loiselle Sports is a very good shop.

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