Buying a gl 1800


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saywen63
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Buying a gl 1800

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Have a friend who wants to buy a 2002 gl 1800 . Bike has 76000 miles and has sat for close to 3 years without beeing used .

What should we look for when we look at it ? Did this model have any specific problems ?

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check the tires for a recent DOT code DATE.



are the handle lever bushings worn out? easy fix, about 30 cents each, but if they are worn, you get problems with the cruise control not setting


does it shift easy? will need all the fluids changed period, the hydraulic fluids especially


I am looking for my bookmark, but can't remember how I wrote it up


the only 'check list' I have is for trips ha ha


http://micapeak.com/checklists/mclist.html


when I bought my 2002 with 97,000 miles on it, I just rode it around the parking lot and paid attention to how it performed, looked at the tires and they were almost new, and that was it.
~John

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2009 Piaggio MP3 250cc

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If he gets it he will need to change air filter to check for mouse nest in air box. Don't know of good way to check this when just looking at bike to purchase.
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later thoughts,
is the battery posts clean?
if there is corrosion, then it was not taken care of,
or having been left for 3 years, it just simply ran down.

loose connections at the battery terminals can cause problems.
do NOT use a car jumper cables to start it, the risk of blowing things on the bike is just too great.

use a new battery, or use a car battery w/o the car's engine running... but watch that the polarity is NOT reversed.
~John

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2009 Piaggio MP3 250cc

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Does it start and run ???

Remove the fuel cap, any rust in the filler neck ???

Does that gas stink ???

This "barn find" cost $3,500 to get started.
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Check the oil, make sure it's not milky. Also, look at the clear plastic (headlights, etc); if it's cloudy the bike has been sitting out in the sun.

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