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post #1 of 4 Old 08-07-2018, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Zx12r buying advice!

As is the way with every forum I'm sure this had been asked before, but, I'm currently looking for a new bike having passed my full test, and have come across a zx12r in my budget, it's not the prettiest and needs a tidy up cosmetically, which isn't a problem for me, but the mileage is 55000, would this be a problem, I know this is pretty much an unanswerable question cause it depends on how it's maintained, but is there anything to look out for on the test ride? I've heard of things like second and third gear problems and charging problems, but if it was YOU going to see this bike, list me the things you'd be looking for! Thankuou!
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-07-2018, 04:23 PM
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Hello and welcome to the site!

My check list would be:

1. What year 12 is it?
There are some differences in the earlier to later models

2. Does the current owner state any problems with the bike?
Electrical issues are common with the Stator/Regulator and wiring (check the sticky threads on forum). Has there been a regular service schedule performed, and is there any written evidence of this? (owners service book/receipts etc.).

3. Any obvious signs of damage/abuse/poor maintenance?
Usual crash damage signs, poorly maintained brakes/tyres/chain & sprockets, do all lights etc. work?

4. If possible, get the owner allow you to start the bike from cold (no prior start/warm up before potential buyer arrives)
This may help to establish the charging/electrical status of the bike, along with any fuelling issues.

5. Has the bike been used frequently despite the claimed mileage?
It could have been sitting for quite some time unused/unregistered and for what reason? 55,000 miles is not too much for a bike of its age.

6. If possible have someone with you who may have experience with bikes to look it over,
This person may have insight to things you haven't, or wouldn't think of asking or looking for in a bike. Also if possible they may be able to test ride the bike as well. or a least ride/drive behind you as you test ride it to observe things (exhaust smoke, billowing clouds of flame, smoke and engine parts!! (semi-joke).

7. Ride it yourself if confident to do so.
Remembering it will very likely be somewhat more powerful than what you are use to, which feels great at the time, but may cloud judgment.

These are just some of the pointers I can think of, and are general ones when looking at almost any second hand bike. If you have looked on this site, especially the sticky threads at the top of the zx12r page, then they will give you a good idea on what is expected from the 12, depending on the year bike too as earlier models (A1/A2 have some differences compared to B1/5). Others on here can give more advice, I'm sure I've missed some important points but the one's given can be a good start at least.

Good luck with whatever you purchase!


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I would list the specs here.

Year, Color (just to make sure the color was actually available that year), all the mods, and the price.

I just sold mine to a fellow forum member. He was picking up a 2nd 12, so he knew what he wanted, and I listed all the mods I did, and included all my spare parts (he filled a pickup truck with stuff).

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Smell and visually inspect the oil/ clutch through the filler cap. If it's got a stock clutch it's likely not been beat to death. Maybe you'll find a nice surprise in there. If it has an upgraded clutch then move on to: Ride height. Is it stock, lowered, stretched.

Maintenance records.

Overall, look at the bike and just get a feel for it. Are the cotter pins in place? Is the bike some what clean. Is the chain set correctly. Is the sprocket in good condition. If the stuff on the surface is crummy, then don't be surprised that the stuff underneath is worse. If you can't ride the bike at least push it back and forward and get on the brakes and feel for anything that grabs your attention, clicking, binding, rubbing etc.

At that amount of miles, you are probably looking at bearings, brakes, suspension, electrical, among other things unless of course there is documentation.
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