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    Looking at my first Buell

    Hi all,

    I'm about to pull the trigger on a low mileage 2009 XB1200SGC (less than 2000 km's) and thought I'd ask an obvious question before I do - What should I be looking for??

    The bike has been imported from Japan and looks immaculate!!!

    The dealer will give it a service but as I'll be flying down and riding it back 1145km I'll need to give it a good looking over to make sure I make it home.

    I nearly bought a Buell new in 2005 but went Japanese instead, I loved them but the price was a bit over the top, so this is a good opportunity.

    Any heads up will be appreciated.

    Cheers

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    Since the dealer is giving it a going over, you should be fine. Congrats on a cool bike, welcome to the forum, and enjoy the ride home.

    Post pics!

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    Yeah, they're checking it out so you should be good to go, the only things I might double check are the grounds, ask the dealer if they removed them and cleaned them off, no matter what they look like and then reinstalled them with a anti- corrosive. This also applies to the battery terminals.

    Good luck and welcome to the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi60 View Post
    Hi all,

    I'm about to pull the trigger on a low mileage 2009 XB1200SGC (less than 2000 km's) and thought I'd ask an obvious question before I do - What should I be looking for??

    The bike has been imported from Japan and looks immaculate!!!

    The dealer will give it a service but as I'll be flying down and riding it back 1145km I'll need to give it a good looking over to make sure I make it home.

    I nearly bought a Buell new in 2005 but went Japanese instead, I loved them but the price was a bit over the top, so this is a good opportunity.

    Any heads up will be appreciated.

    Cheers
    QUALIFIER: i just accessed the factory listings and the only H-D dealer i found in NZ was road and track in hamilton. they never handled the Buell line. so this dealer you are buying it from? do NOT rely on them to know anything about buells nor to have serviced it properly. not to impune their reputation but never ever rely on a dealer to be completely truthful about a bikes' condition. perform the below before you leave their premises.

    considering that you'll be riding approx. 730 miles print out the below simple check-list and take it along. should only take 1/2 hour to perform and the peace-of-mind alone is worth the trouble.

    1-ask them if they checked the level of the primary/transmission fluid.
    2-check engine oil level. i know it will be cold to the touch but at least check if there's good clean oil showing on the dipstick.
    the dipstick is the black plastic gizmo perched atop the left side of swingarm. check with bike on side-stand ONLY.
    3-check the 14mm nut that secures each turn signal stalk to its mounting position. notorious for coming loose and falling off.
    4-check tire pressures. 35F/37R will get you home.
    5-apply both brake levers. should be firm and hold pressure.
    6-remove seat and take cursory peak at all wiring, inside fuse box lid....and battery cables. you do NOT want to see any corrosion anywhere. if you do address it before you leave to ride home. CHECK TIGHTNESS of 10MM battery terminal bolts. notorious for coming loose.
    7-confirm that ALL LIGHTS....HORN.....TURN SIGNALS work perfectly.
    8-IMPORTANT: when checking under seat with fuse box lid removed look at 1 of the fuses....any fuse. they are common "mini-blade" fuse. stop at an auto parts store and pick up a 10-pack for a few dollars and carry with you. they do occasionally pop and you'll be dead in the water without a spare.

    LASTLY.....AND MOST IMPORTANTLY....check for any signs of tsunami flood damage anywhere on the bike. ALSO VERY IMPORTANT: check that the TITLE to it matches the VIN on the frame/steering neck sticker on right side of neck. if NOT simply walk away. i have access to weekly dealer and trade journal publications and there was an estimated 1.4 MILLION assorted bikes lost in Jap mainland tsunamis this decade. many were rehabbed and hung on unsuspecting buyers....and also had questionable documentation regarding ownership/titles. be damn sure this isn't one of them.
    Last edited by lunaticfringe; 03-09-2019 at 12:09 PM.

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    Thanks for the above all.

    lunaticfringe, I hear what your saying about dealers in NZ, they were sold by our Harley dealers until Buell went down for the last time and I even test road a couple of new ones back in 2005 from Auckland Motorcycles.

    R&S are only an hour away so getting spare won't be a problem plus there's always the web.

    Your flood damage idea is something I never would have thought of and definatley worth a look!!

    If I pull the trigger on this low km one then I treat it as a running in ride for the first 1000km and do a full service after that which will be the following day after I get back up north.

    Am heading into town now to check if the seating position suits me on the SCG and then it's just a bit of paper work..

    Cheers



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