guess all I need now is a... blackbird...
Watch out for poorly done mods esp anything to do with the wiring (e.g. alarm/ immobiliser, parasitic drain from cheap usb ports) as tracing them can be a big moo.Still looking around, wondering if there's any big problems with any years of these bikes; there aren't many changes through the [97-03] range, understand that outside of the US they may have been sold as new through 06 or 07. I haven't seen anything newer than 03 here.
I had this wiring loom issiue( corrosion on the plug connections), I fixed it by just cleaning the plug.03 is the last state side.
Breaks down as follows
97 98 carbie
99 00 1st gen FI analog dash
01 03 2nd gen FI Digital dash.
FI'S 1st gen can have a issue with the wiring loom ground block. Fix is on the board. They moved the location on second gen so the problem doesn't effect them as much.
Stators can go out more frequently with a stock RR. There is an upgraded RR you can install. Again the board is your friend for info.
The other item would be the CCT. Again check the board.
Otherwise if you do regular maintenance change the oil regularly and they run for a long time.
Oh I've got 216,000 miles on mine. And it's still got the original valve shims and clutch pack in it.
Hello Fellow Fighter Pilot! Nice find! A bit steep. BUT UNDER 5K? That's AMAZING! This is TRULY A sweet MACHINE! Enjoy the rides!
Gotcha. Okay! 50K. My first Bird came from Alberta! Seems like Birds in that area Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatoon tend to be in better condition then those found in the east! Mostlikly due to weather... First bird came at $3500 super clean with 32K KM! With Akro pipes and KnN filter and undertail. Second Bird came from Ontario. No upgraded parts, rusted tank was only real problem. $3200 with 32K! Felt bad about the rusted tank, so gave me back $200 and invited me to stay for supper with him and his wife! Hence why I said it was a bit steep... But like I said in the begining, Gotcha!Lower Mainland.
I thought opposite on price; going by what's been around last couple months, I'm pretty sure that three have sold in around the six range, looked at one of them but both, I think were similarly low [under 50,000km / 30,000 miles] exceptional condition. So this says something, overall Dec / Jan in these parts there's ordinarily no buyers; very few bikes sell.
This one has new [Dunlop] tires installed only a few months back, [and 2011 previous tire receipts] service and hand written records, good SMC / rear caliper actuation. Pads calipers look day one. No oxidation, no accessories and the engine is smoother through cold [50F] to operating temperature idle rpm curve than a previous one that I looked at [which only had a slight rpm modulation while cold / high rpm], easy to hold steady through 5,000 rpm on centre stand.
I was not excited at all, don't need it, don't plan on driving it any more than it needs to run, thought I was just out in the rain kicking tires, but it was just too obvious that I will never stand in front of a better one. When I went to get a deposit, the seller thought I wasn't coming back.
I think the Blackbird / ZX11 / ZX14 Hayabusa bikes in this era will appreciate.
My opinion is that when you factor in all associated costs, every bike / car is a net loser unless you're a dreamer. The only question is how much you lose and was it worth it.