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I want to buy a 97' ZX7R with 20K miles.
Bike has been droped, but its patched up and is supposed to run OK.
What kind of problems should I be looking for with this bke?
Trans jumping outta gear? Poor cooling system?, you know, things I should watchout for?
 

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You will answer most of those questions simply by listening and riding it through the gears. Make sure the valve inspection/adjustments were done in addition to the oil changes. If not, have him take it into a dealer to get a valve inspection done and come back and hear what the dealer says afterwards. If all is within factory spec, go for it - but after he has paid for the inspection cause it needs to be done. See the periodic chart to see how frequently.

Check the sprockets, chains, tire, pull all the plastics off and inspect it all over. These things can be replaced, but adds to the overall initial cost of getting into the bike.

"It is suppose to run ok" and truely running OK are two different things - ride it, hear it, have him pay the dealer $60 to go in and out of the bike.

Bottom line - whenever you buy a used motorcycle, assume everything is wrong right from the get go.
 
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