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Help Suzuki Across, is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Suzuki 250cc In-line 4's' started by Licespray, Dec 20, 2018.

  1. Licespray

    Licespray Member

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    Hey guys and gals,

    Been offered this by the neighbour ($300). Haven’t bought it.

    Says the front forks need something or another (seal? Regas? I can’t recall extactly), that it needs a “carby kit” (so I guess it needs work on the carb) and clearly a new seat (how much are these?).

    Is it worth it? Chasing a beater first bike and cheaper is better here for me as I’m not really well off.

    Probably need a battery also.

    About how far in do you think I’d have to be to to have it registered?

    Cheers.


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    Andych Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Hmmm I would say Pass to be honest...
     
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    Linkin The Apprentice Premium Member Dirty Wheel Club Contributing Member

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    How long has it been sitting?

    Probably looking at all fluids (oil, coolant, brake fluid, fork oil/seals), tyres (& check wheel bearings), clean up the chain/sprockets to see if they are OK (probably not). If it runs at all, what is the compression like, does it need a valve adjustment, does it sound like its going to poke a rod through the engine block, etc.

    Never owned an across but they are only twin carby for 4 cylinders, rather heavy at 200+KG and more oriented towards touring than sport. Better bikes to spend money on IMHO.
     
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    GreyImport Administrator Staff Member The Big Cheese Contributing Member

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    Depends how much time and effort u want to put in .... and how much u can do yourself

    Check the state of the tyres .... their age and condition may not be good even though they have visible tread

    https://www.2fiftycc.com/index.php?threads/tyre-information.1115/

    Carby kit .... look in the fuel tank and see if its rusty

    https://litetek.co/Carb_Kit_Suzuki_GSX250F_Across.html

    The fork seals are probably leaking ... not uncommon

    New brake pads and fluid would be on the agenda for sure


    Across is a common bike so another seat shouldnt be too hard to find

    They are fine for a first bike and to commute on .... and anything old and cheap will have much the same problems

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    Hard to say how much you will need to spend on it to be honest... from the look of it I dont think it is worth $300, more like $150 to $200 if it isnt running at all..
    2nd hand seat from the wrecker is around $100 depending on how good it is.. $40 for fork seals and $20 for new fork oil.
    Around $180 for a service (oil, filters, plugs etc), around $90 for a battery and this is assuming you can do the work yourself and you havent touched the tyres, chain, or brakes yet.. that would put you at nearly $750 including the purchase.. If you have to pay for labour then that will bump it considerably..
    Probably better options out there for your $750 to $1000 to be honest..
     
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    Unless you are competent with rebuilding bikes I would look for something simplier for a first bike. Something with one or two cylinders and a carburettor. This is what most of us started with to learn some skills (and mistakes) before tackling complex 4 cylinder bikes.
     
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    I’ll pass then, thanks :)

    Hard part is finding something within a veeeerrrry small budget around here.
     
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    Hey guys, sorry for delay.

    I’m out at Dalby. Looking for as cheap as possible to learn and get licence on at some point.
     
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    A bit of patience can pay off, wait for a good deal. A bike that has been sitting and isn't running can be a can of worms; if you're not experienced with motorcycle mechanics, it is a steep learning curve. And expensive. There are some bikes that can be a good starting point, things like a single cylinder bike means one carby, one spark, no synchronisation, less costs of maintenance. Every bike needs tyres, fuel, oil, and fork seals eventually. If you want a LAMS bike that you'll keep, then look for something you want. If you're just after a bike for a starting point, get an $800 ninja 250 or something, they're about, less than 10years old, easy to get parts. The GPX/zzr predecessor can be found cheaper, but there's a reason they're cheaper: old and more problems. ALWAYS DO A PPSR CHECK! Go to www.ppsr.gov.au and for a couple of dollars you check for money owing, stolen or written-off. Don't bother with a write-off unless it is "inspected: passed."

    I'm up near Rocky, so too far to be helpful. But you're closer to Brisbane and Toowoomba than I am, should get a good deal. Or talk to @kiffsta as he might come across a deal for you.
     
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    And the blistering doesn't look like a real problem, more likely a bad paint job issue. But I haven't seen the bike.
     
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    Sold already, not to me.

    I just found out today that an old timer is selling a LOT of his stuff, hopefully including a very old car that I’ve been interested in for a few years. Going to chase that first as it’s rather than a modern made motorcycle. Thanks for the help though! I’ll be back eventually, but will try luck on this car first (1920’s).
     
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