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Hi all,

New to the forum here, and new to riding. I have a vehicle I am selling, and someone has approached me with an 06 C50T to trade. Less than 3000km on it (1800miles). The story is that he bought it two years ago, and has suffered and arm injury that prevents him from having the stamina for long rides anymore. PO bought it with only a learner's license (like myself), and had a neighbor to ride with - neighbor moved away but he never got his license....so it sat until he sold it two years ago.

I have a couple of pics, as I am unfamiliar with this model, and I usually find that others can find things from pics that I certainly wouldn't notice. The trade seems like it would be a good deal (trading for a same year Jeep Liberty), but I am just wondering if there is anything here that raises some red flags.




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Pics look ok....but that doesn't usually mean much.
It sat for a couple of years.....could mean big fuel delivery issues.
You need to see that it starts easily and rides without hesitation and surging.
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Pics look ok....but that doesn't usually mean much.
It sat for a couple of years.....could mean big fuel delivery issues.
You need to see that it starts easily and rides without hesitation and surging.
And oh, welcome to the forum.

Thanks guys.

FI system, so no worries about a plugged carb. When you say fuel delivery, what exactly are you suggesting might be issues - the pump, the lines....something else?

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OK, first, that is not a "T" model. It would be black, have White Walls and studded bags and seat. Also, with only 1800 miles that bike has sat more then 2 years. Not riding a bike can be more of a issue then can be seen. The tires will need to be replaced, ten year old tires are no good no matter how they look. All the fluids will be best to drain and replace. Here in the States that bike goes for around $3000, not sure how that translates to Canada (I'm guessing Canada with using KM in your description).

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Thanks guys.

FI system, so no worries about a plugged carb. When you say fuel delivery, what exactly are you suggesting might be issues - the pump, the lines....something else?

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Gummed up, varnish like gas in tank, fuel injectors, fuel filters, fuel pump.
See what I mean?
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Gummed up, varnish like gas in tank, fuel injectors, fuel filters, fuel pump.
See what I mean?
Totally. He did claim that both he and the PO had done yearly maintenance on it, and that it runs and sounds great.


The C50 vs the C50T - are there any differences besides the aesthetics? Just the larger windshield, studded bags, black colour and whitewall tires?

Thanks for everything so far - I really appreciate the info as I know nothing about these.

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Nothing performance wise. They're both slow and you can't do a whole lot about it

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That bike is 12 years old and has less than 1800 miles. It has sat. A LOT. That is actually worse than using it to commute every day.

While sitting, the fuel in the tank and injectors likely evaporated, leaving behind a sticky varnish that is difficult to remove. If the tank was not full, then there is a good possibility that the ethanol in the fuel absorbed atmospheric moisture and has caused the internal walls of the tank to rust (very common). This will require a complete disassembly of the tank, dealing with rust (if present) and replacement of the fuel pump. If the injectors are plugged with varnish, they will require a professional pressure cleaning. Mechanic in a bottle won't do the trick.

Then there's the rest of the bike. All of the rubber on the bike should be thoroughly inspected and anything that is cracked or brittle, replaced. The brake line should be replaced and the master cylinder/caliper purged. (brake fluid also attracts moisture). The oil should be changed immediately, because acids from moisture could be contaminating the lubricant and damaging the inside of the engine. Lastly, the tires should be replaced simply due to age.

I would not recommend taking the trade, until after paying for a professional inspection and refurbishment of the bike.
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