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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-07-2019, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Purchasing 05 C50. Questions.

Hey. So I’m looking at an 05 C50 with 7,000 miles. I will be the third owner.

Is there anything I need to be looking for with a bike that old?

The low miles and good price make me want to pull the trigger but I also want to do my due diligence and not have surprises with an older bike(even with the low miles).

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Find out as much as you can on the previous maintenance. That will tell you a lot. 7K on a 14 year old bike means it wasn't ridden much.
Plan on replacing all fluids, probably tires also( check manufacturer date codes), clutch adjustments. When replacing the brake fluid is an ideal time to replace the brake line ( braided steel is an great investment).
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What he said. You should also replace the fuel line due to age. Sitting idle is just as destructive to a motorcycle as riding it.
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Aside from things you'd check on any used motorcycle purchase (tires, brakes, signs of crash damage, rust in the gas tank, ect), the C50 doesn't have any big "fatal flaws" to watch out for, at least it shouldn't at that miles. I've encountered a couple C50/M50 bikes with the "death rattle" from the cam chain tensioners being shot, but those were all 40k+ miles. It pretty much totals the bike though, it's an engine-out job to fix, so definitely avoid if the engine sounds like rocks in a clothes dryer when it's idling. If it's got a loud exhaust, just hold a rag over the end to silence it and allow you to listen to the engine.

Fuel pumps and regulators on the older C50's are becoming a known failure point, especially if coupled with a rusty fuel tank, fuel pumps really do not like sitting around a lot and there's been a couple reports of low fuel pressure (runs like crap) caused by failed regulators. As long as the bike starts easily and runs cleanly you should be OK. The pump is readily available aftermarket, they sometimes have a habit of working for a little while after being "woken up" from storage and then failing shortly after. Good news is the pump is easy to change and not expensive if it does go south. If the tank is rusty, it may still be an OK candidate, but plan on doing some work and definitely use that to negotiate the price down.

I paid $1500 for my 2005 C50, clean title, clean bike, 12k miles, been sitting but running at time of purchase Owner was in the Army and had been out of the country for several years. Bike was not properly laid up for storage, but was kept indoors. Biggest issue was the tank was rusty, that knocked the price down from the $2200 advertised to $1500. It also needed tires and brakes.
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[SIZE="a"]This is really helpful! Thanks everyone![/SIZE]
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[SIZE="a"]This is really helpful! Thanks everyone![/SIZE]
We like to see you be safe. That can't happen if things go wrong cause we didn't warn you.

I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.
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DEFINETLY CHECK THE DOT DATE ON THE TIRES PLUS 6 YEAR GET NEW TIRES AND DONT BUY THE CHEAPEST TIRE OR YOU WILL BE DOING IT AGAIN IN A FEW THOUSAND MILES I M PAST DUE FOR NEW TIRES MYSELF AND ITS Just too hot for me to take the wheels off so I am just riding local and at low speeds, hey I may just spend the money and let the stealer do it especially after reading about Pete! I have plans for today but I am going to try and stop buy the stealers today to get a price


I have to practice what I preach \..I guess!

I was wondering why the frisbee was getting bigger........then it hit me!

I always thought the "I before E except after C rule was "weird" , but "Scientist" disagree ?

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well I got the price from e stealer $5oo+ and free installation…….I came home and ordered the pirelli mt66 front & back & tubes $225.00 and now I have to do the free installation

I was wondering why the frisbee was getting bigger........then it hit me!

I always thought the "I before E except after C rule was "weird" , but "Scientist" disagree ?

EVERY TIME I FIND THE KEY TO SUCCESS......SOMEBODY CHANGES THE LOCK!
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