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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-08-2010, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Salvage bikes

So in my search for a new track bike, I've seen lots of salvage bikes. The price is right and they all are cosmetic damage only, run great, frame is straight etc. Since I'm no mechanic, should I even bother looking at salvage bikes? What should I look for outside of the normal things? Is it worth it to have the frame inspected by a pro to verify it's straight?

Illinois doesn't make it easy to retitle them, but I only plan to ride it on the track. Anything to worry about only having a bill of sale? What if the seller bought it salvage, so I would only get a salvage title in the name from two owners ago?

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yes its worth having the frame inspected. a guy i work with bought a salvage bike (gsxr 750?) to rebuild, got it and all the parts to fix it and found out the frame was bent. now hes got shit to do with it and it's sitting in a crate in our warehouse.

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I dont know how much you can save buying a salvage bike , but I see plenty of setup track bikes in the $2500 to $3000 range . If you need a shock and a fork setup for a track bike , you are looking at about $1500 + - , right ? Plus bodywork and spares .

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there are a few signs visible to the eye within 3 seconds of looking at a crashed bike.


If it will stand on two wheels get on your belly ten feet behind and look through the length of the wheels.They should line up!!!!

steering stops broken??

wrinkled paint or welds near the neck.

These bikes are pretty damn tuff I would expect a fair amount other damage.Front end most likely.

Seems finding a shop with these tools such as a data reference type of machine might be tuff now days

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The majority of salvage bikes I see have a scratch on the frame. I know plenty of people that ride at the track with scratches on the frame or swingarm. Is this something that I should worry about? Obviously if it's gouged to shit I wouldn't want it, but minor scratches seem to be fine.

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scratches are usually fine along with a ding here or there. Just use your common sense when picking one up. I have bought 9 salvaged bikes with only one issue and that issue was quickly fixed by GMD/4&6.

I have seen and also heard that bikes right off the showroom floor have been out of wach and not straight and they have not even turned a wheel yet.
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a scratch is just a scratch. if its deep, and in a critical location like along the head tube welding then it could be an issue but for the most part a scratched frame with very little depth to the scratch in the middle of basically no where on the frame is nothign to worry about

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OMG is your mommy ridding this bike pat???

You may be best served with a NEW bike if these things are a real concern and you might loose sleep over them.

Many Many bikes have been thrown down the track and ridden the next day without any concern what so ever.

These are mechanical things they do brake even brand new stuff brakes.As Steve said they come out of the factory as mass produced products.

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OMG is your mommy ridding this bike pat???

You may be best served with a NEW bike if these things are a real concern and you might loose sleep over them.

Many Many bikes have been thrown down the track and ridden the next day without any concern what so ever.

These are mechanical things they do brake even brand new stuff brakes.As Steve said they come out of the factory as mass produced products.
LOL too funny.

Pat just stick to titled 07 GSXR600s and you will be all set. One GSXR I know just found 5-10hp on top thanks to Pilotx and Ressurection.
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OMG is your mommy ridding this bike pat???

You may be best served with a NEW bike if these things are a real concern and you might loose sleep over them.

Many Many bikes have been thrown down the track and ridden the next day without any concern what so ever.

These are mechanical things they do brake even brand new stuff brakes.As Steve said they come out of the factory as mass produced products.
When I'm on the track pushing my limits, I'd like to know the bike is going to do what it should. Guess I'm a sissy like that... I'm not opposed to paying more or buying a lesser bike if that's what I need to do. That's what the thread is about. Gus you know as well as I do, some people do f'd up things to bikes to get them running again. Same can be said about a clean title bike, but I know a salvage bike was smashed up at one point. Maybe I'm too paranoid.

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I think pat's just being cautious here, a salvage bike is, for all intents, a gamble. its a big gamble to make too.

gus is right though bikes are tossed down the track and right back out there in pretty short order generally. mine was back out same day after i looked it over and ductaped the bodywork backtogether, but it wasnt a bad crash for the bike as things go. my bike isnt even a salvage bike lol its got a cert of destruction on it

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if you see a bike at the track without a scratched frame, it's probably because that guy isn't trying hard enough

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