Toony and myself went to see a GSXR 600 today as he is in the Market for a new Toy, he found a nice 2004 model in Yellow/Black (The colour scheme he wants) on ebay, the advert showed a stunning looking bike with Only 8,500 miles on the clock, 2 owners from new and full service history and all for only £3,299…All looked perfect.
We got to the shop and the bike jumped out at you as you walked in, it was spotless and looked really nice in the bright Yellow, the guy got it out and started it up and it sounded lovely, Toony was sold!! I had a little scout around the bike and was amazed at the condition of it.
On closer inspection i noticed that the left side engine cover had some scratches that were painted over, this led me to dig a lot deeper, I noticed an area around the Bolt hole where the fairing bolts on had a crack in it and looked like it had some Plastic welding done to it, there was also evidence the bike had been sprayed on the fairing as the Black decal had some slight overspray on it, I said to Toony that we should go away for half hour and have a chat about it out of the shop so we rabbed some lunch, I told him that although it looked like it had been dropped it didn’t look anything too bad as the bike was immaculate everywhere else and if it was bad the fairing would have been destroyed and not repaired in a very local area, I thought if we could get it down to £3,000 it would be a good deal as it was such a clean bike with REALLY Low Mileage so we went back to the shop.
When we got back Toony looked over the bike whilst i spoke to the guy in the shop, I asked for all the paperwork so i could look over it and that’s when things didn’t start to look right,
first off the HPI check he told me he had done was dated 2009, when i questioned it he sort of shrugged it off and went to the computer and done a new one in front of me (If he had already done one why would he do a new one?)
Then when i looked at the service book it had been serviced 800 miles ago which i thought was great, but when i looked at the date it was stamped it showed 20/10/09 (5 years ago!!!) i asked about it and told him if we were to do a deal it would need a service which he agreed on.
When i checked the MOT certificates it was tested in 2009 when the bike was on almost 7000 miles, it was then done in 2010 on 8,000 miles then again in 2011 on 8,400 miles it never had a test in 2012 but was tested again in 2013 where it only had 8,420 miles and again in 2014 where it had the current milleage of 8,480 miles, so in the space of 4 years it had clearly been off the road for at least a year due to the missing MOT and it had only covered just short of 500 Miles.
I said to walk away from it as something didn’t feel right about it, i wasn’t sure why it would have accident related damage and be off the road for such a long period if the damage wasn’t worse than first appeared, It got me thinking that the owner may have only had 3rd party insurance and had an off that he couldn’t claim on the insurance for so spent all that time getting it back on the road and that is why it is so clean and also not showing as wrote off on the new HPI check he done whilst we were there. Also he wouldn’t budge on the Price at all so i said to walk away as wasn’t sure it was worth taking a risk on.
What would you have done? is it bad it hasn’t been serviced in 5 years even though it has only covered very minimal milleage??