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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-25-2017, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Is it a bad idea to buy this 77 zuki?

Hey y'all, I came across this rad little thing on craigslist this morning for a killer price. The seller told me it takes a long time to start up/warm up (around 15 minutes) but afterwards runs pretty decent. He noted that after a little bit of riding, it idles really high, but taking the choke out helps/fixes that (isn't the choke supposed to be out while you ride anyways?) but that it looks to be leaking some sort of fluid from the muffler.
He's only asking $450, said he'd let it go for $200. It doesn't have a title, and it's really tall (32.9 inches at the seat) and I'm 5' tall. How difficult is it to lower these things? Waiting to hear from him with the VIN to find out what the titling process would look like.

I can't add a link to the post because I'm a really new member, but I may be able to answer questions that aren't addressed in here that may be apparent from seeing the ad. It's in rough cosmetic shape but that's to be expected.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-25-2017, 10:01 PM
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Year, model, miles?
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Golden rule: No title no deal.

Unless you are just planning to ride it around in your moms basement, you need a title.

Once a seller has your money in his hands, his motivation to help you with anything goes to zero.

If it was easy to get, they would already have it.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-26-2017, 06:49 AM
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It depends. some of them aren't too difficult to lower a bit. It can be as easy as slipping the forks up a bit and adding some lowering links to the rear. They're around, you can probably find them on the web somewhere.

That's an old bike now and will need some work. From the sounds of it, it needs some carb work and possibly worse in the long run. What's the leak by the exhaust?

No title depends on the state. Here in NH it's a non-issue - a form can be filled out by a mechanic or local PD and then it can be registered normally with that and a bill of sale. Most of my bikes here I've bought with no title.

I think $200 or $300 would be the max I would do on that bike. It needs work. How are the tires?
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No title? Good luck.
What state do you live in? Some of them make it damn near impossible to register the bike without a title.
And what happens if they run the vin number through the computer and it comes back stolen? They take the bike and you are out the money that you paid the guy.
Look for something else.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-27-2017, 12:28 AM
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Hard to go wrong at the price, and with no paper you might have to go through a state like New Hampshire or something to get it registered the first time. I would pull the Carburetor or carbs and go through them that should sort out the starting and running issue. Suzuki had some good bikes in that time period so it will depend on which one it is, as there were also some not so great bikes then.

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1. It might be a good parts bike.
2. Definitely too tall for you.
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