I want a street motorcycle. Is a 1986 intruder a good buy for $1,100?

The owner claims that it doesn't start because It needs a new solenoid. The bike itself looks fantastic. Opinions?

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  • Nancy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    Absolutely not.  That much should by you a 1986 intruder in good condition.  Not running isn't good condition.  

    "Oh, but it's a cheap fix," says he!  

    Caviat emptor, pal.  A private party selling something is legally allowed to say whatever they want.  The legal term is "puffing."  Nothing oral is binding, so unless he puts in writing on the bill of sale that that's all that's wrong with it, then you have no legal recourse when you go and try and have it fixed and it turns out that that's not what's wrong with it or that's not all that's wrong with it but a mountain of other stuff that's going to cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars.

    So don't believe what someone trying to sell you something tells you, especially when they're trying to explain away why it doesn't run as being some minor fix.  If it looks "fantastic" and really all that's wrong with it is a solenoid, like he claims, then he'd just have the solenoid fixed and sell it for $1,800 or $1,900, what what a "fantastic" 1986 Intruder sells for.  He's not doing that, though, so it apparently isn't "fantastic," meaning it's either not just the solenoid, or if it is and you actually could get it running, you'd find out there's a lot more wrong with it than meets the eye.

    "Oh, but he says that he doesn't have the time to mess with it and just wants to get rid of it."Of course he does.  Don't be a chump.  

    • adam
      Lv 4
      2 months agoReport

      jump the solenoid with a wire . easy peasy. But I bet its more than that solenoid 

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  • Jay P
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    If the repair was as simple as only requiring a new solenoid, don't you think the seller would already have done that?

    A non-running bike ( or any vehicle for that matter ) is only worth scrap value until you can determine why it won't start and run.

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  • 2 months ago

    Needs a new solenoid? Or a new "cylinder" like a new engine? Maybe the wangizmo is broken, too?

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  • adam
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    Nope PASS. Tell him get it running and then talk price. 

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  • 2 months ago

    The 750 or the 1400 Suzuki Intruder? Didja measure the battery voltage? What was it? Do all of the lights, including the green neutral, blue high beam, red battery discharge, hi/lo headlamp(s), (parking lamp?), running lights, license plate lamp, turn signals and brake lights, work? You fail to mention the front / back tire month(s) and year(s) of manufacture, shown on their sidewalls, and easy to  see. (A clean tire is not necessarily a safe tire. They dry rot over the years.) Didja check the front and rear brakes? Smooth? Weird noises? Do the brakes stop the wheels? Are the brake hoses cracked? Didja look at the disc brake pads and guestimate their thickness? Didja apply the front brake and pull / push backwards and frontwards on the handlebars to check for clicking / bad head bearings? Didja get a copy of the bike's maintenance history? When was the last time the brake fluid was changed? Didja pull / push sideways on the top of the front tire to check the front wheel bearings? Didja pull / push sideways on the top of the rear tire to check the rear wheel bearings and the swing arm bearings? Didja get on, put the bike in gear, and gently roll frontwards and backwards to check for gear lash in the shaft drive and gearbox? Did the bike easily go into gear and back to neutral? Didja drop the float bowls and see sludge? Does the bike come with a well-worn Haynes, Clymer, or Suzuki shop manual? I would rather have a bike with some dings that was serviced correctly by the owner than a hanger queen. These are all easy checks. If you don't own a dmm, skip the battery. NO TOOLS REQUIRED for anything else.

    "All it needs..." are famous code words in the motorcycle biz for "I'm trying to sell you a piece of shite."

  • 2 months ago

    River Euphrates with best answer

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  • 2 months ago

    See if the owner will allow you to take the bike to a shop to see if a mechanic agrees with his 'just needs a solenoid' theory.

    If he balks, walk away.

    There are tens of thousands of motorcycles (many of them much newer) out there for sale in excellent (running) condition.

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  • CB
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    In its current non-running state it is only worth what you make parting it out - you can't test the engine, transmission, braking system etc. without a ride or seeing it run and operate correctly. Offer the guy $200 -  and walk away at $300 - likely you will be a grand into it to get it running unless you can turn a wrench.

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  • 2 months ago

    Personally I would have doubts about the solenoid being the problem that the bike doesn't work.

    • adam
      Lv 4
      2 months agoReport

      exactly jump the solonoid and see what it does

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  • Ron
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Nope. As Nancy says, that's a good price for one in good running order.

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