Learner Bike ?????

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Will Sutton, May 24, 2004.

  1. Will Sutton

    Will Sutton Guest

    MAKE/MODEL: Honda VT250
    YEAR: 1983
    ODOMETER: 31,134kms
    PRICE: $1,000.00

    Mates daughter had decided that she wants to ride a bike and has
    asked me my opinion on this but not been a great expert in bikes
    ( I ride them but thats about it ) I will ask here.

    FWIW 31,134 klms on a bike 21 years old seems odd to me

    If I could get a couple of serious replies amongst the normal crap
    it will be appreciated

    Will Sutton, May 24, 2004
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    Johnnie5 Guest

    plenty like that , people buy em to learn and dont ride anywhere
    then they get put in the corner of the shed ah one day i'll ride again and
    then 5 years blows by
    tree fiddy and a kikindanutz

    IIRC they had camchain issues ???

    go check it out and buy on condition , usual things consumables
    like chain and sprockets , tyres how old are they ?
    noises ? RUN
    rego ?
    Johnnie5, May 24, 2004
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    FuTAnT Guest

    Sounds awright. Check the usual things. Brakes, tyres, chains sprockets, how
    long has it been sitting idle for? Brake discs, do they show more use than
    31k should? Oil colour, radiator etc. Just give it a good going over, give
    it a run, see how it sounds and rides. Steering head bearings .. blah blah,
    all the usual things.

    '03 954
    FuTAnT, May 24, 2004
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    Biggus Guest

    I would agree with that .. VT's were nothign special back in its day,
    you should be able to find something possibly a little more up todate
    and reliable for not much more... The V series back in 83 was a
    nightmare, the VF400/500/750s all sucked, not sure about the 250
    Biggus, May 24, 2004

  5. Could be 131,134 couldn't it? Or 231,134?
    Stephen Calder, May 24, 2004
  6. In aus.motorcycles on Mon, 24 May 2004 21:12:39 +1000
    They were known as a handgrenade when new, but if it's got to 31k then
    the tensioner's been replaced so that should be OK.

    I think it's more important to know what it's done recently than the
    total mileage. If it's been sitting in a shed for 5 years there will
    almost certainly be problems - seals, rustrings, etc. If it's been
    ridden say 15km once a week then it should be OK.

    Zebee Johnstone, May 24, 2004
  7. If its to be used as a learner bike, be really careful with the front brake,
    if its the model with the inboard ventilated disc (as mine was), its deadly
    in the wet. Be really careful if its been raining. That front wheel will
    lock up without a problem especially in untrained hands. Other than that, I
    thought the bike was really quite comfortable to ride.

    But... Maybe you should be looking for something a bit newer. Maybe a Honda
    CB250, its a fairly good learner bike, or anything of a similar ilk... How
    tall is the learner to be??? A Road and Trail bike can be pretty good to
    learn on as well. Wide handlebars, make for easy manoeuvering, and if the
    bike falls over, its light to pick back up, and nothing major should have
    broken off (depending on the severity of the fall of course.)

    Just my opinion...

    ··»¤·QUOKKA·¤«··, May 24, 2004
  8. Will Sutton

    Will Sutton Guest

    Thanks for all the replies, I have emailed them on
    Will Sutton, May 25, 2004
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    BB Guest

    Maybe you should throw in another few thousand for her? if it was my
    daughter id rather her be riding a reliable bike. Something in 250's thats
    up to 5 years old would not set u back that much and when she gets her
    blacks she can sell it on at a reasonable price if she hasnt smashed it.
    BB, May 25, 2004
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    sirprice Guest

    Will the F11 D was a renown hand grenade . The cams didn't have
    full circle bearings which wore out very quickly + the usual
    Honda cam chain woes.
    I believe the Integras , Spadas etc are a much better deal .
    Cheap it may be to buy but good used second-hand engines would be
    few and far between .
    IF you can get parts for the top end you could easily chuck a
    heap of money at it and still end up with a bummer.
    The front end problem I found was the 16 inch front wheel which
    was very skittish in the wet or gravel , the disk worked ok but
    was a pain to assemble as it was enclosed, which could also lead
    to neglect ( out of sight out of mind ).
    The engine revved harder than it should ( cos they are so frail)
    but for its age it went OK.
    All in all ,maybe a CB 250 or summin similar would be a better

    Just my $0,02 worth
    Dave P

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    sirprice, May 26, 2004
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