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Looking to buy a ZL1000

gideon Sep 3, 2018

  1. gideon

    gideon New Member

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    [​IMG] Hello, I’m currently looking to buy a ZL1000 for 1500 bucks with 30k miles on it. The guy assures me it runs but needs an oil change and carb cleaning but who really knows. I’m just looking for some advice as to if I should make the purchase or not. Thanks.
     
  2. MikeC

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    I'd go, hear it run. He says it's been sitting for years. It will need the carbs cleaned. Unless you'll do it yourself it will be a couple hundred or so to send them out. There is a member here Rick you can find in member services that is nothing short of incredible. Rebuilding carbs is all he does and it shows. In my opinion, it's a great example for the $1500 and will likely need some work depending on how it was maintained. This site with its members is a the best resource you could find. I don't think there is an issue with these bikes this site hasn't tackled. If your mechanical, you'll be able to take care of any necessary maintenance or repairs, if not, the cost can add up depending. I would definitely say, don't expect it WON'T need some work for $1500. You won't just put it on the road and enjoy the rest of the season without some work, at the very least removal, rebuild and replacement of the carbeurators. Just 1 opinion

    Really take a look at what's going on with that gas cap! And check inside for rust.
     
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  3. MikeC

    MikeC Senior Member

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    Are you in Mass? Where at?
     
  4. gideon

    gideon New Member

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    I’m in Plymouth
     
  5. RLTherio

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    One thing that can make or break the deal is to check for hydrolock. To check for that, you need to remove the tank, remove all the plugs and compare cylinders 1 & 4 for the same height; then compare cylinders 2 & 3 for the same height. That will tell you if the connecting rods are bent due to raw fuel leaking into the cylinders and hitting the start button.
    This video explains it in more detail.

     
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  6. gideon

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    That’s my only problem- I don’t know if I want a project going into the winter. I really just wanted something bigger than my current bike to have fun on till it really starts getting cold.
     
  7. markus56

    markus56 ZL-OA Co-owner Staff Member Administrator Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    As said, don't buy a 15 hundred dollar bike and not expect to have some issues to straighten out on it. The bike doesn't look bad but looks and pics both can be deceiving. Look for rust in the tank since that in itself can cause issues.
     
  8. 87kawzl

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    It's probably seen some weather with the seat being recovered. If it looks decent it's probably worth a go. Bars have been changed, look for signs of being dropped. Ask if he has the original bars.
     

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