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Question Want to buy non-running F3 - March 22, 2007, 03:06 PM

I need some advice. I found a non-running F3 that I am thinking about buying for $800. The owner says it was running last summer and now needs a battery and new plugs. I'm a novice mechanic but comfortable trying to sort out the mechanical issues on my own. I've never worked on a bike before and my big fear is if there is a problem with the carbs. I heard it's a pain to remove, clean, and synch them on an inline 4.

Would I be crazy to take this deal? I really want to learn while getting a cheap working bike.

Anyone want to volunteer to be my mechanical mentor if I can't get this working?
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Fak, buy that bitch for 800 and get an uber cool new frame and make it badass!!

i volunteer nunya for the mentor!


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it's not that bad to sync a 4cyl inline. for the price i'd say buy it.


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I need some advice. I found a non-running F3 that I am thinking about buying for $800. The owner says it was running last summer and now needs a battery and new plugs. I'm a novice mechanic but comfortable trying to sort out the mechanical issues on my own. I've never worked on a bike before and my big fear is if there is a problem with the carbs. I heard it's a pain to remove, clean, and synch them on an inline 4.

Would I be crazy to take this deal? I really want to learn while getting a cheap working bike.

Anyone want to volunteer to be my mechanical mentor if I can't get this working?
Hell if you can't get it working let me know and I will buy it. Carbs are easy to clean, but you don't know it that is it. It could be a number of things that could keep it from running.


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Hell if you can't get it working let me know and I will buy it. Carbs are easy to clean, but you don't know it that is it. It could be a number of things that could keep it from running.
That is my fear. I don't want to spend the whole season trying to get a bike to run if it's got real problems, but then again it could fire up with a new battery and spark plugs.

I'm going to cross my fingers and hope the seller calls me back.
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March 22, 2007, 04:11 PM

I've never seen a bike not run because of plugs after sitting 9 months. Not to say that it can't happen. Borrow a battery or charger and try to start it before you buy. Could easily be a fuel issue which isn't too big of a deal if you know what you are doing. Probably not a bad idea to bring someone with you that knows what they are doing anyway, and you could have them drain the gas and the carbs and try new fuel. If that doesn't work, it might need a carb clean, or it could be something bigger. Of course, just because someone says it was running last summer, doesn't mean it was, so its a bit of a gamble. But if you want to learn about working on bikes, $800 for a test mule that could be a great bike if you get it running sounds like a decent way to get started.
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