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    Senior Member jwtwrider's Avatar
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    Well im in it to win it now. With My TW in the shed in various peices ive come across some very real problems with buying a used cycle. Firstly there was the problem that started it all the cobbled pulsar coil that busted while i was riding , it was not oem and only measured 125ohms but it was working fine until it gave out. Next was issues with wiring weakness i found on dissassembly and repaired .Then on to a bad exaust valve and worn out piston that my machine shop found while doing a top end rebuild. Another problem i found caused by an assinine PO was a missassembled kicker that led to its demise.So what i thaught a good deal for $500 is now nearly $1000 worth of aggrivation and parts. im just hoping now that the running issues i had before tear down were caused by the tired top end and not a CDI or stator, as i have read that the CDI for this 89 black and red is not an easy part to come by these days. To top it off im having a difficult time trying to find any moto salvage yards here in upstate ny so i have to buy new parts or e-bay it. Well buyer beware next time im taking it to a mechanic before i buy it . anyone else have any horror stories about buying a used TW ?
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    Hey I am in Upstate NY and had a pretty piss-poor experience buying a used TW recently as well... Still in pieces and not running, in fact. Maybe we should start a club





    Where abouts are you located? That would make three of us with TWs in NNY, but only one known working
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    Quote Originally Posted by operose View Post
    Hey I am in Upstate NY and had a pretty piss-poor experience buying a used TW recently as well... Still in pieces and not running, in fact. Maybe we should start a club





    Where abouts are you located? That would make three of us with TWs in NNY, but only one known working




    im just north of rome
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    oh, central new york, then



    We are a couple hours north of Watertown
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    Quote Originally Posted by operose View Post
    oh, central new york, then



    We are a couple hours north of Watertown
    are you in canada ? thats way up there must be up around govenour ? about 3 hours from me at any rate nice to know that im not the only one in ny with a tw woe as most of the yami dealers around here dont even know what a tw is and one in lowville told me they didnt make em anymore.
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    ja, up north around canada eh





    In all fairness to the guy I bought my TW from, the CDI was fine when I got it. The fork seals were blown, it needed an oil change something fierce, the chain was worn out, the plastics busted, had obviously been jumped by a fat man and tipped over quite at least a couple of times at decent speed. Mirrors were missing, handlebars were cracked/bent/broken, so on and so on.



    It was an impulse buy and I can only blame myself!
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    Your guys stories reminded me of a time I traded and old Jeep for a Triumph TR6 motorcycle. As we were driving away each of us had a funny grin on our face as though we had gotten the better part of the deal. A few months later, our paths crossed again and I asked the guy who he thought ended up getting the better deal. He said he thought I did, and I agreed. The truth was that both vehicles were total POS. It was nice that we were still able to laugh about it with each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biglefti View Post
    Your guys stories reminded me of a time I traded and old Jeep for a Triumph TR6 motorcycle. As we were driving away each of us had a funny grin on our face as though we had gotten the better part of the deal. A few months later, our paths crossed again and I asked the guy who he thought ended up getting the better deal. He said he thought I did, and I agreed. The truth was that both vehicles were total POS. It was nice that we were still able to laugh about it with each other.
    yea i got the tw from a friend so im trying not to be bitter about this whole thing as i was on the way to his house when it broke down on me
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    Quote Originally Posted by operose View Post
    obviously been jumped by a fat man


    haaaa, i needed that laugh today. thanks
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