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Hey it the speedo on a 2004 1100 classic is disconnected does that mean the odo is also?

or are they two different wirings?
 

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Hey it the speedo on a 2004 1100 classic is disconnected does that mean the odo is also?

or are they two different wirings?
If your only talking about the instrument lights then no, but if you mean the speedometer itself, then yes, you cannot tell how many miles are really on the bike, plus you may just get a speeding ticket!

Why did it get disconnected? other that to hide the true mileage.

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ya the guy I am LOOKING at buying it from put ape hangers on it, and says the speedo doesnt work, been unwired. . . . I am guessing then that the miles are wrong.
 

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ya the guy I am LOOKING at buying it from put ape hangers on it, and says the speedo doesnt work, been unwired. . . . I am guessing then that the miles are wrong.
HI Roadrash,

Keep looking! That's just another resale trick, some folks disconnect the odometer cable as soon as the mileage starts piling up, so they can claim it has low mileage and demand a higher resale value.

Remember if it's too good to be true, it more than likely is not true.

In this economy buying a used bike can be a tricky endeavor,

Here are some basic things to look for,

1)The old disconnected odometer trick.

2) Any bike with 50K plus miles on it, will most likely need some kind of repairs soon.

3) Look for any oil leaks all around and underneath the engine, especially the heads and the crankcase halves. and engine side covers, look underneath!.

4) Does the bike start right away?, does the throttle stick? are there any fuel leaks any where? check the hoses and cables for cracks or dry rot, this includes brake lines.

5) have them start the engine, rev it up and listen for knocking or pinging noises coming from the inside of the engine, or noisy clacking valves.

6) Check for exhaust leaks at each cylinder head, You will either feel air blowing past your hand as you hold it close to the exhaust port, or you will see black carbon deposits at the pipe flange. check the whole length of the exhaust, especially underneath. You can also temporarily block each exhaust pipe for a second or two with a rag, any leaks will stand out quickly.

7) Look for Blue smoke coming from any muffler pipe, as you give it some throttle, (this one could mean a major problem) White smoke usually indicates a fuel mixture problem, blue smoke indicates oil is burning ex: worn piston rings or valves, guides, or seals.

8) Visually check the wear on the brakes, IF equipped with disk brakes check the pads and rotors visually, the rotor surfaces should be free of grooves. IF the brakes feel spongy they may need bleeding or the fluid needs changing.

When you apply that disk brake the brake lever should not gradually creep as it is applied. the culprit is usually air or you need a New caliper or master cylinder.

9) Check the Spokes, for tightness, you don't want to feel any loose spokes, check the condition of the tires (are they cracked?, Dry rot)


10) check the operation of the front forks by applying the front brake, while pushing the bike forward, it should rebound, but not bounce, and the seals should not be leaking.

11) check the wheel bearings look for side to side or back to front play or leaky seals. check the steering head bearings, the front end will have back to front play when applying brakes if the steering head bearings need replacing or tightening.

12) check the whole frame out for excessive rust or cracks at joints. and check the swing arm bushings.

13) ask them to remove all spark plugs, an engine in good working condition and tuned properly will have a light tan appearance on the electrodes not black with deposits or with a white chalky appearance.

14) check the operation of all lights and turn signals and electrical switches, especially the engine safety cut off switch or side stand switch.

15 ) Finally take the bike for a test ride after it's warmed up.

Check to make sure the clutch is not slipping and that the bike shifts smoothly through all gears, and that the throttle response is crisp, look for any wobbling of the front tire or rear tire, or if the bike feels like it has any kind pull to either side and that the rear does not feel like its moving when taking turns or applying power.

listen for any unusual sounds such as grinding noises or pinging and knocking when accelerating or braking or down shifting. or any side to side swaying, bring the bike up to highway speed slowly and watch out for a deadly high speed wobble! if your not sure how to handle this one get someone that has more experience to check it out for you, an inexperienced rider will not know how to come out of a high speed wobble. and can result in serious injury or death

Just off the top of my head, this is just a partial list of what to look for when buying a used bike.

I sure hope this helps.

Dennis
 

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awesome list. thanks for taking the time to do that Dennis.
You are the man!
 
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