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|What To Take Into Consideration When Buying A Used Venture|
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What To Take Into Consideration When Buying A VentureIf the bike has been sitting for several years you will need to:
1) change the tires as they will probably be dry rotted. After market about $175+- plus install and balance.
As bob stated I do have the Royale version it is an 84 with about 85000 on it. I have owned it for about 6 years and actualy I think it is better as a handler than the GL 1500 goldwing (I also have one of these). If you can work out a deal to cover all or most of the above you may be in good shape. You didn't say if it was a yamaha dealer or if you have any mechanical skills, but also try to get him to throw in a shop manual if ya can.
Hope this helps a little, drop a line if ya have questions.
This response (thanks Hank) is excellent. This is a good approach to arranging the purchase of this 1983 Venture. I did not know that you had driven so far Hank!! That is almost 150,000 in Canadian miles.
I am pretty fussy about tire brands (I run only Dunlop K491 tires), and would recommend that you choose these tires. Alternately, you could install tires recommended by a friend who has them on his own 83/84/85 Venture.
By the way, the 1983 has a different front rim size than the 1984, so be careful that the front tire is right for the 1983.
Concerning the second gear issue, you could have the dealer road test the Venture, accelerating hard in second gear up to near redline (he might want to drive it around a bit first, after this long wait for you). This brief "5 seconds of acceleration" second gear test will confirm that the transmission/clutch/drivetrain/etc is good. If it passes this test, I would buy. ('course it is your money)
Used Venture-What year to Buy ??'84's & '85's were good years as the 2nd gear problem, stator & water pump premature failures were corrected with the '84 (Yamaha's biggest seller in 84).
'86 & '87 had some problems.
88-90 models were considered to be the most trouble-free
91-93's were OK with the exception of fork seal and suspension problems.
There was a survey done some years back in MCN magazine that reported these numbers.
8 - 83 Venture vs. 93 VentureHi Bob,
Can you respond to this on list? Can you compare and contrast your 93 to your 83 in terms of power, seating position, luggage capacity, handling, etc. I would eventually like to get a 91-93 and would be curious to hear from someone who has had both.
Sure, be glad to....
We love our 93 even more than our 83. We do not regret making this move, and would advise anyone to do it.
Hope this helps.....
Last update: 03:18 PM Sunday, September 26, 2004
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