View Full Version : Chosen a bike; opinions?

02-22-2005, 05:41 PM
hey all, i've finally chosen an rs which really grabs me as nice, after quite a few weeks searching (preceeded by many months browsing :) )
i just want to get some last minute opinions of the spec's of it, just in case i've overlooked something.

It's a 2001, testsuya rep., 9000km's on the clock, with a datatool3, which had a service at 2000km's that i presume was just an oil change and checkup.
the asking price is close to 3000, from a dealer, although some will be knocked off to account for me changing the rings, or he will be doing it included in the price (agreed to by seller)

it appears to be pristine condition, and completely standard, except for the alarm and 33bhp CDI which is currently fitted as well as all of it's paperwork obviously.

can anyone think of a good reason why not?, everything i know about it is included there.


02-22-2005, 05:47 PM
Should have been serviced every 2,500 miles, what happened between 2,000 & 9,000 miles??

02-22-2005, 05:50 PM
p.s. I take it we're talking about a 250 here with some sort of restricter kit on it?

02-22-2005, 05:57 PM
yea, its a 250 w/restrictor, i am in the right forum :)

well there's nothing in the service book about anything after the first service, and i havent been sent the prev. owners details yet.
but i will most likely go to see the bike (it's a fair distance away) to give them the cash so i can have a hard look, see what oil's been used etc.

is it possible to consolidate the 5k + 7.5k km services as the dealer has offered to carry out any servicing free of charge before it is released, in which case i would definately ask for it.
altough im more than confident to do future work myself, but free labour with a warranty is never bad is it!

02-22-2005, 06:06 PM
Just make sure the dealer does a good service, ie.power valves cleaned, brakes serviced etc. Also don't forget at 10,000 miles it'll need a top end inspection,(perhaps he might do this early for you ;) )

02-22-2005, 06:19 PM
ahh, i've just realised i've been getting confused between km's and miles, i think i'll have to get back to him to confirm it's 9000km's NOT miles or i'm tempted to walk away/ insist on top-end parts being included.

thanks for the wake up call there :plus: hopefully she'll be in the members gallery soon, if not back to the drawing board

02-23-2005, 05:09 AM
i saw that rs on biketrader looks very nice, offer him less wont you, about 2700 and work on it.

02-23-2005, 05:10 AM
Good luck & keep us posted. ;)

02-23-2005, 08:16 AM
yea, if its 9,000 miles, its due top end (new pistons, rings, small end bearing, pins, clips and gaskets)

get them to do it, or knock a couple of hundred off then you can get parts from Redcar Suzuki and do it yourself

let us know how you get on

02-23-2005, 12:58 PM
its 9000kms not miles

02-23-2005, 01:07 PM
I'm curious to hear what it revs like with the restrictor kit on.

02-23-2005, 01:19 PM
im probably getting a rs250 now too, is it 10,000 miles then not 10,000 kms that it needs a rebuild? and are rs250 clocks in miles or kms?

02-23-2005, 01:21 PM
post 98 you can choose mls or km on the dash computer

02-23-2005, 01:24 PM
ah, i take it, its best so see a bike in person rather than relying on what the person selling it is saying?

02-23-2005, 01:39 PM
its 9000kms not miles

may i ask how you knew this?
have confirmed it now

yep i'll let you all know how it goes and about the restrictor, wont be riding it on the road until the 15th though, as im waiting for my insurance renewal/ no claims.
in the mean time i hope no one poaches it before my money arrives in a couple of days!

02-23-2005, 01:41 PM
ive seen it and its very nice, i wanted it but i would only have a max of 2500. take those stickers off it that arent meant to be on there. when did you pass your test?

02-23-2005, 01:55 PM
i haven't passed yet, i failed before, for observation on my U-turn which was disappointing but not all together surprising considering i turned up at the training centre without my documents and had 40 mins to go back and get them, buy some l-plates, and change an indicator bulb so i could use my own bike and not miss my test slot :rolleyes:
other than that 2/3 minors and he said my riding was fine and the bike smelt lovely :)

o well, i'll be retaking on monday and every ten days until i pass if need be although im sure it'll be fine this time.

my budget is around 2900 for the bike with a few hundred left over for anything that might need doing and several bottles of TTX etc.

hope you find what you're looking for, especially as we live fairly locally.
would love to see an mc21 if you end up down that route

02-23-2005, 01:59 PM
yea mate im up for a rideout on the 250's theres more chance now of me getting a rs250 because of availability. look at this rs250 on ebay mate,


thats the 4th one in a month to come up for sale, ffs i bet when i have the money there wont be one. was it you i saw on a yellow rs125 in asda car park last year? i was on a mini moto.

02-23-2005, 02:14 PM
um dont remember asda carpark, sure there'll still be some around :), how long do u have to wait? (maybe continue this on msn or somethin)
can't seem to contact the seller, page keeps timing out, might as well seeing as i haven't paid any deposit yet....

02-23-2005, 05:06 PM
It wont be restricted by the CDI, it will have washers at the exhaust manifolds and down jetted to 230 230!!

02-23-2005, 05:09 PM
ahh ok cheers for that, i read in the search that a restricted CDI was available from aprilia (for use on german bike or something)

02-24-2005, 05:16 AM
2 jets and washers cost 130!! what a f*****g joke

02-24-2005, 05:33 AM
It wont be restricted by the CDI

Yes it is. Certainly on the post 98 models

02-24-2005, 07:17 AM
i didnt realise there was a 33bhp restricted unit either until Stefke pointed it out. if it is this, just keep an eye out for an unrestricted Suzuki 22D30 SAPC unit on Ebay, i just picked one up for 8 inc. postage

02-24-2005, 07:43 AM
Perhaps the restrictions are different in several countries. Look at the RS125. In the UK, it's retricted to 11 kW by simply unplugging the pv. Over here in Belgium, my 125 came without a pv :bangwall: and an restrictor tube in the chamber of the pipe (so also had to buy a new pipe :crybaby: ).

Perhaps the same applies to the RS250. All i can say is that in Belgium, they are definately restricted through the CDI.

02-24-2005, 08:51 PM
Check to see if the bikes and import or not, if it has the 33bhp CDI it could well be imported.

02-24-2005, 10:16 PM
Where do u see the serial kode on the box??
My bike is from germany...

02-25-2005, 02:05 PM
A full power Uk spec bike if u need to have it restricted is done by the washers and jets, the European specs had different sapc and cdi,s which brought it down to around 40bhp.