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Considering buying a 1996 TC privately with good rubber and 19000 miles, sound fine, what should I be looking for fault/wear wise?

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  • vernon_seato Jun 15, 2009

    Yes very helpful especially the points to watch for when buying - many thanks



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Please check the good bad points for the above bike u are about to purchase.

If you are buying one, you need to look out for a few things:

* 2nd gear - redline in 2nd on the test ride. If it pops into neutral, walk away. This means a 4 figure repair bill to re-build the box and replace worn dogs.

* Rear Shock - Check the adjuster ring moves and check the shock compresses with weight applied. The lack of protection from the back wheel's crud flinging can lead to seizure if not properly cleaned and maintained. If a hugger or undertray has been fitted, this is a good sign of a careful owner.

* Downpipes - Whip off the belly pan and check, with the engine running, for any blowing of the exhaust around the block. Don't think this can be solved by tightening up the exhaust clamps.

* EXUP - While you have the belly pan off, check the EXUP is in place. With the engine off, turn the ignition to 'on' and listen for the servo whine (this carries on for about 4-5 seonds as the servo adjusts). Also check that the tacho isn't showing a 7k fault code for seized EXUP valve.

Other than that, check the normal things like tyres, chain, sprockets, lights, etc.

Good Points: Great on gas, Fun to ride, comfortable for short or tall rider. Easy to perform maintenance on. For a true rider this bike offers plenty of push when taking off. Continuous, steady acceleration in gears 2 thru 6.
Bad Points: Max speed is in the mid 140's, the weight of the bike can cause back wheel to lock very easily, A little sluggish in first gear up to about 6rpms, Kinda jerky when at low rpms(not unbearable just annoying).
General comments: The Yamaha YZF-600R Thundercat 600 is my first ever bike that I have owned. Unfortunately I learned to ride on a much larger bike (Hayabusa). For a 600 this bike is very good and reliable. Can keep up with other bikes pretty easily until you get to about 140mph.

Now obviously you need to check with the bad points while purchasing so that you donot have to start spending extra soon after purchase.

Thanks for contacting Fixya

Posted on Jun 15, 2009


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