Question about 2000 Suzuki GZ 250 Marauder
The GZ250 is a pretty good bike. It handles well and is lightweight compaired to similar bikes. The brakes are good and you will probably get around 50 to 60 mpg. The bike services no diferent than others except that the tank must be removed to change the spark plug. There are a few things to consider when buying a used bike. See below. . .
Does the engine start easy and idle smoothly? Does it accelerate without hesitation?
Any smoke when it starts or when pulling away from stop light? > Bad valve guides.
Any smoke when riding at 30mph? > Piston rings worn or possible previous sieze up.
Does the clutch engage and disengage smoothly? Clutch lever easy to pull?
Any oil or coolant fluids leaking after a ride?
Do all gages work? Lights, horn and flashers?
Any red lights on the gages lit up?
Do front and back brakes operate and stop smoothly?
Is the motor oil pretty clean or really dirty? > Sign of how well the owner has cared for the bike
Is the oil "white-ish"? This indicates water in the oil, bad water pump seals normally.
Any funny sounds from the gear box? Anywhere else?
Does it shift smoothly up and down the full range? Neutral light come on properly?
Sprockets still have rounded tips not pointed? Well lubricated chain?
Good tires? How old is the battery? All lights work properly?
Is the upholstery good? Plastics cracked or broken?
Gas tank badly rusted inside? Do the wheels run true or weave?
Do the forks look bent from a side view or front view?
Ever been wrecked? What service work has been done in the past?
With the handlebars driving straight ahead, is the front wheel pointing a slightly different direction?
Does it drive nice or is the bike squirrely to drive? How about around curves and corners?
Do all accessories work properly?
Ask what doesn't work on the bike. What known problems do exist?
These are things to look for. I hope this helps.
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Posted on Jul 12, 2009
I have a 2001 gz250 for the last 3 years. It is my first bike. It has served me well as I use it to commute to work so I consistently do 150 miles per week on it and there is currently 20000 miles on clock. I get about 80mpg.
My main issue with it is carb icing however I have solved that problem by putting a dash of silkolene pro fst into the tank each time I fill it. You will know you are suffereing from carb icing if it cuts out in traffic in cold and wet weather.
Posted on Sep 28, 2010
Bike over loads with fuel once it warms up and stalls.
Posted on Jul 23, 2009
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