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Mrchyes
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 - 11:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

hey everyone! so im going to be going to look at a 1998 buell S1 white lightning. I need some advice on what to look for though! seeing as how you folks know a lot i thouhgt id ask you : ) here are some pictures.
the bike needs a clutch and tires
and also has a lot of aftermarket parts i was told


bike

bike2

bike3
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Rick_a
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 - 11:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I can tell you the lights on that headlight are completely inadequate. You're going to want to modify if with better lights or upgrade the assembly completely.

Those look like H-D controls/grips which I would consider a major downgrade.

The end of the clutch lever is broken off so I'd look for hidden damage/repairs.

The entire front end actually looks to be from an S2 so I'd be suspect of everything on that.

Tubers have plenty of idiosyncrasies. Peruse the old school Buell forum for tips and insights on typical stuff.

I'm sure others will chime in shortly.
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Rick_a
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 - 11:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Oh, and where's the instruments?
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Mr_grumpy
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 12:45 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'd be looking very very carefully at that bike, it looks like it's been abused. Just look at the rear tyre, that's ringing alarm bells straight away.
Also if it's not the original front end, why not? Those forks are pretty stiff, if the bike's hit something the frame may be distorted, check the gusset plates where the frame tubes join for paint cracking.
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Littlebuggles
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 07:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Looks like it may have a 1250 kit on it (98 S1W had black heads but not cylinders), cannot see the muffler well - could be a supertrapp or maybe a vance and hines, zooming way in on the photos indicates the rear shock could be the original unit that was subject to recall, or it could be an upgraded after market part.

Nothing looks cut or outlandishly painted, might be a good project to restore to original and ride the hell out of. Listen to the advice posted above.
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Oldog
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 08:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

that may be a flat ended super trap, if so you want to replace it, those were known to fail, look close at the frame, especially around the steering head for evidence of bending and re-painting.

good luck
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Rick_a
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 09:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

The lower frame tubes near the steering head where the flimsy stick-on fork bumpers lie will tell if any wrecking was going on. Even a hard tankslapper may dimple the frame tubes there, but a wreck surely will.
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No_rice
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 02:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

i have seen him listing that bike for some time now. mostly because for whats been done to it and what needs fixing he is asking way to much for it. especially considering you can pick up perfectly good tube frames that dont need new tires and a new clutch in that price range.
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No_rice
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 02:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

figure 4-500 in tires, a couple hundred in new clutch...

then cost to fix that headlight problem...
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Mrchyes
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 07:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

thanks for all the tips guys, i am gonna check out this bike very well

hopefully it wasnt in a crash and he just liked the s2 front end better, if thats the case i may pick it up.
thanks for the help guys

(Message edited by mrchyes on March 25, 2014)
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No_rice
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 10:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Its your call, for sure try to get him down a ways. Hes been trying to sell it for awhile.

If you get it and need anything let me know, thats what i do for a livinve. im just up the road in ames at the hd and buell dealer.
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No_rice
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 10:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Those bars do look odd on that bike.. That being said, the forks, fender, and bars could be from something like the s2. The headlight/fairing is one of the cheap ebay deals. No real good reason to swap out the good s1 parts for whats on there unless they were wrecked. Those wouldn't be something changed for looks
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Mrchyes
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 11:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

well sounds good guys ! no rice ill for sure hit you up if i do pick it up. looks like for now im gunna offer him $2k and see what happens
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99buellx1
Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 - 01:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'm guessing it's a straight pipe on it.
Ick.
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