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Buying a salvage bike - pros and cons
« on: 05/20/15 03:54PM »
I'm in the market for a new (to me) bike.  Every so often I see what appears to be a very nice looking bike with a salvage title.  Salvage titles have always scared me away, but then I hear stories of insurance companies totally a bike simply because it needs new bodywork.  I've never seriously considered buying a salvage-title bike, but I'm wondering if I should?

Has anyone here every bought a salvage title bike?  How was your experience?  What sort of inspection (if any) did you do before buying it?  Has anyone ever had Dr. John's check out a bike to make sure the frame and forks are straight?

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Re: Buying a salvage bike - pros and cons
« Reply #1 on: 05/20/15 03:56PM »
I'm in the market for a new (to me) bike.  Every so often I see what appears to be a very nice looking bike with a salvage title.  Salvage titles have always scared me away, but then I hear stories of insurance companies totally a bike simply because it needs new bodywork.  I've never seriously considered buying a salvage-title bike, but I'm wondering if I should?

Has anyone here every bought a salvage title bike?  How was your experience?  What sort of inspection (if any) did you do before buying it?  Has anyone ever had Dr. John's check out a bike to make sure the frame and forks are straight?

I own 3 salvage bikes and I have not had any issues with either. In fact one of the bikes was a clean title before I got into a minor collision where the bike didnt even touch the ground. It was salvaged due to a few scratches on the frame.

Ive seen clean title bikes that were wrecked and rebuilt and sold. I would be more concerned about that.

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Re: Buying a salvage bike - pros and cons
« Reply #2 on: 05/20/15 06:16PM »
Having owned a few salvaged bikes, the main thing to look out for is frame damage. Check the frame in daylight for any dents or painting over. During the test-ride, take your hands off the bars and make sure it tracks straight. If it veers to one side, the frame or forks may be bent.

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Re: Buying a salvage bike - pros and cons
« Reply #3 on: 05/20/15 06:23PM »
As mentioned, check the frame and forks very closely.  Ask a lot of questions.  I've had good luck so far with the Ninja...

Unfortunately, you won't be able to fully insure it like you can a non-salvage vehicle.  State Farm wouldn't do comprehensive.

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Re: Buying a salvage bike - pros and cons
« Reply #4 on: 05/20/15 08:37PM »
My Triumph was salvaged and I was only going 20 mph when I went down.  The main damage was to the stator cover, plastic parts, and engine side cover.  The frame was not tweaked nor did the forks take any damage.   As mentioned, the key is to look over the bike thoroughly, and have a friend watch as you ride away or follow you to make sure it tracks straight that a test ride may not reveal.   
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Re: Buying a salvage bike - pros and cons
« Reply #5 on: 05/20/15 08:56PM »
Just bought one a couple of days ago! They are great if you like me a younger kid who doesn't want to pay hefty insurance rates, as others have stated it can't be insured fully but they also can't charge you like they would normally and you usually don't buy a salvaged bike for full price. All in all I'm happier than having my clean title bike and paying double the rates.

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Re: Buying a salvage bike - pros and cons
« Reply #6 on: 05/21/15 05:22AM »
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Re: Buying a salvage bike - pros and cons
« Reply #7 on: 05/21/15 10:36AM »
I have bought and sold two very nice motorcycles that i had fully insured. No problems. You buy them cheaper and sell them cheaper. Have to be picky choosing them. Is it a pampered on that fell down in the driveway and put a ding in the frame spar? Or some wanna be stunters trash heap. Repairs done with love for the bike or a quick mask job to sell it to some hapless joe? If its the bike you want in the condition you want buy it. My oppinion only.
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Re: Buying a salvage bike - pros and cons
« Reply #8 on: 05/21/15 07:56PM »
All good points, thanks. 

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Re: Buying a salvage bike - pros and cons
« Reply #9 on: 05/21/15 08:28PM »
Had one. No problems.  I crashed it a bunch more before selling it :)
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Re: Buying a salvage bike - pros and cons
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