I´m on the lookout for a 1992/1993 model SC28 (the one with the purple trim and rear seat), and I just found one that seems to be in good condition compared to the price
. But as this will be my first Fireblade, I´m a little unsure what to look for prior to the acquisition. It´s an old bike, and I don´t expect it to be as good as new (though it is a Honda), but I would like to avoid the worst/most expensive pitfalls. So are there any particular things I must look for or test before handing over my money?
All input will be much appreciated
Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, all age equally. Rubber, metal, and plastic all age no matter what the name says on the tank. The only saving grace with Honda, they keep OEM going longer than the other 3, Yamaha being the first to leave you in the aftermarket world where parts often don't last as long.
It's over 20 years old.
The price is after you buy it. Parts availability starts to get sketchy. Age starts to become a spider web of horrors if the bike wasn't maintained, or stored outside/damp/salty location.
Problems typical of 20 year old bikes start with brake lines, brake caliper seals, master cylinders failing, steering neck bearings getting stiff/rusted, fork seals getting hard and leak, etc. It's great bike for a school to learn on. Mild weather there? Probably preserved well then, just clean the carbs and replace the float needles after a cold winter.
Transmissions aren't bullet proof on these like Kawasaki. Sad.
Look for rust in the fuel tank, and good luck ever finding a good one if it is.
Bushings wear out in addition to all the usual maintenance list items like old tires, old pads, old fuel lines, vacuum lines, suspension issues, etc. Hope you have a tool box and service manual. Or it's been in a climate controlled home with low miles and annual service whether it needed it or not, then you're golden.