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Used bike inspection

Post by atc250r » Sat Oct 30, 2021 11:10 pm


When buying a used H2SX, what areas of the bike should a guy inspect and/or look at for “issues”?

Should a guy check out the air box for oil and abort the bike if excessive oil is found in the air box? Or just check the bottle below the air box? How much is too much oil?

What else should one check to ensure he’s buying a bike that has no issues?
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Re: Used bike inspection

Post by Nceb » Sun Oct 31, 2021 12:47 am


I got to my air filter, and realized it's the Sprint filter. One thing that got me wondering is that there was excessive oil found all over that box, inside the two tiny reservoir (which I've cleaned out), and the sprint filter had oil all over it. I read on vcyclenut's web page that it's a dry filter that doesn't need oil...so how come mine has oil on it...?
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Re: Used bike inspection

Post by Vex » Sun Oct 31, 2021 2:56 am


Because this bike aspirates oil like nobodies business. Bryan even made an oil catch can kit for it (not sure he still does).

Its not uncommon; you can search the forums for topics about it.
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Re: Used bike inspection

Post by Champ87 » Sun Oct 31, 2021 2:16 pm


atc250r wrote:
Sat Oct 30, 2021 11:10 pm
When buying a used H2SX, what areas of the bike should a guy inspect and/or look at for “issues”?

Should a guy check out the air box for oil and abort the bike if excessive oil is found in the air box? Or just check the bottle below the air box? How much is too much oil?

What else should one check to ensure he’s buying a bike that has no issues?
As Vex said, these bikes vent quite a bit of oil into the airbox so checking for oil in the airbox won't tell you much about it's condition. I don't recall topping up oil between changes so obviously it looks worse than it is.

There aren't any specific areas to check on a used bike. Obviously, make sure the rear hub and ECU recalls have been done. We've also had two examples on this forum of the rear hub pinch bolts stripping threads in the swingarm. Two doesn't represent a common issue, but it's two more than you would expect.
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Re: Used bike inspection

Post by danham » Sun Oct 31, 2021 3:56 pm


Good advice so far. I'd just add that getting the oil level "just right" is a little tricky on these bikes and so even a very slight overfill will increase the amount of oil in the airbox and filter and catch bottle. Many dealers overfill. So it's not a reliable marker for the bike's condition.

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Re: Used bike inspection

Post by Vex » Sun Oct 31, 2021 5:23 pm


I'd do the standard stuff. Check for regular servicing, recalls done, obvious damage to the bike, cracks in the fairings, twisted swingarm, if it's sat unused then the tires and rubber hoses, fluid age, etc.
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Re: Used bike inspection

Post by wellcraft » Thu Nov 25, 2021 12:34 pm


Might be a good idea to have a used H2SXSE inspected by a certified Kawasaki mechanic, might cost you a few bucks but could save you money if they discover an issue the average person might miss. What year is the bike you're looking at and how many miles, any mods, has required maintenance been performed on schedule? The biggest issue I'd have with buying a used high performance motorcycle is how hard did the previous owner thrash or baby the bike.
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