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 Post subject: Howdy from a newbie in Aus (Melb) - Looking at a 750
PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 9:21 am 
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Hi all,
First time poster long time reader.
I've always been taken by the "modern" look of the Paso and have wanted one for a long time. There is one for sale in Templestowe on bikesales.com.au and I thought I would run it by people on the site first before I contacted the owner. Or perhaps the owner is a member?

http://www.bikesales.com.au/private/SSE ... i-750-Paso

Please take a squiz and tell me what you think. Maybe a few tips on what I should look for when I go to have a look.

Thanks
Julian


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 Post subject: Re: Howdy from a newbie in Aus (Melb) - Looking at a 750
PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 4:32 pm 
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Ask the owner why it was repainted (crash? hidden/repaired damage?). Why does it have a seat from a 907?


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 Post subject: Re: Howdy from a newbie in Aus (Melb) - Looking at a 750
PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 4:44 pm 
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Race pipes looks nice. Seems polished as they are deep black original. Dash is different to say at least.. Looks like a bike that was loved by the owner. Be sure to check behind the fairing. If the fairing has its numbers in it, it is at least OEM parts. Look at the state of the engine. Dry, paint gone etc.
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 Post subject: Re: Howdy from a newbie in Aus (Melb) - Looking at a 750
PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 8:00 am 
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randtcastell wrote:
Why does it have a seat from a 907?


That's a good eye. I wouldn't have picked that.

Brutus wrote:
Dash is different to say at least..
Léon


Wouldn't have picked that either.

Thanks for the replies. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Howdy from a newbie in Aus (Melb) - Looking at a 750
PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 8:05 am 
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it is also clearly an import (as the seller notes)... the US taillight and MPH speedo. So i'd be double checking the numbers. From the pictures the paint looks very "flat" for a pearl respray. Seems like it is missing a gloss coat but that can be hard to tell in photos online

But my biggest question is the photo that shows a yellow Paso in front of it? Which is another unusual colour. I'd want to make sure i wasn't getting the poor cousin or at least the price was fair for the poor cousin.


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 Post subject: Re: Howdy from a newbie in Aus (Melb) - Looking at a 750
PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 8:43 am 
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Looks like a fairly typical price for Aussie land. A dime a dozen here in the USA Picked my 750 up for well under a grand of course no race cans and not running but in overall good condition

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 Post subject: Re: Howdy from a newbie in Aus (Melb) - Looking at a 750
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that Paso has been up for sale for quite some time. The rear tire is a Pirelli MP7. They stopped making them in the mid 90s.
Fork legs and side stand seem to be bare metal and not repainted silver. The clutch lever is bent (why?). The original chainguard is missing as is the rubber grommet that holds the speedometer cable to the front fender.
Did the '88 have the chromed passenger grab handle or was that already the black one?

A while ago this file was made which might help you:
https://app.box.com/s/2fhq2uukm6t3hc14mboele7zupkdgq2e

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 Post subject: Re: Howdy from a newbie in Aus (Melb) - Looking at a 750
PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 11:32 am 
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paso750 wrote:
that Paso has been up for sale for quite some time. The rear tire is a Pirelli MP7. They stopped making them in the mid 90s.
Fork legs and side stand seem to be bare metal and not repainted silver. The clutch lever is bent (why?). The original chainguard is missing as is the rubber grommet that holds the speedometer cable to the front fender.
Did the '88 have the chromed passenger grab handle or was that already the black one?
G.


This and Higgy's comment just echo my concern. The price is typical for a locally delivered bike in Aussie land (I know i'm here too) and we have fewer to choose from. It's just a bit of a bitza and the seller has other Paso's (so can't be that bad a person :-)) but i'd just want to check that it's not all the left over bits from making a good one or at least that i had a good idea of the condition of all sorts of things.

Of course we are talking about nearly 30 year old machinery so you have to figure on fixing stuff anyway and that's part of the fun. But it's nice to have a good idea of what you need to fix first.


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 Post subject: Re: Howdy from a newbie in Aus (Melb) - Looking at a 750
PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 8:38 pm 
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Sanity may have prevailed. I will stick with my Vulcan until something better comes along. The trouble is they don't come up very often. I don't mind getting my hands dirty and fixing a few things but I do prefer to ride. Thanks for all your considered responses.
There is a nice 907ie in WA, but that's just a tad too far to go to test ride. :-)


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