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1993 TTR250 - some questions

I have been offered a purple early TTR250 with 30,000 miles on it, that has had a rebore/new piston and rings and a top end refresh recently (bills to prove all work)

So are these bikes good for a high mileage?

Chassis looks in excellent nick, so does wheel and forks

What sort of price should I pay for a 1993 30,000 mile TTR, with bills to prove an engine rebuild, with 12 mths ticket

I've had loads of XR's before but never a TTR


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Having sold quite a few TTRs, the price seems to reflect the look/condition of the bike rather than the mechanicals!

The TTR is good for that sort of mileage but I am not surprised it had to have a top end refresh. Hopefully the timing chain was also replaced along with valve stem oil seals.

I guess you have to start it up and listen for any bottom end rumbles and then take it for a decent run to check clutch and  gears etc are all OK. 

The key thing to ask about is the sprag clutch and starter mechanism. I would expect the sprag to have been replaced within that mileage. Does the starter sound Ok with no graunchy noises? If you start the bike cold leave the choke off so that you can hear it turn over for a while. Does it "bang" on shut down? Start and stop it a few times to check.

The swing arm and linkage bearings are reasonably expensive to replace and take a while so it's imprtant that they are OK. 

A frequent problem with dirt bikes is dinks in the wheel rims. 2mm out (not much!) and it's an MOT failure. 

The digital speedo is expensive to replace so check it is all working OK.

Replacement plastics are hard to come by in good condition so check them out - particualrly the rear mudguard and the headlight mounting brackets.

If it has some extras like bashplate, frame guards, handguards, etc and everything else is good then you could pay anything between £1,250 (if you are lucky) up to £1,750.

The advert here http://www.totallyttrs.com/L176_TTR250_Advert.htm shows an example of the TTRs I restore to give you a comparison. It was nearly a nut and bolt rebuild with anything I find that was suspect being replaced. Only a year younger than the one you are looking at. It's already spoken for in case anyone is interested wink

 There are a lot of cheap ones on eBlag but, in my experience, they come with issues - usually starter problems which are expensive to repair. There are also some cracking TTRs on eBay but trying to work out which is what can be difficult confuse




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