Ok, let's put some facts on the table. David Bowdler from the Isle of Sky bought this bike from me in August last year. It was a full nut and bolt restoration with complete engine rebuild by a forum member including a refurbished Grampian crack.
Apart from helping David answer a question from the DVLA I have not heard from him. That was until 3 weeks ago when I received a stroppy email demanding I replace a petrol tank that had developed a leak.
The bodywork was the only part of the build I didn't do myself as I purchased the complete set from a forum member who told me it had recently been painted and was all good.
Frankly it's a 40 year old bike and was sold with no warranty. I am not aware that any Classic vehicle would come with a 12 months warranty so dont be surprise that if you send a shirty email the answer comes back as NO.
I use forum members when I restore my bikes for engine builds, oil pump refurb, brake refurb, powder coating etc. We all know who the best people are to use.
The faults you have found in 10 months comprise of a clutch cable and you chose to replace the sump plug. That's pretty good and falls within general maintenance. The chain and sprokets are new as they came as a set.
You have not made reference to the engine, electrics, carburation, brakes or suspension. So I presume they are all good.
To you David, this is a forum for like minded enthusiast and coming on here bleating because you cant get your own way after 10 months of ownership is childish. I stand by the restoration work carried out, I have many happy customers and your comments are inaccurate and without substance.
I invite you to grow a pair and remove this thread because nobody wants to hear half truths and waffle. You should be aware that LC enthusiasts dont take kindly to smart arses and plonkers.
Actually I contacted the seller several times after the sale - and he responded helpfully and quickly - to get various bits of information to assist with the somewhat lengthy process of DVLA first registration.
Then on 19 October 2019, when I took the bike for its first short ride after finally getting it registered, I contacted the seller to notify him of the problem with the fork seal leak with a photo. I didn’t receive the courtesy of a reply.
When I reported the leaking tank after the bike’s winter hibernation in May, I actually asked the seller to repair the tank not replace it. I asked for help twice in polite emails but received no response. The seller made it clear he was not willing to assist when I managed to contact him finally by text.
I’m pretty certain I’m not ‘bleating’ or ‘peddling half truths’. Readers can decide for themselves if it’s ‘waffle’.
BTW, in the lengthy eBay ad for the bike it was described as: ‘In summary this is about as close to a new bike as possible.’
And as I said before, the bike is great fun to ride and I am really enjoying using it. I appreciate all the information I’ve sourced from this forum and especially Norbo’s help quickly sorting out the replacement fuel tank and some genuine Yamaha replacement parts that were needed for the fuel system.
I changed the gearbox oil at 300 miles and filtered it through a funnel:
I’m guessing but it seems to be sealant pieces and some fibrous material, perhaps from the clutch bedding in (?) so I’m not concerned. Anyway no significant metal content so I’ll just plan a further oil change at 600 miles when I give it it’s running- in service.
I agree Martin. I know people get a reputation for selling great used parts/bikes/cars etc. but really what they are selling is an unknown. Only takes a few things that are not good for that rep to end and its not like the seller has any control over it.
i agree, it can be tricky business with old bikes. in fairness the bike looked in fabulous condition, ok there were a few very minor fixes to be done and yes the tank is a big fix .
IMO its really up to the buyer to check the product and part with the funds if he/she is happy.
Personally I wouldnt and have not contacted the seller after a purchase with problems. If it was my daily mode of transport I would be a bit put out but now I would actually enjoy fettling with it because lets face it these machines are not essential modes of transport anymore.
Anyway the main thing is the priblems were not terminal and the bike is being enjoyed!