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K999jud
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Post by K999jud » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:06 pm

Hello to all.

I'm in the process of purchasing my first MT, I'm looking at the 350 as I like the idea of electric start, although I'm ready for a kick start battle as often as it arrises.
I've seen a very nice looking bike not to far away, but its described as having "a slight oil leak".
Should I continue with this particular machine or head on elsewhere. I am aware that oil leaks are part of their charm but is it a good idea to take one on as a 1st time?
I've had a number of different bikes over the years and currently have a new vespa (also 1st time) which is totally reliable so the MT would be a labour of love. Advice very very welcome.
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Post by Wirralman » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:52 pm

Welcome to the forum
A 350 well set up , clean carb, clean electrical contacts etc will start on the kicker but I found it hit and miss- my poor technique I'm sure. On the button starts every time if battery is good ( They can eat batteries every couple of years, but not a major expense)

A declared slight leak ?, sounds huge to me but could just need a simple seal change

They don't normally leak oil, so not in my opinion part of their charm

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'Look after your horse and your horse will look after you'

This applies to MTs Check out Technical section Initial Servicing Guide My MTs have always made it home. With poor maintenace, AA/RAC membership is essential

Help is at hand with Minter, who owns Sportax He not only services, repairs and upgrades these bikes, he also rides them.
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Post by Minter » Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:35 am

Welcome to the forum!

If the oil leak is from a gasket or oil seal it's pretty straight forward to repair.. if it's a cracked case a bit more expensive but not the end of the world..

Id say go for it and get your first MT!

Gary
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Post by Derrick » Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:01 pm

Welcome to the club.

Most don't leak oil, but they are about 20 years old and it can happen for a variety of reasons, best to check carefully and pay according to your view. It can be just due to having been over-filled (a problem I think we have all had at some time) so best to try and see where it's coming from. High up is probably less of an issue than from around the casings. But be aware that any oil from the engine will usually collect in the bash-plate then drip off that when using the side stand.

I have had my engine stripped and rebuilt by Sportax, what they don't know about engines is not worth knowing.
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P.I.STAKER
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Post by P.I.STAKER » Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:09 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum.

i agree, go for it, you wont regret it







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K999jud
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Post by K999jud » Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:03 pm

Well unfortunately that bike wasn't the one. I'm keeping my eye open for the right bike, not too pretty but not battered either. You don't see that many coming from private sellers with knowledge. This is going to be a waiting game. Any top tips for finding a long term ride would be appreciated.
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Post by Wirralman » Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:09 pm

As you rightly say, a waiting game. I have seen or heard of a few who have bought in haste only to repent at leisure. You're doing the right thing by walking away from a duff bike
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