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Qwazert
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PostSubject: Looking at a SWing this weekend   Looking at a SWing this weekend I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 29, 2020 10:52 am

Price is right and mileage fairly low for an '09...so what do I look for when buying used?
I've owned bikes for over 15 years now, but am new to maxi's. Is there something specific that I should watch for?
These things have no "neutral" right? So I shouldn't try revving it up when at a standstill....unless it's on the stand!
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oldwingguy
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PostSubject: Re: Looking at a SWing this weekend   Looking at a SWing this weekend I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 29, 2020 11:25 am

The only neutral is rpms under 2000, on the stand you can but the real test is the ride, so what are you wanting to test? Records on maintenance is important, belt cond. ( miles on it ) oil changes, after 15 years of ownership you have the idea. If it's you first ride on one REMEMBER BOTH HANDLEBAR LEVERS ARE BRAKES, just so you don't get broken Smile
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Qwazert
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PostSubject: Re: Looking at a SWing this weekend   Looking at a SWing this weekend I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 29, 2020 11:29 am

I'll try to remember that...

I've never owned a scoot before, so I'm not sure what to look for. All of my bikes have a clutch and transmission, so I won't know if this one is working properly or if it should/shouldn't make certain noises when running....know what I mean?
This is totally new territory for me, so anything helpful is...well....helpful!
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steve_h80
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PostSubject: Re: Looking at a SWing this weekend   Looking at a SWing this weekend I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 29, 2020 3:22 pm

Like all bike they make a whole cacophony of noises, but there isn't a great deal to go wrong, if the engine runs and it pulls away you'll be fine.
Brakes, tyres, suspension as any bike. Servicing is easy. The cvt drive belt was changed (16k miles), an easy job as is clutch overhaul.
Expect much grabbing of the left brake at the wrong moment 😆.
For slow speed manoeuvres where you balance throttle, clutch and rear brake on a regular bike, the scooter it's just throttle and left brake.
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Terry Smith
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PostSubject: Re: Looking at a SWing this weekend   Looking at a SWing this weekend I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 29, 2020 3:42 pm

I'm a bit new to Swings myself but have been right through the one I bought as a do-up project in March.

The belt/CVT transmission is always moving when the engine is running, unlike a chain driven bike, so don't be surprised to hear some whirring from the left swingarm area. Should be fairly smooth.

Swings develop oil leaks from the stator or crank position grommets on the right crankcase which drips down under the engine and through the bash plate. Not a big deal to fix if you're handy.

A low mileage 2009 might still have original tyres, which won't have aged well and should be replaced.

Brakes are pretty "different" to a conventional bike with the left lever running both the back and the front through a linked system, and the right operating the front only. I tend to use both together, the left gives more power than the right but you need the right for a fast stop.


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Qwazert
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PostSubject: Re: Looking at a SWing this weekend   Looking at a SWing this weekend I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 29, 2020 7:02 pm

Well....looks like I missed out on this one.
Guy had recently passed away...wife was just trying to unload his '09 SW (20,000 kms) for $ 1700.

That's $ 1700 Cdn

I feel sick...
I should have known it would be gone in a heartbeat...someone got a GREAT deal.


I'll keep looking....and in the meantime, I will continue to acquire knowledge.
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sonuvabug
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PostSubject: Re: Looking at a SWing this weekend   Looking at a SWing this weekend I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 30, 2020 1:48 pm

Qwazert wrote:
... snipped ... I feel sick ... I should have known it would be gone in a heartbeat...someone got a GREAT deal. I'll keep looking....and in the meantime, I will continue to acquire knowledge.

Don't worry, another one will come along ... they always do. Persoanlly, I track the regional/provincial prices whenever I sell or buy. In that way, over the course of several weeks I know exactly what the asking prices are, for what mileages and in what condition/accessories.

When listing, I try to keep my asking price at the market's median or average asking price. I also have my scooter's maintenance up to date and the scoot meticulously detailed with clear, close up pictures. You don't usually get more money for doing these things but it will sell faster over the unattended or neglected dirty ones.

When buying, since I know what the asking prices are, I look for lower mileage units that represent the best price/value ratio's. Maintenance and service records are important to me and cleanliness/cosmetics come in at a distant third.
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Qwazert
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PostSubject: Re: Looking at a SWing this weekend   Looking at a SWing this weekend I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 30, 2020 3:38 pm

bug wrote:
Don't worry, another one will come along ... they always do.

Yeah but..... $ 1700 affraid vomit
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Murf
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PostSubject: Re: Looking at a SWing this weekend   Looking at a SWing this weekend I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 30, 2020 4:51 pm

I wish I had see that add I would have driven up North for that deal. Bounce on the shocks, put it up on center stand, run motor wheel should engage about 1600 RM to 2000. Wiggle the handlebars to listen for noise. When you turn the key you will hear the fuel pump pressurize and then start. Other than that its fluid leaks.
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