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Old 29th June 2017, 12:50 PM
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Hi all,
New to bikes and am looking at this Yamaha XV from Classic Bikes and Bits in Walkinstown. Looking to go down the bobber route.

2 questions:

1) As a bike are the XV a reliable bike and are there any know issues with them I should be aware of?

2) Are Classic Bikes and Bits a known/established trader or should they be avoided?

Thanks.
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Old 29th June 2017, 12:58 PM
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Probably a grand yolk as is but it wouldn't be a yolk id be going to the hassle of customising as a bobber coz it'd be as slow as a wet week and you'll spend a ball of money on it and get bored of it in no time and loose your bollocks on when selling it.
Also a shop advertising a bike as due a service is just lazy imo.
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Old 29th June 2017, 01:03 PM
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Default Re: Considering a 1989 Yamaha XV

Originally Posted by jic44
Probably a grand yolk as is but it wouldn't be a yolk id be going to the hassle of customising as a bobber coz it'd be as slow as a wet week and you'll spend a ball of money on it and get bored of it in no time and loose your bollocks on when selling it.
Also a shop advertising a bike as due a service is just lazy imo.
No lazy is your use of words like coz.
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Old 29th June 2017, 01:12 PM
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Default Re: Considering a 1989 Yamaha XV

Originally Posted by jic44
Probably a grand yolk as is but it wouldn't be a yolk id be going to the hassle of customising as a bobber coz it'd be as slow as a wet week and you'll spend a ball of money on it and get bored of it in no time and loose your bollocks on when selling it.
Also a shop advertising a bike as due a service is just lazy imo.
Thanks for the reply.

Not wanting to spend a lot on a bike initially. Wanting to get used to riding. Thought it would be a cheap entry.

If buying I would ensure the service was included.

Not sure if the bike is learner legal/test legal either.

Should also say that the bike would be used for a 20km commute daily.
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Old 29th June 2017, 01:32 PM
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No lazy is your use of words like coz.
But im not trying to sell my words so
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Old 29th June 2017, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by ejabrod
Thanks for the reply.

Not wanting to spend a lot on a bike initially. Wanting to get used to riding. Thought it would be a cheap entry.

If buying I would ensure the service was included.

Not sure if the bike is learner legal/test legal either.

Should also say that the bike would be used for a 20km commute daily.
Probably a grand first bike but you said you want to go bobber route so I assumed you wanted to make it into a bobber and so spend loads on it
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Old 29th June 2017, 01:36 PM
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Classic bikes and bits are honest and good in my experience.
My cousin bought a bike off them ages ago and was happy with it.
They seem to have really clean stock.
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Old 29th June 2017, 01:41 PM
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New tyres and service and, with whatever else you find wrong with it, you could end up spending an extra couple of hundred euros than you wanted. From experience you could be better off putting that towards a better bike that's serviced and warranty and needs nothing. Chances are after a year you will want something newer, faster, better or different riding position. Unless your handy with the tools that's what I would recommend
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Old 29th June 2017, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Pjaysus
No lazy is your use of words like coz.
Forgot a comma and quotation marks, very lazy 4/10
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Old 29th June 2017, 02:01 PM
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Default Re: Considering a 1989 Yamaha XV

Originally Posted by jic44
Probably a grand first bike but you said you want to go bobber route so I assumed you wanted to make it into a bobber and so spend loads on it
Yeah, the consideration was to modify to a bobber at some point.

As a starter bike it would seem ok
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Old 29th June 2017, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by johnny b
Classic bikes and bits are honest and good in my experience.
My cousin bought a bike off them ages ago and was happy with it.
They seem to have really clean stock.
Thanks for the info
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Old 29th June 2017, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by knightrider
New tyres and service and, with whatever else you find wrong with it, you could end up spending an extra couple of hundred euros than you wanted. From experience you could be better off putting that towards a better bike that's serviced and warranty and needs nothing. Chances are after a year you will want something newer, faster, better or different riding position. Unless your handy with the tools that's what I would recommend
Yeah, I can understand where you're coming from. However, the bike will literally be just for commuting. I have another mode of mechanical transport that is very high powered for 'fun'.

I'm fairly handy with a spanner alright
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Old 29th June 2017, 02:05 PM
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the second consideration was this 1991 Honda Shadow VF which looks like a clean bike
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Old 29th June 2017, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by johnny b
Classic bikes and bits are honest and good in my experience.
My cousin bought a bike off them ages ago and was happy with it.
They seem to have really clean stock.
Bought an XS off them a while back, was going to complain about the quality of electrics but remembered I practically stole a 40 year old bike off them

I would say you could start with a project that somebody else gave up on for a bobber - but then again, the price people expect

(although this guy needs the funds for a new camera)
https://www.donedeal.ie/motorbikes-fo...obber/15875813
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Old 29th June 2017, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by jic44
Probably a grand yolk as is but it wouldn't be a yolk id be going to the hassle of customising as a bobber coz it'd be as slow as a wet week and you'll spend a ball of money on it and get bored of it in no time and loose your bollocks on when selling it.
Also a shop advertising a bike as due a service is just lazy imo.
I'd prefer a place to be upfront and admit what it needs in the add rather than say nothing and you go out and look at it and there's a list as long as your arm of stuff to be done.

You should budget another 300 to 500 on servicing on any bike you buy.
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Old 29th June 2017, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Blanka
I'd prefer a place to be upfront and admit what it needs in the add rather than say nothing and you go out and look at it and there's a list as long as your arm of stuff to be done.

You should budget another 300 to 500 on servicing on any bike you buy.
Id rather they just serviced it myself.
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Old 29th June 2017, 03:09 PM
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Default Re: Considering a 1989 Yamaha XV

Originally Posted by ejabrod
the second consideration was this 1991 Honda Shadow VF which looks like a clean bike
I can't believe the number of very old bikes with very small milage. Either they spend decades dormant or people in droves are taking the piss.
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Old 29th June 2017, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Pjaysus
No lazy is your use of words like coz.
infractioned coz......
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Old 29th June 2017, 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by ejabrod
Yeah, the consideration was to modify to a bobber at some point.

As a starter bike it would seem ok
shafties are no good for chopping/bobbering etc , ya cant make em longer so they look bunched up when done .
that xv..... is no one looking at the same pics as me here ?, looks like it was out in the weather a long tme and tarted up . it needs wheels or itll turn brown as soon as it rains on it . use your eyes lads . brown shit is rust and rust never sleeps .its still a lot of bike for the money but its life as a reasonable looking bike is over unless its restored, to restore you would need to like that particular bike or its not worth it .its a good commuter if going right though.
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Old 29th June 2017, 03:32 PM
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I can't believe the number of very old bikes with very small milage. Either they spend decades dormant or people in droves are taking the piss.
less than 15000 mles but sprayed 3 different colours already ?
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