One of the 12's
Alright gents (lightly used)...
I will most likely be purchasing a bike this weekend.I have a dilemma though.
I just came across a 2005 yellow S3 with only 1400 miles on it.It’s a pretty looking bike with jardine high mount exhaust and a few other goodies.It’s ½ the price of the other 2.
I’ve read about “buy the best bike you can afford” “stator, charging, and brake issues with 2005” but for ½ the price I need to ask the experts.
The other 2 are hovering from $8K - $9K, while the 2005 is $4500.Is it worth nearly double the money for the upgrades that the 2012’s received?
The guy didn’t have any information on the 2005 as far as sprag being replaced, only that it was well taken care of.They said they had a Triumph mechanic walk through it (though any salesman will say that) and it was pristine.It looks very clean from the pictures too.
I would go test ride all of them but they’re both about 4 hrs away in opposite direction, so that’s not an option.Taking the family up for the weekend to one of them and riding one home!
Not too set on color as I like the white (2012), black (2012) and yellow (2005), so performance and issues is what I’m looking for.
Thanks in advance!
One of the 12's
It's hit and miss with the 2005 to 2007 bikes. Some here have sold their bike of.that year and got a newer one. I have a 2007 with about 13000 miles. I havent had the issues most have had.
If it were me, and money wouldn't be an issue, id get one of the newer ones and negotiate a better price. I think that you will have issues with the newer models.
Alright, think I'll look at the 2012 white one. It's stock exhaust bit has some goodies like cowl, belly pan, rear pillion cover. Will have to buy exhaust, which can get pricey but I think I'll like the white more
My white 2006 passed 65k miles. Biggest issue with the older model is it will need ALL fluids replaced including fork oil and most likely tires are over 5 years old and should be replaced. You will have some work to do.
Download the service manual, 12k OR 24 month check does fluid's so the newer bikes will also need some work.
It' all depends on what you want to do and how much you have to spend.
Might consider asking about service history, tire age etc on the older bike and try driving the price down some more.
Good call on the fluids. Not that I don't mind doing my own maintenance, I'm not looking for a bike that I need to get ready to ride. If things break, I can fix most, but I'm not looking for a fixer-upper.
The 05 yellow ones were notorious for having fat ugly blokes ride em
Anyone seen my 10 mm wrench?
Big concern for the older bike did they ever happen, if brake fluid a dark color most likely not. Water does work it's self down to the calipers and cause pitting.
Easy to tell if the pistons won't push back in. Either way, plan on doing some service, your bike will thank you and save you future grief.
As luck would have it the 2012 white one sold this morning.