engage the transmission, shift through the
gears and engage the clutch to check for slipping. You don’t
want to purchase a bike that will need serious service before
you even ride it.
For our purposes Ebay was a dud, we really
couldn’t find anything that fit our budget. So we turned
to Craigslist. Searching through the Charlotte listing showed
lot’s of bikes between $1,500 and $3,000 and a few in
the range we were looking $500-$1,000. We looked at a few for
$500 but they were all really beat. Then we saw it, the light
at the end of the tunnel. It was a 1996 KX 125 with a Pro Circuit
pipe, Pro Taper handlebar and a recent top end rebuild. The
bad thing was the seller wanted $900 for it. The bike appeared
to be just what we were looking for, albeit $55 more than we
had to spend.
Upon inspection the bike had some short comings,
it had some serious flat spots in the rims, the rear brake lever
was loose/ floppy and it would need a clutch rebuild sooner
than later. We pointed out these issues, offered the seller
$700 and with some reluctance he took it. The good news is the
tires were OK and the chain and sprockets had life left in them.
The bike could be ridden as is and will be a great platform
for some mechanical experience. We now had riding gear and a
bike for just under $1,500. With our spare $146.00 we purchased
a service manual for $20.00 off Ebay.
With our owners manual in hand we went out
to the EDM shop to go through our new KX to look for any problems
that would get in our way on first day out and to lube/ tighten
all the fasteners. We made some shims for the loose gear shifter
and rear brake lever using a soda can and with all bolts tight
it was time for the test ride. For our inaugural ride we chose
a riding area that would allow us to have fun without having
to worry about clearing any massive jumps that would require
the power of a bigger bike.