yamaha seca II starter bike?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Motorcycles' started by Aequitas, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. I'm looking to start riding, and my friend is selling a 1994 yamaha seca II (aka diversion outside NA). $500 USD. says it runs well, but its been sitting for abit and needs some maintenece (says tires, plugs, some electric, fluids). needs to get rid of it. it looks nice enough, forgot to check mileage though. id have time to fix it over the winter. is this a good thing?

    edit: how is maintenence, etc? i looked through the starter bike thread but im typing a paper and wasnt paying much attention and might have missed it. known as a diversion outside NA

    edit again: should have just put this in the starter bike thread, but that didnt occur to me until after i made it. sorry <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/sad.gif"></A>
  2. That was actually the first bike I ever rode for any extended period of time. I spent a few hours on my friends, he was trying to sell it and I almost pulled the trigger. I think its actually a pretty decent starter bike, it doesn't have much pull in the lower revs, the only thing I'd worry about is once you get confident to really open the throttle you might get in trouble above 8 or 9k RPM. But it didn't feel too sporty or twitchy compared to a modern sport bike, its more like a tourer. I think its probably OK.

    As for maintenance, my friend did all the work for it himself. Just like every other bike there is tons and tons of information on the web about it so you can find pretty much everything you need. Like all motorcycles the maintenance costs will be higher than for a car. But at $500 you really can't go wrong. You should definitely test ride it first, or have someone test it for you.
  3. I had one for a summer, and sold it quite promptly. It is a good starter bike and easy to work on. It's best to get the factory shop manual for it. The Chilton manuals suck. However, I also have a 1977 Yamaha XS750, which is less comfortable and less reliable, but yet I always found myself taking the XS out instead of the Seca II. The seca ll did not do well in the mountains at all, which is where I do most of my riding. The handling is decent, yet will disappoint once you get used to the bike. Overall, if you plan to bike a lot, you will find yourself wanting a better bike very quickly.

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