Dilemma: Aurum Gold Beauty With Rust. To Buy Or Not To Buy?

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  1. mrmichael

    mrmichael New Member

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    Hi guys,


    Long time lurker, first time poster. Great forum here :)


    Looking to buy my second motorbike. First one was a learner. A white/gold Bonneville T100 has been a childhood dream, so that's the one.


    I found a used one for sale from a UK Triumph dealer.


    On the phone, they told me the bike's spokes and the engine have some rust. Looking at the photos, the exhaust and chain seems to have rust too. Hard to tell, I'm not a pro.

    They told me it would never be perfect, but a couple hundred £ would tidy it up.


    11000 miles in 5 years is low. Been sitting too long (outside)?


    I've been reading like crazy on rust and kind of lost in the woods now. Would the inside of the engine, fuel tank, ... be rusted too?


    Is this a good deal, or do I keep looking?


    £5290

    2015 T100

    11000 miles


    Autotrader link


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  2. Dawsy

    Dawsy Cumbrian half-wit
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    Welcome @mrmichael . As you say it's a brill forum.
    Bike looks good and sounds like dealer is being upfront about it but it's your money and your choice! Maybe others have experience of the dealer and can shed some light. Best of luck whatever you decide.
     
  3. freck

    freck Elite Member
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    I’d be considering how much money and effort would be needed to rectify all the rusty bits, and whether you’ve got the mechanical knowledge/ aptitude to sort them out yourself.
    Personally I’d walk away unless you can get a really good deal. There’s plenty of others around. :)
     
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  4. MadMrB

    MadMrB Elite Member
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    Hi and welcome in :)

    There are usually many preloved Bonnevilles available with very low mileage, that have been very well looked after, therefore I would not consider 11k miles on a 5 year old Bonneville as low mileage. My 13 year old bike has less mileage than that. My advice would be to continue looking.
     
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  5. half ton

    half ton Ave yer gotta light Buh.
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    If a Triumph dealership (Blade) is selling it for £5290 with cosmetic issues I wouldn't touch it,There are plenty of Bonnies out there and my advice would be to keep looking,Take your time and view a few before making a decision.Good luck with whatever you decide......and welcome to the forum :)
     
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  6. Don the Don

    Don the Don Bigger Than The Average Bear
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    Hi and welcome, the guys have said it all get the best for your money
     
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  7. dilligaf

    dilligaf GrrrR3Rrrr
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    Hi mate and welcome
     
  8. Helmut Visor

    Helmut Visor Put on your big boy pants and man up
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    Hi Michael, as above
     
  9. mrmichael

    mrmichael New Member

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    Thanks guys! This is like having an uncle who's an expert :)

    Nearly new T120s are going for a few K more... got some thinking to do.
     
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  10. steve lovatt

    steve lovatt Something else
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    Welcome to the forum :cool:
    Sounds expensive to me - my 2012 SE bought in 2016 only had 1800 miles on it and was bought for £4495 from a Triumph dealership.
     
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  11. Tiglet

    Tiglet Vintage Member
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    Hello and welcome to the forum :)

    I’d walk away,,,to me no main dealer worth there salt would sell a bike that they know is rusty and then ask you to pay to have it rectified.
    Yes the fuel tank could well be rusty inside which could cause running problems.

    Plenty more out there.
     
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  12. Foxy1

    Foxy1 First Class Member

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    Eyup mate, and welcome to t'forum.
     
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