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Went to look at an 03 Vegas today and got to test ride it. Engine seemed fine, really smooth, it rode really well and shifted smooth.

But there was an issue when coming to a stop- it seemed like something was catching. Like it would lose speed, then not lose it so much, then I could feel it slow down a little more. Almost like maybe the rotor was not perfectly straight and the brake was catching and then not catching as much etc.

But then I took it out again and it did the same thing if I was coasting to a stop without hitting the front or rear brake at all. Any issues as to what this could be?

It's an 03 with 19k miles on it. Cosmetically it's in good shape except for some rash on the exhaust pipe covers on the right side. It also had a black front wheel for some reason. Rear wheel was aluminum. Guy was asking $5900. I offered him $4000 due to the issue and having to get it checked out at a minimum. He said thanks for coming out and looking at it. As I was leaving he said he'd take $5000. Just curious as to what the issue could be and what I'd be in for if I bought it. Other than that, I really liked the bike and was tempted to buy it but wanted to do a bit of research first.

I really like this model bike and am not really in a situation to justify buying new(baby on the way) and just sold my other bike so my cap is $6000. Not a ton of options in the way of a Vegas in that price range.
 

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Moved the thread to the Tech & Performance Section, where it will get the right attention, since the heart of your post seems to be a technical question.

Would be great if you could give us more insight too. What's your experience riding a 100ish CI engine bike? While reading your post, I did wonder if you're talking about engine braking or if there really was a problem with the bike. Since you think the brakes are catching, were you able to hear anything strange, like a rubbing noise?

I guess it's too late now, but would have been great if you pulled the clutch in and let her cruise to a stop to further identify the problem.
 

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Thanks for moving the thread, this is more appropriate for sure.

I don't think it was engine braking because I was pulling the clutch all the way in as I came to the stops. My main concern was really the fact that it had a different front wheel than rear and the fact that the bike had obviously been dropped before although it didn't look bad due to it being only some rash on the pipe guards. But my worry was something being out of line in the front. It didn't drive funny though and rode straight as an arrow.

I admittedly don't have a lot of experience on that style and size of a bike. I started on a 920 Virago and then went to a Kawi ZX-6R that I rode for about a year until I just sold it. Just not comfortable for longer rides due to a bad knee.

I instantly fell in love with this bike and didn't want to quit riding it. I just wasn't about to make an offer more than I did without some more research.
 

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Maybe the bike was wrecked?Hence the different front wheel.Did you ask the seller why he had that wheel?If it was wrecked, you would want to check the neck of the frame where the triple trees mount up. If the paint is cracked or looks stretched, that could be bad. Another thing is, on these Vics, when they get hit in the front they tend to crack or break the front motor mount on the head.I would check that also. If it doesn't look wrecked, I would proceed from there.
I would venture to guess it has a warped rotor.At least that is how it sounds.
$5000 is a fair price I would think.Did you check Kelly Blue Book or Nada?
 

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The seller doesn't really know anything about the bike. It's a used card dealership and this is the only motorcycle. The owner said he bought the bike at an auction so I can't really get any information from him.

I did check blue book and it only gave one price and it's $6600 for excellent condition and expected mileage is 27k. It's not quite excellent condition and it's under the expected mileage.

If I go back, I will check out the items you mentioned for signs of wreckage. I want to say though from memory, the front items like speedometer and headlight looked original, as did the forks.

If the rotor was warped, would it be something I could see visibly or no? It looked straight to the eye.
 

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I have a 92ci 03 Vegas and my bike is smooth as it can be while I come to a stop even with the engine braking. There is no lurching or skipping as the compression builds so I don't know what it can be but I do know it shouldn't do anything weird or out of the ordinary. And no you can not tell if the rotor is warped by looking at it.
 

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i work at a private motorcycle shop and somtimes we will offer to come check out used bikes for people for a small fee. if its a rotor, it should be easy to identify. i'd check out your local shops and see if they will do this for you.
5k is not a bad price, and i dont think your gonna find much cheaper vegas anywhere. i watched the salvage auction and they have to be pretty tore up to fall below 4k.
 

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If you're not in a hurry, I suggest be patient an keep looking; in this economy, there's plenty of good deals out there, depending upon where you are geographically. I have an '05 Vegas Anniversary Edition that I bought in June of '09 with 4000 miles on it and have had no problems whatsoever. I got it from a private seller and paid $6,500 for it. Some say I stole it - I say I got lucky, but it was only after holding out until the right one came along. They're out there - I found this on Craig's list. Good Luck & have fun looking!!
 

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I have a little bit of a warped rotor on my vegas. It will pulse a little when I use the front brake, but if I use the rear brake only there is no pulse.
 

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I would imagine if the rotor were warped enough that it might be something you'd feel at low speed whether you're using the brake or not though.

I really liked the bike but I'm probably going to just wait for something else to come along. I'd really rather find something in the 06 range. This would be a lot simpler if I could convince the wife to let me spend $7k or so.
 

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I have a little bit of a warped rotor on my vegas. It will pulse a little when I use the front brake, but if I use the rear brake only there is no pulse.

Ding Ding...Try stopping with just one brake, and then the other; to isolate the problem. Vic uses "floating" rotors, and if the bike sits around. A hub button can stick, and give the impression of a warped rotor
 

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shoot for 7k, i picked up my hammer with only 2800mi. for 7300.
 

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Man, I've got the money to buy a newer model than I'm looking at but I've got a baby on the way and we're going to have to come out of pocket when we sell our house at a loss and then come out of pocket for 3% down on the new house we buy. So the wife just ain't havin it right now. I sold my previous bike for $5700 so that's what I've got to work with plus a few hundred if need be.
 
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