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Possible new owner with a question about hydrolock
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:36:56 pm »
I'm looking at an 04 Concours with under 10,000 miles on it, absolutely beautiful for $2600, My question is the dreaded hydrolock that is talked about a lot, is it on all 1000cc connies or are there some years that do not have the problem. I have read many posts on the fixes, overflow tubes, manual petcocks ETC, just wanted to know if any year is less likely to have the problem
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Re: Possible new owner with a question about hydrolock
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2017, 02:41:57 pm »
I love low mileage bikes. But they can have their own issues. Be mindful of that.

All models years are equally susceptible to hydrolocks. I would recommend doing the quick hydrolock test.

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Re: Possible new owner with a question about hydrolock
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2017, 02:52:55 pm »
2600 is all the money for a C10, unless it's been farkled heavily.  If is all loaded up with shoodabeen farkles like the 7th gear mod, steve's torque cams, steve's carb rebuild, overflow tubes etc, then it's easier to accept the asking price.  I would try to get the seller to let you do a hydrolock test or let you watch him, or someone else, do one. 

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Re: Possible new owner with a question about hydrolock
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2017, 03:20:43 pm »
Thank You for the replies. I will see what he says. There are a couple 1000 connies listed here in So Cal and the price for the bike seems right in the ball park. There are a couple listed with a LOT more miles and not as clean for about the same price.
I know about low miles bikes, things can dry out, tires can be old and a lot of other things that will show up once they start to ridden.
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Re: Possible new owner with a question about hydrolock
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2017, 03:35:23 pm »
Speaking of price now. It is a little high. But that may be what you call the California premium.


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Re: Possible new owner with a question about hydrolock
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2017, 06:21:58 pm »
Yes, with low miles comes problems including the dreaded clogged pilot circuits on the carbs.
Take a look at the inside of the gas tank and the bottom exterior of the tank, under the seam for corrosion.
Careful on that inspection under the tank as poking or rubbing at bubbled paint may spring a leak.

If it pans out and is in nice shape for the money, you may want to allocate some extra money to send the carbs to Steve for the works if they don't already have overflow tubes.
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Re: Possible new owner with a question about hydrolock
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2017, 07:11:14 pm »
If we're talking California, why not talk to Jerry Gaither aka The Wizard and see what he's got to sell.  Don't think any of the bikes he's had for sale recently cost $2600. 

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Re: Possible new owner with a question about hydrolock
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2017, 01:40:18 am »
If we're talking California, why not talk to Jerry Gaither aka The Wizard and see what he's got to sell.  Don't think any of the bikes he's had for sale recently cost $2600.

So where do I find him??
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Re: Possible new owner with a question about hydrolock
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2017, 01:42:06 am »
So if you use the bike regularly and the fuel doesn't sit or have a chance to overflow the carbs will it help prevent hydrolock?
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Re: Possible new owner with a question about hydrolock
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2017, 06:41:45 am »
The Wizard is here :great: in Vacaville,Ca. with :friends: 2ea. '98s forsale for $1500 each(1 of which I am just getting ready to pay its registration,on time) one was just serviced and water pump seal replaced.It has 62,000 miles +/- great looker  :13:,bags,bar risers antler covers and toolkit :).I have a Corbin seat for it that needs recover or I will install an OEM seat???but not both. Second has had engine swap with a 29,000 mile engine :-\,fork brace,lowering block,nos carburetors(not used),rear end has 7,000 miles,runs excellent :motonoises:.       The Wizard[have need,find source(used parts)]
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Re: Possible new owner with a question about hydrolock
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2017, 11:42:52 am »
Just to put the mileage thing in perspective I sold my c-10 with 234k miles on it, it is now at 239 and still running crazy good.

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