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1,47,000 km old Suzuki Fiero: Overhaul engine or sell bike?

I went to a local authorized TVS dealer, but they are helpless as parts are not available at their end.

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Hello Guys,

This is Ashish from Lucknow. Not very active in commenting/replying in forums. But, do have a regular watch on all the topics going on here.

I owned a Fiero from 2001. done almost 1.47L km so far without any major repairing work till date. But, now it needs engine overhaul and likewise. Problem is as the bike is too old, am unable to find mechanic here in Lucknow. Though I went to local authorized TVS dealer but they are helpless as parts are not available at there end. I managed to find a shop here with all the necessary spare needed but the issue is of mechanic. Want suggestion from you all :

  • Is it advisable to get the complete overhaul done ? , if yes, can anyone suggest good mechanic here in Lucknow to whom i can contact.
  • Or, have to move on for a new bike ?

Waiting for valuable suggestions from you all.

Thanks in advance.

Ashish

Here's what BHPian Mr.Boss had to say on the matter:

Only you could answer this question

Option 1, if:

  • There are sentimental attachments to this bike
  • Love to ride a classic (or soon to be), forgotten yester-year bike
  • Willing to spend money & time

Option 2, if:

  • You need a reliable daily ride
  • Willing to taste something new

Here's what BHPian shancz had to say on the matter:

A friend has a Fiero of similar age, engine overhaul at 1.25-1.3 lakh kms, about 7-8 years ago. Mechanically the bike is still sound, visually not so much. Partly due to the effort required in procuring the parts, partly due to lack of interest in aesthetics.

Due to the an expired registration and the new increased fines in getting it road worthy and the ever higher chances of older vehicles being taken off the road he has decided to scrap it while he can. Emotional values aside the bike doesn't meet the present needs.

It would have been better if he had sold it before the overhaul, IMO.

He tried the Ronin and was mightily impressed. He said the compact size, refinement, acceleration and the exhaust note reminded him of the Fiero.

Here's what BHPian Gypsian had to say on the matter:

Your query has put me into a dilemma. After having raced Fieros on the autocross circuit, I'm naturally inclined towards Fiero. The Apache series are all based on the Fiero. Be that as it may, still and all, today's motorcycles are safer with ABS, traction control ( few motorcycles ), better seating comfort, handling and mileage. You will thoroughly enjoy new motorcycle after having ridden Fiero for this long.

Nevertheless I suggest you to retain your Fiero, provided its feasible for you to do so. I dont think any 4 stroke of that era could take as much beating as a Fiero.

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