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1988 Honda Foreman 350

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I’m looking for a little advice from the experts here. I’m going to go take a look at a red 1988 Honda Foreman 350 that is for sale by a private owner today.

There isn’t much known history. Apparently the current owner purchased it some time ago and it wasn’t running. He had the timing chain and the valves replaced by a mechanic along with the rear brake shoes. He told me the valves were replaced because they had a slight indentation in them. It now runs.

What should I look for when I go to see it? I didn’t think that the valves could make contact with anything on this engine? Does that sound plausible?

It appears to be in good shape from the photos I’ve seen and he is asking about $1900 for it. I think that is a little steep as the NADA guide says $1800 in Excellent condition and $1285 in Very Good condition.

Thanks for your help!!!
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WAY high on the price. That's a $400 bike, and only worth that because someone will pay $250 for the rear end to swap in a 300....
Are you looking for a good early Fourtrax or are you open to later model Rancher or Foreman?

I have an 86 and a 93 Fourtrax 4x4. I’m tickled pink with both but my hands down fave is the Chili Pepper.

I have 13 work Hondas with the newest an 06 Rancher–it’s a real good outfit.
I’m looking for a good dependable, maintainable, reasonably priced 4X4 to go trail riding on occasion that doesn’t have a standard clutch. I own a 2007 TRX400EX which has been a great bike but it’s ALOT of work to ride the mountain trails in Washington State. I bought it in Texas where there is less mountainous rocky terrain and more gentle hills and tracks.

As I get older the need for speed has diminished and the slower less work required bikes are appealing more.

I’d like to find one that isn’t prone to breaking, is reliable, has a title and that I won’t cry if I scratch it up. Also parts availability would be a plus. It doesn’t have to be super fancy. Just something to go trail riding on that won’t leave me stranded.

I initially was looking at the older Foreman’s because they were built like tanks and they also had a kick starter as a backup. My concern is parts availability like someone mentioned so I am definitely open to options and recommendations. Thanks!
I'd get a 300. They are the most common Honda so parts are always readily accessible. Reliable and easily upgraded.

The 350 Foremans are tanks, but you add the complexity of a fuel pump fuel system and solid front axle, and parts aren't getting any easier to find.
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