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I am looking at purchasing a used 2006 Honda Rincon 650. It's only had 1 owner with 450 hours and 2800 miles. 4 wheeeler appears to be in good shape from the photos and has a rear basket rack and a winch on the front. Front brakes don't work. I have not seen it in person at this time and will go on Saturday to test drive it. The guy is asking $2000 for it, which doesn't seem like a bad deal at first glance.

Is there anything particular I need to look/check out for while riding it? Or any other comments about the price?

Thanks for the input
 

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This is a personal choice.
If you like what you see and are capable of fixing it, do it.

This is my opinion.
When a person sells something with issues I wonder what else was neglected during ownership.
My way of thinking is to have an item for sale in good shape. Shows pride of ownership.
Instead of this isn't working, this is broke.
I say it runs good without any problems.

:)
 

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Welcome to the forum.

2003-2005 were 650 Rincons. Carbs and drum brakes up front. Some had issues with cams wearing prematurely.

06-current were 680 Rincons. Fuel injection and disc brakes up front.

These run on oil pressure, so I'd ride it and make sure it pulls well, no slipping feeling with the transmission. Since you say the brakes don't work I'm guessing it's an 03-05 650.

They aren't bad bikes. The 3 speed transmission leaves a lot to be desired for everything but trail riding, but they have great power for a Honda.

They are not cheap or easy to work on, so I'd check it over very carefully.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I did notice the 2006 was supposed to be a 680 after research online. I have asked the seller to provide me with the VIN # so I can confirm the make/model/year.

I also read about the 3 speed transmission. That is of some concern to me because I am not familiar with that. The farm does have some pretty steep hills on some of our roads. I wasn't sure how the 3 speed would hold up when I just need a good low gear to get up some hills. I will use the 4-wheeler around the farm for going to and from places and some light hauling. My father in law has a Polaris 900 UTV and a tractor that we use for heavy lifting/hauling of items.

I am with you diyer on having items not working on something you own, I can't stand that. But like I just said above, I have access to a Polaris 900 UTV that we've been using the last year. I'm just looking for a 4wheeler to add to the list of toys on the farm. I don't want to spend a fortune on a 4 wheeler. I don't mind doing some basic fixes if I can save some $ on the front end.
 

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Well they have power and are great, smooth riding trail machines, but if you want to use it for work I'd get a Foreman or Rubicon. The Rincon is more of a toy.
 

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Ok Thanks for noticing that. Since it's obviously pre 2006, is $2k too much to pay?

Edit...just saw you comment about the tires....good point, I don't want anything that's been ridden hard. I'm looking for one someone used around the farm and not dogging it out.
 

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The other big red flag to me is the fact he is misrepresenting the year of the ATV. Is it a typo? Could be, but could be a ploy to increase the value of the ATV, obviously.

I noticed the ATV is in Alabama which does not require a Title. However, if he were to give you a bill of sale showing the year as 2005 he's setting himself up for trouble. In Alabama that is considered fraud equal to rolling back an odometer. It would be a small claim's court matter and you could demand a refund if you discovered the misrepresentation after you purchased the ATV. Selling "As Is" does not mitigate this misrepresentation. I'm speaking from experience, as a buyer.
 

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Ah thanks for the info about the title. I asked him earlier if he had the title and it was mistakenly "lost during a move". Thanks for saving me on avoiding this one.
 

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Brakes not working rang alarm bells to me.. One of two things, it’s been a mud bike and they’ve worn out and seized or it’s been stood a long time..

Jeep mentioned the obvious... Outlaws on the rear! I agree with his words, outlaws are mud tyres, usually meaning it’s been worked hard and potentially been upside down in a water hole somewhere.
I’d avoid this one and keep looking rather than putting your cash into a money pit. Look for a foreman or rubicon for farm work, preferably non ES, you won’t be disappointed.
 
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