Puremutt wrote:Looking at buying a '99 Ural Tourist (I think). It hasn't ran since early 2000's, been stored indoors. My friend says it has electrical issues and needs a new wiring harness. No other issues are known. Aesthetically it looks good. I feel like they are asking to much for it, especially after all I have found out about Urals. I was wanting to get your opinion, thanks.
A new wiring harness?
Is this a friend who is selling it or a friend who knows about the bike and its history and is advising you about it?
If the bike does not have a functional wiring harness, then that is not really a motorcycle, its a pile of related parts.
If the entire wiring harness is fried, shorted, eaten by rats, scorched, removed, or whatever, the new owner of this bike might be working for a long time to reconstruct a functional wiring harness. Of course anything can be done if the buyer is motivated and/or skilled enough.
More likely, there are some issues with some connectors, or grounds, ignition, relays, or other trouble, limited to certain parts of the harness that can be solved, one way or another.
I'd insist on some kind of close inspection at the suspect wiring harness and some attempt at powering up the bike (electrically speaking) to see what works, and what doesnt. If this request is refused, I'd have no problem in offering a low-ball figure (for an as-is basket case) or passing on it entirely.
There is a sucker born every minute.