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Hi guys,

I'm on the verge of buying my first MV and at looking at a 2006 MV Brutale 910s with around 2500 miles. Other than asking about any service work done, is there anything else I should inspect or notice on this model? The price is reasonable (<$8000). Planning on looking at it tomorrow so any info will be appreciated. Thanks.

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Lift the rear wheel and try to wiggle it. Spin the wheel and see if it turns smoothly or if it sounds like the bearings are grinding. If there is any play in it or these is any scraping sound the bearings most likely need to be replaced. Make sure the chain is not too tight as this is another indicator that the bearings may be stressed.

Aside from that just check everything electronically to make sure it is functional (blinkers, lights) there were some electrical gremilns associated with the ECU but as long as everything functions I would not be concerned as this was a hit or miss thing.

Finally take it fo a ride get it up to full temp and let it fan cycle a few times to make sure there are no issues - they usually run like a top so there should not be any issue - it may spit a little coolant out of the overflow tube if it still has factory coolant, this is not a big deal and easily remidied by flushing it and replacing with better coolant.
 

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Thanks. This type of info is what I am looking for. Hopefully with only 2500 miles the bike should be fine. I'm just hoping the guy that has it did the initial service - that usually tells you how important maintenance is to the owner.

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Pay $200 to have your local dealer check it out including cylinder compression, find out who serviced it and get the records.
 

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I actually filled mine with prestone mixed 50/50 with water last summer and havent had a dribble since - prior to that it would bubble out on every drive.
 

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They don't like to be overfilled. She will pump coolant out overflow until she finds her happy spot. Most seem happy with coolant at minimum level when cold.

2006 still had suspect SPU boxes. Get the bike hot and put all the lights through their cycles several times (Hi beam Low beam, turn signals etc.). Replacement SPUs have been improved.

Great bikes, and except for the problems with poorly treated rear hub bearing and the random SPUs they are very reliable.

Oh, and look closely at the headlight glass. Give it a tug. Early bikes were known for poor adhesive on the glass. If it comes loose you can glue it back on and do a better job then the supplier did. You just don't want it flying out when the front end comes back to earth (they do wheelies very nicely). It will break for sure if that happens.
 

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They do not like ethanol in gasoline either. Mine got all the lines replaced with marine hoses (or at least I bought tha BS anyways) after the bike wld spit gasoline all over the place.

I also had it spit coolant but I let her do that until it corrected the level itself. Now that is good.
 

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I actually filled mine with prestone mixed 50/50 with water last summer and havent had a dribble since - prior to that it would bubble out on every drive.
Prestone? - dang, there are so many types of antifreeze these days I'm just left confused...
 

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Virtually every Ethylene Glycol base coolant on the market is the same stuff. Be sure to mix 50/50 with distilled water!!! not tap water.

Go to the auto store and buy it.....or you can spend a bunch more and get the pre-diluted motorcycle branded stuff....but it's the same thing.

Now day there is a move to Propylene Glycol as it is not toxic....usually orange in color but not always.

Now if you plan to do track days you may want to get something else that is approved at the tracks you will be going to.
 

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Virtually every Ethylene Glycol base coolant on the market is the same stuff. Be sure to mix 50/50 with distilled water!!! not tap water.

Go to the auto store and buy it.....or you can spend a bunch more and get the pre-diluted motorcycle branded stuff....but it's the same thing.

Now day there is a move to Propylene Glycol as it is not toxic....usually orange in color but not always.

Now if you plan to do track days you may want to get something else that is approved at the tracks you will be going to.
Thanks - I guess what I'm gathering is that the green stuff or the orange stuff will not harm my bike.
 

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Just don't mix types (Ethylene or Propylene, etc).

If you are changing coolant type you should completely flush the system with clear water before refilling with the new stuff. There are a lot of places where residual coolant will be trapped when you drain it (like the bottom half of the radiator). It takes several gallons of water and running, draining, running, draining (repeat as needed) to get perfectly clear water out of the drain.
 

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I'm sure everyone knows that general automotive coolant is not motorcycle friendly - you need silicate free coolant - engine ice is good.

On 2006 910's invariably the power supply unit needed to be replaced and was usually done under warranty - signs of trouble are flashing high beam light, turn signals behaving like they are possessed, erratic running
and flat batteries. The hub bearings need to checked as was stated - they like chain tension on the looser side.
 

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check the starter motor,make sure it turns over everytime,when i bought mine,the stater motor was on its way out brutale 1078,start the bike,ride for a while stop, turn it off and on about 10 times,if the bike starts everytime it should be ok.mine used to lag on start up,i thought this was normal.getting it fixed at the moment only had 9000km on it. p:s 3km walk back home to pick up the trailer was not good.
 

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Thanks for all the comments on what to look for. I did test ride it and everything seems OK. Ending up buying it! The bike was bone stock (even the battery and tires were original) and was in new condition for an '06 (only 2300miles). Couldn't find out anything on the service records so I'm assuming the 600 mile check wasn't done. I'm going to look over the bike thoroughly. Thanks for all the help.

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I'm sure everyone knows that general automotive coolant is not motorcycle friendly - you need silicate free coolant - engine ice is good.

On 2006 910's invariably the power supply unit needed to be replaced and was usually done under warranty - signs of trouble are flashing high beam light, turn signals behaving like they are possessed, erratic running
and flat batteries. The hub bearings need to checked as was stated - they like chain tension on the looser side.
Yup.... mine is experiencing pretty much all of those symptoms. Time for an SPU!
 

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Thanks for all the comments on what to look for. I did test ride it and everything seems OK. Ending up buying it! The bike was bone stock (even the battery and tires were original) and was in new condition for an '06 (only 2300miles). Couldn't find out anything on the service records so I'm assuming the 600 mile check wasn't done. I'm going to look over the bike thoroughly. Thanks for all the help.

Pete
First thing you should do is get a nice new set of tires. 2,300 miles on the original tires on a 2006 bike ... time to swap those out
 

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Hey, suggestions aside, Conratulations! I am sure you are pretty happy about owning your new bike - I know I was.
 
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