I am thinking of buying a '94 Tomos that I looked at this afternoon. I test drove it, and I have a concern with the shifting. The bike has almost 6,500 miles and is in great shape with the exception of some seat tears (no biggie). The bike started and idled beautifully. My concern is with the way it shifted. It took off no problem, but the bike "winded up" a hec of a lot before shifting into second gear. The side panels vibrated greatly while it was trying to shift gears. When it finally did shift, it accelerated OK and I got her up to between 25-30 mph. I noted that the drive chain did have an excessive amount of play in it, and was wondering whether this could have contributed to the sloppy shifting.
My girlfriend also noted some blue smoke from the exhaust. The owner's father said that the bike hadn't been driven for almost a year, so that could explain the smoke. Also, with 6,500 miles, new rings and piston are probably in it's future.
My main concern is with the manner and length of time it took to shift to 2nd gear. The owner is asking $350 which includes a helmet.
I really need someone with Tomos expertise to weigh in here and advise me whether to buy or pass on this bike. I can handle replacing new piston and rings, but I know nothing about these 2 spd trannies.
Please advise what I should. If I don't get back to him soon, I may lose the bike, so time is of the essence.