HOW TO BAG THE BEST DEAL
1 CHECK FOR RUST
The KR200’s unibody construction comprises four main sections. The floors are prone to rotting, particularly in the front-left corner (check under any matting), likewise the area of the bulkhead around the brake servo. An expiring canopy will be fiddly to replace.
2 TRIM & INTERIOR
The rubber floor mat and vinyl seats can be retrimmed affordably, and the 12v electrics are pretty simple too, but test everything just to be sure. Watch for signs of water ingress.
Engine and transmission are almost one, the sequential gearbox sitting in the crank case. Test top gear, which can slip out if the unit is badly worn. Being a two-stroke, a little blue smoke is normal, but listen for grumbles from the bottom end. Check that the casing isn’t damaged. If the drive chain is slack, that suggests wear.
4 SUSPENSION & STEERING
The rear suspension has a single trailing arm. The front uses a lower transverse arm and rubber ‘springs’. Check for vague handling indicating perishing rubber, and use a pry bar to locate the culprit. Inspect the dampers for any leaks.
5 WHEELS & BRAKES
Trailer tyres are inferior to the well-regarded Heidenaus. The small disc brakes should be capable of inducing lock-up. Look for leaks at the wheel cylinders.