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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-18-2002, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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should I buy a hurricane 1000f

hey guys,
its almost time for me to buy my rocket, I've got a grand in my hands right now, I haven't found much I can get that could fit my size, but I did find a cbr 1000f for $1250, heres the deal, its really beat up, atleast the plastic is, it has a salvage title, but it runs well. the place will finance $1000 in house so I was thinking of giving $800 and buying some gear for myself. is it worth getting into a bike like this, most of the 1000's I've seen around here go for $2500-4000 depending on condition. I've been looking at parts on ebay and bikes are really cheap compared to cars. so should I go for it and fix it up, or keep looking. and what should I look for on the nbike, how much would a mechanic charge me to check it out?
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post #2 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-18-2002, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
 
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anyone I'm just a newbie lookin for advise, cbr 1000, or a go-ped
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post #3 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-18-2002, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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ok, I've narrowed it down to either this 88 hurricane 1000f for $1250 or a 92 katana for $2500. anyone? did the hurricane come with a 6-speed gear box, I've been looking for info but I can't find any. and whats so bad about having a 16 inch front rim? thanks
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post #4 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-18-2002, 05:43 PM
 
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if you pay $2500 for a 92' Katana I'll drive to Florida and slap you silly just for principle.
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post #5 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-18-2002, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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ok so what about the hurricane? I would much rather have it then the katana, but I need something that will last me a few years and won't need to be in the shop to much
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post #6 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-18-2002, 06:15 PM
 
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Its difficult to answer without knowing more about the bike. If it is just plastic you should be okay. The main problem with the 1000's was the cam chain which seemed to need replacing around the 30k mark. Besides that the bikes have been solid in most cases. Sorry I could not answer more but good luck with your decision.
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post #7 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-18-2002, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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thanks, I think I'm just going to go for it. so is the hurricane 1000f is a good handling bike? and everyone agrees the cbr is much better then the katana, right. ok so if I do get it and it is a piece of crap could I get rid of it and still get my money back, its only $1250
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post #8 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-18-2002, 08:57 PM
 
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The '88 Hurricane 1000 is before the evil linked-brake virus that infected later CBR1000Fs, and that's a good thing.

Of course, it is an awful lot of bike: 577 slow-handling, lardy, softly-spring, flexi-fork pounds, although it was the fastest bike in the world briefly when it came out, edging out the Ninja 1000R, and getting snuffed in turn by the ZX-10. 161-163mph is the number I recall. The 600 Katana has GP-bike handling by comparison.

Still, I kinda always had a soft spot for the first-generation CBR's; they were pretty cool bikes.

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post #9 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-19-2002, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
 
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thanks tammy as always you are a sweetheart. ok so the katana handles better but the cbr is much faster and has better ability to be upgraded. the parts are much cheaper for the katana, but it would be cool to have 1000cc's under me, I'm a big boy so these are really the only two I can both afford and fit on . will the cbr's handling hinder my ability to learn to ride correctly and eventually race well? can the stupid looking mirrors on the katana be changed some how, that is really my only complaint, and the cbr is a 6-speed right?
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post #10 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-20-2002, 12:39 PM
 
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Thumbs down

Dude, take your $1000 and put a down payment on a clean used SV650 with gear and an MSF course.

You'll find that a $1200 bike becomes a $3000 bike very, very quickly. And then you'll have a $3K invested in a hunk of crap that uses 16in tires. If you just finance a decent used 97-01 bike you would actually have some equity in your investment.

In case you don't believe me, go price these items:
Chain
Grips
Tires
Clutch
Clean tank interior
Rebuild carbs
New cables
Wheel bearings
Valve adjustment
Brake pads
Brake lines
rear shock
fork springs
fork seals
new plastic

IMHO, there is no such thing as a "great deal" on a $1200, 15 year old bike. Sorry.
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