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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-16-2001, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well as you can see this is my first post, and yes I have no bike However, that should change in the next few months when I can finally afford one. I've been seriously considering a CBR 600 F4, but I'm not sure if buying a brand new or nearly brand new bike would be the best thing since it would be the first I've owned. I've put in a lot of time on my friend's FZR600. and ridden an F4 a number of times as well. So should I go for a brand spankin' new one with a nice warranty or look for a used bike that has been taken care of?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-16-2001, 01:30 PM
 
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Good choice on the F4. I would go with a new bike, just take it easy and you will be okay. Get some good riding gear and your set.

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-16-2001, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the reply, and moving the post. My first post and I'm already in trouble j/k. I really like the idea of having a full warranty on a new bike, and the only reason I'd consider a used one is price wise. But I should be able to swing a new one in about 2 months anyway.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-16-2001, 01:37 PM
 
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Hey Ballz,

If you can afford one, go for the new. "Affording one" includes the possibility of having to replace plastics and parts in the event you do lay it down. Also, consider insurance cost's, money up-front, payments, whatever. Can you afford a new bike and also all of your protective gear? Just a couple of things to consider.

Go for the new one...feel the F4...be the F4...buy the F4.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-16-2001, 01:46 PM
 
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When I bought my F3 I got it with a extended warr(4 or 5 years total). I had the bike for 6 months and then sold it.

There are good deals out there.

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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-16-2001, 03:12 PM
 
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The F4 is an excellent bike. And sounds like you have enough experience riding to be able to handle it. If you're concerned about warranty, most sportbikes come with a 12 month unlimited mileage warranty. Not surprisingly, Japanese bikes hardly breakdown in the first year. For a Honda, I wouldn't bother with the extended warranty.

BTW, if you get your F4, watch yourself when you're riding it through Key West FL. Being bent over like that around the streets of Key West can be hazardous to a straight guy!
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-16-2001, 03:17 PM
 
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Hey Ballz,

If you can afford one, go for the new. "Affording one" includes the possibility of having to replace plastics and parts in the event you do lay it down. Also, consider insurance cost's, money up-front, payments, whatever. Can you afford a new bike and also all of your protective gear? Just a couple of things to consider.

Go for the new one...feel the F4...be the F4...buy the F4.
EXACTLY!!!

Take these words into consideration. Especially the protective gear part. A new bike means that you know the history on it. If you can afford it, buy it.
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-16-2001, 05:42 PM
 
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Welcome. You can save a lot of money used. Find a good deal, even if it means waiting. If you really want a new one, go for it. I'm getting closer to a new one as well....hell, we all are Hondas don't even need a warranty!...although mine is sick at the moment. It can't seem to keep any gas down.
If you feel confident that you won't drop a new one due to inexperience, then a new one is cool.
Your choice.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-16-2001, 06:26 PM
 
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Cool Welcome!!

Hiya!!
Welcome to SBW!!
The F4 is a great bike.
Insurance is another (big?!) expense you should/may have to add into your budget thoughts too! If you pay cash you may be able to go a less expensive insurance route.If a lender is involved they usually require full coverage.This also varies from one state to another.Make sure you shop around to at least 3 or 4 different insurance sources.

Jim

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-17-2001, 02:10 PM
 
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Welcome to the forums! The F4 is a great bike and easy to ride. Don't worry about the warranty, Honda's really don't need one. I certainly didn't use mine and neither did my husband on his VTR. Have fun in Key West. We just moved to the Daytona area from Miami and had many nice rides to Key West while we were still in Miami. Good luck with whatever you choose.
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