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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-02-2008, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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ok, i've pretty much decided on either the ninja 650r suzuki sv 650s or ninja 500. pretty much it all is gonna depend on pricing and location for me. is there anything imparticular i should look for since i am going to be buying it used. are there any areas on theses bikes that i should specifically look for? i don't want to buy it and just look it over give it a quick test ride than find out something is messed up because i didn't look close enough and know what to look for. thnx for the help.
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How much riding experience do you have? Would you be able to tell if the bike wasn't riding right based on a quick test ride? The smart thing to do if you aren't sure about the condition of a used bike is to find a local bike mechanic. Ask how much they'd charge to meet you there and take a look at the bike. They will be able to spot things that you or I might miss; it's their job.

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How much riding experience do you have? Would you be able to tell if the bike wasn't riding right based on a quick test ride? The smart thing to do if you aren't sure about the condition of a used bike is to find a local bike mechanic. Ask how much they'd charge to meet you there and take a look at the bike. They will be able to spot things that you or I might miss; it's their job.

Good luck, and welcome!
This is what I'd do if I had the chance to relive my first purchase.

Steps 3 and 4 here might be helpful.

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This is what I'd do if I had the chance to relive my first purchase.
My first buying experience was painless, once I convinced him to sell. The bike itself wouldn't have passed any inspections though. It was a piece, but it served its purpose.

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Steps 3 and 4 here might be helpful.
Nice site, should almost make that a sticky.

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How much riding experience do you have? Would you be able to tell if the bike wasn't riding right based on a quick test ride? The smart thing to do if you aren't sure about the condition of a used bike is to find a local bike mechanic. Ask how much they'd charge to meet you there and take a look at the bike. They will be able to spot things that you or I might miss; it's their job.

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dirt bikes had a yamaha i think 80 or 100 cc that i had for years and years. and a rebel 250 but not really riding it just rode it around for a few days. i'm in philadelphia (college) so i don't know any bike mechanics i could probably ask someone i work with but its crazy hours so i doubt we would be able to get off the same day and time to meet up.
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Do you have a phone book? That might be a good way to locate a bike mechanic.

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Pre-purchase inspection

I didn't know jack about boats when I purchased a used boat, out of state, sight unseen. (yeah, sounds crazy, I know)

What I did was have the seller drop off the boat at his local dealership. I called the dealership, gave them my credit card number and authorized them to charge me $100 for a pre-purchase inspection. Later that day, the mechanic called me with the results and faxed the results of his inspection, which was a totally clean bill of health. Drove 1000 miles each way to pick up the boat and tow it home. I've had the boat for 8 years now, absolutely trouble free.

I imagine you could make a similar arrangement for virtually any kind of used vehicle purchase, assuming the seller is willing to drop off the vehicle at a shop.

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I didn't know jack about boats when I purchased a used boat, out of state, sight unseen. (yeah, sounds crazy, I know)

What I did was have the seller drop off the boat at his local dealership. I called the dealership, gave them my credit card number and authorized them to charge me $100 for a pre-purchase inspection. Later that day, the mechanic called me with the results and faxed the results of his inspection, which was a totally clean bill of health. Drove 1000 miles each way to pick up the boat and tow it home. I've had the boat for 8 years now, absolutely trouble free.

I imagine you could make a similar arrangement for virtually any kind of used vehicle purchase, assuming the seller is willing to drop off the vehicle at a shop.
You're smarter than I thought. That idea never would have occurred to me.

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thats a good idea. if i find a bike im gonna have to do that especially if its not local
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both the 500 and 650 are good if you are 5'8" or shorter the sv is a bit taller. also the sv is more on the sport end of the range of bikes. the other two are more standard riding position. more comfy to ride.
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