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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-08-2008, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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So i am very new to the whole sportbike world. I recently made the desision that i would like to get a sportbike for the summer.. I'm looking at older ones (90's) and wanting a 250 or 600 at the max. I'll probably only spend about 2,000 dollars on one because for one, that's all i really can afford and also i want one that i can slide and not have it be a big deal. I've been into cars for a long time and have a nice 2g 98 mitsubishi eclipse but i think it's time for another toy. I live in northern iowa but am moving to chicago in august to go to U.T.I. for auto mechanics. Anyways glad to meet you all and sorry ahead of time about the stupid questions i may ask in the future.
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The only stupid question is the one you don't ask. I'm sure you'll find that for the most part everyone here will help you out as much as possible. Good choice sticking with an older, smaller bike for starters. I started on a '92 Honda CBR600F2 back in '03. It got be by for a while until I got my Gixxer. Anyways, if you got any questions fire away. and welcome to SBW!

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-08-2008, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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thanks man i'll keep that in mind. I have been looking at some bikes around the internet, mostly on craigslist, and have found some items of interest. I found a 85 kawasaki 600 for 1000 dollars with 25000+ miles on it. Now i know i get what i pay for but, and that's not a lot of money or anything, but what is considered a high mileage for a bike.. does this seem like a good deal?
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-08-2008, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Oops, actually it's a 88 with 25,574 and new tires
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if a bike is maintained 25k is nothing just like a car, that bike probly sat for a long time and the tires dry rotted, if you are interested in it ask the owner if you can take it to a shop and have it looked over before you buy it so you dont get stuck with junk that you cant ride. welcome to SBW

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scott's right on mileage. And you should be reserving a good portion (1/2 probably) for a helmet, jacket, gloves, riding pants, boots. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Beginner's Course should be the very first thing you should do.


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Assuming it runs decent and has proper maintenance, $1000 isn't bad, even if it is a 20 year old bike. It actually would be a good bike to learn on. When you're ready to buy something newer, you'd probably be able to resell it for what you bought it for.

My first sportbike was a 1986 Ninja 600R and it was absolutely bulletproof. Those bikes can take a beating and keep going.

Good luck!

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-09-2008, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the information guys, i appreciate it. i have a course lined up in may at a local collage.
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