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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-22-2008, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question ? about a price/mileage

So- i posted last week that i was getting a kawi 250 as my first bike.. well things fell through and the guy sold me out... anyways... i was looking at some other bikes [ on craigslist ]
and came across this one which is kinda in my price range, but im not sure about the mileage on it...

this is the ad :

suzuki gsxr with 21,170 miles on it. brand new back tire. everything runs perfectly. custom white paint with black stripe down middle. seat cowl, hotbodies undertail, and yoshimura rs3 exhaust included. was my daily transportation for a while.

i know nothing about mileage as far as a bike goes... is this one more than half dead ? help me out!!

OH- most importantly... he's asking 4K for the bike... how far can i talk him down?
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First of all, I'm going to tell you to avoid a GSX-R for a first bike.

Secondly, what is the size (600, 750, 1000) and year of the bike?

Would you hesitate to buy a car with 21,170 miles on it? Personally, I'd bet that a bike with that many miles has been maintained better than a lot of bikes with half that many, since the people who put a lot of miles on their bikes tend to care more about them than the tools that like to pull them out to cruise to the nearest parking lot and look cool.

It's been discussed on here before that the main reason bikes don't normally have a lot of miles is that they are neglected most of their life, or are totaled for one reason or another. However, most sportbikes (besides Ducatis) are very mechanically sound and don't require a lot more than routine maintenance to keep them in good condition. My '05 GSX-R 600 has 14K miles on it, and it still runs like new, and I've only had to do oil changes, and a new chain a couple months back (and new tires, but that's part of the game).

I think one of the members on here (Dad) had a Honda somethingorother that had over 100K miles on it, and he still took it to the track.

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sorry i thought i had put that it was a 600.... im not sure about the year, it wasnt posted on the ad, and so far when i emailed him about the bike he said that he is out of town until thursday.
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First of all, I'm going to tell you to avoid a GSX-R for a first bike...
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Keep the 250 in mind! A 600 is too much bike for a beginner!

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ok guys.

thanks for your concern and input!!!!!
perhaps I should wait till i find another 250. even tho it IS tempting to buy a bike that is available now


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pigeontown- "...suzuki gsxr with 21,170 miles on it. brand new back tire. everything runs..."

Just for future reference, there is a good chance a used 600 with over 20,000 in a short life span is going to have a worn out transmission and not to mention other key components you may not want to take the time to fix. Plus its how most 600 owners ride there bikes. I do see where snakesht is coming from but it wasnt the case for my bike. (it had 21000 on it) Take some one who knows bikes and have them look at what your buying and wont tell you to get a 600 or bigger. I wasn’t as smart when I got my R6 but I love fixing motors, especially bikes.

Good luck and have fun!

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Pigeon: Your bike is out there. It may not be the first, second, or third bike that you look at. It may not be the first, second, or third bike that you sit on. It may not be the first, second, or third bike that you test ride. But, it's out there.

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I wasn't even looking to upgrade when my bike found me and she'll be sitting in my garage 'til the day i die.




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I think one of the members on here (Dad) had a Honda somethingorother that had over 100K miles on it, and he still took it to the track.
He has a CB1000F (the fridge) we call it.

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One other adder for future reference. If a bike has a custom paint job, I always presume it has been thrashed/trashed from at least a body standpoint. The reasoning is that there aren't a lot of people out there who would put up the money for a custom paint job unless they wanted to fix all the scrapes they'd caused from low-siding, stunting, dropping, or whatever. I discount the price accordingly. In fact, when buying used, I try to get as close to stock as I can to avoid having to argue with the owner why I don't care about (nor will pay for) his Yoshimura exhaust or neons

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