$4000 budget for a beginner bike.. suggestions?

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  1. Nyce

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    I've been delaying the purchase for 2 summers now, but i'm budgeting myself to buy on come may or june.


    What do you guys reccomend?

    4k for a 600... what to look for?
     
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  3. Frequency

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    Yes
    only if '00 or older
    yes
    also rember you should budget about 500 to 800 of that for gear
     
  4. Nyce

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    You can get an F4i for 4k or less?
    Where can I check out some classifieds? They seem to be like 5k+ on ebay..
     
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    Just make sure to also save some of that $$ to buy the proper gear... $4k should be you a pretty nice 600 a few years old... In my area, you could easily get a 3-5 year old F4i for $4k, but not sure about NYC... I'd reccomend something like the F4i or yzf600r as they are a little more beginner friendly than one of the newer super sports...
     
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    any 2002 or older sv640 will be less than $4000.

    Get a thumper!!
     
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    www.craigslist.org usually always a few bikes on there that priced decent, alot of overpriced ones too.. www.cycletrader.com as said before if you dont have gear already or seperate budget for it set aside a few hundred for gear, $200+ jacket, $75+ gloves, $200+ helmet. I'de recomend an SV650, or f4/f4i.
     
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    You could get gear cheaper than that though. (slightly)

    www.newenough.com

    Since you're on a budget
     
  9. Nyce

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    I've been looking thru the ads, lots to chose from....

    Anything to look for or look out for in a used bike?


    What kind of mileage should i consider? What is too high?
    I was also told to never buy a modded bike, or heavily modded at least...
    what else to look for?
     
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    used ninja500/250 or gs500. with 4k that will still leave you plenty of cash for gear, ins, accessories(you will buy some trust me), registration.....whatever
     
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    Mileage isn't that big of a deal, its more about maintenance. These bikes are pretty bulletproof if taken good care of.

    Only knock I have against the SV is the non-adjustable suspension.
     
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    I'm going to buy accessories on top of the bike price tag, i should have about 5k to play with for everything. I just haven't even seen anything clean even around 4k. Unless it's high miles or appears to have been thru a lot.
     
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    you should be able to find some older bikes for that price, witht hat cash don't expect anything newer than '00-'01 and to be in excellent shape
     
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    The 2003+ models have adjustable preload on front and rear.
     
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    Still no comp or rebound adjustment.

    Not acceptable as far as I'm concerned for a sportbike.
     
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    Don't forget your accessories (helmet, Jacket, gloves minimum), registration +title and tags and stuff. You'll also need some tools for routine maintenance and other stuff for winter storage. Keep these things in mind. If you think you'll be biking for a long time, I suggest you buy good, reliable things the first time round.
     
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    check out ebay?

    I bought my bike off there for $5,500 about 14 months ago, 2003 600rr
     
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    Dude dont get a(n) 600 you'll end up wanting to trade up in no time flat. Get a Gixxer 750 for a first bike then go from there.
     
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    z31maniac *insert witty remark*

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    Anyone who thinks a 600 is not enough bike only rides around town or in a straight line.

    DIAMFF
     
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    You sir are an idiot, over 75% of the people out there who have 600s rarely use them to their full capability
    so please [​IMG][​IMG] & [​IMG]
     
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    z31maniac *insert witty remark*

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    quoted for truth
     
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    The only newer bike I have ridden that wasn't "enough" was a ninja 250. I bet a 600 will serve him fine for a first bike.
     
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    Not sure why you quoted me on this but w/e

    Most of the guys i know around here who got 600s as their first and only bikes have laid them down multiple times

    hell one guy has 3 low sides with the first 1k milles of his r6

    and i could proablly take most of them on a 250 in anything but a straight line
     

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