Can anyone tell me about a 85 Ninja 600R...

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  1. pagina

    pagina OT Supporter

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    Someone here is selling one that seems to be mechanically perfect fairly cheap so I'm going to go look at it. What are the major problems with these bikes? I'm going to tell him not to start it until I get there so I can see what the cold start is like. He said it needs a new Speedo Drive (Speedo doesn't work, replaced the cable but still doesn't work) and maybe a new Blinker Relay (Works most of the time). Other than that, the bike seems to be in decent condition body wise and perfect mechanically.

    He has changed most of the standard things, "The bike Runs Good. Since I have owned it I have put a new sprocket on it and new front brake pads. I also have had the valves adjusted, new spark plugs, coolant flushed, new mirrors, turn signals, both front levers replaced, the tires were new when I bought it."

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    This would be my first bike and I think it would be pretty much perfect. Not too much power and I don't have to worry about it being brand new or even fairly new. Cheap insurance, seems like it would be fun.

    What do you guys think?

    PS: Taking the MSF this weekend.
     
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    They are good bikes, but like you said, start if from cold, run it until the Fan/thermostat kicks in -then shut it off for 1min - then try to start i back up. IF that works, bike is 80% in good shape. Check for leaks on forks/seals.

    After that, hopefully you can test drive it, Get it in 2nd gear @WOT to see if the transmission is fawked.. If it doesnt pop out of gear your good!

    Should be a fun bike.
     
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    So go WOT in 2nd and drop the throttle to see if it pops out?
     
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    All Im saying is give'er in 2nd a couple times, you'll know if it pops in neutral back n forth or if it completely steps out of gear.

    If its smooth, your golden :)
     
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    my first question would be why the mirrors, signals, and levers were replaced.
     
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    It had track fairings on it when he bought it...apparently it was tracked for a little while.
     
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    save your cash, get a late 90's 600. Shouldn't be hard to find one under 3k
     
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    Reasons?

    I don't really want to spend $3k...
     
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    Isn't that the bike from 'Top Gun'
     
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    It looks like junk
     
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    It's my first bike...I don't really care.
     
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    VW Av...:rofl:

    Oh the irony.

    :bowdown:

    I don't care if it has 500hp and runs 11's...
     
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    That's right. Just learn on it.:)
     
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    it's definitely a really similiar bike I think it may have been a ZX10 from around the same time period
     
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    The bike from Top Gun is a ZX900R. It was produced 1984/85, and has an excellent and well-deserved rep as the pioneer of modern sportbikes (one of the first with a factory fairing). I had a ZX1000R, a 1987 model. Those were minted 1986/87 and were a logical extension of the ZX900R.

    The ZX600R used the same suspension as the ZX1000R (pneumatic front and rear). They are very heavy, not very fast, the suspension is thoroughly mediocre, the brakes are not up to modern standards, and they have 16 inch rims limiting your tire choices. The handlebar buzz is enough to numb your hands in about 30 minutes of riding. The bikes are getting very old in sportbike terms, and parts supplies are drying up rapidly and becoming VERY expensive. Crash one, and it's gone. No sense in rebuilding it.

    All that said, I had some very good times aboard my ZX1000R and I would very much like to have one again (I now own a Honda VFR800FiY). An excellent condition example with no flaws should not bring more than $1000, with less than 15,000 miles. There are far better choices for a beginner bike.
     

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