Intelligent questions from a n00b...

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  1. clintdub

    clintdub New Member

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    Instead of being stupid and asking if I should get a 999R or a 999S (I have seen some fools ask questions kinda like that :slap: ) for my first bike, I would rather be logical about my investments. I would like to know how reliable old school bikes are (1971-1989 H-D, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha), and witch companies tend to make longer lasting bikes. Are bikes, in general, easy to work on by yourself? How often does the oil need to be changed? What is the average cost for upkeep on the bike per year (not including gas)? What is a rough estimate on insurance for a 19 y/o for a 15+y/o bike?



    If you could answer even a few of these questions :x: I would really appreciate it!! :bigok:
     
  2. Mr Roboto

    Mr Roboto Flat Black Member

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    I pay $45/month for my bike, it's an '83 Yamaha Seca Turbo, but I'm 23. Obviously it's going to vary due to age, driving record, type of bike, etc. Try going to www.progressive.com for a rough estimate.
     
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    clintdub New Member

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    im sure progressive will call me the day after i get an est. online.
    then every day after that... :ugh:
     
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    They've never ever called me. Nor have they emailed me, other than sending me a copy of the quote (once).
     
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    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    70s-80s = Almost anything Japanese. You do NOT want a 70s/80s Harley.

    Change the oil every 3k miles
    Clean and lube chain every 1k.
    Tires are about $100/each, will need to be replaced every 7-10k miles (sticky sportbike tires replaced 3-5k miles).
    Valve inspection/adjustment every 12-15k miles (after the first 20k).

    Liability only on a <600cc 15 year old bike shouldn't be more than $30/month or so.
     
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    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    That's why you don't give them your phone number.
     
  7. Traffic

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    Insurance on my 94 Yamaha Seca II (liability only) was $175/year. Full coverage is $425 or something like that with $100k/$300k/$100k limits. Yours should be less than that.
     
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    How do you like your seca II? I love my seca, and I was toying with getting a II for more of a commuting bike...
     
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    thanks dudes...im going to sign up for a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Course that is held at my local tech school. I think it would be better to ride one of their bikes first rather than my dads 2003 Big Dog Chopper that cost $29,000 :cool:
     

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