soon to be noob rider

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  1. dumbaznboy

    dumbaznboy New Member

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    Soon to be new rider here, and I'd like your guys' opnion on a first bike...

    83 Honda CB650SC
    81 Honda CM400T
    80 Suzuki GS450L

    They are all in fairly good condition, and will be used mainly as a commuter (around town, occasionally a ride from the east bay into SF, and occasoinally a 2 hour ride to whereever)

    I figure for my first bike, no need to buy brand new as I will most like drop the bike at somepoint (hopefully while its NOT moving). And I happen to like the older bikes and plan to tinker with them when I move up to a newer/bigger bike in the future.

    So, which of the 3 should I go with? I want to be sure that whichever bike i chose, I can make it on the freeway without having to worry if it's got enough umph to pass up a car if need be. (Keep in mind, I like each of these bikes for various reasons, and more importantly they are rideable from the get go. and arent overly expensive)

    Thanks
     
  2. apman0000

    apman0000 OT Supporter

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    those are some old bikes, just make sure you safety inspect the hell out of what ever 1 you decide on. that's alot of years for nuts and bolts to rust and give way or loose shit etc etc. just remember when you only have 2 wheels the margin for error is non existent so go over those bikes with a fine tooth comb.
     
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    thanks ap. I plan on taking whichever bike i decide on into a shop and give it a tune up (regardless of what the previous owner says), and ask if they can do an inspection as well.
     
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    Junkie re-tarded OT Supporter

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    Have them do an inspection BEFORE you buy it.

    Also, be aware that many shops aren't willing to work on bikes that old.
     
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    totensie, should i ask for the seller to pay for the inspection? or should i front the money?
     
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    Junkie re-tarded OT Supporter

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    You should pay for the inspection.
     

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