Sorry to have had such radio silence. It's busy season at work right now and I just got around to checking out the thread again. Thanks for all of your replies, welcomes, and advice!
In general, I'm open to buying used as well, but probably not from a private seller. I'd like to finance, and with the new bikes the financing rates are much better than that of used from the research I've done but if you have found otherwise, please share...I'm keeping an open mind. I just don't have that many thousands of dollars to plunk down with a private seller at once and would rather have that money for an emergency fund, etc. Plus, I like being able to build my credit even more with good payments. I hope that makes sense.
Do you guys think that I'll have more luck right before Dec 31 instead of now, since it's quarter end and year end? Thanks again!
Welcome to the forum..
Always nice to hear a ladies voice..
Unless there is something the newest model has the others don't, considering a gentle used bike is a great option. IF the owner isn't crazy about the asking price.
Did found lane splitting out there great to survive the rush hour traffic and really enjoyed the Pacific Cafe, the fresh fish was fantastic.
OH,, do a track day or ten.
I love lane splitting and it's so sad that it's not legal anywhere else...!
Getting onto the track is on my list of things to do for sure!
Welcome aboard, we are glad you've decided to come out of the shadows.
You have a conundrum, 1) you can look to a dealer that's closet to you (and that's if you are not expecting to move anytime real soon); 2) or you can look for best price for X-miles from where you live.
Not sure.where specifically you are, but you might look east, say100-miles. That would easily put you in Sacramento, Yuba City, Marysville, Roseville, Redding, Fresno, Visalia, etc. My 1st instinct would be to go close to I-5 cities, away from cities on the coast, say Santa Cruz or Monterey, but perhaps a smaller town like Salinas or Paso Robles.
Now, that's not to say don't check with coastal dealers, I would think the closer you are to The City, the more you will pay. Especially if you can find a dealer you has been sitting on a '15 that just has not been able to move.
The closer to Spring/summer the more you will pay, so if you can afford to pull the trigger now, go for it. Also, go to the dealer at the end of the Quarterly months (Mar., Jun., Sep., Dec.). Choose a day where the weather is not warm and sunny. And finally, take a male friend who knows a thing or two about bikes, the sales person will initially be inclined to speak to him and not you, but have your friend redirect the salesperson to you. This is not a time to be righteous (that comes when you drive away with a fabulous deal in hand). You are there simply to get the best price possible.
Don't be afraid to walk away. Look at it this way, you are going to have lunch/dinner in a town you normally wouldn't dine at. That's the worst thing that will happen. Leaven your name and number. Remember there are various components that go into the price you pay. A good example is my dealer does not charge 'set up fees', that alone can save a couple hundred dollars. My favourite question that I ask before I walk out the door (w/o a bike) is, "... Have you sold too many bikes this month; or can you afford to sell another...?"
Now, the thing you are buying if you buy from the closest dealer is ease of service, should you have a mechanical issue. Say you live in Milpitas, and have to go to San José... Not a big deal. Usually, the selling dealer will give you a price break on retail items (sometimes you have to ask for it/inform the Parts guy you bought your bike there).
So, you see there's not one answer that fits all occasions/people.
Thank you! This is great advice. I'm going to reach out to some dealers out in the central valley.
I'm with the others who say buy used. They practically give these things away used.
Are you hell bent on a ZX-6R, though? It's a cool bike, but there are so many cool bikes available these days that, if you're in the enviable position of being able to buy a new one, you owe it to yourself to try out a bunch of different ones. For instance, something like a Ducati Monster, or Yamaha FZ-09 would probably be more appropriate for road use, even if they're aren't quite as fast around a racetrack.
I've been to MotoGP and WSBK a few times and have sat on so many....I keep coming back to the ZX6R for fit and geometry for me. At the end of the day, I'm still a full fairing sport girl. No naked sports for the time being though I do appreciate the beauty of the Monster! . The Suzuki GSXers fit really well, too, but I can't get past their fairing designs...So dated! I'm sure all of you would agree here that team green and a Ninja looks and sounds a lot better, no?
.......aaaaand shes gone.
It's not that easy to get rid of me or scare me away.
Wasn't there someone who posted a similar thread looking for a newish zx6r, and someone found a dealer in southern cali that had leftover 2015 brand new for like 8600 bucks?? Pretty sure I saw something like that about 2-3 weeks ago. Back in 2010, my roommate bought a brand new leftover 2009 zx6r for $7600. Back then the MSRP on them was $10,600.
I would love to check this out if anyone can point me in the right direction or if someone remembers where this was! Thanks!
And did you really join on your birthday? Happy Birthday!
Great attention to detail you have.
Welcome! Any reason you want a 15 or 16? Their might be some used 13s around. But I must say I love the aesthetics they did with the 16.
And how in the world do you survive all the emission and inspection laws and regulations of CA?
Best advice in the world Indy
I love the grey carbon/matte grey but I'm open...Would prefer to buy new (see above on why) unless it's used and I can finance.
Come to Bakersfield
I'm going to check this out!
Welcome. Compare pricing on cycletrader.com and see what dealer pricing is like.
Hopefully you have already invested in training and riding gear?
Yes - I took the MSF class in 2013 and commute on my 500R every day. I'm ATGATT. I'm pretty lucky...I have one of the most beautiful commutes! I go across the Golden Gate Bridge twice a day and get some nice twists, banks, and grades on my commute in Sausalito. It was so clear the other day, I could see the Farallon Islands clear as day!
Welcome! I think you'll find this forum very helpful and entertaining, but you probably already have since you said you've been lurking around. I have a CBR500R as well, in addition to my '09 zx6r. Great bikes, I agree that you should keep the 500 too if you can.
If you want to save more money I suggest buying a lightly used one. Plenty of '13-'15 ones in good shape for sale anywhere in the $7000-$9500 range if you buy from private individuals. There are even a few for sale on here I think, although you'd likely have to ship it (still cheaper even with shipping). Dealers are expensive, but to each their own.
Thank you! How often do you still ride your 500R? Please see above on private individuals and my desire to buy used financed or new from dealership.