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post #1 of 6 Old 05-14-2017, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Hello Friends :)

Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum.

I'm currently looking to purchase my very first street bike ever (a Black 2009 ZX6R) and I thought it would be a really good idea to join a forum full of experts so if I had any questions a long the way I would have help!

I'm from Dallas, Texas!

Feel free to say hi and show me yall's bikes

P.S. - I would love tips on buying used bikes. ie. what too look for, prices, etc.

Thanks guys!
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Welcome! We do have a 'Post a pic of your bike' thread if you want to see a lot of pictures on one place. Otherwise, there are pictures in many 'new user' introduction threads: usually of the new user's bike.

For used bikes, there's a lot to look for.

Fairings, turn signals, bar ends, lever tips. Are they scratched? If so, it's been down somehow. Look for indicators of how severe it was. Are there dents on the frame? How does the triple tree and the stops look? Was the front end whacked to one side violently?

In more mundane bits, are the tires good? They may need replacing. Are the fork seals leaking? Is there oil on the front fork tubes? If there's pitting on the fork tubes, the seals won't last long.

Is the chain well adjusted? If it's too tight, or in poor condition, it may indicate A) the front sprocket has unexpected wear B) the owner didn't take much care of it. Make sure you look for other things that might have been overlooked.

Do both front and rear brake work well? Good feel and actually stop the bike?

Did the bike start from cold and idle well? You don't want the owner to get over a hard start issue and have it warm when you arrive to check it out.

Does the bike shift correctly into each gear? Does it stay in each gear if you accelerate hard? Does the clutch completely disengage the engine from the wheel?

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Welcome! We do have a 'Post a pic of your bike' thread if you want to see a lot of pictures on one place. Otherwise, there are pictures in many 'new user' introduction threads: usually of the new user's bike.

For used bikes, there's a lot to look for.

Fairings, turn signals, bar ends, lever tips. Are they scratched? If so, it's been down somehow. Look for indicators of how severe it was. Are there dents on the frame? How does the triple tree and the stops look? Was the front end whacked to one side violently?

In more mundane bits, are the tires good? They may need replacing. Are the fork seals leaking? Is there oil on the front fork tubes? If there's pitting on the fork tubes, the seals won't last long.

Is the chain well adjusted? If it's too tight, or in poor condition, it may indicate A) the front sprocket has unexpected wear B) the owner didn't take much care of it. Make sure you look for other things that might have been overlooked.

Do both front and rear brake work well? Good feel and actually stop the bike?

Did the bike start from cold and idle well? You don't want the owner to get over a hard start issue and have it warm when you arrive to check it out.

Does the bike shift correctly into each gear? Does it stay in each gear if you accelerate hard? Does the clutch completely disengage the engine from the wheel?
Thank you for the welcome! Ah, great to know about the pic thread. My apologies!

Thank you for all of that information - that is super helpful. All I knew before was to look at the frame/fairings so I'm super thankful for the help!
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No problem. A couple other things you can check.

If the tires are even, when you test ride, find a spot where the pavement is flat. With essentially no bar input, does the bike run straight? If it tracks left or right, and it's NOT due to road camber, there may be a big issue. I would expect to find evidence of this in the triple tree or stops and/or a careful fork inspection, but the ride test is a good place to confirm.

As always, make sure all the electronics work (signals front and back, regular and high beam), kickstand switch, clutch switch, neutral position sensor, etc.

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