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post #1 of 22 Old 08-13-2009, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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I am a newbie to SS bikes in general, I am about to purchase my first SS bike and would like to know if anyone has advice regarding things I should be aware when purchasing a bike, even things that maybe obvious to you, but not to a newbie such as myself.

Here are some questions that come to mind:

1. What is the most important mod to make to a bike first
2. Are the stock tires fine or should they be changed out or negotiated for a better pair?
3. What are the known pitfalls when buying a bike from a dealer, is it the same as a car dealer?

Any and all advice is greatly welcomed, as I am excited about my first bike, but nervous in the sense that I am stepping into the unknown...
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I am a newbie to SS bikes in general, I am about to purchase my first SS bike and would like to know if anyone has advice regarding things I should be aware when purchasing a bike, even things that maybe obvious to you, but not to a newbie such as myself.

Here are some questions that come to mind:

1. What is the most important mod to make to a bike first
2. Are the stock tires fine or should they be changed out or negotiated for a better pair?
3. What are the known pitfalls when buying a bike from a dealer, is it the same as a car dealer?

Any and all advice is greatly welcomed, as I am excited about my first bike, but nervous in the sense that I am stepping into the unknown...
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1. GEAR! Protect yourself at all times on that bike.
After you get the "feel" of your new bike, you can start the mods.

2. If it is a new bike, the rubber will be fine. Use em up and save your cash.

3. Just know that if you are getting a new bike from the dealer, it will have
what I call "curb value". When you pass the curb, half the value is gone.

As a new bike (ss) owner, I would highly recommend a used bike.
The price will be a lot less, most of the time the "basic" mods are done and hopefully all the bugs (if any) are worked out.
Or it is the reason they are selling it. LOL

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Welcome out.
Its good to have ya here.

1. GEAR! Protect yourself at all times on that bike.
After you get the "feel" of your new bike, you can start the mods.

2. If it is a new bike, the rubber will be fine. Use em up and save your cash.

3. Just know that if you are getting a new bike from the dealer, it will have
what I call "curb value". When you pass the curb, half the value is gone.

As a new bike (ss) owner, I would highly recommend a used bike.
The price will be a lot less, most of the time the "basic" mods are done and hopefully all the bugs (if any) are worked out.
Or it is the reason they are selling it. LOL

Anyway...
Gear, buy used and welcome out.
Thank you!!!

With regards to the getting a used bike several friends and my brother (a gixxer owner) said the same thing, go used for my first bike. I am definitely considering it, but with a bad economy and many shops with a lot of inventory sitting around I wonder if I am better off waiting a bit longer and snagging a new bike for considerable savings. Do you think this is feasible or realistic.

As for safety, 100% with you, I will already have my helmet and gear first and taken some safety courses and basic riding class before getting my bike. I am also thinking I might just ride the track versus the street. Seems as many of my friends have given up on street riding for the track.

Thanks for the advice all great suggestions!
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Thanks for the list, I will keep that all in mind when the time is right
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i would buy new there some great deals at moment. when i bought the zx6r it worked out cheaper to buy new than a used one. paid 6k for new one when they wanted 5.5k for a 05/06 model with no warrenty
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i would buy new there some great deals at moment. when i bought the zx6r it worked out cheaper to buy new than a used one. paid 6k for new one when they wanted 5.5k for a 05/06 model with no warrenty
That's how I am thinking, I am open to buying used, but right now I can get a 2009 brand new for $7500 versus 2007 or 2008 for around 5500 to 6000...makes sense to consider both carefully
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I would highly recomend buying used for a new rider simply because when you drop it, low side it, or break something on it which will usually happen to a new rider and experienced it hurts the feelings alot less. Also you can usually get a used for pretty cheap with alot of extras such as power comander, exhaust, air filter, windscreens; all of which add up and usually make a new bike a 1000 or so more than original price. Also i would buy from a private seller if possible, bike will be cheaper and you can tell the DMV you paid $1000 for it regardless of what you really did and tax, title, and registration will be a few hundred dollars cheaper than buying from a dealer. I would make sure you do your research on what the bike is worth both as retail and private seller value. Make sure there is no leaks on the bike, check out the tread life, look at the chain, underside of the bike, and really look it over, bring someone with you if you can that knows what to look for. Look at the bar ends foot peg ends, shifter end brakes and clutch end for any scrapes...can tell you if the bike was down and fixed. Drive it without a helmet (helmet will block out alot of noises that may tell you the bike is bad) and shift through all of the gears get it up to a decent speed.

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Drive it without a helmet (helmet will block out alot of noises that may tell you the bike is bad)
I'd NEVER ride a bike (especially one I'm unfamiliar with) without at least a helmet. If you ride with the visor up you'll be able to hear anything that is potentially a problem.

Check the lockstops for damage (can be caused when the bike goes down and the bars are thumped against the stop) and ask about anything that isn't standard and also if the owner has the original, undamaged parts that were swapped out.

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