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Old 09-07-2005, 12:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking into buying a bike

With rising gas prices I want a daily driver that I can push, have fun with, and at the same time save gas, so I came to the conclusion to buy a bike. Always been every kid's dream too right? So I was looking around and found the Yamaha YZF-R1. Looks nice and running basically 1000cc, seems like a fun ride.

So, just wondering anyone else ride a bike, and had experience with the R1.
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you wont save much gas..my buddy gets like 30 mpg on his R1....and for a first bike, never get an R1, get a used like CBR600 F3 or F4 i started with a Smokin Joes CBR600F3 and good god i miss that bike...but i was 16 drove it till i was 18 and i had to sell it...boo
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Definatly start with a used bike that has a smaller displacement. Also, you WILL lay it down so dress for the crash not for the ride. Boots, pants, good gloves, good jacket and the best helmet you can afford.
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Definatly start with a used bike that has a smaller displacement. Also, you WILL lay it down so dress for the crash not for the ride. Boots, pants, good gloves, good jacket and the best helmet you can afford.
I agree totally with the above. I bought a used Suzuki before my new purchase. A friend of mine told me his thoughts about a helmet purchase: how much is your head worth to you?

I dont agree with the mileage statement. I bought a 2005 Yamaha V-Star out of the crate got 42mpg. It now has 1600 miles on it. I have put a set of cobra drag pipes, a k&n filter, and a jet kit. Last weekend with the wifey on it as well, I got 58mpg. I have been riding it by myself this last week (a little more aggressive without her on it) and still get 52mpg. the bimmer only gets 22-24 on a good day driving VERY conservatively.
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Yea I guess you could say I'm a first time rider. I take my friend's bike (Honda 600rr) out for a spin once in a while, but not enough to actually be a decent rider.

What's the average cause of rider's laying down their bikes, other than being inexperienced? Is it on turns, stand still, just going straight and hitting a bump/dip?

Are resale prices on bikes pretty good, or will I be losing a lot of money if I buy a used bike then sell it to buy a new one?
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i would say almost anything slow and/or gravel. gravel sux...

my used suzuki i bought used rode it for 4 months and actually made 700 on it
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After reading into what everyone said I guess I'll start with a bike with a lower displacement. CBR F4i. 600 is still going to fly compared to my car anyways, and save a bit more gas. I looked at other bikes but none of them are too appealing to my eyes.
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Yea I guess you could say I'm a first time rider. I take my friend's bike (Honda 600rr) out for a spin once in a while, but not enough to actually be a decent rider.

What's the average cause of rider's laying down their bikes, other than being inexperienced? Is it on turns, stand still, just going straight and hitting a bump/dip?

Are resale prices on bikes pretty good, or will I be losing a lot of money if I buy a used bike then sell it to buy a new one?
the major cause of bikers laying down their bikes is riding them in the first place. You will lay down your bike. Even if you're the best rider in the world, some stupid bitch in an SUV will cut you off and leave you with no choice except the gravel or your face lodged in her spare tire. My recommendation for a first bike is a Suzuki SV. No plastic, a cracker of a 650cc motor and the 1000 is even better (sourced from the TL1000S, the predecessor to the Hayabusa) and if you lay it down it won't cost you a dime, since there's no body work to get messed up.
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buy an old bike for extremely cheap and invest the rest of money into nice protection.... safety first, bike second
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Yea definitely safety first. How much should I look into spending on good quality equipment? I'm guessing somewhere around 800 - 1000?
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It is red, with chrome windscreen, full exhaust with Devil Dual carbon fiber mufflers, integrated taillight, chrome wheels, lowered (have orginal dogbone). It only had 17k on the bike. Well took care of bright paint. Was dropped not crashed once on the right side. I am asking $6000 obo.

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Unfortunately the link does not work and I would have to buy it sometime next year if you want all that money at once.
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