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So far in my search for a new bike I've seen Katanas from the '90s for under $2000 as well as a CBR900RR in that range. Are there any other 600-1000 cc bikes that can be had for under $2000? That is the absolute maximum I can spend (and that's realllly stretching it). I'm really looking for something more in the $1200-$1600 range. Suggestions?
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2003 Kawasaki ZX 636 Ninja get this one!

1989 HONDA CBR 600 SPORTBIKE CHEAP RED LOOKS GREAT 14K CLASSIC

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Thanks for the links! I've been monitoring my local craigslist for a few days now and have seen some that I like, but I'm waiting for some cash to come through. Are there any specific models that regularly sell for under 2k? I need something that runs, because once I blow 2 grand on a bike, I won't have any $$ left. None. At all.
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Believe me, I'm selling anything I have that could possibly net me any money at all. (Well, the stuff I can afford to get rid of, anyway.)
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Best thing to do is take a shitload of 10s and 20s carry in hand and offer the 2k. You have about.....1 month before people start changing their mind. There are a few FZRs in there.
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The older CBR600 (Hurricane) is basically indestructible. But ANY bike will cost you maintenance now and then, tires not least. And don't skip buying decent gear.

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Best thing to do is take a shitload of 10s and 20s carry in hand and offer the 2k. You have about.....1 month before people start changing their mind.
Changing their mind, as in, people are going to be paying more for bikes when it gets warmer?


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Changing their mind, as in, people are going to be paying more for bikes when it gets warmer?
The demand for motorcycles raise the price just knowing people are out there wanting to ride. Winter is ALWAYS the best year to buy.

Get the red CBR 600-its an awesome ass bike. The 636 is a good buy too if you can check it out clearly.
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Are you guys really recommending that he buy a bike with bent forks? I wouldn't go anywhere near a bike with all that listed damage, despite the fact that the 636 is an awesome machine. It's hard to say how much shit the bike has been through to sustain that much damage. It's definitely not the sort of bike he should be looking at for his one and only motorcycle-- maybe for a project/track bike at best.
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I wouldn't go anywhere near that 636, you are going to have to spend another 1000 before getting it anywhere near safe to ride, much less pretty. That would be at the bottom of my list by far.
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you better look at 80s early 90s cruisers or youll have spend more just to get the bike roadworthy. Or go with 250-500cc
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The most likely purchase is going to be another early to mid '90s Katana 600. I say another because that's what I had a few years ago. Those are really the only bikes I consistently see for under $2000, at least in the style (sportbike / sport tourer) and condition that I want.

If I can find a great deal on a CBR900RR though, I'd snatch that up real quick too.
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you better look at 80s early 90s cruisers or youll have spend more just to get the bike roadworthy. Or go with 250-500cc
I would suggest a Ninja 500 myself. They're dirt cheap and rock solid, and you could (will) save some money that you can then in turn spend on gear, parts, etc.
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man i got it worse. i want a motard but they're so rare in the chicago area. i'll be lucky to see 2 or 3 ads for a supermoto the whole season. lol

can't afford new.
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^ I know where there's one for sale downstate, LOL

If you will be 110% broke after buying the bike, I suggest waiting until you have some more money saved up. Tax, title, and license isn't cheap, not to mention insurance.
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