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Old 11-01-2012, 09:47 PM   #16 (permalink)
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You got rich man hopes on a 3k budget, my friend.

Eh, either way, good luck on your search.
Thanks, man. Considering I said I wanted a blue, red, black, or even white bike I don't think it'll be very hard though. Just not doing yellow, green, or purple.
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That seems aggressive, but I believe you. Any noted areas for good deals, or did you just cast a wide craigslist net? I'm definitely intrigued...would be a bit worried that I'd drive all that way & find out things weren't as they seemed. But I could see it being a fun adventure.



Yup, I seriously am.
You could always start a thread in the regional forums asking if someone could take a look at a specific bike for you before you make the drive. Worst that could happen is you don't get any takers.
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Heard about this.



They're all fucked up or yellow though

Nah I hear you, but for whatever reason they hold their value pretty well up here compared to other bikes from that generation. There's a few i'm keeping an eye on.

Not many are close to stock either, and modding was something I was looking forward to.
Most F4i out there are hardly modded or beat to hell (stunters) If you really want to modify the bike, you could go with the F4i or SV and do a front end swap. On the F4i, you can also do a 600rr swingarm swap.
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I'll just comment on the two bikes I've owned:

SV650 - good bike, light weight, flickable, so so suspension, adequate brakes, very torquey, tons of mods available

YZF600R - Loved it, great brakes, very stable, adequate suspension, torquey for a 600 inline 4, carbureted but I never had any issues with that.

If i had to pick between the two it would be the YZF600R easily.
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:11 PM   #21 (permalink)
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f4i: Another pretty popular entry, but seems like my ~$3k budget is not gonna get the deal done. Other than that, I like what I've seen/read.

It's black and yellow, and comes with a douchily loud D&D slip on, but the price looks good if you're willing to travel to Long Island.

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YZF600R - Loved it, great brakes, very stable, adequate suspension, torquey for a 600 inline 4, carbureted but I never had any issues with that.
Those Sumitomo monoblock calipers are the cat's meow! The brakes feel stronger on my XJR1300 than on my SV1000, and the XJR is 100 pounds heavier than the SV!

The YZF600R is an amazing bike, it makes for a very good do it all bike, while sill being a very capable sport bike. They had a huge crowd of people using them as lightweight sport tourers.

Only downsides I can think to the YZF600R are:

1. 2nd gear. Expensive to have it done at a shop, quite fixable by a DIY person, but it is time consuming and not for the faint of heart.

2. The headlight, it's... crappy.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:33 AM   #23 (permalink)
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It's black and yellow, and comes with a douchily loud D&D slip on, but the price looks good if you're willing to travel to Long Island.

2004 Honda CBR600 f4i 7,090 miles
Looks like someone else already jumped on that. Thanks for the tip, though.

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Those Sumitomo monoblock calipers are the cat's meow! The brakes feel stronger on my XJR1300 than on my SV1000, and the XJR is 100 pounds heavier than the SV!

The YZF600R is an amazing bike, it makes for a very good do it all bike, while sill being a very capable sport bike. They had a huge crowd of people using them as lightweight sport tourers.

Only downsides I can think to the YZF600R are:

1. 2nd gear. Expensive to have it done at a shop, quite fixable by a DIY person, but it is time consuming and not for the faint of heart.

2. The headlight, it's... crappy.
2nd gear? What needs fixing?

And as for the headlight- that would be a pretty quick fix, no?
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Haha yes it's not bad.

But this is the jacket I'm workin with:

I'm not wicked into matching, but that would be insane. Ideally I'd get something blue, red, or black. Silvers ok, and white I wouldn't be able to keep clean, but I'd consider it.
Pinkies out, dude.

I ride around in a hi-viz jacket, solid red shoei helmet, blue alpinestars gloves, and black boots. I have jackets of all colors, and I wear any of them on any bike.

I can't imagine an existing jacket in my closet dictating the search terms for my next bike.
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Pinkies out, dude.

I ride around in a hi-viz jacket, solid red shoei helmet, blue alpinestars gloves, and black boots. I have jackets of all colors, and I wear any of them on any bike.

I can't imagine an existing jacket in my closet dictating the search terms for my next bike.
I only ride cause it makes me look cool, bro. Got an image to maintain.

Seriously though, maybe we can start another thread about jackets if that's what everyone wants to talk about. All I'm doing is ruling out yellow, neon green, and purple bikes. Bikes I probably wouldn't want no matter what my jacket was. I also don't really like the color orange. Nothing I can do about that.
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Looks like someone else already jumped on that. Thanks for the tip, though.



2nd gear? What needs fixing?

And as for the headlight- that would be a pretty quick fix, no?
try the YZF600R forum:
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Dont let the 2nd gear failure inhibit you from a particular make or model. This is a failure of ALL sportbikes regardless of make, model or year. To be be more accurate this really isn't even a failure of the bike itself. More so a failure of the previous owner to properly shift.

This ignorance drives me nuts. Regardless of what vender specific forum you go to, you'll hear "Oh, stay away from 2*** thru 2***(insert whatever make/model here), they have the 2nd gear failure. Its either someone talking out their ass, or someone regurgitating the same old bullshit. The internet is abound with such nonsense.
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Dont let the 2nd gear failure inhibit you from a particular make or model. This is a failure of ALL sportbikes regardless of make, model or year. To be be more accurate this really isn't even a failure of the bike itself. More so a failure of the previous owner to properly shift.

This ignorance drives me nuts. Regardless of what vender specific forum you go to, you'll hear "Oh, stay away from 2*** thru 2***(insert whatever make/model here), they have the 2nd gear failure. Its either someone talking out their ass, or someone regurgitating the same old bullshit. The internet is abound with such nonsense.
I hadn't really heard too much about it, but LaughingMan's link above has pretty good info for anyone else curious about the issue. Requires slight mechanical knowledge, but not too much.

Seems like its just more common in certain models due to them changing hands more frequently, staying on the road longer, etc. Nothing specifically due to the bike's design.

I won't let it effect my choices. Just going to be more knowledgeable of the situation if/when I run into it when looking used.
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Seems like its just more common in certain models due to them changing hands more frequently, staying on the road longer, etc. Nothing specifically due to the bike's design.
This is actually a good point. A make/model more apt to attract either beginners, or the squidly type generally does change hands more often hence exposing the shift mechanics(output shaft, shift forks and both 2nd and 6th gears)to lots of failed shifts. 2nd gear having the "longest throw", or is the tallest of the 6 suffers the consequences.
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I had the 2nd gear problem on my R6 (same transmission as the YZF600R). Yamaha did a very poor job designing that transmission, that's a fact, and Yamaha realized the problem and redesigned the gears for the 2003 R6.

But even if you buy a bike with the problem it doesn't mean its the end of the world. 2nd gear was still useable for cruising but not full-throttle high rpm riding.
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