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I found a 93 Yamaha Seca II on craigslist a couple weeks ago for $1000 and I went and looked at it and bought it for $900 cash. Brought it out and I have been riding it up and down the block since. I don't have insurance yet so I won't go off my block. I have learned a lot about the bike so far. I let it down once when taking a really really tight turn (making a u-turn in the middle of the street), the bike stalled, and it was leaned over so far that I let it down slowly so I wouldn't pull out my back. Thank god for no lower fairings . Since then I have made that U-turn perfectly. Now I am working on throttle control, shifting, and swerving.

Overall the bike seems pretty quick, it's not an SS so it's not too much power. I heard it is a little quicker than a Ninja 500. I have only hit 45 MPH so far, since I am only on my block, but 0-45 seems so FAST! I haven't ridden anything faster, but it is almost scary going 0-45 as fast as the bike does. I couldn't imagine being on an SS.

Just ranting...anyone else know anything about the Seca line? Rode one? I can't wait to get out on the regular rodes...getting plates and insurance this week!

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Congradulations on the new(new to you) bike.
Dropping a $1k naked bike is much better that a new one all covered in
expensive plastic.

400 lb bike with 60ish HP. First bike?
The slow speed stuff is some of the hardest to manage. As you found out.
Are you going into the MSF class?
Do you have any previous bike experience?

By the way. I like the bike.
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Forgot to add that I took the MSF course about a month ago. Passed it and received my license.

Only previous bike experience was on my dad's 1986 Honda Magna that I rode for a couple weeks before I got my Yamaha Seca for a total of about 50 miles.
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Secas are pretty good starter bikes and are not that blazingly fast compared to a lot of other bikes out there - but it will seem that way to you for a while. When it stops seeming fast, that's when you really need to watch your ass. From your post above, it also sounds like you learned why we tell people to start used if possible.

I think you made a good choice and it will serve you well.
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Good bike.

Make sure to do the cheap rejet mod since from what I've heard it makes a difference in how the bike runs

Nice starter bike since its a late model 600
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excellent beginner bike! Enjoy!
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Im biased. I think the Seca is a great bike. I bought mine new in '92 and still ride it. The bike can do anything.

I rode it from Texas to Alaska years ago. I have done track time and daily commuting on it all these years also.
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^^ looking at those pics... I get a sense of deja vu?
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Great bike, great choice, and good on ya for practicing the slow stuff.

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You have the two piece fairing. The later models went with a one piece. Look under the headlight where the left and right half of the fairing meet and you will see a tab with a screw in it. That tab breaks easy. When you have some time take the fairing off and make that part stronger and also add some weight near the tab. That spot causes a strange buzz when you hit a certain RPM. You may think its the engine but its just the fairing.
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Grats on the new bike.

I remember drooling over those back when I was looking for my first street bike.

It's not going to outrun much, but for a decent all around, do anything with it starter bike, that is definitely a good one. For being 15 years old that one looks to be in great shape overall.
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You have the two piece fairing. The later models went with a one piece. Look under the headlight where the left and right half of the fairing meet and you will see a tab with a screw in it. That tab breaks easy. When you have some time take the fairing off and make that part stronger and also add some weight near the tab. That spot causes a strange buzz when you hit a certain RPM. You may think its the engine but its just the fairing.
That part is really weak on my bike. The 2 pieces are barely together...how would I make it stronger and add weight? I notice that annoying buzz also, I figured it was the fairing but had no idea how t fix it!
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Try to use some doublesided weatherstripping or mounting tape. Keep the motor @ the RPM where you hear the buzz, and push around till you find the solution. Should work out to stop the buzz.

As far as keeping the fairing together, dunno.....
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