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Hello!! :)

I'm looking into the middleweight division in the sportbike world. The mighty 600! I'm on Craigslist. Going to pay cash. Was wondering if I could have some guidance when it comes to getting a good deal. So an help or knowledgable insight would be helpful. Here are the two bikes I've found.

The first is a 2003 Honda F4i with between 17k to 18k miles on it for $2600
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Honda Cbr 600cc

And second so far is a 2002 GSXR 600 with 6k miles for $3000.

02 SUZUKI GSXR 600 MATTE BLACK 3D CARBON FIBER TANK ( LOW MILES )

I don't know which is cheaper to fix or maintain. So please leave any guidance even neither of these bikes along with your own suggestion. Name is phill. Thank you :)
 

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Are you new to street riding? If yes, an I4 600 is not a good choice.

These bikes both have replacement plastics, so they've been down. You need to look them over carefully and test ride them. Make sure the bike pulls and brakes straight, and shifts smoothly up and down the gears. Check the fork seals for any signs of leaking. Check the chain. If the chain is rusted, or has bad tight spots, it's a good indication the bike has been neglected. Ask about maintenance history - how often were the fluids changed, has he checked valve clearance, etc.

If there's anything you don't feel good about, walk away. Used 600s are easy to come by, so you can afford to be picky.
 

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the 02 gsxr has been crashed. no one pays to put flat paint on their bike on purpose.

and the f4i is not the same as the cbr 600rr fwi. neither seems overly priced to me. they are listed OBO
 

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Guess ill continue shopping around thanks for the help guys. Really appreciate it. Sincerely do.
 

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It never ceases to amaze me how guys will sell a piece of crap to a person, take his money, and go to sleep at night. You really gotta know your stuff to find a well-maintained machine. The Latin phrase is 'Caveat Emptor!'.
 

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The CBR isn't a bad deal, but I'd offer like 2400.

And off topic, I cannot STAND it, when people buy a bike and don't ride it. I mean, the Suzuki is a 2002, and has only 6,000 miles on it? 600 miles a year? GRRR....
 

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The CBR isn't a bad deal, but I'd offer like 2400.

And off topic, I cannot STAND it, when people buy a bike and don't ride it. I mean, the Suzuki is a 2002, and has only 6,000 miles on it? 600 miles a year? GRRR....
Thank you sir:) I'm trying to stay patient so that I don't screw myself. And seriously!!!!!!!!!!!! Like wth did you get a bike for of you're not going to ride it?? I'm very new to riding. I have only 4000 miles under my belt, but it's been consistent since I've had my bike since only this May. I planned on getting a larger bike but figured I should keep my head on my shoulders and got a 250. I'm pretty sure I'm looking into a 600 early but it's honestly what would make me happy!

But really? Why 6000 miles in 10 years? Unless he's ridden it 106000 miles and the odometer reads 6000 for that reason. I mean a guy on youtube proved his F4i went 200,000 miles. Odometer reset after 99,999

Any other suggestions though? Is this the most reliable bike? Is there a special treat of a bike I'm missing here?
 

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On the Honda, the right mirror is jacked.
 

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On the Honda, the right mirror is jacked.
Wow didn't even notice that. It couldn't just be adjusted at a weird angle? I know when I back out of my driveway between my car and the house, sometimes the space is a bit too narrow and the left mirror sometimes hits the house hard enough to adjust it to a weird position.
 

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But really? Why 6000 miles in 10 years? Unless he's ridden it 106000 miles and the odometer reads 6000 for that reason. I mean a guy on youtube proved his F4i went 200,000 miles. Odometer reset after 99,999
That guy on youtube is here, named thirdgenlxi. And he NOW has 250,000 miles, and 6 trackdays. http://www.sportbikes.net/forums/pi...-milestone-today-250k-some-ride-pics-too.html

And the right mirror isn't jacked, it's just an odd angle. click on the other pics, and the mirror is fine.
 

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The CBR isn't a bad deal, but I'd offer like 2400.

And off topic, I cannot STAND it, when people buy a bike and don't ride it. I mean, the Suzuki is a 2002, and has only 6,000 miles on it? 600 miles a year? GRRR....
Maybe he has more than one bike. It's taken me 7 years or so to put around 10000 on the ktm.. Cos the other bikes need ridden too .
 

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I think that Honda looks pretty good. I'm sure that exhaust is annoying as shit, but I'll bet you can find a stocker sitting in someone's garage for cheap.

One question. Did the F4i come in the Repsol colors, or were the fairings trashed and swapped out for some ChiCom replacements? It's not a huge deal, but it would be good to know. The best way to tell if a bike has been crashed is to look at the ends of the levers, mirrors, etc. Again, it's not a huge deal but it's good to know.
 

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I'm not Sure if it came with those fairings. Im waiting for the seller to email me back about the F4i. But like the guy above said, I think it's the 600rr that has those repsol fairings but I'm not 100% sure. I'm going to look into it. It's hard trusting people on Craigslist which is why I bought my 250 at a dealer. Still searching for something that's NOT too good to be true though lol.

I've looked up and down Craigslist. NJ is divided into Central Jersey, South, North and Jersey Shore. Ill find a bike soon hopefully.
 

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One question. Did the F4i come in the Repsol colors, or were the fairings trashed and swapped out for some ChiCom replacements? It's not a huge deal, but it would be good to know.
Those are aftermarket fairings - look at the tank. This was a red and black bike that had its plastics trashed in a crash. Not the end of the world, but you do need to examine it carefully to be sure the damage was only cosmetic.
 

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Just keep your eyes open. 600's for sale are a dime a dozen in my area. I could throw a rock and probably find an F4i for sale and I'm not even in a metro area.

Just make sure you check out every bike before saying anything about money. A bike that's been laid down in a driveway isn't usually a big deal. Some scraped fairings, maybe a mirror or foot peg replacement. Just use that as a bargaining chip to drop the price because things need to be replaced.

But make damn sure you look for the little things like others have said 'cause it could always be worse. Weird rust (not maintained), rings around the forks due to bad seals, things like that. Make sure the engine parts you can see look clean, ask him to start it for a few minutes, look for oil spots and such that weren't there before it starting running. And less frequently: Make sure the general wear on the bike like pegs and seat match the Odometer. If the Odo says 6k, but the grips and seat look like they've been used for 100k, you run away. Lots of shady dudes out there. Lots of good ones too, need to be able to tell the difference. :p
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That Honda was probably crashed too. Check out the case covers to be sure. Additionally, the tank was not replaced with the fairings, so may have been a short or low speed crash.

The respsol Honda has an orange tank:

 

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Just use search tempest to look for a bike. This way you can search craigslist within a certain range vs doing a search for every area.
 
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