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Old 05-14-2011, 08:20 PM   #1
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Forgot how frustrating bike shopping can be. Wife has limited me to 2300.00. So, after browsing craigslist and a few phone calls later, and drinks, I have a list of 4.

Now I'm hoping to get some advice from people on here. As I am not to familiar with sport bikes. Well anyway, here is my list.

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/2374851299.html
http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/2370924797.html
http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/2364880567.html
http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/2377148553.html
Here is link to pics of black zr7: http://photobucket.com/black2000zr7

I'm leaning toward the CBR, but I'm hoping someone on here has some experience with bikes of these models to help me make my decision.

Anyway thanks in advance.

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Old 05-14-2011, 08:26 PM   #2
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Forgot about this one. It would be perfect but the salvage title scares me.

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/2380970166.html
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:33 PM   #3
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cbr has alooot of miles compared to the others

which ever you choose though make sure you try and meet the guy at Motorcycles Unlimited so they can do a free visual inspection of the bike before you put some money down!
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:37 PM   #4
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try to save 700 more and you can find something better
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:48 PM   #5
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^^^this^^^

Dont get bike happy. just keep plodding away saving, and while saving up, you will run across a great deal.

really curious why the ZR7 is so cheap though. I don't know much about this bike, or how well it did. (concidering that the CBR is more, and a lot older. not that I would pay that much for it.)
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From my researching, the zr7's all seem to be around this price range. I figured it was because they are naked bikes with smaller engines. I haven't seen many around town, so maybe they just suck.
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on your link,
http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/2374851299.html
"in perfect condition, all it needs is daily maintance such as oil change."
Daily oil changes! Dont do it bro, just walk away...
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I'm pretty sure he means "daily" as in the sense of routine - like it's due for an oil change. That said, that's still way too much for that bike.

Oh, and the 7 in ZR7 stands for # of CCS in the engine. It's a 700 cc bike - or 699 or whatever and is by no means a "small" motor.
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Raise your price window about $300-400, save up an extra $100 (or sell some stuff you don't need around the house) search CL again like you just did, then try to baragin them down to your price range.

The bikes you're looking at now are in your price window, but I'm willing to bet a couple of them would drop their price a couple hundred to make the sale.
Try that with bikes that are about $2,600.
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I Bought a 2004 gsxr 600 for 4,000. I have put about 8,000 into the bike in parts, and maintiance. you are better off buying a new bike and makeing payments. It came with a salvage title, so I think I got ripped off. I was desperate to have a bike and didn't take my time. Good luck.
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Thanks for the advice guys, that is why I came here. My bike experience revolves around cruisers. So to me any engine under 1100cc is small, I keep forgeting how light sport bikes are.
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Forgot about this one. It would be perfect but the salvage title scares me.

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/2380970166.html
Even in those pics you can see the dents in the tank, the broken brake lever and the missing windscreen. Pass.

Keep looking. Find a way to add a bit to your budget - maybe even as litle as 3-400. Then find a motivated seller. Cash is king.
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get the guy to lower his price by 700-900 on the CBR. Those are great bike IMHO.
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Thanks for the advice guys, that is why I came here. My bike experience revolves around cruisers. So to me any engine under 1100cc is small, I keep forgeting how light sport bikes are.
Even setting the weight difference aside there's little comparison between an I4 sportbike motor and a big twin when it comes to HP. A 1000CC GSX-R makes upward of 170HP. A 1200CC HD sporty doesn't make half of that.
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that CBR is nice, but i would not pay that much for a bike that old and has that many miles; if you where to get that; i'd talked the guy down to 1k-1500 at most lol


http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/2381831702.html
this guy is asking 2k, talk him down a bit, use the money you have left over to fix 2nd gear and you'll have a nice bike even tho its a yammi lol
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ZR7's aren't popular, it's more a standard and the motor is low hp for it's size but they have good reps....

PM sqoddy, I believe she still has Cali's old can of tuna for $1500
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This 250 is a decent price
http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/2381716714.html
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The zr is -not- a very good bike.. that was my first bike, and like said above, the engine isn't small... but it's very underpowered, i had nothing but problems with it ( 2002 - 04 can't remember the exact year. ) i had an oil leak, fuel pump went out ( twice ) bolts were ALWAYS loose, it had the worse ticking in the engine... even worse than the fz6 i have now ( im sure the fz1 has the same ) 48000 miles on a bike that your going to pay more than 2k for ( CBR ) imho wouldn't be worth it.. although it's probably the sportiest of the bikes you listed. if you are determined to get a bike now, for that price, the fz1 is my bet ) i have the fz6 and it's more than enough power, and with a belly pan, and a few addons, make the bike look just fine ( imo ) and maybe the zr issues i had were just me :\ but id never even think about that bike.
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I started looking into 250cc engine bikes, seeing as how sport bike engines have higher outputs than cruisers. I am 6' 2" and weigh 190, what kind of ride would I expect out of a 250cc ninja?
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250's are fun and agile, but if you've ridden big bikes before, you might outgrow it fairly quickly.
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