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Old 03-27-2012, 10:52 PM   #1
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Buying a bike- Need some help

Sup guys

I'm getting a used bike in a week or two. This is going to be my first bike so I obviously I don't have any mechanical or riding experience

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Where is a good place to get the bike checked out? I live near Westheimer and BW8. I saw that a lot of people recommend Motorcycles Unlimited usually, but its too far from me.

For personal reasons I need to store the bike for about 10 days after I buy it, so any suggestions as to where to go for that? I know there's storage places around town so I'm wondering if there's one that's particularly good/safe.

Since I cant test ride the bike, I'm going to be mainly depending on what the person who checks it says. Is that a good idea?

And finally i just want to be clear on the title transfer issue. So after we sign the title and date it the seller has to fill out the VTR 130U and I take it to the tax office to get the bike registered in my name. Is that all?

I think that's pretty much it. I'm trying to have everything covered so nothing goes wrong. I'm not waiting to take MSF before I buy the bike is because It's a really good deal and I don't want to miss it.

Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:54 PM   #2
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:57 PM   #3
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CBR600RR
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:59 PM   #4
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I would look for like a 2004-2006 Honda CB500 on Craigslist.

If u need to go bigger, somebody will buy it from you for like $500 of your price unless you really baby it.

Insurance is very very cheap for these.

They are quick to around 85mph then they lack power (compared to the bigger bikes).

Very easy to handle.

Shouldn't be much more than around $2500.



What would ya'll get?


Edit: ohh^^ nvm. Those are easy to find.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:00 PM   #5
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any honda will do

he should be fine on a 600rr as long as he's careful when he gets into higher RPMs
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:01 PM   #6
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I would look for like a 2004-2006 Honda CB500 on Craigslist.

If u need to go bigger, somebody will buy it from you for like $500 of your price unless you really baby it.

Insurance is very very cheap for these.

They are quick to around 85mph then they lack power (compared to the bigger bikes).

Very easy to handle.

Shouldn't be much more than around $2500.



What would ya'll get?


Edit: ohh^^ nvm. Those are easy to find.
Thanks but I've already done my research and decided on the CBR
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I got offered $1500 for my '02 Suz GS500 couple days ago.

I got it for $2200 with 2450 miles, but I've dented the frame and tank after I took a corner a bit too fast and hit a curb.

And I put 10k miles on it in 5 months.

Kind of a juicy offer, but I would first need to find a new (used) bike and TBH, I like the styling of the CBR600's a lot a lot, but the insurance is gonna be really high for me.

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I got offered $1500 for my '02 Suz GS500 couple days ago.

I got it for $2200 with 2450 miles, but I've dented the frame and tank after I took a corner a bit too fast and hit a curb.

And I put 10k miles on it in 5 months.

Kind of a juicy offer, but I would first need to find a new (used) bike and TBH, I like the styling of the CBR600's a lot a lot, but the insurance is gonna be really high for me.
*thread jack*
why? my insurance on my 08 is $40/mo for liability only, but i have 2 speeding tickets on my record and im under 25
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In response as to where to get a bike checked out...

(1) avoid little hole-in-the-wall places; some are goldmines (like Motorcycles Unlimited) but most are verrry shady

(2) most dealerships will try to upsell and get you to pay for all kinds of things, but generally won't flat scam you.

I personally hate Wild West Honda (I-10 @ 99/Mason); I've had great luck with the Yamaha Dealership on I-10 & Fry/Westgreen.

If it's still there I've seen a small place on Hwy 6 & 10; never been there but wouldn't trust 'em. Or you can head down the beltway, go N on 59 & Stubb's should be on the other side of 59 after not too long. I've only window-shopped there but so far I think they're reputable.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:56 PM   #10
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In response as to where to get a bike checked out...

(2) most dealerships will try to upsell and get you to pay for all kinds of things, but generally won't flat scam you.
Yeah that is definitely the last thing I would need as I'm on a budget
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I couldn't find the motohouston thread but... this one is pretty good. Maybe read it first...

http://www.yamaha-forum.net/forum/showthread.php?t=3914
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I would take it to tony at house of paint to get checked out he does a real good job and honest person to deal with!
I would if the place wasn't so far.

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I couldn't find the motohouston thread but... this one is pretty good. Maybe read it first...

http://www.yamaha-forum.net/forum/showthread.php?t=3914
Thanks but I've read that before
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You should take the MSF first if you haven't already, or at least take it before you get on the bike. I personally started out on a 08 kawasaki 250r, looks like a sportsbike, great to learn on. Most people thought it was a 600 anyways
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well, it seems you know all you need to know.. just weigh your options and take the one that your research says is best.
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You should take the MSF first if you haven't already, or at least take it before you get on the bike. I personally started out on a 08 kawasaki 250r, looks like a sportsbike, great to learn on. Most people thought it was a 600 anyways
Yeah I'm definitely not planning to ride it until I take MSF.

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well, it seems you know all you need to know.. just weigh your options and take the one that your research says is best.
Will do



Is Mancuso SW a good dealership to get it checked at?
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you should go by houston-superbikes take a look first.. they are off of 59 south

about storing it for 10 days, I could probably help you out
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you should go by houston-superbikes take a look first.. they are off of 59 south

about storing it for 10 days, I could probably help you out
How so?
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