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Old 04-10-2012, 01:20 PM   #21
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But then I sold it to somebody who probably wasn't ready for it...



He said he's not a member on here, but he was trolling for bikes. He may sign up - don't know.

He has gear (he said), but never owned a bike before and wanted to keep up with his friend's 'boosta'.

But I needed the money...
we all bought our first bike somewhere, u can advise them of the dangers but if they dont buy your bike they will just buy someone elses. Dont feel bad, some learn and some learn the hard way. Its not your job to babysit anyone.
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:05 PM   #22
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I sold a car to a teenager about 2 years ago, week later got a phone call from the mother saying he got into car accident and got killed in it.
WTF? Why would someone do that? What possible good can come from that?
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:06 PM   #23
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WTF? Why would someone do that? What possible good can come from that?
clearly she blames him for selling the car to him. she wanted him to feel guilty
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:08 PM   #24
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WTF? Why would someone do that? What possible good can come from that?
Probably a family friend type situation. Small town, people know each other.
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:16 PM   #25
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:32 PM   #26
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Ehhhh, I wouldn't feel too bad. I started on a 1200. Spent the first week just riding around the block, learning EXACTLY how the clutch engages relative to my right wrist. I was so terrified of it I stalled out 4 times taking off from a stop sign because I didn't want to accidentally loop it.

But now if I get into trouble I know for sure it's my own stupid decisions and not the bike being too much to handle. Would it have been better for me to start out on a SV650 or a Ninja 500 or something? Probably. But I love my bike. <3 <3

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Old 04-10-2012, 02:40 PM   #27
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My first street bike experience was a V-rod and a buell X1 lightning (1200cc). While I had grown up riding dirt bikes here and there they never really prepared me for some of the things you could do on a street bike like taking corners at 120mph+. While the Buell is a 1200 I don't it's really comparable to giving a kid a bike that's 750CC or more and can wrap itself over with just a little too much throttle. I think I would be pretty comfotable selling my bike to someone as long as they have some riding experience and an understanding of how to operate a motorcycle. These bikes are a lot more forgiving than others. I've been riding street bikes for 6yrs now and while cagers have sometimes caused closed calls for me, I have never layed down a bike period. I like to think I ride somewhat aggressively since I have no chicken strips on my rear tire while only riding mostly inside the loop and not having been on a track ever in my life. Everybody's different and some people have an innate understanding behind the physics of riding and others have absolutely no clue. I understand that doesn't garauntee you that somebody else won't cause the accident. When I bought this bike 4yrs ago I was living in the sticks in NC and I got to ride some of the best roads in my life. While having minimal street bike experience I manage to ride some roads that had some pretty dangerous curves at some crazy speeds. There's none of that here in Houston. The only thing crazy is the F'd up pavement and all the traffic.
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:21 PM   #29
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Isn't it mandatory to take the MSF course in order to even ride on the streets? They'll provide people with small engine bikes and if a 250 is too much then maybe bikes aren't for you. Just sayin
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:29 PM   #30
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I would sell a kid a 1200 cc Buell over a 600cc SS
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:16 PM   #31
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when I sold the gs5, the guy's friend had to ride it for him, and when I sold the 650r to my friend; I received a phone call the next day asking for a shop that fix motorcycle rims... he bent the front rim.
Did you sell it to me?
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:46 PM   #32
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No one...and I mean no one... can keep up with the "haya boosta"..That thing'll run 200mph ALL DAY LONG!!

Did ya suggest MSF?
Why, yes, I did.

And the guy who bought the Buell DID comment on the speedo only registering 160 mph.

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I think anyone who has gone through a bunch of bikes has this feeling.

I know when I sold an older ZX6R, the kid didn't even test ride it. Never heard from him again either. Always wondered what happened to him/the bike?
The guy had the cash on him and I told him he could borrow gear and ride it - he declined, as well. I thought that was odd.

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Dayum didn't realize you had to do all that just to tip toe
Yeah - I'm 5 foot nothing. My inseam is 28" and most seat heights are over 31".

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I think it's a good habit to keep your license plate when you sell a vehicle, it kind of goes along with what you are saying about "the rest is on the new owner".. They might hurt someone, do a hit and run, commit a crime, etc. I wouldn't want to be connected to that in any way.

and Brandy, I'm sure you made the correct decision for that kid. as most young guys, he probably wanted the bike just so he could "show off or compete with his friends" (no, not racing). I have had to refuse to sell a couple bikes to people for the same reason - it's one of those "you're gonna appreciate this one day" kind of things.
Actually - the kid asked me why people were telling him not to get anything over a 600 for his first bike, so I had to explain it to him... Then he told me had never ridden and that we would have to ride it home or deliver it to his home.

I'm glad he chose not to get it, but I have to agree with Bluewave a little in that a 1200 Buell isn't a super sport... it does have a lot of torque, though, and a lot of power- he could easily loop it.

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Isn't it mandatory to take the MSF course in order to even ride on the streets? They'll provide people with small engine bikes and if a 250 is too much then maybe bikes aren't for you. Just sayin
Only to get your license... So, yes.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:54 PM   #33
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My SV. I never rode the Buell. I couldn't reach the ground and the cost of lowering it was too high.

My SV is lowered almost 3" and I shaved 2" out of the seat just so I could tippy toe.
Wow. When I was bike shopping, I was looking for a tall bike for myself. Thought a dual purpose might be the thing, but the ZX6 is good. Only occasionally have to stand up to relieve a leg cramp. Always in the right leg for some reason - just old I guess.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:49 PM   #34
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I sold a dude some crappy coke one time and he got a real nose.... I felt terrible...
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And the guy who bought the Buell DID comment on the speedo only registering 160 mph.
Wonder how disappointed he'll be when he finds out it won't come close to that
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