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Old 08-26-2007, 02:40 AM   #1
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So I'm very new here and newer to bikes in general... I was originally picking up an 03 GSXR6 which I thought was a good deal.. but the clutch is blown, the bike veers to the left, and there's tons of transmission chatter and faring damage (this bike has been down hard).. 4k for 03 with 14k mi on it... I test drove the bike today.. even being new.. something felt completely wrong and I felt really squirrelly on it.

Rewind, this one guy I found has a 2001 GSXR6 for a bit less, it's got 16k, bike is immaculately clean, no crashes, clean title, has frame sliders, exhaust, has been tuned for valve service (with receipts), new tires, and is including the replacement chain (the existing one is squeaking and it's loosening) and heavier sprocket to support the upgraded chain...

While I wanted a newer bike, I see nothing wrong with a well maintained 2001 with low miles and plenty of extras... you can tell the bike was not ridden hard, it idles like a steady heart beat, gets up, and rides perfectly straight...

Any thoughts on buying an older bike? I mean 2001 is still pretty new to me, but I'd like some feedback from those with more experience/knowledge

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Old 08-26-2007, 02:46 AM   #2
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if 03 feels crooked,...i'll defy go with the one that feels comfortable 01...how much is he asking for the 01?, if resonable yep i'll get it...but if not..i'll keep on looking...
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Old 08-26-2007, 02:47 AM   #3
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come on even an inexperienced rider knows that the 01 is a better deal! I have an 01 R1 and there is nothing wrong with it. Just keep up the scheduled maintenance and it will run just as good as a newer bike if not better!
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i know someone who may be willing to part with his 03 for around that price...excellent shape...let me know if you're interested.
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i bought an 02 f4i.. had 7k miles on it.. already 2500 added on in a month... oil change, and had patricks guys at Motorcycles Unlimited adjust the cct on it and i ride the out of it.


and i paid 4400 for my bike if that means anything to ya...
just meet some of the guys on the board and have them go with ya to check out the bike and get their opinions on the bike... someone who wont soften up the edges, and that will say this is good, this needs adjusting, X will need replaced soon and what not.
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Old 08-26-2007, 02:58 AM   #6
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Old 08-26-2007, 03:00 AM   #7
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01-03 gsxr 600 are all the same.

(save maybe some very very minor obscure differences)

same body syle, 99.5+% of the parts are the same.

getting the 01 is obviously better then the ragged out 03 in this case.
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how much riding exp. do you have??
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Old 08-26-2007, 07:02 AM   #9
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The '01 and '03 GSXR600 are the same bike, so I'd buy the cleaner of the two.
Even if the newer one was an '04, if it's been crashed hard, why buy someone elses headache.

You're welcome to bring either bike by the shop and we'll do a free visual inspection and test drive to let you know what you're getting.

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Old 08-26-2007, 08:12 AM   #10
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how much riding exp. do you have??
Honestly, very little. 6-9 months 5 years ago... Which is why I'm taking the MSF and I'm also going to most likely buy a 250r as my practice bike. The 01 is priced at 3500 and is in superb shape and rides wonderfully.... The 03 the price he dropped it to was 4000 but it rides like sh*t and I honestly feel very uncomfortable on the bike. I can just tell that something is not right. Somethig is up with the steering/trees or the front tire is off...I shouldn't feel like I have to pull the bike to the right to stay afloat..
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The '01 and '03 GSXR600 are the same bike, so I'd buy the cleaner of the two.
Even if the newer one was an '04, if it's been crashed hard, why buy someone elses headache.

You're welcome to bring either bike by the shop and we'll do a free visual inspection and test drive to let you know what you're getting.

Good luck!
Thanks Patrick! You guys rock... I'll probably do that with the 01 if I get it... The guy is trying to get a car today so he wants to do the transaction today. I need to find a truck or something I can drive from Katy to Pasadena to pick it up lol. (I drive a tC + 350z)... lol

I agree with your logic 100%...I'd buy an 89 that was perfect before I bought an 07 that's been dumped (hard)
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if 03 feels crooked,...i'll defy go with the one that feels comfortable 01...how much is he asking for the 01?, if resonable yep i'll get it...but if not..i'll keep on looking...
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Old 08-26-2007, 08:30 AM   #13
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don't worry about the big bike, they come and go like the wind

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I was looking at the black one actually... lil scuffed up but nothing major.... and you're right... bikes are like cars.. there's always deals/more out there over time... and maybe the "perfect" bike will come along when I'm ready... I really could care less how I look to other squids riding a 250r compared to their 600/litres... to me it's all about the ride.. not about how boss you look on your ride... or how many girls you can impress with a wheelie... I just like to ride and feel the wind in my HELMET!!!
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cool, the black one is owned by a member here, and he 'WANTS' to sell it BAD!

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cool, the black one is owned by a member here, and he 'WANTS' to sell it BAD!

MSF schools

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=68
Yup, i'm going to give him a call here once my coffee kicks in and see if I can go see it today.... would be a great entry... though I'm known to alter anything I own (cough cough boosted scion tc/supercharged 350z)... so I'm sure the stickers will come off and I'll clean up the lines of the bike... that part is an addiction
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I was looking at the black one actually... lil scuffed up but nothing major.... and you're right... bikes are like cars.. there's always deals/more out there over time... and maybe the "perfect" bike will come along when I'm ready... I really could care less how I look to other squids riding a 250r compared to their 600/litres... to me it's all about the ride.. not about how boss you look on your ride... or how many girls you can impress with a wheelie... I just like to ride and feel the wind in my HELMET!!!
That's a great attitude that's gonna keep you out of danger in the long run.
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That's a great attitude that's gonna keep you out of danger in the long run.

Yup... Houston is a dangerous place... you have to be realistic.. plus I'm 30 so I've had my fair share of the "stupidity" factor.... It's time to be sensible about things and do it right and be patient... If I want to haul down a track on a Ducati, Gsxr, etc I will... when the time is right and I feel confident/safe enough to do so. Until then... I'm going to have some fun with the 250.. I rode one a long time ago, they are small, VERY VERY forgiving, and a blast to ride... They don't have the throw of a V-twin... but as we all know that's not the point here

Now if I can just do this whole learning thing while looking cooL!!! HAHAHA
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Nothing wrong with an older bike, as long as it has been taken care of. The 250 is a fun bike, but can get you in trouble as well.

Take your time, do the MSF to refresh the skills, and find the right group of people to ride with so you don't get over your head.
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Nothing wrong with an older bike, as long as it has been taken care of. The 250 is a fun bike, but can get you in trouble as well.

Take your time, do the MSF to refresh the skills, and find the right group of people to ride with so you don't get over your head.
Thanks for the advice.... I'm deciding to stick with the 250... unfortunately I can't get ahold of the guy that is selling it.. so I'll have to try again this week... I'm trying to get in at awesome cycles asap for the MSF...
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