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Old 06-28-2005, 08:23 PM   #21
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Re: Used bike evaluation guide

Thanks for the guide..loved the pictures of what to look for!!
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Old 08-01-2005, 07:49 AM   #22
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Thanks for the buyers guide. I asked guy I'm about to buy my new bike from some of the questions and his story seemed to check out. A great evaluation!!

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Old 02-23-2006, 07:27 AM   #23
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great link and will prove to be very useful
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Old 05-11-2006, 04:57 PM   #24
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So, what's considered 'high mileage' for a sportbike?

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Old 03-23-2008, 09:14 PM   #25
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i should have read this first i bought a bike with bad gas and poss cloged injecters
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Old 07-01-2008, 04:14 AM   #26
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Hi I am from Lithuania and I want buy Suzuki GSX-R600 2005 .What can you tell me about this bike.
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Old 08-24-2008, 11:36 PM   #27
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Printed out 3 copies


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Old 01-24-2011, 11:33 PM   #28
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Mileage is hard to tell. An odometer only tells you how many miles it has traveled. Not what kind of miles it has traveled. For a bike about 3-5 years old, my opinion is anything above 25,000. Now you can take a bike that has been abused with 3,000 on it and it might be a worse bike. It just depends on the bike. A friend of mine has 49,000 on a sportser. But it is still a good bike.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:48 PM   #29
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one other little thing....check the under-tail..i noticed mine was rashed but not bad...the kid said it was from taking off the fender. when i did my rear blinkers i had the tail off and the subframe was trashed from 12 o'clockin and going too far....things like that are indicators.
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:28 AM   #30
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very helpful guide. i studied this kinda stuff for awhile before i went out and bought my first bike, which is a used bike. my bike is great and everything is good with it, but for any new person to bikes, I would highly recommend bringing along a friend who has experience around bikes and experience riding. In retrospect, I feel stupid for not having done so before I had the knowledge I do now.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:44 PM   #31
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laz thnx for the guide man, very helpful printed one out for my buddy...
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:04 PM   #32
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Re: Used bike evaluation guide

For those interested, I've put the information from that initial link into a readable/usable checklist you can print out and bring with you when you go to see a used bike. I've uploaded it here:

Please let me know if there's any major changes. I tried to contact the author to let him know I re-organized his stuff into a document but I never heard back.

Unfortunately I never got to go through the checklist because my girlfriend surprised me with a bike for my birthday. Well, I guess that's not that unfortunate after all

Hope this helps somebody out there!
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:08 PM   #33
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Man, I wish I had seen this before I bought my bike. I seen the bike on Craigslist and all my friends had bikes and were bugging me daily (I work with these fools too) to get one. I should have at the very least brought one of them when I went to go look at the bike. I seen it, road it and bought it all in 24hrs. I just wanted one so bad. After taking it to the house and having them go through it I found out that I overpaid and the bike needed some work!

The seller lied to me about several things which my friends pointed out to me. I was screwed too because the phone the guy used was one of those pre-loaded phones from Wal-Mart and we never met at his house/garage.

It was a lesson learned and I'll never make the same mistake twice. But this guide is worth hundreds...literally.
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:42 AM   #34
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Thanks for the guide. I used it when I bought my bike, when I didn't really have the cash to pay/trade for the asking price
The only thing I didn't necessarily agree with is the part about race bikes. I've been racing dirtbikes for years, I buy used bikes because I've never been in the financial situation to buy a new bike, and I have never bought a used bike that hasn't been owned by a racer. Race bikes need to be top notch to be competitive, and in my personal experience are in much better shape than bikes owned by a casual rider. I specifically look for bikes that are owned by expert or pro level riders. I've found that the same holds true for sport bikes when I was looking to pick one up. The race bikes that I checked out were in far better mechanical condition than the other bikes I checked out in my price range. (I was in the $2500-3000 price range). just my 2 cents though. Great read and very helpful
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