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Sold it yesterday for 3,000. That's what I wanted to get out of it, and the guy was cool with it. He brought someone else to take it for a test ride and look it over (he had never ridden a motorcycle before), asked some questions, and then started negotiating.

So, now comes the next question. What do I want to get? There's a brand new '07 zx-10r for $10k at the dealership... Or a brand new '09 zx-6r for the same price. I'm also swaying between the new fzr-600 thing, as well as all of the other 600's. There seem to be a couple 1000's left at dealerships from last year or the year before... Might try to go after those.
 

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Grats. Glad it worked out the way you wanted.

I was at the dealer yesterday looking at 600s. I kept going between the ZX-6R & the GSX-R 600. It all comes down to what you want, and for me I can't see needing more than a 600 right now.
Good luck with the search.
 

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yeah im actually thinking of selling mine also for around 3500 or 3700 bucks to a friend of mine...ive had it for 7 months and everyone i talked to about getting the 250 said i should a bigger one because i would get bored of it after a few months...and they were right lol
 

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I wasn't bored with the handling, just the power of it. If it was just a bit quicker.. Or maybe even if it just had friggin EFI. I hated the damned carbs. Next bike will have fuel injection, even if it's a 70cc scooter.
 

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Can't go past the GSXR600 even though most motorcycle journalists say the ZX6R and CBR600 are better. But that's just my preference.

Whatever bike you get, whether it be a 600 or a 1000, I'm sure you won't be disappointed. They all look good, sound good and go hard.
 

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Yup, that seems to be the order of the day. I never test rode the 250, just walked in and signed on it. This time, I'll be riding any and every potential bike. I sat on an R6, R6s, CBR600RR, GSXR-600 and zx6r... zx6r, R6S and R6 are all too tall for me to comfortably sit on at a stop light, so they're out. I can barely touch one foot down, not flat footed, just tip-toed. The CBR and Gixxer both felt great, but the GSXR felt better. I'm leaning pretty heavily toward the GSXR, but the test rides will tell. ;D
 

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Travisty, did you check the "preload" setting on the rear shocks... I helped my buddy adjust his rear shock down about 3 inches, so you might be able to get away with the "taller" bikes... Check the bikes, and let me know. :D
 

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3"?! Holy crap! No, I didn't check anything.. I'll roll back through the dealership today and see if my salesman (one of the good ones... no pressure, just informative) can help me out on one of the bikes.

I have a full day of test riding/negotiating planned. I'll give a full report back when I figure it all out!

Thanks for the suggestion Spooph. :)

Edit: Just checked the weather again, and the storm front that wasn't supposed to roll through til 8pm tonight has been pushed up to 2pm. No rides for me today.. But I can still go to the dealerships and haggle with them.
 

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I would def go with that CBR600. Honda's are built well and hold their value, so if you wanna up to a literbike you'd probly have no trouble getting rid of it. Plus that power difference between the 250 and a 1000 would be staggering I think
 

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Travsity, something else to think about. At least in my area, if you buy a BRAND NEW 600 or 1000 and drive it off the lot, you can expect to loose $1-2,000 right there... If you tried to resell it immediately, with maybe 1 extra mile on it, you won't get your money back... Check into 1 or 2 year old, low mileage bikes. That's where you won't loose as much money... If you go too old you're looking at increased maintenance costs, dealing with other people's screw ups, lack of maintenance...
 

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Travsity, something else to think about. At least in my area, if you buy a BRAND NEW 600 or 1000 and drive it off the lot, you can expect to loose $1-2,000 right there... If you tried to resell it immediately, with maybe 1 extra mile on it, you won't get your money back... Check into 1 or 2 year old, low mileage bikes. That's where you won't loose as much money... If you go too old you're looking at increased maintenance costs, dealing with other people's screw ups, lack of maintenance...
This is the same kind of thing I was thinking of when I was looking for my bike. Granted, I didn't have the purchasing power to take home a brand new bike, I did keep in mind a certain year range I wanted the bike to be in. If you think you're going to hold onto it for a while it may be fine for you to buy a new bike, cause I'm sure there's nothing better than the "it's all mine feeling" ( I wouldn't know, I've never experienced it, haha)
 

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Went into the dealerships and talked with a couple different sales guys; the cbr is about 1000 more than the GSXR. I went to another dealership and they beat the first dealerships price by $110, and that was on a black '08. I have to set up my test ride first, but that seems to be my path, and I'm totally cool with that.8)

I don't have any intention of going to a liter bike after this one. I've always wanted a 600, and I've never been able to convince myself (no one else has either) why I'd need that much extra power, so buying a new '08 makes sense to me. I know how I'm going to ride it, and I know that if I bought a used 600 I'd be buying an abused machine.

Don't worry, with the power mode selection the GSXR has, I'll learn the safe way.. Mode C til the tires are scrubbed in! :D
 

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Don't worry, with the power mode selection the GSXR has, I'll learn the safe way.. Mode C til the tires are scrubbed in! :D
That's a great idea. Yet another reason to want a gixxer. Not that I needed another reason :)
 

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Blue and White 08 gixxer 600 is officially mine!! Yeah.. The whole mode C til the tires are all scuffed up didn't last more than 30 miles. Ha! Found out what the modes do.. Mode A = 100% throttle opening; Mode B = 75% throttle opening; Mode C = 50% throttle opening.

Doesn't affect how I was riding it on the way home, because I barely cracked the throttle everytime I left the lights (still getting used to shifting it.. The clutch is different, and there doesn't seem to be as much forgiveness in the driveline.. It's very jerky if you don't match the revs of the motor and wheel perfectly!).

The bike handles JUST like the 250! OK, not exactly.. You can tell it's slightly heavier, but it still whips around pot-holes and man-hole covers with ease! 60mph is about 5k on the tach... Super nice!

I've already had it up to 80mph too. ::) I was on a road that I didn't know the speed limit, so I was cruising at 50mph. I waited until I saw someone approaching in the fast lane, and told myself I would put my pace at theirs (so at least I wasn't going faster). Well, the driver was in a Honda Pilot, and when their headlights were even with my rear tire I gave it some gas... in 6th gear... and shot up to 70mph so fast that I had to get back out of the throttle (I had gone from 50-70, the Pilot's pace, faster than the Pilot could pass). It was too late though, I had pulled ahead of the Pilot by about 2'. I think the driver thought I was trying to race, because they jumped on the throttle and took off. I thought to myself, "No way is this douche gonna out run me" so gave it a bit of throttle again, easily pulled past it at about 80.. Got out of the throttle and coasted back down to 55mph. I cought up to the driver at a red light about a mile down the road; it was a chick.8)

Power is insane on this thing guys... I nearly came in my pants everytime I rolled on the throttle!. Engine braking is insane too; you let off the throttle at 60mph in 6th, and it will pull you down to 30 about twice as fast as the 250 would have.

Still in the break-in procedures (less than 8k rpm for the first 1000 miles), but this thing is way bad ass! I just wish I had bought it a while ago. I only have 60 miles on my bike. :-[

It's damned comfortable too! The seat has SOO much more padding! The foot pegs are really friggin grippy (to the point I have to pick my foot up to adjust it.. I can't just turn my foot like I could on the 250). The exhaust sounds WICKED already, but a little quiet.. I'm thinking of just yanking the entire underside of the exhaust (it's a giant muffler/catalytic converter.. The pipe you see on the side of the bike is just a resonator).

The negatives I've noticed so far.. After the lock position on the steering stem, there is a parking light position. I didn't notice this after I got off my bike and went inside my house last night. My roomate went back out after about 15 minutes and had to tell me my lights were on. I muffed around with things for about another 20 before we finally figured it out. ::) Secondly: the bike doesn't like to go slow; at a stop light/sign, or cruising at speeds lower than 40~, the temperature goes way up. Like, at a stop sign it'll hit 205* f with no problem, and it only hit 60*f yesterday ambient. The fans kick in and regulate, but you can feel them pushing the warm exhaust against your legs. bleh.

I've already ordered my first goodies for it too, haha! Fender eliminator and some exhaust wrap (my dad wanted the wrap for his Harley, but I ordered a hundred feet of it and I'm going to wrap my header too). I still need a tank pad pretty badly... I don't think I'll do an exhaust because I plan on turbo'ing the bike within a couple years, and the stock exhaust will suit me just fine until then.

Overall, this bike was the best for me. The Yammi seemed a little quicker, the CBR a little more tame but predictable, and the zx6.. I really didn't like that at all. The gixxer just seemed to be my bike right out of the gate! :D

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