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    2005 Suzuki GSXR 600, a good bike?

    Hello,

    First off I haven't taken my bike license yet and don't really know a great deal about bikes. But I have been wanting to do this for a very long time. And I'm about to take my course + license in July.

    A friend of mine is moving abroad and needs to sell his bike. I just wanted to hear what the general consensus is about this bike, if you think it's a decent price and if it could pass as a starter to intermediate bike.

    Here are the specs:
    2005 Suzuki GSXR 600
    Akrapovic exhaust
    Gilles rearsets
    Carbon fibre heel plates
    Pazzo adjustable brake and clutch levers
    Renthal racing grips
    Puig Smoked windscreen
    New Tires

    Close to 16,000 km

    He's asking $8500

    See image below.

    I appreciate any insight you can offer.

    Cheer,
    - h
    Last edited by SweRdr; 05-22-2008 at 12:39 PM.

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    any modern 600 is a good bike. That one looks really good too with some tasteful and useful mods.

    However, take the course and then take it easy on it while you're new!
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    nice bike, tasteful mods, too much $$$
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    Ok bike but asking too much for it.

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    The GSXR is a good bike, but is it a good bike for you as a new rider?

    I would not consider a race replica a "starter" or "intermediate" bike. There is less room for error on a bike like this.

    The price is not great and there are lots of bikes around so there is no rush.

    This topic has been beaten to death on BCSB--some will suggest starting on something easier to learn on while others will say it's OK to start on a 600.

    I'm not telling you what to do--it's none of my business. You have to decide.
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    Thank you kindly for all your replies.

    masonjarz: like you I've heard both. I just don't want to waste money on a super light starter bike and I grow out of in 6 months.

    Would a counter offer of $5000 be reasonable?

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    I guess it's better than starting on an R1

    I'd think about $8,000 and wonder why the fairings are the way they are.
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    Apparently the fairings were scratched by a Postal office truck so the previous owner decided to repaint for a slicker look.

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    My suggestion is to purchase a bike _after_ taking the course.

    1) Often bikes get cheaper later in the season
    2) You'll have more knowledge and some actual riding experience on which to base your decision.

    Please also feel free to read some of the post referenced in the sticky post at the top of the new rider forum.

    Best of luck.

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    Thanks jeckyll. wise suggestion.

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    I also suggest buying the bike after you've done your course. If you can, get your full licence before even buying the bike... then you have no worries at all while riding.

    If you got the bike before you get your licence or while you are taking your course, you will be tempted to ride it and "practice," and then you will never end up taking the road test because you "can't get around to it."
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    Although they aren't the flashiest bike, I think an SV650 would make a great first bike. Not much plastic in case you have an accidental tip over, enough power to get around but not too much that it will get you in a ton of trouble.

    Nice linear powerband and they are reasonably priced. My $0.02
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    I've been looking at the SV650 as well.
    Hard to find a decent one that's NOT yellow tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweRdr View Post
    masonjarz: like you I've heard both. I just don't want to waste money on a super light starter bike and I grow out of in 6 months.
    That's one of the attitudes that causes so many busted up fairings ...... Learn to walk before you run.
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    Too much $$. I think around $7000-$7500 would be more reasonable.

    Keep in mind that mods do not usually get "included" in the sale price. Unless they are something spectacular, mods are sunk costs.

    Furthermore, brand new 07 GSXR 600's were selling for $9000 just a few weeks ago (somebody posted a thread about it - Richmond Motorsports was it?)... $8500 for a 3 year old, used one is too much.

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