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Alright folks, so I know this is a Kawi forum, but I need opinions on other brands. My wife has been riding my zx6r for a little over a year now. My original intent was to pass the bike on to her and pick up a zx10r. I haven't found any stellar deals, and the more I look, I REALLY want the new 10r, which really isn't in the cards this year.

So after some deliberation I have decided to persue a cheap bike for her first bike. I have a few leads.

The first is an 02 CBR F4i ~20K miles, good rubber, good chain/sprockets, overall clean bike. It has a power commander and two bros exhaust as well. The guy wants $2700, but I have a feeling that I can get him down to $2000.

The second is a 1999 R6, ~8K miles, bone stock and in immaculate shape. It literally looks brand new. This guy is also asking $2700, but given the condition, I don't think I can get him down to $2000. You never know though.

I am leaning more towards the CBR simply because it is fuel injected as opposed to carb'd.

Your opinions?
 

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Have her sit and ride them and tbh if it's for her you should get her the one that she likes best for feel of the bikes. Each brand has different ergonomics. Or keep an eye out for another 06 zx6r. I got mine for crazy cheap with 4800 miles first owner.
 

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Have her sit and ride them and tbh if it's for her you should get her the one that she likes best for feel of the bikes. Each brand has different ergonomics. Or keep an eye out for another 06 zx6r. I got mine for crazy cheap with 4800 miles first owner.
I completely agree! My post is a tad misleading, as it sounds like I am going to go buy her a bike and say "here you go." She has been going with me to check them out. My post was aimed at the machines themselves hoping some forum members might have had experiences with either of those machines in the past.

I think the F4i is out of the question. The wife didn't care for the ergos much and felt that the bike was a bit too heavy. Oh, and all the cracks in the plastics that don't show up in the photos didn't make me feel to warm and fuzzy about it. Looks like it has fallen over a time or two... or three.

What kind of windscreen is that on your bike? The red matches the wheels perfectly! Would match my 06 SE.
 

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Sv 650 is a great weapon and can out corner damn near everything. Just thinking outside the box for ya.
 

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Unless your wife is a good mechanic, you want a bike that is as troublefree as possible. Fuel Injection is definitely the way to go. Hondas are arguably the most dependable bikes also. Hondas seem to have a few extra parts engineered into the bike so they maybe a little harder to work on.



Ok. That said, you can pick up one of these in April. Nice color, don't you think? You had better ride this rather than your wife. This creation will be an absolute head turner. there would be plenty of males hitting on your wife if she rode this.


 

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Alright folks, so I know this is a Kawi forum, but I need opinions on other brands. My wife has been riding my zx6r for a little over a year now. My original intent was to pass the bike on to her and pick up a zx10r. I haven't found any stellar deals, and the more I look, I REALLY want the new 10r, which really isn't in the cards this year.

So after some deliberation I have decided to persue a cheap bike for her first bike. I have a few leads.

The first is an 02 CBR F4i ~20K miles, good rubber, good chain/sprockets, overall clean bike. It has a power commander and two bros exhaust as well. The guy wants $2700, but I have a feeling that I can get him down to $2000.

The second is a 1999 R6, ~8K miles, bone stock and in immaculate shape. It literally looks brand new. This guy is also asking $2700, but given the condition, I don't think I can get him down to $2000. You never know though.

I am leaning more towards the CBR simply because it is fuel injected as opposed to carb'd.

Your opinions?
Tough choice. I can see your hard decision.
Fuel injection or carb.
If that wasn't part of the decision, without actually seeing either bike, I would most definately take the R6. A bike that hasn't been messed with and only 8k miles. I love an immaculate stock bike. Tells me a lot about the previous owner. Hopefully the tires are newer than 1999.
 

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Tough choice. I can see your hard decision.
Fuel injection or carb.
If that wasn't part of the decision, without actually seeing either bike, I would most definately take the R6. A bike that hasn't been messed with and only 8k miles. I love an immaculate stock bike. Tells me a lot about the previous owner. Hopefully the tires are newer than 1999.
We went and looked at the F4i this morning. :angry The pics didn't show all of the cracks in the plastics. It doesn't look like it was dumped, but more like it had been knocked over a few times. One of the headlights is out, the chain had about two inches of sag in it, brake reservoirs were dry. All in all, it is a neglected bike. Definitely not worth the $.

I'm going to call about the R6 tomorrow and see what the story is on that bike. Yes, the tires are brand new.
 

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depends on how tall your wife is


but i say a brand new ninja 250 is a perfect gift
The 650 R has a really narrow waist and is on par with the 250R in terms of "flat foot-ability"
 

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We went and looked at the F4i this morning. :angry The pics didn't show all of the cracks in the plastics. It doesn't look like it was dumped, but more like it had been knocked over a few times. One of the headlights is out, the chain had about two inches of sag in it, brake reservoirs were dry. All in all, it is a neglected bike. Definitely not worth the $.

I'm going to call about the R6 tomorrow and see what the story is on that bike. Yes, the tires are brand new.
Any luck on the R6?
 

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Any luck on the R6?
I'm negotiating with the guy now. He sent some more pics and the bike is pristine. Like I mentioned before, it's bone stock with 8900 miles. He just put a set of Dunlop Sportmax Q2's on it, and brand new chain and sprockets. Only thing it needs in the spring is an oil change. It's about as ready to ride as your gonna get for a used bike.

He is asking $2700 but said he would take $2500. IMO that bike is worth about $2000. But given the new tires, chain and sprockets, I could justify the $2500.
 

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Sv 650 is a great weapon and can out corner damn near everything. Just thinking outside the box for ya.
second that. i learned on one and would highly recommend it to any beginner. comfy too, which is a plus for the ladies. :smile
 
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