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limeydog007

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limeydog007 says:

Help choosing bike (cheap, good, reliable).

Hi,


I want to by a bike as cheap as possible, that will be solid to ride, and reliable - bonus if it is easy to work on.

I normally ride sports bikes, last bike was a ZX9R and before that a Ducati... but currently I have no cash, but want a bike to get me up and down the M3.

Don't care what it looks like, or what style it is as long as it is functional.

Ideas please?

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

Bike choice

In your position you are probably better off searching a site like Biketrader for anything in your area within your budget and see what it throws up.  Easy to work on means probably a trial bike or naked.  (XT600 or 600 Bandit?)  Reliable will depend on what sort of life it has had.  Any service history would be a bonus.  Also check out the owner - does he know his bike and how to look after it?  Does it have simple, easy faults that he could be bothered to fix? (Bad sign)  Has he ever cleaned it? 

I think rather than selecting a bike and looking for it you'll need to look at what's available within your budget and make the best selection from those.

Good luck. 

 

   

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limeydog007

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limeydog007 says:

Thanks

Bandit makes sense.


Some very sharp over-arching advice there:
• Have easy to fix faults been left unattended
• Does the owner know the bike

Cheers

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AdieR

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AdieR says:

What budget have you got?

Kawasaki ER 5 / 6 (or possibly ZR7) or Suzuki GS500 may fit your bill.

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limeydog007

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limeydog007 says:

Very little budget

That's the issue. I want spend as little as possible, also the the inherent value of the bike will help keep insurance down too... this just to keep me biking while I don't have any cash.


Kawasakis' are certainly built like bullets, and tend to be a sniff cheaper than Yams and Hondas in my experience, so ERs and ZRs make for a good shout, thanks.

I guess ideally I would like to spend as little as £800 on the bike.

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AdieR

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AdieR says:

Well

coming up to end of season, so prices will inevitably fall in the coming weeks / months.

Also, if you're going for a bike that cheap, salvage yards may turn up a good runner, though it may be cosmetically tatty.

Car auctions sometimes come up with bikes, if you know your way round bikes, you can pick up a decent but cheap bike that way as car auctions by their nature don't always know about bikes, thus allowing some silly offers to be made.

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svgirly

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svgirly says:

My SV650

am flogging it for 1k, been a great bike and not to bad nick.  Starts first time since new battery and starter solenoid.  Was dropped in past life so a few scratches on fairing but i've lived with it.  If your interested dude, I'm in Folkestone, and if you are I'll post pics.

 

Let us know!!!!!

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kitspartan

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kitspartan says:

Cheep good reliable bike

I have a motorcycle business and we specialise in what we think are affordable quality used bikes. We have a bandit 600 which was a commuter bike and is in great mechanical shape with service history and only 2 owners on a "P" plate. That's up for about £800 with MOT and Tax till next April. I recently found a good XJ600 for a customer which we sold to him for £500 with 12 months MOT. 


Hopefully those examples will give you an idea on what it is possible to get for you money. Experience has taught me that even what seem to be good bikes at first look have faults which need attending too, buying from Joe public as we do of course has it's pitfalls when it comes to faults discovered after you've bought the bike. 

We have to accept them if we missed them on first inspection, put them right and give a guarantee that they are fit for purpose when we sell them, better to refund, fix or replace in our view. 

If you are willing to do some work on the bike it's possible to get something in the £200-£250 range too, be careful though as it might cost you more in the long run.

Hope this advice helps m8.






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robsot

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robsot says:

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i just bought a 1989 GPZ500s for 350 quid.. 12 months tax and test, runs like a dream. perfect for the coming winter.

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spdfreak2000

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spdfreak2000 says:

Help choosing bike (cheap, good, reliable).

I picked up an Aprilia Pegaso 650 on an R plate last week for £550 which is in great nick and there seem to be a good few about.

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