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You ask/You answer: Will older bikes be dangerous at the limit?

I'm a wannabe sportsbike rider with a small budget. I want to learn to ride fast but I'm concerned that the 10-15 year old sportsbikes I can afford are worn out and will be dangerous at the limit. Am I right to worry? And how can I spot a motorcycle that's past its prime? Your advice could help. Leave your comments below...

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  • Posted 3 years ago (31 July 2012 17:24)

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Feb 11

Posts: 38

krustchoff says:

old school

it about maitntenance and the expected lifespance of certain parts.know if i am going to be bombing about  on a high powered motorcycle i,ve cheched every nut and bolt and replaced where necessary worn out components

it,s your life in your hands so take time to make sure everything works and maintain it well you,ll be ok.

every time i wash my bike i maticulously check everything for cracks or signs of wear etc.

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Nov 10

Posts: 18

Hwystr says:

Suggest you learn how to ride safely rather than trying to find "the limit".......many before you have died trying. 

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Jun 07

Posts: 89

Harry44 says:

I've ridden daily since passing my test in 1970.

My bike is over ten years old.

But I reach my limit long before that of the bike.

Learn to stay alive first, then if you still want to, learn the "limit" on a track.

Welcome to biking hope you stick around a long time and have fun.

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Oct 11

Posts: 14

Older bikes

I ride a 1996 CBR 900 RRT Fireblade it still goes well,steers,stops and is 100% reliable.

It has now done 35,500 miles with no problems other than needing a new clutch,tyres chain and sprockets,brake pads,etc i.e normal consumables,it has been serviced regularly,next job is shimming up tappets and carb balance as this is a little overdue,it still runs sweet as a nut though!

As other people have said older bikes are not a problem as long as worn out parts are replaced as and when required.

When cleaning your bike keep a close eye out for oil leaks,leaking fork seals,leaking brake hoses,loose bolts and worn out parts.etc and always check your bike over before riding checking for loose parts checking chain adjustment and tyre inflation plus light operation,brakepad wear,etc.


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Feb 09

Posts: 235

tris123 says:

Old CBRs

Nothing wrong with older bikes provided they've got the invoices to prove they've been looked after. If you're buying privately, pay for a professional inspection or my preference buy it from a REPUTABLE garage and make sure it's been serviced, mot'd and has some kind of warranty. The old CBRs are superb bikes, cheap to run and get parts for.

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Aug 02

Posts: 11

pyeo says:

Ease up

All bikes are dangerous at the limit. That's why it's called the limit.

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