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want to get a new Bike

Discussion in 'Motors' started by pc-guy, 31 May 2006.

  1. pc-guy

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    well i m a car driver at the mo, and want to atke the CBT in 1 month time b4 i start my work which requires me to commute aorund M25 so i thought to get a bike.

    the bike i m setting my eyes on is the Honda CBR125R brand new from dealership for £2,685 apparently they are doing 0% finance and throw in other stuff for the heck.

    anyway I want to know if what other starter bikes are out there for me, and if i decide to go for second hand bikes what sort of things to look out for.

    cheers much appreciated
     
  2. mr jamez

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    £2,600 on a 125, are you mad? You can pick up '04 CBR125's for £1,600. If you ask me, that is still far to much when you can pick up a decent CG 125 (which is the same bike without the tarty fairings) for £400.
     
  3. Aliboy

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    I wouldn't pay that much on a 125 matey :eek: That's way too much. Have a look at the MCN website Linkypoos and pop in what make and model you're after and also your postcode. You'll be amazed at what you can save ;)

    Al :)
     
  4. pc-guy

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    2004 bike means no warrenty and so far that wensite ahs returned me a load of trader adverts not much cheaper than the £2600. i will have a look on autotrader see if anything pops up
     
  5. lukechad

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    I would agree with people on here and look for 2nd hand, you can find one with only a few thousand miles on the clock for one hell of a lower price than that! When I got mine it had 650 miles on the clock, I paid £1850 and that was over 12 months ago when they were still quite a new bike. You could pick up a mint one with low mileage for £1600 no sweat today!

    I'd seriously recommend 2nd hand, its a 4 stroke Honda, look after it and it will keep going and going. Service at regularly and it will be a very economical little bike, I know mine was!
     
  6. mr jamez

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    So you're paying £1000 for a warranty :/

    You do know just how reliable the Honda 125 fours are right?
     
  7. pc-guy

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    okie doke, so 12 month old bikes and any sort of misuse i should be aware of when seeing these bikes?
     
  8. lukechad

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    Just check they have been serviced at 600, 2500 and 5000 miles, as long as they have a stamp you should be alright! Ask for receipts of any work carried out, most of the 04-on models were recalled due to an ignition coil failure (inc mine), other than that they should be fine :)
     
  9. GSXRMovistar

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    Mate if your planning on riding round the M25 each day I'd seriously consider getting a larger bike than a 125. There’s a silly amount of traffic plus a lot of it is out in the open with a lot of strong crosswinds, on a 125 you will find it very hard going.

    If you’re old enough to do a DAS I’d opt for that then pick up a second hand faired commuter, if you’re not old enough I’d stick with a car until then.
     
  10. pc-guy

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    thats an interesting thought nvr considered the size of the bikes yet with regard to cross wind. I only have to go across 5 junctions on M25 but i just have to go pass one fo the busiest which is M1 junction and Watford, usually the queue starts at the junction b4. so in real essence i don't have much to travel the journey is less than 40 miles and on a clear day the M25 stretch only takes about 15-20 min (in ym car i did) but i know that during peak hour traffic it can be hours.
     
  11. Steve

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    man for a little more I would sell you my k1 gsxr600!!!!
     
  12. pc-guy

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    well i am old enuf to get full bike license however i am not old enuf to make any real impact on the bike insurance which is the main thing that i am worried about as its likely to cost half as much as the bike...which leads to another questino is there any decent bike specialist insurer out there?

    i m 26 this yr got 5 yr no claim on my car etc but no previous experience on bikes will that make things easier for me or not at all any differences?
     
  13. djbenjo

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    Hold on, iirc you can't ride on any M roads on a CBT?
     
  14. Steve

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    Dude I bought the gsxr as my first bike at 26 and with no ncbs and with 8 hours of riding (including test) I got it insured for £1100 FC with Adrian Flux!!

    It can be done
     
  15. Jasperado

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    Valid point, no learners !!
     
  16. djbenjo

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    Insurance for a young first timer on a classic grey sports 400 (VFR, CBR, ZXR etc) can be found for around £400 :)

    I was quoted £380 through Bennetts on a ZXR :) Thats at 20 with restricted test, 6 months experience on a 50cc and nothing else.
     
  17. pc-guy

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    oh that can be an issue i guess i have to take the full license then, might need to look into this
     
  18. Sagalout

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    I'd echo whats been said really. If you where going to keep the 125 for a few years then fair enough, although they are incredibly reliable anyway so 2nd hand would still make more sense. Thing is though, once you've ridden it a few months I'll almost guarantee you will want a bigger bike, and you'd be left with a huge loss on a new 125, as you suffer when buying any new car or bike.
     
  19. Jasperado

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    true, get the cheapest 125 you can , pass test and get the bigger one you really want.
     
  20. Oakesy2001uk

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    if you must have a 125, DO NOT get a cbr125R, they are appauling, an RS125 is a proper little bike. I have had a RS125 and a vfr 400, personally I had more fun on the 125 and learnt more on the 400, not that the 400 wasn't fun, just the 125 was such a laugh to ride.
    In the market for a GSXR600 now.
    Get your full test done, then have whatever you want, insurance isn't that scary!
    if memory serves -
    Gilera runner 125 - age 17 CBT - £400
    RS125 age 17, full test - £3420
    VFR 400 (restricted ;) ) age 18 - £500
    then when I was 19 it was £400
    They are all TPFT except the 125(fully comp, it was new) worst quotes I had were over £1000 on all bikes though, really worth shopping around, watch exesses too, can get high.
     
    Last edited: 31 May 2006