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Hey guys, someone in my area selling a R3 with less than 500mils.

What should I specifically look for when I check out the bike? What can someone possibly do to mess up a bike less than 500mils? (RIGHT?)

thanks for the help.
 

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Look for scratches on the bar ends / fairings / motor covers / front and tail lights (indicates a drop).

No need to ask about oil change and filters, or brake pads and rotors, etc. It's brand new, so if it hasn't been dropped, it shouldn't have any problems.

Ask if they have done any mods that you might not want.
 

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Did the owner mention why he is selling it? I would be suspicious of any fishy stories. Check for clean paperwork on the bike.
Definitely test-ride it before you buy it.
 

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One of my friends snagged a cheap super low mileage Gixxer 600. Orig owner bought it, took it home and parked it, basically never rode it because he was always driving his exotic convertible. It happens fairly frequently, people buy bikes and then don't use them, tricksy salepeople!
 

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It happens fairly frequently, people buy bikes and then don't use them
Oh, you mean like HARLEY owners? :laugh:

( They sure do look purdy sitting in the garage, they say! All that shiny chrome... )
 

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Look for scratches on the bar ends / fairings / motor covers / front and tail lights (indicates a drop).

No need to ask about oil change and filters, or brake pads and rotors, etc. It's brand new, so if it hasn't been dropped, it shouldn't have any problems.

Ask if they have done any mods that you might not want.
Thanks guys for all the replies. The bike is posted for 4600$ firm which I think is reasonable price for the mileage.
 

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Thanks guys for all the replies. The bike is posted for 4600$ firm which I think is reasonable price for the mileage.
People are paying just a little more than that for a brand new one.
I wouldn't pay no more than $3k for a used one. You take a chance on a used one.
Easy to mistreat these machines, which new riders often do!
 

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People are paying just a little more than that for a brand new one.
I wouldn't pay no more than $3k for a used one. You take a chance on a used one.
Easy to mistreat these machines, which new riders often do!

You must take in consideration that IF you do purchase a "new" R3 from the dealership, you have to "pay" all those "other" costs that dealers "stick on" BEFORE you're out the door and then you have to register it. When you buy from an individual A LOT of those costs aren't necessary plus IF the bike is less than a year old, the remaining warranty is still good. I lucked out, I bought a "used" R3 with 1024 miles, which had been purchased 8/15 by the original owner, and it had had it's 600 mile checkup. PLUS come to find out with the paperwork that I received, that it had an extended warranty till 8/19. And all this for $4210, which included EVERYTHING! (Meaning: I'm on the road putting on the miles)
 

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I think you'll have a hard time finding a used R3 for $3k. People are asking that much for clapped out ninja 250's
 

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You must take in consideration that IF you do purchase a "new" R3 from the dealership, you have to "pay" all those "other" costs....
Agreed. Mine was $5800 OTD. At $4,600, the first owner paid the bulk of the fees. All you have to pay is tax, title, tags, insurance and go ride!

Personally I feel that $4600 is quite reasonable. The feeling of riding a bike away from a dealer with zero miles can really cost you and if you stumble on buyers remorse, great deals are to be had.

Good Luck!

Ride Safe..

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The listings I hate are the ones that list the bike for $5500 and say "you'll have to pay $6100 at the dealer" as if you won't have to pay the CA DMV tax again for another $500. Basically scammy CL sellers. I've asked a few if they realize that, none have ever replied. They know.
 

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I think you'll have a hard time finding a used R3 for $3k. People are asking that much for clapped out ninja 250's
TRUE. Which is exactly why I bought a new one.

People can "ask" whatever they want, it doesn't mean they will get it.
I see the same bikes for sale on CL for months, even years. It's funny.
Most of the time, people try to sell them for what they owe on the loan. Which is stupid, because that has nothing to do with what the bike is actually "worth". But hey, can't blame them for trying.

When you go ZERO-down, and 6-months later you try to sell it, you are upside-down on the loan. It's your problem, not the next owners problem!
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Nothing different than looking at a bike with 10,000 miles.
really? most bikes with 10,000 miles will be on their second or third set of tires, will need brakes, chain adjustment, air filter, steering head bearings checked, fluid changes, spark plugs.....shall i go on?
 
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