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Old 03-31-2013, 12:33 PM   #476
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Anyone know or had experience with suomy or shark helmets? The only model I tried locally was the suomy vandal; I'd like to try the spec 1r extreme/excel.
As for shark, haven't seen any around. Looking at the rsr2 model; has anyone seen anything local?
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^AFAIK Shark no longer offered in Canada, with maybe the exception direct from Yamaha back east. You can however get a shop to special order it for you, or order online (Revzilla). No experience with Suomy so I cannot comment.
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wanting to buy a bike real soon off of craigslist. what kind of process do you guys like to go through in terms of seeing if the bike is in good condition or not? check out the bike yourself, take it for a ride then take it to a dealership to have it checked out?
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I would schedule a visual look-see visit first, as pictures often lie. (whoever said pictures don't lie should be shot).

look for tell-tale signs. ie cracked fairings, usage/abuse. Check the tires for wear and chicken strips (that can tell you how aggressive the owner has been with the bike). Fluid leaks ie oil or coolant or other, check the suspension travel if it's abnormal. Check chain for rust and/or wear. These can be done visually. Obviously if the forks or frame looks bent, walk away.

If above mentioned criterias look decent and you are commiting to it, request a vin # so you can check the history, if any. If possible and if owner allows, a short ride around the block can let you feel if there is anything amiss. (chances are most owners will not allow test rides unless they have cash in hand. fyi), If the owner doesn't allow test rides, ask if they are willing to ride it to a shop of your choice for an inspection.

go from there.

I may have missed something, feel free to add or correct if needed.

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Which bike are you looking to get anyways?
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I would schedule a visual look-see visit first, as pictures often lie. (whoever said pictures don't lie should be shot).

look for tell-tale signs. ie cracked fairings, usage/abuse. Check the tires for wear and chicken strips (that can tell you how aggressive the owner has been with the bike). Fluid leaks ie oil or coolant or other, check the suspension travel if it's abnormal. Check chain for rust and/or wear. These can be done visually. Obviously if the forks or frame looks bent, walk away.

If above mentioned criterias look decent and you are commiting to it, request a vin # so you can check the history, if any. If possible and if owner allows, a short ride around the block can let you feel if there is anything amiss. (chances are most owners will not allow test rides unless they have cash in hand. fyi), If the owner doesn't allow test rides, ask if they are willing to ride it to a shop of your choice for an inspection.

go from there.

I may have missed something, feel free to add or correct if needed.

Good luck!

Which bike are you looking to get anyways?
Ahhh all very helpful tips, thanks! Was looking at either the R6 or CBR 600RR but there's not many R6's up for sale in my price range. Also read into some weird problems with the R6 with the engine cutting off? Sorta trying to steer away from that now and got my eye on the CBR haha. Hopefully this bike is in good condition and lasts me a while without any problems! Will be my first bike purchase too!
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Ahhh all very helpful tips, thanks! Was looking at either the R6 or CBR 600RR but there's not many R6's up for sale in my price range. Also read into some weird problems with the R6 with the engine cutting off? Sorta trying to steer away from that now and got my eye on the CBR haha. Hopefully this bike is in good condition and lasts me a while without any problems! Will be my first bike purchase too!
Which gen R6/CBR are you thinking of? First bike purchase? I'm pretty sure your friends have mentioned or maybe suggested something else, maybe a ninja 250R or something else to start. I personally suggest that as well and not limiting yourself to those 2 choices. R6 is a lot of bike, I would recommend a couple seasons honing your skills beforehand.

but ultimately it is your choice, but I do hope you consider my advice.
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Which gen R6/CBR are you thinking of? First bike purchase? I'm pretty sure your friends have mentioned or maybe suggested something else, maybe a ninja 250R or something else to start. I personally suggest that as well and not limiting yourself to those 2 choices. R6 is a lot of bike, I would recommend a couple seasons honing your skills beforehand.

but ultimately it is your choice, but I do hope you consider my advice.
03/04 for both CBR and R6. I've only rode the Sherpa at PRS so I don't know how the Ninja compares to it.
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03/04 for both CBR and R6. I've only rode the Sherpa at PRS so I don't know how the Ninja compares to it.
Ah the super sherpas at Prs. It's a night and day difference between them and the ninja 250rs. A few good starter bikes would be the aforementioned ninja250r, cbr250, gs500e/f, all good nimble machines to start of with a forgiving. Look into those as well.
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i'd recommend the ninja 250 as well as a starter bike, but most people would want to upgrade relatively quick to a 600cc. Go for a 600cc if you want to save the time but keep in mind that its a load of bike to learn on imo.

In terms of checking bikes out:
- What !NR said
- Check engine/clutch covers on both sides to see if any scratches are present (can tell if its been dropped
- Bar ends on both sides
- See how the bike starts when its cold WITHOUT any throttle. Feel the engine cover to make sure bike is cold or even turn the bike on to see temperature to see if owner started the bike before you came to see. This can show signs of battery wear, bike hasn't been up to date on maintenance, bike has been stored for a while.
- Get to know the owner...i know i'll probably get flamed for this but use your best judgement to see the owner's personality. I would rather buy a bike from a mature owner than a younger gentleman in his 20s.

Keep in mind that 03/04 CBR is about 10 years old and seeing how we have a short season in Vancouver, I find that bikes are sitting and going through owners relatively quick. If you consider a 250 ninja, you'll find yourself being able to find a clean unmolested one that can be sold back into the market with ease

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i started on a '78 GS400 that cost me 500$... i didn't give a shit about it and that is a perfect bike to start on. you can drop it, shrug it off, pick up the bike and carry on...

not worry about replacing a thousand dollars in fairings...

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I was wondering if there were any local stores that would be selling alpinestar leather jackets.

I'm looking into getting the GPR perforated one.
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I was wondering if there were any local stores that would be selling alpinestar leather jackets.

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^AFAIK Shark no longer offered in Canada, with maybe the exception direct from Yamaha back east. You can however get a shop to special order it for you, or order online (Revzilla). No experience with Suomy so I cannot comment.
Shark was a pain in the ass to get into North America. They had the worst distributor in NA and their lead times were horrendous. Highly not recommended!

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i'd recommend the ninja 250 as well as a starter bike, but most people would want to upgrade relatively quick to a 600cc. Go for a 600cc if you want to save the time but keep in mind that its a load of bike to learn on imo.

In terms of checking bikes out:
- What !NR said
- Check engine/clutch covers on both sides to see if any scratches are present (can tell if its been dropped
- Bar ends on both sides
- See how the bike starts when its cold WITHOUT any throttle. Feel the engine cover to make sure bike is cold or even turn the bike on to see temperature to see if owner started the bike before you came to see. This can show signs of battery wear, bike hasn't been up to date on maintenance, bike has been stored for a while.
- Get to know the owner...i know i'll probably get flamed for this but use your best judgement to see the owner's personality. I would rather buy a bike from a mature owner than a younger gentleman in his 20s.

Keep in mind that 03/04 CBR is about 10 years old and seeing how we have a short season in Vancouver, I find that bikes are sitting and going through owners relatively quick. If you consider a 250 ninja, you'll find yourself being able to find a clean unmolested one that can be sold back into the market with ease

Goodluck!
All very valid points and great advice.

I'll throw in my 5 cents:

1. I went through a handful of 49cc scooters
2. Went to 125cc - 150cc manual transmission scooters (Vespa)
3. Took lessons @ PRS on their Sherpa, Honda Rebel, Suzuki Maurader, and Suzuki GS500
4. Bought myself a beater 2-stroke 200cc Yamaha RD200 (that thing was fast)
5. Bought myself a 1979 Yamaha SR500 cafe racer (recently sold)

I've been bike-less since last month but I don't miss riding. Why? Because I find that big displacement bikes, particularly sport bikes have no place in the city.

I don't ride much. I went out maybe 4 times last year? One of the rides was to a RS Stock and Noobie meet at Ironwood Plaza. Even then, with a single cylinder 500cc bike, I wasn't able to take advantage of its capabilities. I could ride throughout town in 3rd gear tops. I tried Alphamale's CBR600 F4i and managed to ride around in 2nd gear all over the place.

Mind you, I rode mainly in the city but ultimately what I'm trying to get at is that a 250cc bike is good for a beginner and more bike than any of us really need. Will it be as exhilarating as a 600cc bike? Of course not, but will it achieve the same purpose for you to just ride? Yes. There are so many times where I just want to get onto a 600cc sport bike and just tear up the streets but we all know that there are severe consequences with that. I know that I got that urge for speed and the adrenaline rush but because I knew that I'd be a dare devil on the street, I decided it was best not to pursue this any further knowing I'd kill myself (and others.)

Case in point - I saw a group of guys riding their Yamaha R6s over the Burrard Bridge on Sunday while Alphamale and I struggled to ride our bicycles on the bike lane. Sure, it looked cool and all but it's sad when a bicycle is keeping up with a 600cc sport bike on a Sunday afternoon. That reminded me why I didn't miss riding.

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thanks so much for the feedback guys! these are all very helpful tips and advices!
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can anyone recommend me some good shops in east van area.ive been trying to get my bike started but no luck...seems like i need to clean my carbs but i dont really know how to and i dont wanna mess it up even more.anyone have any experience with a place called rising sun?i googled them and its seems like they even pick up motorcycles.
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