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post #1 of 22 Old 01-02-2009, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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06-07 vs 08-09?

Hey guys, I'm looking to come over to the Honda camp but I'm a little torn on which generation.

I love the tiny 08-09's, and the looks appeal to me. Obviously it's got a big advantage performance wise.

On the other hand, I've got to be realistic about things. An 06-07 1000 is still way more bike than I'm ever going to be able to really push, and I think they are the best looking (I don't want to start an argument over looks, and I know it's not "important", but I do want a bike that looks good).

Basically what I'm saying is that if I can save a couple thousand dollars and pickup a leftover 07 or a slightly used 06 without regretting the decision, that's what I'd like to do. But I don't want to end up regretting it and kicking myself. Is there any reason why I should sack up and go for the current gen?

Also, is there any significant jump insurance wise between 06, 07, 08, 09? One of my buddies says a slightly used 06 would be about half as much to insure as a new/leftover 08. Any truth to that?

I appreciate any input anyone can give me.
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Re: 06-07 vs 08-09?

This is really an insurance thread. You will get all kinds of opinions and the only one that matters is this.

Insurance deals with you. Your driving record, your age, your location, where you will keep the bike, how much you will use the bike, your credit rating, other policies that you have. It all comes down to you. So it doesn't matter if someone pays less. Your neighbor across the street could be considered to be in a safer area than you; so the rates would be less.

The conclusion; call insurance companies and get quotes and then make your decision. Insurance can be cheap or it could be costly.
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Re: 06-07 vs 08-09?

My insurance hasn't changed from bike to bike. I felt the same when I bought my 08 over the summer and could have got a leftover 07 or 06 cheaper. I'm glad I didn't get a leftover model for no real reason other then its new and it feels "new". I found after my purchase the 08's handle better. If you aren't using it on the track it doesn't matter. I agree with you on the looks though. Sit on them both and pick the one you like best, and can afford.
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Re: 06-07 vs 08-09?

I really only goto the track once or twice a year. I'm coming from an 03 R1 and I'd like to keep my next bike for 5 years or so as well. I'm comfortable sitting on both bikes but I haven't rode either.

Is the 08 that much of an improvement that I shouldn't bother with the previous gen?
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Re: 06-07 vs 08-09?

I have an 07' and I would not trade it for the 08'. The 07' is a little(12lbs) heavier and may or may not lack a few HP(depending on the dyno), but it is a very easy bike to ride under any conditions(street/track). Also, the 06/07' has not got that reputation for burning oil like the 08' does. Nothing would piss me off more than buying a new bike with an obvious flaw, which the OEM would not recognize or fix.
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Re: 06-07 vs 08-09?

I haven't riden the 08. But all I can say is.....I want my 06 to have ma babies I love it so much!
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Re: 06-07 vs 08-09?

Not another one of these threads, lol.. Really you cant go wrong with either bike, I put 12,000 miles on my 08 before I sold it.. I kept my 07.. Really you cant go wrong with either..
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Re: 06-07 vs 08-09?

Everyone you ask is going to love the bike they own. Weather its a blade, R1, zx 10... all the newer bikes have their good points. At the level that you are going to use it, it doesn't matter. What matters is what you think. If you pick the one you like now, you'll like it for 5+ years. I still like my 98' as well as my 08'.
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Re: 06-07 vs 08-09?

Yeah I think I'm going to go ahead and get the 07. What do you guys think I should be paying at this point? My local dealership is talking about 10K OTD, but I've been looking around the internet and see guys claiming to get them recently for as low as 8300 OTD. Are these guys exaggerating or should I be trying to get at least another 1000 knocked off?
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Re: 06-07 vs 08-09?

I know I can buy an 08' right now for $10200. (totally OTD) So I'd think if someone had a leftover 07' they'd be less then that. Depending if the dealer wanted to get rid of the bike and lose a little money on it, or wouldn't let it go for less then their cost.
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Re: 06-07 vs 08-09?

I got my 07' in January of 08' and paid $9600.00 OTD. It's a year later so I would offer $8500.00 and go from there. Now you're negotiating!!
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Re: 06-07 vs 08-09?

the 07 has a little more seat area than the 08, as far as 12 lbs heavier, drop the oem exhaust and go carbon fiber and that should get you close to the same weight.

exit90a has a great point though, i bought my new 07 at the beginning of 08 and got it for 9750.00 out the door, saved big.......
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Re: 06-07 vs 08-09?

back to the insurance company question....a lot of insurance companies base their bike rates off the engine size and a little emphasis on the year of the bike. So yes the 08 1000rr would be more pricey than an 06 1000rr, but it's not going to be double the rates.
but who knows, maybe it would for ur friend, and that's why you should shop around for insurance, i'm paying less for full coverage for my 06 1000rr than my roommate is paying on his 03 600rr with same deductibles
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Re: 06-07 vs 08-09?

more inexpirienced riders wanting into the game buy 600s to start learning, they are more prone to dumping them of flying over a car hood....check the stats, 1000s are wrecked less than 600s, like 6-1
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Re: 06-07 vs 08-09?

SixEight let us know how you get on. A mate of mine is in a similar position as you i.e. he cant decide between the 07 snd 08 model, although he's leaning towards the 07 because of the oil cosumption complaints that are going around.
Personally i'd have to second what 08silvercbr is saying, sit on em and even take them for a spin if you can....best of luck and happy hunting.
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