Just joined forum a few days ago to read up on sp2's.
And bought one today, 28000km '03 Colin Edwards Lugana Seca rep, power cmd and yoshi and ohlin steering damper.
Somerset West to Clarence drive to Bot River to Franschhoek next week!!
well had a look around and found a CBR 400RR NC23 with just over 20 000 kms on the clock that I might buy tomorrow. They guy wants 18k for it, is that a bit steep? keeping in mind that this guy sells on behalf of others. I am considering offering him 16k and seeing how we can haggle from there. any thoughts on the matter?
I have had a look on Gumtree and the price seems about average for a cbr/vfr 400 and the pics (other than the rusty chain) look okay however you will need to give it a good ride and see how she feels. I know the cbr400 needs to be ridden quite hard in order to feel any power. If the milage is correct then it is pretty low at least. If you are not in a hurry to buy I would not buy just yet and watch gumtree closely for a 600cc rather. You often find very good deals. I picked up my 1999 model cbr900 for R28 000. Good luck with the bike search!!
thanks for the advice. as for the rusty chain I plan on checking if it is just surface or deeper. I am not too fussy about going fast, I am only 18 and looking for a bike thtI can use after High school and through varsity. looked at plenty of 125's but i need something that i can use to commute to and from pta every now and again. 400 for me appeals alot and i believe i do not have the experience to ride a 600(or the self discipline for that matter). rather going to play it safe for now and will see what happens after that. Dankie baie vir die hulp:thumb::hero:
No probs mate. You can simply change the chain and two sprockets. They have a limited life span anyway. The previous owner may have let the bike stand for a long time or they never lubricated the chain... I am sure a cbr 400 will be a great bike for your needs. Enjoy
Feels good to know that there are guys out there who are able to help new guys like me. Could you perhaps give me a rough price on a chain and sprocket set? Also, does one buy specific sprockets for your bike or is it a standard size?
I am not too sure about your bikes prices. The sizes are standard but you can chose what size/setup you want according to how you would like the bike to perform (acceleration preffered to top end or visa versa) You can go to a place like Startline or any other motorcycle spares store (all will have the two sprockets and chain.) Just ask them for a price on a standard setup. After you have used the standard setup, then you will have an idea of if you want to change to bigger/smaller sprockets. The sprockets are cheap, maybe a couple of hundred for both. The chain might be a bit more. I think my chain cost about R800 but I think yours might be less than that.
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