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Old 26th January 2018, 11:30 AM
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Hello,

I'm new here, but not very new to motorbikes.
Up until the age of 24 I only held a motorcycle license (A / unlimited) as I had no interest in cars.
My most serious bike was a Kawasaki ZZR 400 (full size bike, but not overly powerful) which I owned from 1998 to 2000.

In the past 17 years I've only been driving "cages" (as - I believe - you call them).

I'm looking to get myself a bike again, so I have a couple of questions to you if you don't mind:

1. Which models to consider?

I need the bike for commuting to work (Dublin city centre), but I'd also like to go on tours sometimes. Maybe even longer trips covering hundreds of kms each day. (after some practice)

Since I had a ZZR 400, I think a CB500F would be a logical choice (don't want a supersport bike anymore, thus the F variant - and the Kawasaki gave me a lot of technical issues, thus the Honda).

However... I have a full license, so am I not limiting myself too much with the CB500F? Commuting to work it would be brilliant I think. ...doing long trips. It could do it, but not very smoothly I presume. I don't plan to do a lot of touring though, but the ones I'm planning will be long.

I'm around 5'7" so I don't want a higher seat position than the typical 30.7".

2. If I get a new bike:

I'm really struggling to find dealers with rich web pages with a proper selection of models. I've only seen one or two that had the CB500F even.
I'd also need to do test drives once I know what models I consider.
If also find it very hard to tell if a dealer is a main / certified Honda dealer or just somebody with a shop.

Can you recommend me reputable dealers please?

3. If I get a second hand bike:

I can't spend significantly more than the price of a new CB500F. This fact might limit me into a 2-3 years old bike, if I decide that I need a bigger engine.

What are the biggest mistakes I could do when buying a second-hand bike? (what mileage is realistic and preferrable for 1/2/3 year old bikes; can I get the bike to a service for check up before buying; etc...)

4. One last note

I'm in love with the looks of the CB500F, so I will only be able to buy something else if it'll be just as impressive looking.

Thanks for any suggestions,
SandR
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Old 26th January 2018, 01:15 PM
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Welcome back!!!!

Best advice I can give you is to get a few lessons - if you can use an instructors bike. This will help you sharpen the old skills and get back into biking with a little more confidence.

In terms of bikes - the world is your oyster. I would suggest coming up with a budget and seeing what you can get within that price range that would suit.
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Old 26th January 2018, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by manbearpig
Welcome back!!!!

Best advice I can give you is to get a few lessons - if you can use an instructors bike. This will help you sharpen the old skills and get back into biking with a little more confidence.

In terms of bikes - the world is your oyster. I would suggest coming up with a budget and seeing what you can get within that price range that would suit.
Thank you. I might very well take some lessons.
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Old 26th January 2018, 03:04 PM
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Yamaha mt07 would be a good option maybe?
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Old 26th January 2018, 03:07 PM
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You can't go wrong with a CBR600F.
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Old 26th January 2018, 03:18 PM
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Thank you! Both The CBR600F and the MT07 are really nice looking. The CBR is a bit too sporty for my current self, but the MT07 is something I'd truly consider. I actually like it very much by the looks and the specs look good.

Any recommendation on where it get the MT07 from?
Is there a wiser / more economic option than getting it at Bikeworld for 8299 EUR?
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Old 26th January 2018, 03:36 PM
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Welcome along lad
Check out ccs unlimited in Kells or jp motorcycles in pearse street
Some nice line p of bikes
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Old 26th January 2018, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by jp biker
Welcome along lad
Check out ccs unlimited in Kells or jp motorcycles in pearse street
Some nice line p of bikes
Thank you! Pearse St is quite ideal for me.
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Old 26th January 2018, 03:45 PM
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Thank you! Pearse St is quite ideal for me.
Plus the lads in there are sound and stand by the bikes they sell
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Old 26th January 2018, 03:54 PM
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Plus the lads in there are sound and stand by the bikes they sell
Sounds good, thank you.
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Old 26th January 2018, 04:55 PM
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Id go with a cbf600 over the cb500f
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Old 26th January 2018, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Frisco
Id go with a cbf600 over the cb500f
Thank you. I'm checking it out right now.

Currently I think I'll go with a 2/3 years old MT07. There seems to be a healthy amount of second hand options.

It doesn't seem like it's worth getting one from Northern Ireland though which surprises me. (I'm seeing second hand prices of 5500 GBP and if you add VRT it's more expensive than second hand EUR prices here)

Or am I not looking at the right web sites maybe?
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Old 26th January 2018, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by SandR
Thank you. I'm checking it out right now.

Currently I think I'll go with a 2/3 years old MT07. There seems to be a healthy amount of second hand options.

It doesn't seem like it's worth getting one from Northern Ireland though which surprises me. (I'm seeing second hand prices of 5500 GBP and if you add VRT it's more expensive than second hand EUR prices here)

Or am I not looking at the right web sites maybe?
What site you looking at ?
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Old 26th January 2018, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by jp biker
What site you looking at ?
Oh, I didn't bookmark it, sorry. It wasn't giving me the right prices :)
Are there any particular web sites to watch, do you know?
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Old 26th January 2018, 08:24 PM
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Yamaha Wigan
Good line up of bikes
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Old 26th January 2018, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by jp biker
Yamaha Wigan
Good line up of bikes
I was trying to find bikes in Northern Ireland, not in GB. Thanks for the suggestion in any case.
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Old 26th January 2018, 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Gixxer
You can't go wrong with a CBR600F.
What he said , had one for years and couldn’t praise it enough, the definitely all rounder bike
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Old 26th January 2018, 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Paranoid android
What he said , had one for years and couldn’t praise it enough, the definitely all rounder bike
Yeah, I remember this one. I wanted a CBR600FY00 so bad in 2000. ...but now I really don't see myself sitting on one of those. I'm a naked bike person now I think :)
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Old 26th January 2018, 10:33 PM
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Honda CB 1000 ??
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Old 26th January 2018, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Paranoid android
Honda CB 1000 ??
Now that does look beautiful. I just saw one from 2008 and it looked like a very modern new model. By the looks and the specs I'd love it. However, I'm not into servicing motorbikes myself so I wouldn't take on anything older than say 3 years. (it's beyond my reach as new)

The MT07 is still my favorite.
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