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Would this be a stupid first bike?

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by Buchanan0204, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. acemastr

    Mobster

    Joined: May 29, 2010

    Posts: 4,707

    Location: Tampa, Florida

    I had a CBR600F, fantastic first bike, plenty of power if you need it and handling is fairly good.

    They are mostly bullet proof, except the one I got... which developed a very loud ticking so I sold it and got a CBR600RR, this bike probably isn't best for a newbie!

    Either the CBR600F or Thundercat will be good, they are pretty much identical anyway, you'll be happy with either.
     
  2. Buchanan0204

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 10, 2010

    Posts: 5,163

    Location: Scotland

    Bit late. I've got it now.
     
  3. Buchanan0204

    Soldato

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    Location: Scotland

    Haha. I agree, it is a bit ugly. Can you recommend a decent after market exhaust? What's the advantages anyway other than looks? I presume it sounds better?

    Akrapovic pop up a lot. Worth the cash? I don't want to spend a fortune and then fall off the bike and damage a £500 exhaust.
     
  4. Souleh

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 26, 2006

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    Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

    Good choice :D
     
  5. metbandit1

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Midlands!

    The RST 1 pce that hein gericke are doing at the moment, I have it and done a couple of track days in it. Great suit for the price.
     
  6. Buchanan0204

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 10, 2010

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    Location: Scotland

    I've heard RST are pretty cheap and nasty, quite a lot of people seem to complain it doesn't last long and it's worth spending the extra and keeping it a long time.

    Any truth in this?
     
  7. hlxbravo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 6, 2006

    Posts: 1,101

    Location: Rowley Regis, West Midlands

    Can't comment on the suits but I have RST boots, bought in August 2010...zip broke in July 2011...they replaced them on a like for like basis the same month and now just over a year layer, the outer sole is splitting....
     
  8. Morbius

    Wise Guy

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    I have RST kit and have never had any problems.
     
  9. ShakenNstirred

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jun 5, 2003

    Posts: 8,853

    Location: sawley/ long eaton

    24k is nothing on modern bikes


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  10. Buchanan0204

    Soldato

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    Location: Scotland

    These are the stories I hear a lot.
     
  11. Buchanan0204

    Soldato

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    Who's got 24k?
     
  12. metbandit1

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Midlands!

    I havent had an issue with their 1 piece suit at all.

    Its a £400 suit and I can see it lasting me a while!
    I dont think it'll last much less than an £800+ suit of other origin.
     
  13. Meetgrinder

    Gangster

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    Haven't seen all the way through the thread but make sure the valve clearances are done/have been done. Chances are they will be ok (mine were on Thunderace) but mates ZX6r were all over the place. We decided to do them after the first engine killed itself thrumming along at 70ish on motorway.

    Of course, he went and smashed the thing up after we'd done them, but at least the engine still worked, even if everything else was bent.
     
  14. Buchanan0204

    Soldato

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    You have me worried now!

    Surely I don't need to take this to a garage for this to be checked before I ride it?

    It passed an MOT and sounds fine.
     
  15. Souleh

    Wise Guy

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    Ironically noisy'ish valves are usually happy valves. When they go quiet its dangerous. If its 20k+ then prob wise to have it checked.
     
  16. Buchanan0204

    Soldato

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    14k on the clock
     
  17. Meetgrinder

    Gangster

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    I think (off the top of my head) that ZX6r valve clearances need checking at 16k. You might have to do a bit of checking. That was for a G1/G2 (mates bike). Like I say, when we did his on the replacement engine they were all over the place, with gaps too big, too small, non existent.

    It's not a big job (don't let a garage kid you otherwise) but you need someone with reasonable mechanical ability, a haynes manual and somewhere dry/out of the rain to do it.

    Or just pay a garage. For peace of mind really.

    And don't let a garage kid you that they don't need doing either. They were fine on my Thunderace (I think 1 or 2 were slightly out of tolerance out of 20, which was pretty good) but the Kwaks are usually screamer type/high rev engines and I can imagine they wear shims faster, prob same with all 600s. I dare say Honda might be the exception, but you pay extra for the name/build quality.

    Ask the place you're getting it from if they've been done. If not, ask them to either check them or do a deal on getting them done, just for peace of mind.
     
  18. Meetgrinder

    Gangster

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    Dunno why I thought it was a zx6r... maybe a case of threads crossed :)

    Just done a quick google on cbr600 valve clearances. First link came up with a how to guide - it looks scarier than it is, but other posts mention that the CBRs are pretty good for valve clearances.

    Just clicked back a page and seen the picture of the bike - looks clean and tidy for the price you paid :)

    Save a couple of hundred quid for the clearances doing at some point anyway if I were you.
     
  19. ShakenNstirred

    Sgarrista

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    Location: sawley/ long eaton

    that's miles that bike you posted has it and a few were saying 24k scares them for a bike
     
  20. .one.

    Mobster

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    Shims do not wear or hardly enough to take into the equation.

    Also a decent dealer will exchange for you,and you can have a jiggle about with what you have.
     
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