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Re: FZS600 first bike - advice?
« Reply #25 on: 30 January 2020, 01:46:55 PM »
Hmm £1100, I'd be really bargaining him down. Being sat stationary for 7 years, it's likely to have many niggles that'll need a very thorough service to sort out.

TBH, I'd be looking at a later 2002-2003 model (which are better spec'd) that has been used fairly regularly.
Check out this 2003 model on ebay, £1500 from a dealer with 28K on it. Mot history, shows it had a few hundred or thousand miles put on it each year. Mentions a binding back brake, so that'd prob need swapping. Also mention corrosion - probably the downpipes and that rear brake caliper strut. But at least it'll have 3 months warranty on it....
Another similar one here, 2002, 29k on it, £1450. Which again has had a thou miles put on it most years.

Extend your budget to £1.5k, get a later model, pick one that been maintained and used regularly, it'll be a much safer bet.

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Re: FZS600 first bike - advice?
« Reply #26 on: 30 January 2020, 05:10:55 PM »
To be honest I was only buying it as its my friends bike, and he was happy to keep it for me until I passed my test. Seems like theres a lot of love for the FZS600 on here and another friend had one as his first bike and thought it was ace. Im happy to spend money on the bike, although I know I wont necessarily get it back.


BTW I maybe a new rider, but ive just gone the wrong side of 50, so have a sensible(ish) attitude to learning and welcome any suggestions.


Money isnt really an issue, but thought having something like this for my first year riding would be a good idea.


Budget wise id be happy to spend 5-6K on a new bike if it was going to be a keeper, however im guessing whats suitable now may not be suitable once Ive got more experience.




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Re: FZS600 first bike - advice?
« Reply #27 on: 30 January 2020, 05:55:18 PM »
This one looks like a real bargain at £1050 http://foc-u.co.uk/index.php?topic=25891.0

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Re: FZS600 first bike - advice?
« Reply #28 on: 30 January 2020, 09:28:36 PM »
There’s not too many Fazers or other bikes at £1000 or less these days that don’t require a bit of work in my experience.

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Re: FZS600 first bike - advice?
« Reply #29 on: 31 January 2020, 05:33:06 PM »
If i were in your shoes i'd offer a lowball figure to your mate say £775 of course at 1st he might be a little miffed but sooner or later he will ponder the offer and may say £800 to which your still spending 1k once you get it all tidied up and the major points sorted.
If he doesnt move on price then jog on to the next one.... private sales are better for haggling.


Stealerships buy em cheap as a trade in say £5/600 give em a wash and a quick once over, a ride round the block and offer a token warranty but the price is now £15/1600


Go see as many as you can theres plenty around its a buyers market
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Re: FZS600 first bike - advice?
« Reply #30 on: 01 February 2020, 12:03:58 AM »
Agree with what's said. If it's been stood for 7 years it's not worth over a grand.


Paying any more, and you're being charitable.


Have a serious conversation, as a mate. He would have trouble offloading it at the price he's asking.

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Re: FZS600 first bike - advice?
« Reply #31 on: 01 February 2020, 07:50:57 AM »
To be honest I was only buying it as its my friends bike, and he was happy to keep it for me until I passed my test. Seems like theres a lot of love for the FZS600 on here and another friend had one as his first bike and thought it was ace. Im happy to spend money on the bike, although I know I wont necessarily get it back.


BTW I maybe a new rider, but ive just gone the wrong side of 50, so have a sensible(ish) attitude to learning and welcome any suggestions.


Money isnt really an issue, but thought having something like this for my first year riding would be a good idea.


Budget wise id be happy to spend 5-6K on a new bike if it was going to be a keeper, however im guessing whats suitable now may not be suitable once Ive got more experience.


"...Seems like there's a lot of love for the FZS600 on here..."


Funny that, must be just a coincidence?  :lol
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Re: FZS600 first bike - advice?
« Reply #32 on: 01 February 2020, 05:50:04 PM »
I rechecked the MOT history and he got it MOTd last year, but it only shows 70 miles difference from 2011 until last years MOT which expires on 5th Feb. I'm guessing this doesnt make much difference and comments ref price still stand?

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Re: FZS600 first bike - advice?
« Reply #33 on: 01 February 2020, 07:18:32 PM »
How long it's been off the road, matters little if the bike has been looked after.  I had mine off the road for almost 5 yrs, stored correctly, started, thoroughly warmed up couple times a year, it still had the same petrol in it, it would start first go every go.  When I put it back on the road, I checked the tyre pressure, top up the fuel tank, got it MOTd and away it went.


What matters is it's physical condition, I look after a few that have less than 10k on them, they're as new.       
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Re: FZS600 first bike - advice?
« Reply #34 on: 01 February 2020, 11:45:20 PM »
I believe that you don't need to have a running engine to pass an MOT?

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Re: FZS600 first bike - advice?
« Reply #35 on: 02 February 2020, 10:07:33 AM »
I believe that you don't need to have a running engine to pass an MOT?


No, the engine must run for them to check the exhaust system for noise, which would also expose leaks in it and in the fuel the system.
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Re: FZS600 first bike - advice?
« Reply #36 on: 02 February 2020, 11:33:32 AM »
Good point.

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Re: FZS600 first bike - advice?
« Reply #37 on: 05 February 2020, 09:31:02 AM »
From my first hand experience:I bought 1999 Fazer last November. 16k miles on the clock and great condition, no dents or scratches anywhere. According to MOT history it's done 2k miles in last 4 years.I knew right away I'll have to replace downpipes by next MOT (leaking exhaust advisory), 160-180 quid if you can do it yourself.
Suspected I'll need new tyres, turned out correct - 180 for a pair of Michelin Pilot Power CT 2 (Roads were too expensive :) ).
Chain looks OK but lost fair bit of O-rings - replacement is around 100 quid if doing yourself.Brake lines have no bulges or leaks but I want to replace them anyway - another 100 for set if doing yourself.

I accepted that when buying 20 years old bike that hasn't done many miles in last few years I will have to spend at least 500 quid for consumables. But I intend to keep it for a few years and I'm using it daily for commute, so I'm willing to do it all.
My take on it is: Buy cheap and spend extra doing stuff yourself or pay more hoping it's been done already - works out the same in price so I'll do it myself and spread the cost over few months as well.



Heated grips - I've spent 3 hours on mine because I got distracted with fitting USB charger, checking air filter, checking oil, coolant and generally rummaging around under the tank (it was off for wiring grips so why not :). Doing just grips would be under 1 hour I think.