Should I buy this 5th gen?

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  1. Veryfunride800

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    Hey all! First forum post here. A little introduxtion to myself. I'm mike, 24 years old and I have about 1 year of riding under my belt. I started off on a ninja 250 and I recently sold it in search of my next bike. I've been looking at the vfr's for sometime now. Mainly because they are different and they seem like great bikes.
    I recently stumbled upon a 1999 at a local dealership that was listed for 2k. The bike is a red 5th gen with 21k miles on it. Overall the bike seems very clean with small crack/scratches on the right side fairing and small scratches on the left fairing. Other than that the bike starts up quick and sounds nice. The bike comes with a Sargent seat, delkevic exhaust (stock one is included as well) and a zero gravity touring windscreen. Out the door the sales guy said around 2.3k. Is this a fair price assuming the title is clean (forgot to ask)?
     
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    5 Gens can go from $2-3k easy. Most with many miles on the clock. Other than small easy to fix electrical gremlins, these bikes are pretty bullet proof. Take it for a test ride, if they’ll let you, and I’m sure you’ll find that bike to be a pretty decent ride.
     
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    Welcome to the World. I would be looking very close at that damage. There may be damage behind those faring's that are hidden. May not be anything to concern yourself with but on the other hand, could be trouble down the line. Before I laid any money down, I would want to see behind the plastics on this one. Tell the sales guy to remove the plastics for you to take a look. If he is not willing, walk away. There is likely something there they are hiding.

    That aside, the mileage there is nothing at all. Mine has that beat literally for or five times over. Mind you, they are different power packs.

    BE WARNED! If you buy and don't post photos here, certain appendages will deteriorate rapidly, become very odd coloured and dry up and fall off your body.

    Kapisch?
     
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    I put some photos of the bike up I took the other day, just so everyone can see
     

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    If you go for it make sure the pillion grab handles are there.
     
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    I like it. Its a sensible choice. Pay cash
     
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    What Randy said, take a look see underneath, grab handles and tool kit would be a plus.
    Check how old the tires are and see if they did any maintenance before they put it on the floor— flushing of any fluids
    Good luck, great price if it’s solid


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    Not too shabby. I'll second the where's the rear grab handles at? Make sure you get the stock exhaust too. it's a better system. Still for $2300 OTD with only 21k on it, why isn't it in your garage, but then maybe it is? One can only hope it is. If it wasn't for the crack there, this could go $3200 easily. This is a no brainier.
     
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    $2000 with a fresh service and new tires if you can :D
     
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    You will only have one problem with a 5th gen VFR. It will ruin you for other bikes. You will look. You will ride other bikes and the outcome will always be the same. You will think to yourself "it's nice but my VFR feels better, is more comfortable, sounds nicer, etc."
     
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    At least until you ride a new Tuono and I have a 5th gen!!!
     
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    Yea, don't take a Tuono for a spin, could really mess with you, but at least it's expensive, so that there should save you. But yea I get what Lint is saying, even at that though the gear driven v4 in the 5th sounds way better I have to say.
     
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    I haven't went through with the buy yet. I'm going in tomorrow to leave a deposit and pick it up on Friday. When I go in tomorrow I'm going to pick up the stock exhaust and the passenger section of the Sargent seat. I have a feeling the rear grab handles won't be there but I will double check tomorrow. Lastly, if I do go. Through with the sale, would be a good idea to get a Ricky's upgraded r/r as a preventative maintenance?
     
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    If no grab handles, I saw some on this website going for $30. Don't go with Rick's go with Roadster Cycle (www.roadstercycle.com). Jack has a plethora of install kits and the more modern MOSFET RRs. The FH020A is a great option.
     
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    Do not buy anything labeled Ricks/etc. If you want an upgrade got to www.roadstercycle.com for a FH020AA or SH847 upgrade kit. Before you do, pull off the rear fairing and inspect the current R/R. It may have been upgraded in the past. Most likely not, but it's worth checking.
     
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    yea I'll third this, Roadster cycle for sure...
     
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    Well it's official, I'm the new owner of this 5th gen vfr! On my 30 minute ride home I came up with a few things versus my Ninja :
    Not as flick able. Obviously since it weighs 200 lbs more
    Much more enjoyable on the freeway. No more carefully planning to pass anyone
    Much more enjoyable exhaust note
    Better wind protection
    Love the low end torque
    I finally have a gas gauge and a clock
    Did I mention exhaust note?
    Next step is to put new tires as the current ones are 5 years old and go with the FH020AA R/R kit.
     
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    Your flickability issue could stem from those 5 year old tires! I don't really notice the "extra" weight of the VFR, even when on the race track.
     
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    Congrats.. Well... Doh. it weighs more.. yes new tires would more than likely help, but oh brother, sounds like a tire thread will be in the works then from that if one gets fussy you'll be wanting after the RR up grade the stock suspension. like OOTV I realy don't notice that part to much, unless i ride a way lighter bike but yea one of the things we VFR owners have been asking for was a lighter version. Still though it ain't bad, why it's stable on the freeway. enjoy
     
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    Mine was the same way when I got it. Handled like crap....

    Michelin Pilot Power 3, 2CT. Then go all the way up on the preload on the rear shock, and you'll have a different motorcycle.

    Everybody likes what they have, and I'm no exception. Love my Gen 5.

    RFVR, your posts are really hard to understand.
     
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