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Old 09-16-2003, 07:50 AM   #11
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oh yeah



HRCUSA and that other dude talking about shipping/handling/freight charges had great advice.



re: nweaver's side mounted radiator blurb,

it is true, in hot weather it can run umm... hot. and if you're put putting around in urban hot weather stop & go traffic, the fan will kick in.



like he said...overheat NO, just hot.
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Old 09-16-2003, 07:55 AM   #12
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oh yeah,



if you have any other questions re: interceptor '02-'04 model line, feel free to ask me... leave an email or something.



mine's abs with hardbags.



i commute with it daily,

been touring with it once this past summer, and scrubbed the rear tire down pretty decently...
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Old 09-16-2003, 08:20 AM   #13
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Well, a dealer around here is closing out 2003 Sportster 883s already for $4900. Now that's cheap compared to the past....
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Old 09-16-2003, 08:43 AM   #14
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I'll wait till they're paying $5500 to take one then maybe,,,
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Old 09-16-2003, 09:04 AM   #15
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This year, it seems the prices are lower than last. Last year, I didn't really see a drop here in Colorado until October and November. This year, however, the prices started low. I get the Rocky Mountain News every Saturday (when the sales are); I've seen 'O3 VFRs w/ABS as low as $8495. Earlier this summer, one store had non-ABS VFRs for $7795. Last year, I didn't see these prices until late in the season. This year, I'm not sure things are going to get a lot cheaper than they already are.



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Old 09-16-2003, 09:22 AM   #16
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I'd first settle on a model I want. Then shop it hard. Don't be afraid to use the internet to find a dealer willing to bargain. I live in NH and bought a H-D in MA a few years ago and saved myself thousands over the locals. They were tacking on 1,500 to 2,000 on and getting it. If you're willing to go a few extra miles it might pay-off. Also let the local dealer know if you found a better price and see if he's willing to match it. Shop the mfg.'s incentives as well. BMW was offering incredible deals last winter through this summer. Like others have said some dealers just don't move much, others are more motivated. So shop around. good luck
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Old 09-16-2003, 09:48 AM   #17
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where are you?
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Old 09-16-2003, 10:11 AM   #18
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I'm a member of the "buy slightly used" group. I have purchased both new and used motorcycles over the years, and even though I tend to keep my bikes a long time (10+ years), I enjoy leaving some $$ in my pocket when I buy-in. And modern motorcycles are so darn bullet-proof, itÂ’s unlikely that thereÂ’s something going on inside that isnÂ’t clearly evidenced by what you see on the outside.



Used bikes tend to be cheapest during the late fall and winter in these northern climes, but the real key to getting a good deal is being patient –something that is almost impossible if you don’t have a bike to ride while waiting. But if you can wait, there are some great deals to be had if you’ve got money in your pocket. In November of 2001, I paid $5,000 cash for a 1999 Honda VTR 1000, 5000 miles, mint condition with dealer service records. NICE!



Check out this monthÂ’s issue of Motorcyclist Magazine for their opinion of the "50 Best Used Bikes" and some hints on how to get the most used bike for the least money.

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Old 09-16-2003, 10:24 AM   #19
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The 2003 is a paintshaking piece of crap, while the 2004 actually has, GASP, a rubber-mounted engine so the bike won't try to fling itself apart at a stop-light.

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Old 09-16-2003, 10:41 AM   #20
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While from a financial perspective the 'slightly used' motorcycle is a great deal, in that the instant depreciation hit has already been taken, the paranoia I always had was about buying the motorcycle that young Squidley had taken straight out of the box and redlined in first gear trying to wheelie himself into an early grave, and then decided he was too scared to ride. So it's a 1 year old R1 with only 500 miles on it? How much damage was done to that poor engine via improper break in procedure?



It's also important to note that I'm pedantic about following the manufacturers suggestions regarding the first 1000 miles, so my advice should be taken with a grain of salt. I don't know how important it is to follow them, and you can't exclude Grampa from the list of people who might have redlined the bike out of the dealer's lot just because he looks responsible, but I'd be more comfortable with something that has a reputation for being abused, in new state than used.



If you can find a responsibly owned used motorcycle, by all means, buy it.



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