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    Looking for a bike... Recommendations?

    I'm looking for my first bike. I like the SV650 because it's 650cc, naked, and has a stand-alone light in the front (I prefer it over the light integrated into the fearing).

    Bike 1 - $5,400
    http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehi...AdIdZ295149114
    Funny story... the guy is out of province (spoke with him on the phone), but the bike is here. His girlfriend will show me the bike whenever I can find time to go up there. It's currently not licensed or insured... not sure how this will affect when I want to license it.

    Bike 2 - $7,899 (but I can finance)
    http://www.twowheelmotorsport.com/mo...60316bb295.htm
    Maybe not from this dealership, but I can have a new Gladius for not that much.

    Bike 3 - $5,400 (I think it just sold)
    http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehi...AdIdZ288682459
    I made an offer, but I think it just sold for asking.

    What do you guys recommend?
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    Joe I have zero knowledge in this stuff but I love the look of bike #3 !

    edit: wait a sec, they are all the same though arent they ?
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    Same bike, different years. And Jeff, I promise to keep the bike off the trails.

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    Joe look across the border, super easy to bring back and 1/3 the price off

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    http://buffalo.craigslist.org/mcy/2424563762.html

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    http://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/mcy/2447216975.html

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    http://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/mcy/2454764634.html

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    http://ontario.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehi...AdIdZ295918258
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    i had a chance to play on my buddys sv650, i loved it great rider position good for long trips smooth power great for a first bike calm enough to learn on and lots of power to grow into
    bike #1 all stock that's what you should look for
    bike #2 awesome love the look and it will have warranty
    bike #3 has an after market pipe probably has a jet kit aswell usually ridden hard ,thats why you add toys. more power

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    I know nothing about bikes. But I would pick the first bike. I like the COL0UR and the stock thing is nice.... You can always modify it later when you get the comfort level.

    I would agree with r.d.a. Bike 3. Rode hard put away wet....

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    im not crazy on the gladius headlight.

    having an aftermarket pipe on a bike doesnt always mean that it has been rode hard either. it could also mean that the p.o thought that it sounded super-lame with the stocker on it. and i will almost bet that it did. i know my bike does. lol

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    Thanks guys.

    Bike 1 has been sitting for a bit, and that scares me (less than 9,000km over 3 years)... but that might not be that bad
    Bike 2 only issue is if I should spend the $$$ to buy new on my first bike. Otherwise I love it (took me a bit to get used to that headlight though. Didn't like it at first, but now I do)
    Bike 3 has likely been ridden hard, but that doesn't bother me. No jet kit (FI, not carb), and that aftermarket exhaust is fairly common. KB, this is what I was told about the exhaust (no added power, just sounded 1000x better). It came with new tires and a new chain...

    Mugsy, importing a vehicle can be intimidating because there's a lot that needs to be done... not saying it isn't worth it
    • I've never dealt with the RIV (where can I get a bike inspected... other than crappy tire?)
    • How do I ensure that there are no liens on the vehicle?
    • I have to give the border 2 days notice before exporting a vehicle
    • I'll have to make sure I don't pay any state tax when transferring the bike into my name (how do I prove I'm exporting it)
    • I'll likely have to pay 6.1% duty on any imported bike because they weren't made in North America... Although that first SV650 would still be under $4,000 CAD after the import tax... that's a steal for that bike. (The dealer bike, I'd only save $150 or so).

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    I think this bike would be your best bet!!!
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    Joe, it doesn't matter which one we like, you will never buy it anyway, I mean really, have you bought that pickup you were talking about for the past 18 months, lol.
    Joe+ bike= look out. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by thing1 View Post
    Joe, it doesn't matter which one we like, you will never buy it anyway, I mean really, have you bought that pickup you were talking about for the past 18 months, lol.
    Joe+ bike= look out. lol
    he did get his balls back recently though...joe i think you should start with something stockish till you get use to riding a bike(they are cheap enough)then in the future look for your dream bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by thing1 View Post
    Joe, it doesn't matter which one we like, you will never buy it anyway, I mean really, have you bought that pickup you were talking about for the past 18 months, lol.
    Joe+ bike= look out. lol
    I knew you would make that comment. A bike is much cheaper, and I never found the exact truck I wanted (Cummins HPCR 5.9 w/out EGR)... not that I could afford it now anyway.

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    the GSXF650 that Mugsy showed is a great bike. Thats what I had for my first bike. Really miss it now. Had lots of power but was very easy to handle, good on insurance too. Have you checked that yet? Might be a decision maker for you.
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    Already checked on the SV, not on the GSX though

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    Quote Originally Posted by EngineerJoe View Post
    Thanks guys.

    Bike 1 has been sitting for a bit, and that scares me (less than 9,000km over 3 years)... but that might not be that bad
    Bike 2 only issue is if I should spend the $$$ to buy new on my first bike. Otherwise I love it (took me a bit to get used to that headlight though. Didn't like it at first, but now I do)
    Bike 3 has likely been ridden hard, but that doesn't bother me. No jet kit (FI, not carb), and that aftermarket exhaust is fairly common. KB, this is what I was told about the exhaust (no added power, just sounded 1000x better). It came with new tires and a new chain...

    Mugsy, importing a vehicle can be intimidating because there's a lot that needs to be done... not saying it isn't worth it
    • I've never dealt with the RIV (where can I get a bike inspected... other than crappy tire?)
    • How do I ensure that there are no liens on the vehicle?
    • I have to give the border 2 days notice before exporting a vehicle
    • I'll have to make sure I don't pay any state tax when transferring the bike into my name (how do I prove I'm exporting it)
    • I'll likely have to pay 6.1% duty on any imported bike because they weren't made in North America... Although that first SV650 would still be under $4,000 CAD after the import tax... that's a steal for that bike. (The dealer bike, I'd only save $150 or so).
    RIV is super easy to do Joe ( you can ask Fitty on here he does them, he did for me) also RIV has a list of bikes/cars that are allow to be imported.
    5% taxes at border and I think its $195 RIV fee, then the 8% when u register at License Agent here.
    As for lien, Americans dont get a title to sell it until its paid off.
    You can call in VIN # or fax it to border 48hrs before you pick it up, has to be Queenston Border in Niagara area. Again very easy

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    So I'm doing the math...

    Quote Originally Posted by mugsy View Post
    Joe look across the border, super easy to bring back and 1/3 the price off
    http://buffalo.craigslist.org/mcy/2424563762.html
    $3700 USD = ~ $3700 CAD
    + HST ($481)
    + $195 RIV + HST ($220.35)
    + Duty (6.1%) - required for all vehicles manufactured outside of NA ($225.70)
    = ~ $4600 CAD
    That's about $800 - $1000 less than an equivalent bike over here (without bargaining). This seems almost too good to be true. Paging Fitty to the thread, Fitty to the bike thread. Thank you.

    He's selling a little high, but comparatively, to those selling high over here.

    Same math as above takes $4,700 USD to ~$5,820 CAD. I looked around Ontario and this isn't a bad price either.

    Good price, but too far. If it was closer, I'd consider using a CAA tow to bring it home (I still have my M1, so I can't jump on any 400-series highways just yet)

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    Quote Originally Posted by EngineerJoe View Post
    Bike 1 - $5,400
    http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehi...AdIdZ295149114
    Funny story... the guy is out of province (spoke with him on the phone), but the bike is here. His girlfriend will show me the bike whenever I can find time to go up there. It's currently not licensed or insured... not sure how this will affect when I want to license it.
    Going back to this, what problems would/could I run into? I think it's been sitting for a bit of time. It's not currently licensed or insured. What worries me about this (from what I remember) is that it's harder to get temp plates for a vehicle that is not currently plated. If I purchased the vehicle, I'm sure I could have CAA tow it back to Milton and I can work on getting a safety here, but without being able to take it out (legally), what should I look for to see if this is a good buy?
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    ^ those were just qwick googles of random places.....bettter deals out there

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    Not my style Stach, but thanks.

    And Mugsy, I appreciate the effort... 1 of the four is on par with Canadian pricing and the other 3 are good deals.

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