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Old June 6th, 2013, 07:02 PM   #1
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Hey there from CT!

Hi all,

Soon to be new rider from CT (BRC at the end of June). Late to the party at 44 but better now than never. I'm thinking I'll probably p/u a used 250 for my first bike. This seems like a good resource and glad to be a part of it.

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Old June 6th, 2013, 07:16 PM   #2
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44 is have the age of most members. Where in CT? There are so many CT members that when they ride together they need a police escort.
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Old June 6th, 2013, 07:18 PM   #3
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Old June 6th, 2013, 08:38 PM   #6
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44 is have the age of most members. Where in CT? There are so many CT members that when they ride together they need a police escort.
Danbury area
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Old June 6th, 2013, 08:41 PM   #7
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Used Bikes

Maybe not the best thread for this but I'm seeing lots of 2008-2011 with 5k or less miles averaging $3500 asking price? Seems high but is that really the used market?
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Old June 6th, 2013, 09:35 PM   #8
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That is high. A few of us from the board went for a ride starting from the Danbury area a month or ago.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 04:51 AM   #10
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That is high. A few of us from the board went for a ride starting from the Danbury area a month or ago.
Good to know there are others in the immediate area. I hope to be out there soon
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Old June 7th, 2013, 05:42 AM   #11
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44 is have the age of most members. Where in CT? There are so many CT members that when they ride together they need a police escort.
Nah, the police are there to keep Eddiekay away from schoolgirls.

Welcome to the forum! You're in the nicest part of the state for riding IMHO. I know some GREAT roads near you. Drop me a line when you're ready!

You should be able to pick up a used newgen for $3k or less around here with no problem. I bought mine, an 08 with 1200 miles on it, in 09 for 3K.

Please budget for decent gear. ATGATT.

I'm 10 years older than you and live in Trumbull BTW.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 06:19 AM   #12
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Maybe not the best thread for this but I'm seeing lots of 2008-2011 with 5k or less miles averaging $3500 asking price? Seems high but is that really the used market?
I'd say that's a bit high if its a stock bike.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 06:20 AM   #13
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Good to know there are others in the immediate area. I hope to be out there soon
@adouglas is a good guy to ride with except he wheelies everywhere.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 09:11 AM   #14
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44 Is not too late. I am not THAT old, but getting there soon . Finishing my course today. On lunch break right now....
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Old June 7th, 2013, 09:33 AM   #15
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Nah, the police are there to keep Eddiekay away from schoolgirls.

Welcome to the forum! You're in the nicest part of the state for riding IMHO. I know some GREAT roads near you. Drop me a line when you're ready!

You should be able to pick up a used newgen for $3k or less around here with no problem. I bought mine, an 08 with 1200 miles on it, in 09 for 3K.

Please budget for decent gear. ATGATT.

I'm 10 years older than you and live in Trumbull BTW.
Will do!

I'm a car guy but don't know bikes. Any tips or checklists on what to look for in a used newgen model appreciated
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Old June 7th, 2013, 10:34 AM   #16
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The same kind of obvious stuff you'd look for on a car.

Burnt-smelling oil, milky oil, general trashy condition, oily deposits in the tail pipe, obvious funky noises, anything that just doesn't seem right, etc.

Look also for telltale signs that the bike has been down. Scuffed-up bar ends and lever tips are a dead giveaway. Aftermarket bar ends, levers and turn signals are signs of a possible accident. If you run into this, ask if the owner still has the original parts so you can check them out.

When these bikes go down, often what happens is that the front turn signal punches right through the fairing. Look for cracks. Stand back and make sure everything is straight (do both handgrips poke out from the bike at the same angle when you look at it from in front, for example?).

A repaint is also a flag... sure the owner may have wanted to express bold individuality and creativity by covering the bike in Rhino Liner, but it's far more likely that the paint was trashed and he tarted it up to unload it.

Overall, something to bear in mind is that bikes, unlike cars, are toys. There's always a supply of nice bikes to pick from so no reason to compromise lest it "get away." Be patient and the right one will come along... promise.

Service history... the bike needs valve checks every 7,500 miles. Ask if that's been done and if there's proof.

Chain... is it dry/rusty? Bad. Is it black and wet? Not bad... means it's been lubed.

Winter... has the bike been properly stored? That means fuel stabilizer and battery charger. Often, people park the bike one day, forget about it and decide to sell it a year or two later. "Carbs need cleaning" is the giveaway. The fuel goes bad, turns to varnish... not a deal-killer but a PITA.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 10:45 AM   #17
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No kidding. I went to school in Danbury for a year at a small private school that's no longer in existence. It was a drive, but it sure beat the Waterbury schools.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 10:57 AM   #18
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MS, based on your user name... are you a pilot? I earned my private license at Danbury... when you were in 10th grade.

My first-ever ride in a small airplane was at the Danbury State Fair, where the mall is now. Remember it like it was yesterday.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 11:07 AM   #19
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MS, based on your user name... are you a pilot? I earned my private license at Danbury... when you were in 10th grade.

My first-ever ride in a small airplane was at the Danbury State Fair, where the mall is now. Remember it like it was yesterday.
I am a hang glider pilot hence the user name. The fair brings back memories! It was an annual event at out house. I also spent many Sat nights at the old track.
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MS, based on your user name... are you a pilot? I earned my private license at Danbury... when you were in 10th grade.

My first-ever ride in a small airplane was at the Danbury State Fair, where the mall is now. Remember it like it was yesterday.
I have my license. Do you still fly?
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Old June 7th, 2013, 01:54 PM   #22
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I have my license. Do you still fly?
I was an aviation journalist for ten years and got to fly the company Mooney.

Now that I'm out of the business I can't afford it any more.

I miss it terribly. Riding helps to fill the gap, but just a little.
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44 is have the age of most members. Where in CT? There are so many CT members that when they ride together they need a police escort.
What the hell does that mean?
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Old June 7th, 2013, 02:37 PM   #25
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I was an aviation journalist for ten years and got to fly the company Mooney.

Now that I'm out of the business I can't afford it any more.

I miss it terribly. Riding helps to fill the gap, but just a little.
There's always hang gliding...
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its not because of your numbers, lol.

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I was an aviation journalist for ten years and got to fly the company Mooney.

Now that I'm out of the business I can't afford it any more.

I miss it terribly. Riding helps to fill the gap, but just a little.
oooo. Aviation journalist. What publication, if you don't mind saying.

It is expensive. I share a homebuilt with a friend. Makes it...ummm...less painful. Still painful, however.
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oooo. Aviation journalist. What publication, if you don't mind saying.

It is expensive. I share a homebuilt with a friend. Makes it...ummm...less painful. Still painful, however.
Aviation Consumer and Aviation Safety. Same publisher (Belvoir Publications) does Light Plane Maintenance, IFR and IFR Refresher. I also put together all their book series while I was there. This was from about 1985 through 95.

What homebuilt? I've been involved in homebuilts to varying degrees. Did some composite work on a Dragonfly and helped out with an RV6A. Also got to work at Oshkosh in 1987, which was amazing.
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Aviation Consumer and Aviation Safety. Same publisher (Belvoir Publications) does Light Plane Maintenance, IFR and IFR Refresher. I also put together all their book series while I was there. This was from about 1985 through 95.

What homebuilt? I've been involved in homebuilts to varying degrees. Did some composite work on a Dragonfly and helped out with an RV6A. Also got to work at Oshkosh in 1987, which was amazing.
I've probably read some of your articles. Lots of RV's around here. Factory is down the road. The home built I have is a Pitts

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