Topic: '99 Honda CBR 600 F4 - Is it worth the price?  (Read 15276 times)

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I'm ready to move up to a bigger bike and was checking out this 1999 cbr f4. It has a clean title, registered till April '11, 18k miles, right side fairing slightly scratched, turn signal loose, left side stator cover scratched, both bar ends and mirrors have very minor scratches, good tire life, new battery, major maintenance was supposedly done at 15k miles and he is asking $2600 firm. IMO overall the bike is very clean and I can live with the minor defects but don't know the value of the actual year and mileage of bike. No mechanical issues from what I can see/hear/feel. He's throwing in a pair of gloves and a helmet as well. Should I go for it or would there be a better deal? I don't want to miss my opportunity. I have a budget of $2500-$2800 and was looking at other bikes of the same class. They were either really high mileage or really banged up. Help me out!

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Re: '99 Honda CBR 600 F4 - Is it worth the price?
« Reply #1 on: 11/10/10 03:08PM »
value depends on how much you like this bike; its an 11 year old sport bike with crash damage and "stated" maintenance.  I say if you like the bike, the helmet and gloves fit, and its all there with clean title, why not?  I would suggest shopping your total cost, i.e. insurance, sales tax, registration, etc... and including the cost of a full set of protective gear in your budget.




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Re: '99 Honda CBR 600 F4 - Is it worth the price?
« Reply #2 on: 11/11/10 05:02PM »
Well the bike is registered until April of 2011. I'm guessing sales tax and transfer of title is going to cost $250-$300 at the most. I already have gear and plus he's adding a helmet that is my size and a pair of gloves. So the bike will cost under $3000 including everything and I get some extra gear. I'm thinking I'm gonna go for it. Tomorrow or Saturday I might have a new ride. I'm sad to see my Ninja 250 go :(

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Re: '99 Honda CBR 600 F4 - Is it worth the price?
« Reply #4 on: 11/11/10 05:12PM »
price/value is 99% subjective, like chris explained.  that being said...

1200-2200 depending on condition.

regarding major service, if there's no invoice, it didn't happen (theoretically)

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« Reply #5 on: 11/11/10 05:13PM »
kbb is always high...even nada is having a hard time adjusting to the market.  either would be for peak (season).

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« Reply #6 on: 11/11/10 06:48PM »
I had bought a 2000 CBR F4 a while back. It was in great shape, light mods (exhaust, levers, footpegs, windscreen), clean paint, clean title, etc etc. But I got it for about $2,000 (he gave me a scorpion helmet too). For a 1999 F4, $2,600 seems it might be a little much. I would think you could find another 600cc thats a few years newer for around the same price (though condition, miles, title, etc has to be factored in). If he had proof of all the work he has recently had done to it, that would help make anyone more confident with making a decision. But if he cant provide anything but his word, make a second round check to other bikes and dont rush into this one.

But if you go check it out: take it on a test ride, check the fluids to see how fresh they are, check vin/title, and get some good details. Take a person knowledgeable of motorcycles with you to check it out (that is, if you arent as familiar with the mechanics side of a bike). But never the less man, go with what you are comfortable with as it will be yours. And just ride safe! Keep me posted if you go for it. Ive always been fond of the F4 (and F4i)...

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Re: '99 Honda CBR 600 F4 - Is it worth the price?
« Reply #7 on: 11/11/10 08:53PM »
I"m a fan of used bikes.  F4's are sweet bikes and if in good shape mechanically, go for it.  Ride it for a year or two and you can still resell for about what you paid. 

Take some time to inspect motor visually for any leaks.   Bring a flashlight so you can look behind fairings.  Look for oil in fins, leaking head gasket, grime under engine, obvious signs of quick clean up.  If you can't ride it, start it and let it idle for a few minutes and listen for anything unusual. Still gonna be things you won't catch until you own it, but that's a risk that will always be there on a used bike.  Talking to seller might help establish his credibility. 

As for price, it is not always as firm as sellers say.  Another way to reduce price is convincing owner to get "creative" with the selling price stated on DMV docs. Registration fees are based on percentage of selling price.  Not that I've ever done that before.

Anyway, good luck!!!




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Re: '99 Honda CBR 600 F4 - Is it worth the price?
« Reply #8 on: 11/11/10 11:10PM »
F4s are actually pretty good. In some ways superior to the F4i. It was the last CBR600 to have carbs and had better power than the F4i. It also has a nice cushy seat compared to the F4is of the following years (though after the cbr600RR came out it was using the F4's seat)

I just spent a lot of time building up a ZX6R from 1997. Any bike that old, you are going to need to factor in maintenance and parts replacements. Also when you look at it, bring an experienced eye with you. Have the bike started when cold, have it started when hot. Check the oil, chain, tires, suspension, and brakes. If you dont trust your judgment, and dont have a person to go with you, then have a shop do a check for you.

If a bike is maintained well, and is "ready to ride" with no issues, it will obviously be worth more than one that has issues. I would put a higher value on an older bike thats "ready to ride" and will be reliable, than a newer bike that needs work and isnt well maintained.
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Re: '99 Honda CBR 600 F4 - Is it worth the price?
« Reply #9 on: 11/11/10 11:11PM »
$2,600 is a little high, but it sounds like your sold on it so...enjoy your new bike  :17:

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Re: '99 Honda CBR 600 F4 - Is it worth the price?
« Reply #10 on: 11/12/10 12:00AM »
actually someone supposedly offered him $2900?!?!? lol i refused. I guess I'm going to wait. this sucks. I just sold my ninja 250 today thinking Ima buy the cbr f4 but it failed! Now i have no bike! I'm so sad.

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Re: '99 Honda CBR 600 F4 - Is it worth the price?
« Reply #11 on: 11/12/10 06:37AM »
actually someone supposedly offered him $2900?!?!? lol i refused. I guess I'm going to wait. this sucks. I just sold my ninja 250 today thinking Ima buy the cbr f4 but it failed! Now i have no bike! I'm so sad.
Don't worry. A better deal will come along soon. It was probably a sign from heaven that you should shop more. I am confident that you will find a better deal soon. Put in some research and find that jewel of a deal/bike.
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« Reply #12 on: 11/12/10 07:01AM »
Well the bike is registered until April of 2011. I'm guessing sales tax and transfer of title is going to cost $250-$300 at the most. I already have gear and plus he's adding a helmet that is my size and a pair of gloves. So the bike will cost under $3000 including everything and I get some extra gear. I'm thinking I'm gonna go for it. Tomorrow or Saturday I might have a new ride. I'm sad to see my Ninja 250 go :(

Transferring the title won't be that much, it will be under a hundred for sure. I transferred a car title to me and it was $50 bucks
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actually someone supposedly offered him $2900?!?!? lol i refused. I guess I'm going to wait. this sucks. I just sold my ninja 250 today thinking Ima buy the cbr f4 but it failed! Now i have no bike! I'm so sad.

Dang I know how you feel, not sure if you got a car or not. But if you need a ride, lemme know beforehand! I live near there and why not? lol
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Re: '99 Honda CBR 600 F4 - Is it worth the price?
« Reply #13 on: 11/12/10 07:30AM »
we all go through bike withdrawal. I sold mine last week so I know how you feel. It's a buyer's market right now. 2900=forgetaboutit. NEXT.

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Re: '99 Honda CBR 600 F4 - Is it worth the price?
« Reply #14 on: 11/12/10 10:00AM »
actually someone supposedly offered him $2900?!?!? lol i refused. I guess I'm going to wait. this sucks. I just sold my ninja 250 today thinking Ima buy the cbr f4 but it failed! Now i have no bike! I'm so sad.
Wow, that is very mature of you to wait, at 21 I think I would have caved.  You might want to do some research on the CBR forums, there seems be a bunch of them.  When buying a used bike custom paint almost always means it's been down.  Good luck...

http://cbrforum.com/
http://www.600rr.net/
http://www.cbrfan.com/
http://www.cbrnation.com/
http://cbrworld.net/
http://www.600rrforum.com/
http://www.cbrextreme.com/

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Re: '99 Honda CBR 600 F4 - Is it worth the price?
« Reply #15 on: 11/12/10 10:27AM »
Too many hustlers out there...never rush to buy anything.

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Re: '99 Honda CBR 600 F4 - Is it worth the price?
« Reply #16 on: 11/12/10 10:31AM »
i say lowball him to at least 2. I sold mine wth F4I fairings clean title with 16k for 2400. Scratched up bike should be less try 2k. Priceline negotiator!

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« Reply #17 on: 11/12/10 10:47AM »
no worries man, keep saving. if you can make into the 3500 range, the class of bikes available will head and shoulders better.

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Re: '99 Honda CBR 600 F4 - Is it worth the price?
« Reply #18 on: 11/12/10 10:53AM »
Silly thought but if you want a ridiculously fun bike that's still faster than a Ninja 250, look at a used Suzuki DR650.  1996 or newer (they're all the same except for colors).  366 lbs wet, about 45 hp, and will go anywhere.  Mine turns sharper than my Z1000 and is every bit as fun.

And you should be able to find one for $1500-3000 depending on year, condition, and accessories.

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Re: '99 Honda CBR 600 F4 - Is it worth the price?
« Reply #19 on: 11/12/10 10:56AM »
actually someone supposedly offered him $2900?!?!? lol i refused. I guess I'm going to wait. this sucks. I just sold my ninja 250 today thinking Ima buy the cbr f4 but it failed! Now i have no bike! I'm so sad.
hey CaMole, mind me asking how long it took you to sell your 250? and how much you sold it for lol

 

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