Thoughts on buying press bike/ test ride bike

Fritzltouw

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Hi everyone, (David apologies if this is posted in the wrong place)

I was wondering what everyone's thoughts were on buying a press bike or test ride bike here in Thailand from Honda (Honda official dealer). I've seen a few on offer with 500-2000 km on it and they're sold at a reasonable price. I assume one needs to change tires right away and perhaps have it serviced but will these bikes have been trashed so badly that it's incurred any damage or would it be as 'safe' an option as buying a bike with 10k but a few years older. I'm looking at two models that my wife is interested in CBR150R and CBR250RR. The latter might have been abused a bit more I guess than the former.

Thanks
 

Heineken

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If the price is right I would not hesitate, both them bikes you mentioned are bulletproof.


Usually testrides have a salesman follow them so I wouldn't think they would of been abused.


Why would you want to change tyres ?............................change when they are bald IMO.......................................my stepsons Yamaha M-Slaz 150 didn't need the tyres replaced until after 28 000km
 

Fritzltouw

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Jun 1, 2018
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If the price is right I would not hesitate, both them bikes you mentioned are bulletproof.


Usually testrides have a salesman follow them so I wouldn't think they would of been abused.


Why would you want to change tyres ?............................change when they are bald IMO.......................................my stepsons Yamaha M-Slaz 150 didn't need the tyres replaced until after 28 000km
Hi Heineken, thanks for your reply. This is the reason i was asking. I didn't know a salesman would ride along. One of the three cbr250rr bikes had a bald rear tire which made me believe it was a press bike that had been used for a burnout at an event somewhere. Obviously that one is off the list.
 

Alamo

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Whoa !!
Three CBR250RRs.?
Sweet.
250,000baht new.
How much they asking?
 
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Alamo

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my wife is interested in CBR150R
ceeber is swell bike
[ran +60,000km& going strong, on mine], but
the CB150
with more comfy upright bars,
hidden exhaust system,
nice sound,
&c. ... gets my vote.
;-)
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Fritzltouw

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Jun 1, 2018
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ceeber is swell bike
[ran +60,000km on mine], but
the CB150
with more comfy upright bars,
hidden exhaust system,
nice sound,
&c. ... gets my vote.
;-)
....
It's interesting how the 150R has a pretty comfy upright riding position. Although I'm not a big fan of sports bikes etc. I think both are really well designed. A long time ago I tried a 150R of a friend of mine (10+ years ago.) one of the earliest 150Rs or the new gen that were sold. I sat on one during the BKK motorshow last week and was surprised although it might not be a bike for me (6'4") besides some shorter trips. I'm just not entirely sure if it holds enough power if we want to do some day trips. Doesn't have to be a power house but keeping up with traffic would be nice. The other option we have is an older model CBR250R (not the RR) it has done abou 28K km and is owned by a foreigner.
 

Alamo

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Yes they are all good.
I like the olde carby ceebers;
I'm now on a sweet '09 .
Have owned CBR 150 & 250 FI.
Both real good but,
being puny, I prefer the much smaller early model.
All of these bikes are great for day trips.
Plenty power up there at 10 to 11.5k rpm.
(One-up. No personal experience 2-up)
 

Fritzltouw

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Jun 1, 2018
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Yes they are all good.
I like the olde carby ceebers;
I'm now on a sweet '09 .
Have owned CBR 150 & 250 FI.
Both real good but,
being puny, I prefer the much smaller early model.
All of these bikes are great for day trips.
Plenty power up there at 10 to 11.5k rpm.
(One-up. No personal experience 2-up)
It's meant as a bike for her. She's quite short as well and I think the 250r could actually be too high for her. Tip toeing at the traffic lights is not really confidence inspiring when getting back in the saddle again after quite a few years not riding.

Anyhow looks like they're all good fun to ride. Maybe buy both... 55555
 

Alamo

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That's the sprit.!
It's meant as a bike for her. She's quite short as well and I think the 250r could actually be too high for her. Tip toeing at the traffic lights is not really confidence inspiring when getting back in the saddle again after quite a few years not riding.
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Anyhow looks like they're all good fun to ride. Maybe buy both... 55555

I'm thinking the CBR150R and 250R are about the same size.
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That's the spirit.!
 

Fritzltouw

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Jun 1, 2018
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OK so we ended up not buying the CBR150R. We actually were able to talk them down from 70K to 60K. They wanted to get rid of the bikes. We went to the shop last week and talked to them. Both CBR150R looked pretty bruised. They had a number of scuffs, dings and scratches on the fairing, exhaust pipe steering bar ends, a bend clutch and brake lever etc. from having been dropped multiple times. Now personally I don't mind cosmetics of a bike too much but when I asked how this happened they explained that these bikes had been used just for test rides in the soi next to the shop. (Now I was thinking to myself.... how do you drop a small bike like this when you're just driving down the soi????) So that meant 2,300 km of trips not more than 1-2 km at the time. I didn't feel comfortable with that thought and the exhaust bend clearly showed signs of that as well being rusty and light brown. That's quite a bit of abuse for an engine, especially at the beginning. I know standards are pretty high at Honda in producing parts but I'd rather have a bike with 10-15K on it that has been used for longer trips than 2,300 km where the engine and oil never properly warmed up.

The CBR250RR looked great and at 152Kthb it's a great price (probably can take it home for 140K). No scuffs or dings or scratches and it had never been dropped. 526 km on the odometer. I'd have loved to buy it but the mrs doesn't fit comfortably on it and it would just be a play bike for me which is at 152K great but a bit pricey.

Anyhow, I'll keep my eyes open for a used cbr250r or cbr150r. Found two so far but since we're in BKK and other provinces are not that welcoming to us sadly at the moment.

Fritz