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New or used? Please help me decide.

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Okay folks, here's the deal. A few months ago, I had planned on buying either a 2005 GSXR 600 or an R6. I really liked the red/black bikes in each model and both have very similar performance. However, just a couple months ago, I found out I'm going to be a dad in late May/early June (which is why I most likely won't be able to make the gap trip). Now, since I'm not married to, nor am I planning to marry the woman (we aren't even dating), I'm going to be paying child support. Yes, I will be the best dad I can be, and I love children, but this woman is not someone I want to spend the rest of my life with.

Anyway, before I found out this news, I knew I could easily afford a new bike, however, child support will put a bit of a belt on my budget (don't know exact amount yet). I had then decided to just look for a good used bike (no older than 2001, 99% sure it would be a GSXR) and paint it the colors I wanted since the red/black was not an option before '05.

BUT, I JUST got an unexpected 5K per year raise (today), so I'm thinking that will at least come close to covering child support. So, the question now is do I still buy used, or do I go ahead and buy new as previously planned?

What are the pros and cons of each? Any opinions (on the bike, not the child situation since I already know what I'm doing there) would be greatly appreciated.
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Yeah, I was hoping to buy this spring, but I may just have to wait until support is worked out.

GSXR750DJ said:
And last thing....wear a rain coat. :lol:
Unfortunately, they don't always work, and you can believe me on that. If you don't believe me, ask a friend of mine who had the same thing happen a couple years ago.
Thanks for all the advice. It seems the consensus is to wait until the baby is born and support is determined. Unfortunately, that means I won't get a new bike in the spring and I'll have to ride the Kat for a few more months, but I can live with that. I'd hate to be wrong with my decision, and a few more months won't hurt.

No Worries -- I appreciate the advice to go for a bigger bike than a 600, but I'd like to remain within my abilities. Maybe after I've had a few more years experience. I have no problem keeping a 600 revved up if that's what is needed, but I'm not about to go out and buy a busa (wouldn't even if I had the experience cause they don't handle worth a damn from what I've read and heard) or a gixxer 1K. I won't even buy a gixxer 750 until I know that I'm damn good and capable. So a 600 is just fine by me.

Anna -- Yes, I'm well aware that the raise will change the support amount, but she got a new job a month ago, which gave her an increase in pay. It's not quite as much as I got, but it will come close to offsetting my raise. I've run a few government-based child support calculators and the amount hasn't changed much from before both of our raises.

Also, I'd never cheat on you. I had met her first, but we were finished before I met you. ;) Still want to go to Florida? I'm leaving Wednesday. :D
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Gas Man said:
Capt, the size of the bike has little to do with your expierence...and a GSXR 750 would most likely be perfect for what you're describing. A good medium bike for you.
Well, seeing as how I've only been riding a Kat 600 for a little over a year, I think jumping to a gsxr 750 would still be a HUGE jump in power. I want the better handling of a lighter, shorter bike, but I just don't think I need that much power yet. I'd much rather build up slowly and learn throttle control on a smaller bike, than jump up to a big bike too fast. Sure, maybe I'll wish I'd bought a 750 after a year or two, but I'd much rather have too little power than too much. Regardless of power, I expect to keep the next bike for at least three years. I would feel much too squidish if I jumped from a Kat 600 to a gsxr 750 after only 1 1/2 years.
Gas Man said:
I stand by the recomendation for the GSXR 750! You wouldn't be sorry! And to top that, it isn't so much the bike as it is in your own self control!
Here-in lies the problem. ;)
BikesR4Girls said:
:bash: damnit and here i was thinking this thread was about you cheating on me :nonod: :lol:

But I swear, I've never cheated on you. I'm good. And when I'm bad, I'm even better. ;)
pickle.of.doom said:
After buying new, I almost wished I had bought used just due to the fact that a bike, any bike, seems to drop a couple thousand dollars with those first hundred miles ya put on er... meaning even a low mileage used bike, yer gonna get bent over if ya need to sell it right away...
I just saw a post in another thread that mentioned that Suzuki gave GM discounts starting in June. Now, I don't know if that is a continuing thing, or if it was just a one time offer. But if it's continual, then I will certainly be buying new, because I have almost 3K in GM points and don't plan on using it on a cage anytime soon.
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