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    So outside of the MSF course that I passed this weekend, I have never been on a motorcycle.



    Took the MSF course here in Socal and had the luck of using the TW200. Fell in love at first sight. So much fun to buzz around, even in just a parking lot with cones.



    Anyway, I am now in the searching stage for looking for a bike. I love the idea of a dual sport. I would be looking for a fun commuter to work and also hit some trails, if I have the capability.



    I found a few Craigslist ads, and wanted some feedback; I really appreciate it. My first bike will be used and I am not looking to spend over 2.5k.



    Thanks all, I hope to actually be a part of this community.



    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst...922043303.html (Carb cleaning?)

    http://ventura.craigslist.org/mcy/2881162974.html

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    I would say it depends on what your commute is like. If it is through mostly 55 MPH zones, you may struggle with a TW or become a road hazard since it seems no one does the speed limit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetzombiejesus View Post
    I would say it depends on what your commute is like. If it is through mostly 55 MPH zones, you may struggle with a TW or become a road hazard since it seems no one does the speed limit.




    I would say *maybe* a mile total stretch with 55MPH. Than it slows to 45 with alot of stop lights as it becomes more commercial (this is the Pacific Coast Highway in between Huntington and Long Beach)



    Even so though, there is a bike lane used by motorcyclists but I frequently see 49cc scooters on it until it gets to 45.

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    You'll be fine on the TW...just make sure to rejet according to your location....makes a world of difference!!!.

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    PCH shouldn't be too much for the TW, but traffic on many of the interstates in SoCal get too fast for this bike. I had "fun" keeping up with traffic on an '80 XS850SG Yamaha. I wouldn't want to try it on the TW. Surface streets all the way!

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    Welcome to the forum and congrats on the MSF pass. Ned Nedimeyer
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    So I emailed the guy about this ad:

    http://ventura.craigslist.org/mcy/2881162974.html



    Should I be worried about a broken speedometer (miles tampering) and a dent on tank?



    I googled the guys email address and he is actually a somewhat public figure (instructor for several hobby groups)

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    i would go look at them both before you make a decision and maybe feel out who is more desperate to sell...an 08 and an 02 for the same price?...make sure they are titled...i paid $1500 for my 00 last spring...i would want to see what kind of condition that 08 is in...you can find a good amount of carb cleaning info on here

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    Thanks. I am hoping this weekend I can visit both locations and test them both.



    Appreciate the advice. the guy with the 02 already got back and said he isn't in a hurry to sell. He has received a few lowballs wasting his time.



    For a broken speedo and a small gas tank dent...with only around 600 miles, is 2200 a good price?

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