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Sep 23rd 2019, 11:15 AM   #1
 
  Sep 2019
  Seattle, WA

Honda CB300F

Hi all,

I'm buying my first motorcycle and the Honda CB300F seems like a good fit. I'm looking for something light, lower-powered, and a commuter to work.

What are your thoughts on this:

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/m...982083949.html

I know there's some rust but do you think it's a decent deal?

Thanks!
Sep 23rd 2019, 11:30 AM   #2
 LaCorski's Avatar
 
  Oct 2016
  Yakima

For that money and it being a Honda, I'd say you can't go to wrong. Take an experienced rider with you if you can to test ride it and look it over. Good luck and welcome to riding!

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Sep 23rd 2019, 02:00 PM   #3
 coastrider's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Oregon Coast

  2017 BMW R1200RT
Look on line for the maintenance schedule. Appears that two owners before you. Would be nice if you could verify that needed maintenance has been done. If not you might want to budget for that depending on your concern. A Google search turned up a safety recall that might impact some CB300F bikes. https://www.cyclevin.com/wp-content/...6V528-0598.pdf
I just spent a few minutes looking at that - if I was going to buy the bike I would make sure it is not part of the recall.

If the bike is in decent shape with that low mileage should be a good bike. Take a minute to look at something like cycle trader to see what they are selling for with that sort of mileage. Have cash and another person with you. If you ride show up with riding gear and request a ride with cash in hand. If you don't ride then have another rider along and have them check it out - lights, brakes, fluids, chain, tires. You might be getting near time to replace stock tires if not yet done so budget for that.
Sep 23rd 2019, 03:21 PM   #4
 
  Sep 2019
  Seattle, WA

Thanks coastrider for the detailed reply. I'm checking with the owner regarding the recall as a failing crankshaft sounds pretty bad.
Sep 23rd 2019, 06:27 PM   #5
 MV Man's Avatar
 
  Sep 2019
  Portlandia, by way of Maui

  MV Agusta F3 800
I'm looking at those pics on my phone, but is that a DENT in the right side of the frame?

If so, that's a TOTAL, and the Blue Book values would not apply- it would be basically worthless.
Sep 23rd 2019, 06:30 PM   #6
 LaCorski's Avatar
 
  Oct 2016
  Yakima

I was wondering the same. For sure, retail prices wouldn't apply but that's not to say you couldn't get a heck of a deal and do a bit of repair. Talk him down in price!

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Sep 23rd 2019, 07:37 PM   #7
 MV Man's Avatar
 
  Sep 2019
  Portlandia, by way of Maui

  MV Agusta F3 800
Quote:
Originally Posted by MV Man
I'm looking at those pics on my phone, but is that a DENT in the right side of the frame?

If so, that's a TOTAL, and the Blue Book values would not apply- it would be basically worthless.
I'm home now, and got a better look. Yeah, that's frame damage, and that's a total. That motorcycle has no material value.

As an example, when my Hayabusa (a $15,000 motorcycle) was hit, the frame sustained a scratch MUCH smaller than the dent in that CB300F's frame as a result of tipping over. The insurance company totaled it, and I bought back the entire motorcycle, in running/intact/road-legal condition, for about $1,500.

If you pay more than a couple hundred dollars for that, you're being ripped off.

Edited by MV Man on Sep 23rd 2019 at 07:46 PM
Sep 23rd 2019, 07:49 PM   #8
 MV Man's Avatar
 
  Sep 2019
  Portlandia, by way of Maui

  MV Agusta F3 800
Quote:
Originally Posted by LaCorski
I was wondering the same. For sure, retail prices wouldn't apply but that's not to say you couldn't get a heck of a deal and do a bit of repair. Talk him down in price!

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There is no "heck of a deal" on a totaled motorcycle. Free would be a deal, but anything more than that very quickly becomes a money-losing proposition.
Sep 23rd 2019, 07:53 PM   #9
 MV Man's Avatar
 
  Sep 2019
  Portlandia, by way of Maui

  MV Agusta F3 800
Quote:
Originally Posted by KQuicks
Hi all,

I'm buying my first motorcycle and the Honda CB300F seems like a good fit. I'm looking for something light, lower-powered, and a commuter to work.

Thanks!
I understand your desire for a lighter motorcycle, and I also think you're smart to be looking at a standard type motorcycle for general transportation use.

However, I am wondering why you are looking for a "lower-powered" motorcycle. Is there a reason for that?
Sep 24th 2019, 05:51 AM   #10
 WarpShatner7's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  NW Oregon

  R1200ST, CB350
Quote:
Originally Posted by MV Man
There is no "heck of a deal" on a totaled motorcycle. Free would be a deal, but anything more than that very quickly becomes a money-losing proposition.
Nonsense, just splint the bent part of the frame with an old toothbrush and a couple of zip ties.

JK, obviously. Don't buy a bike with structural damage unless it's at a parts-bike price and you have an actual plan to fix it.
Sep 25th 2019, 02:32 AM   #11
 liberpolly's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
CB300F is very good beginner motorcycle, just not this particular one. Also, I would highly recommend ABS for a beginner. For example:
https://seattle.craigslist.org/est/m...985994664.html
https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/m...978341346.html
https://seattle.craigslist.org/est/m...968299521.html
https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/m...975898540.html
Sep 25th 2019, 09:19 AM   #12
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Quote:
Originally Posted by MV Man
I understand your desire for a lighter motorcycle, and I also think you're smart to be looking at a standard type motorcycle for general transportation use.

However, I am wondering why you are looking for a "lower-powered" motorcycle. Is there a reason for that?
Any reason he shouldn't?
I am pretty sure a 300 has enough power to break all the speed limits in the US all day and has performance that would rival high performance cars of the 70's up to about 80 mph.
A higher powered bike tends to be 'twitchy' on the throttle, insert 'learn to ride' statement from some of you, and is easier to find yourself going 'too fast for the situation'.
Lighter for easier maneuverability.
Uses less gas.
Insurance is generally cheaper for smaller bikes.
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