2002 CBR F4i?

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  1. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Any issues with this particular year of the CBR 600 F4i or a reason
    to stay away from it? I found one cheap with under 10k miles.

    Might be good, might be bad.

    I guess the F4i is as reliable as any Honda out there, right?

    I'm just a bit scared because of the bike just turning 13 years so..

    Ideas? :norton
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  2. opmike

    opmike Choosing to be here.

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    The only thing that immediately comes to mind about that bike in particular is the stock cam chain tensioner. They can get terribly noisy and can end up failing entirely.

    I'd also bring along a multimeter and do a test of the charging system. Not uncommon for Japanese sport bikes to have regulator/rectifier or stator issues. Should be seeing 14+ Vdc at around 5K RPM. Personally, even if it's showing good numbers, I'd do the D'Ecosse wiring mod after picking up an FH series regulator. One of the simplest things you can do to help maintain a healthy charging system.

    Anything else is just stuff you'd look at on any other used bike.
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  3. Cortez

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    I can check the latter.. but no way of knowing if the 1st issue is there or
    not. :huh

    Is this something that becomes a problem with miles or with years..?
    I figured this bike won't need anything touched since it's got under 10k miles.

    I'm not sure from the picture I've seen, but it's even possible that it still
    has the OEM rear tire.

    Hopefully the oil isn't OEM too.
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    The bike doesn't have to have high mileage for the CCT to start showing issues; the part was just poorly designed. Just start up the bike and listen for any ticking or (even worse) clacking sound that doesn't sound like usual valve train or engine noise.

    While the bike is low miles, it's still 10 years old. It should be fine, but there's still a chance that little gremlins (especially electrical) could have cropped up during that time.

    I'd maintain a reasonable amount of scrutiny.
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    drewnabobber Urban Adventurer

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    The cam chain thing isn't a major problem, just something to be aware of. It makes a lot of noise (tapping sound) long before it fails and isn't that difficult to fix. The f4i is typical Honda. On YouTube there is a video of a guy that turned 200,000 miles on his.
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  6. Cortez

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    Thanks guys.
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  7. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    One thing I forgot to mention.. I'm no sport-bike guy, I'd rather have a naked
    bike, but this thing appeals to me since I've read more then once (here and
    elsewhere) that most people tend to be most comfortable on bikes like the
    VFR and Aprilia Futura.

    I've had some back problems for the last 2 or so years so I'd probably be
    more comfortable leaned over a bit (don't even go there) then sitting bolt
    upright like I am on my scooter right now (the bike ergo site lists my
    scoot at 0° forward lean :lol3 ).

    I've made a nice "pictorial" with a few bikes.. with the VFR in the middle
    for reference, bandit is there because I want it, the er6f/650R I owned
    for 5 years.. and the ZX6R is something I don't want, but have tried.
    :lol3

    At 30° lean, the CBR seems to be very close to the VFR.
    Also, the K1300S is somewhere in this ballpark.. and I've met a guy who went from
    a 1200GS to the K1300S for 'more comfort' (!).

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  8. Dieselpwr

    Dieselpwr Been here awhile

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    My first bike was a CBR F4. Very reliable. Original battery lasted 9 years, but I did always keep it on a battery tender. The only thing it ever needed was the carb cleaned once. As far as ergos, my wrists and legs would bother me after about 100 miles.
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  9. BCC

    BCC I know better

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    After putting 600 street miles on mine it became a fulltime track bike used many weekends spring/summer/fall for years.

    I played with friends with bigger bikes so if it wasn't at redline I was on the brake wagging it's tail.

    Biffed it a few times (race plastics), tech'd it and was back out.

    At the end, sold it to a guy who put the street plastics on and used it as his daily driver.

    All I ever did was change the oil and put on lots & lots of rubber.

    Never did any mods to the engine. Ohlin suspension and slip-on and away I went.

    Great bike. Great year.
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  10. Jnich77

    Jnich77 Been here awhile

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    The are almost indestructible provided you do basic maintenance.
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    stripple Runnin' Hard

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    I personally prefer the pre "i" versions. The first year orange and black always caught my eye. I have put a lot of miles on an F4, wonderful, and dependable machine. I'm not particularly fond of 600cc bikes, but I'd buy an F4 over any other of today's current 600cc offerings. It's always been high on my list of past favorite bikes. I have had a chance to ride many newer ones, but the F4 is still the winner to me...:wink:
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    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

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    Yep, me too. I put 24,000 miles on an F4 and to this day it remains one of my favorite all around bikes. I rode that bike everywhere.
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    That's a great bike !! Replace it wit a APE CCT, and take good care of her and you'll be a good. Another forum member has one with over 200k miles.
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    Just found a 2006 with 1400 miles on the clock.. :lol3

    It's a bit (twice as) expensive compared to the 2002 tho.. :cry
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  16. GSAragazzi

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    You realize that the 2002 may not b 10k miles but 110k, right? :deal
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  17. Cortez

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    I did not need to hear that.. :lol3

    Like I said, I think it still has the OEM rear tire.. probably not 110k then. :deal

    GF isn't thrilled with it.. says I should stick with drooling over the Bandit 1250
    until a nice one is available.

    She's probably right.
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  19. Storm Shadow

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    i had one for 10 years, never had any problems, toured with it, there a bit thirsty on fuel, the engine runs very hot in general, handle well, well balanced, never had an ouch of mechanical problems, original cam chain tentioner, never made a noise, regulator, stator all good. sold it to a friend who still rides it.
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  20. Cortez

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    Oh.. I forget it's basically a sportbike engine.. and these tend to get hot.
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