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  1. rabbitstew

    who is into motor bikes ?

    Good point about the weight on your shoulders from the missus. Fortunately i converted all my bikes to single seaters which solved that problem! The Ducati 996 is good for lazily cruising about, enjoying the v-twin torque etc, although not great around town. Never thought about it like that but your right, the ZXR is a cut & shut! I had to reweld the seat subframe to the main frame and I think after also adding a new petrol tank & bodywork, only 30% of it is now the original bike! EDIT: pic of ZXR after highside. Checkout the dent in the back wheel. Fortunately it all polished out with a bit of T-Cut....
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    who is into motor bikes ?

    Good point about the weight on your shoulders from the missus. Fortunately i converted all my bikes to single seaters which solved that problem! The Ducati 996 is good for lazily cruising about, enjoying the v-twin torque etc, although not great around town. Never thought about it like that but your right, the ZXR is a cut & shut! I had to reweld the seat subframe to the main frame and I think after also adding a new petrol tank & bodywork, only 30% of it is now the original bike!
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    who is into motor bikes ?

    Co-incidentally, the back half of my ZXR750 came from a purple/black one which someone had stacked. By back half I mean the entire back half of the bike from footpegs back - swingarm, wheel, seat chasis & bodywork etc... I had a massive highside on mine and ripped the entire back half of the bike off on a crash barrier. So I went out and bought one with front damage and made a good one out of the two! Mine is the green/blue/pink coloured one. Even had fluescent pink wheels when I first got it. Soon repainted those satin black! Never ridden a cruiser - I sat on one once and the riding position just felt so wrong I got straight back off it. Same as trials bikes.... rode an Africa Twin once and I just couldnt get around the riding position. Even my VFR750 which I had for a while felt weird with high bars, to me and that was a sports tourer.
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    who is into motor bikes ?

    Wow, FS1E eh?! That brings back memories! I always wanted an RD50, then a TZR250..... as it was, my first bike was actually an RD350. I've got a Yamaha R1 ive had since 2001, a Kawasaki ZXR750L2 i've had since around 1997 and a Ducati 996. All heavily modified! Unfortunately, seldom get to use them since having kids etc. just not got any spare time these days.
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    Write off or Not?

    I did this earlier in this thread and they quoted a rough price of £10,500 for the OP`s car, which matches the trade or auction price. i.e. 25% less than forecourt price. All that blah about not being able to take advertised prices as sold prices is a load of bull really. Sure, sometimes there is some negotiation, especially with private sales, but for the last 3 or 4 cars ive bought from dealers, getting anything at all knocked off the screen price was pretty much impossible. Especially on cars like a 370z. When I bought my 350z I had to pay full screen price and after 4 hours of haggling I got 6 months tax and a tank of fuel. When I bought my 911 I didnt even get that, had to pay full screen price.
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    What Did You Come From - How Does It Compare?

    I went from a Golf GT TDi to my 350z HR Roadster. So quite a change for me! Was planning on getting an E46 M3 and went to a garage to look at one and spotted a 350z Roadster sitting in the corner and that was it. I was straight on autotrader the rest of the day and bought one the following day!
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    Write off or Not?

    Was £10,500 when I checked the other day, so basically the "trade" or "auction" price which is roughly 25% lower than retail.
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    Write off or Not?

    From my previous look at values, it sounds like they have basically offered you the trade value - i.e. the price a garage would buy it for, rather than the price you would have to pay for it. As others have said, tell them its a black edition and give them the examples of the 2 current ones for sale at £15k and £16k - which whilst they have slightly lower mileage is a good starting point. Id expect yours to be priced at £14k at a garage to reflect the slightly higher miles.
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    Experience of 'budget' brakes and self fitting

    Changing bembo pads really are very easy. Im sure theres lots of guides online, but when I did mine, it really was a peace of cake.
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    A performance daily?

    Actually, its nearly 3 years thinking about it... May 2016 I got it! Has absolutely flown by.
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    A performance daily?

    I have just had to look up Audi R8`s - I didn't realise they were so cheap now. Less than £30k for some. Mad! And yet Gallardo`s are still double that. There's a lot of performance cars out there for your budget, but don't forget to factor in insurance costs due to your age. With regards to the Porsche thing, I too never liked them. I thought they all looked the same. However, when I was in a similar boat (looking for a daily performance car) with a similar budget a few years back I started looking at them for the first time. I really wanted a Gallardo, but I also needed 4 seats in order to drop the kids off at school etc... which kinda limited my choices. I started off reading up on 911`s, all the various models, then figured I may as well go straight for a 996 Turbo as they were around £30k or less. As with anything, the more you look into something the more your budget increases and increases and I ended up with a 997 Turbo. Initially I didn't like it, but after having the suspension setup correctly I loved it. 2.5 years and 35,000 miles later I cant think of anything else I could get for the same money which would be as good. Its practical for shopping & kids in the back, does 28mpg on my daily commute, with nearly 700bhp now there`s not much quicker which I come up against, it handles like its on rails and with 4WD and engine in the boot the grip is unbelievable. As for the "all look the same" thing, that's actually an advantage to me now as I can leave it parked on the road over night, or in Tesco carpark and noone even bats an eyelid. And yet for those who know, the sleek curvy lines, the wide hips, the massive air scoops and the boot spoiler make the car look pretty good.
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    Write off or Not?

    57,000 i guessed based upon MOT & Mileage history.
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    Write off or Not?

    As a guide to the value, I have just had a look around and there are only a couple of black editions for sale atm. Based on those I would expect a rough retail value of £13,995 based on your mileage, and a trade value of £10,500 (roughly 25% less than retail). We buy any car would offer £10,500 for the car which matches up with the trade price.
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    Neighbour Stacking Stuff Against My House

    That seems to be the best solution tbh. You can always add the bbq space on it afterwards - thats how my old builder used to work. He loved to push things to the limits. He got permission to build a double garage in his garden. He built the pitched roof nice & steep on it, and made sure the ceiling height of the garage was nice & high inside. Once all finished & signed off, he then did a loft conversion on the garage adding 2 rooms an a shower room in the roof and converted downstairs into a kitchen & living area. He then extended the back of the garage under permitted development adding further rooms, before turning the roof of the permitted development into an outside balcony/bbq area.... So now he has a 4 bedroom detached house instead of double garage...
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    Neighbour Stacking Stuff Against My House

    In actual fact, depending upon what you are building you may not even need planning permission. When I looked into it, you are allowed to build a single story side or rear extension up to a certain size without needing planning permission under permitted development. If you want to build out front of your property then you need planning. Its also best keeping it 1 meter away from any boundary else you may have to get a party wall agreement with your neighbour. Id be tempted to pull down the old outhouse anyway - if its your building then he cant do much. Is the wall yours or his?
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