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Old 01-01-2013, 09:16 AM   #1
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2002 CBR F4i?

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?
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:29 AM   #2
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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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Old 01-01-2013, 09:31 AM   #3
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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.
I can check the latter.. but no way of knowing if the 1st issue is there or
not.

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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Old 01-01-2013, 09:44 AM   #4
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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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Old 01-01-2013, 09:46 AM   #5
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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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Old 01-01-2013, 09:54 AM   #6
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Thanks guys.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:15 AM   #7
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Ergo

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 ).

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.


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' (!).

Click on the img for the big version (700x2800px).
From ASORTED - a bit of this and a bit of that..
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:42 PM   #8
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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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Old 01-01-2013, 03:55 PM   #9
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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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Old 01-01-2013, 04:41 PM   #10
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The are almost indestructible provided you do basic maintenance.
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:51 PM   #11
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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...
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:08 PM   #12
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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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Old 01-02-2013, 02:22 AM   #13
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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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Old 01-02-2013, 02:34 AM   #14
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Sems to be. It's an 04 tho

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwiOy...e_gdata_player

I do remember a thread here with one over 200k miles.
I say go for it.
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:46 AM   #15
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Just found a 2006 with 1400 miles on the clock..

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