well today I checked out a cb600 hornet and it all appeared fantastic. this was going to be my first bike. i paid a deposit and was going to pay the remainder on monday. the bike was in good condition with only 14000km. talked him down to $5500. after paying the deposit, just to be sure i went online and did a v-check on the vin number and pulled up the bikes history. 2000- reparable writeoff due to malicous damage 2003 - damaged 20/09/03 - 10 453km on the clock 28/01/03 - 101 664km (what the!!!!) 08/12/07 - 14 400km and here is the clincher... it is registered as a cbr600, vin plate says cb600, sold as a cb600. result - i went and got my $500 deposit back from the owner lesson learnt - do a vcheck on the bike BEFORE paying a deposit. could it be that this is really a cbr600 and they have taken the faring off and given it cb600 instruments? i dont know enough about bikes to know how easy this is to do. what is your take on this whole scenaro? basically i feel bloody dissapointed i didnt get the bike as i loved it and there aren't many for sale. but i also feel lucky that i did a check on the bikes history and probably dodged a bullet.