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I just got my first bike and I'm finally getting accustomed to driving it. Unfortunately I have had several falls the two which caused damage to the bike dented the gas tank pretty bad along w scratching up the front and rear light assemblies. The third caused the throttle cable and right hand grip, etc become loose. I want to fix the bike and downgrade to something a little more my size. And to match my skill level. How should I go about fixing these problems. Ps. I admit I know nothing about bikes. This 02 only has 13000 miles and was superb when I bought it. I can't spend too much on repairs otherwise I can kiss buying even a smaller cheaper bike away.just Want to make the severe dent not so severe. I'm in mobile, al and no dealer will give me any info

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Don't even try to fix the bike. Getting parts will be a problem and doing the actual repairs would be a big hassle for you. Just take it to a dealer or two and see what bike you can get on a trade-in. I suggest a 250cc to 450cc four stroke with not more than two cylinders. Get a used one that is only 3 to 4 years old. Be sure the dealer has gone through the bike and it is mechanically sound.

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