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Old 10-10-2010, 12:12 AM   #1
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General Questions from a New Guy

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Im looking into getting into the sport and I have a slew of questions, like most newbies Id assume, but I wont assault yall with all of them. Im interested in a Ninja 250R as my first bike and was wondering about how much a used 2008 or 2009 would run? Also, do the prices fluctuate with the biking season? Demand and Prices up during the spring/summer and vice versa for fall/winter. Lastly, how much would I be looking at to get properly geared up? Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-10-2010, 12:42 AM   #2
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Welcome to the site and to bikes. Spend about a grand on gear and ~$4000 on bike.
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usually bikes tend to be cheaper at this time because its nearing end of riding season
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I sold my sisters 08 250 about a year ago for $3,000 with 5,700 miles. Plan to spend about that give or take $500ish.


Gear is ALL up to you. You can spend less than $500 and be well protected, or you ca opt for expensive helmets and trendy names and spend several grand easily.
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Old 10-10-2010, 12:56 AM   #5
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Couldn't find any in CS.

Here's one in Houston though...

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/1997419532.html

Good luck with your search and new addiction. As for the gear, you'll hear lots of opinions. But most definitely, you'll need at the very least a helmet, jacket, gloves.
You're looking at around $500 just to start with.

Also wouldn't be a bad idea to start out on a used bike, just in case you drop it a couple of times.
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Old 10-10-2010, 01:01 AM   #6
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^^good advice^^

Having a budget of about 4000 dollars seems to be a good idea.
2,800 - 3300 for the bike
400-600 for the gear (more or less depending on what you get.)

As for the questions, bring them on... we wont make fun of you.... much
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Old 10-10-2010, 01:20 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the responses and the CL link. A 3 year old used 250 is really only $1000 off of the brand new prices? But yes I am planning on buying a used bike. Not everyone can be bike phenoms, and keep their new bike pristine. As well as hopefully i'll be upgrading after i'm more comfortable and have learned all the intricacies. Liability for a 19 yo is about $400/yr? And FC is ridiculously obnoxious, correct? Any other bike suggestions besides the EX250? I like the "sport" look, not so much streetfighter-ish. Thanks again.
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Yeah, 3k$ is pretty much best price yer gunna find a 250r for unless you want a damaged one. Those ninjas hold their value well, and are so cheap that its really hard to fluctuate down.

As for other suggestions? Well the EX250 is really the best beginner bike period. If you're too hung up on looks that you have to have the new body style yer just going to have to cough up the cash. Your only real other comparison would be a Hyosung gt250r which can be had for slightly cheaper (400-600$) but I would still put my vote in on the ninja.

The other alternative is an older 600 sport bike, and while some people have and can learn how to ride on one. It is really dangerous a 600 can get away from you so easily its scary.
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Here's a couple CL examples of a potentially decent starter 600 if yer looking to save some bucks

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/1992154763.html
http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/1977904958.html
http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/1957418035.html
http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/1925460558.html
http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/1959269622.html

Remember, Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited has offered to inspect any used motorcycle that you wish to purchase and give you a VERY educated opinion on its quality. So take HUGE advantage of that!!! If they aren't willing to meet you at Motorcycles Unlimited and let a professional look at the bike, chances are there is something wrong.
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Old 10-10-2010, 01:42 AM   #10
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hyosung 250R is another bike that is about that size. A few people on here own one and seem to like theirs.
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:24 AM   #12
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The Ninja 250's run $2000.00-3000.00. Pricing doesn't vary much here in Houston as the riding season is almost year round.

A good guide for pricing is here:

http://www.nadaguides.com/default.as...c&gtc=mc&any=0

Getting geared up will run you $250.00-500.00 depending on what you're wanting as far as gear. Minimum I'd recommend helmets, jacket, gloves and boots, so closer to the $400.00-500.00 range. Make sure you get properly sized for your gear, especially your helmet.
We keep a pretty good selection of gear in stock, but if we have to get it in we usually can have it in a day and if we measure you we guarantee fit.

You're going to need to take the MSF course if you haven't already. I'd recommend these guys:
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Last but not least, if you find a bike you're interested in, have it brought by before you buy it and we'll do a visual inspection and test drive free.
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The Ninja 250's run $2000.00-3000.00. Pricing doesn't vary much here in Houston as the riding season is almost year round.

A good guide for pricing is here:

http://www.nadaguides.com/default.as...c&gtc=mc&any=0

Getting geared up will run you $250.00-500.00 depending on what you're wanting as far as gear. Minimum I'd recommend helmets, jacket, gloves and boots, so closer to the $400.00-500.00 range. Make sure you get properly sized for your gear, especially your helmet.
We keep a pretty good selection of gear in stock, but if we have to get it in we usually can have it in a day and if we measure you we guarantee fit.

You're going to need to take the MSF course if you haven't already. I'd recommend these guys:
http://www.motohouston.com/forums/fo...play.php?f=107

Last but not least, if you find a bike you're interested in, have it brought by before you buy it and we'll do a visual inspection and test drive free.
Looks like im not the only one up early.
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Looks like im not the only one up early.
Getting ready to go ride.
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i remember getting a mesh jacket, mesh gloves and a helmet for around a little over $200. of course leather or textile is more preferred but you dont have to spend $500 or a grand... it's all about how important saving your skin is
This is very true. I started out pretty much the same: mesh jacket, light gloves and an inexpensive HJC. Now that I've been riding quite a bit, it's really hard NOT to wear my perforated leather jacket, gauntlet gloves, Shift riding boots, knee pads and (I still ride) HJC helmets.

You don't have enough skin to learn all the hard lessons yourself. Look around our site and you'll see soon enough the results of NOT wearing proper gear.
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I plan on doing the MSF when i get a gap between exam rounds. Thank you for the NADA Guides website. Thats a big help cuz i'm a number cruncher and being about to see a good estimate for different year models can bring me back to reality. Makes me make decisions like, would i rather get into cycling on something that is meh.... or not be in it and really want the fully-faired sexy bike (and still not have it).

Question: First off, what are y'alls thoughts on an older modeled Yamaha FZ6 (I know this is a 600cc bike, I know the majority of opinions on this board about 600cc bikes and i agree. Is this in the category with all the 600cc ss bikes? Or is it different: detuned, upright riding, etc) and on top of that.. can you buy fairings for it?
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>>> killer deal <<<<
http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/1998815840.html

Could probably negotiate that down to 1900
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