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Old 08-29-2006, 01:09 PM   #1
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new vs. old?

Alrighty. I've been on the prowl for a bike a good while now and the other day I had a revelation. IF I buy a used bike for about $300 (1999 R6 for example), couldn't I just buy a new Ninja 250 for $3000 drive-out? I would assume that would make more sense?

Background info: I'm in the airforce stationed at Goodfellow aFB (San Angelo, TX) for the time being. I want to learn how to ride a motorcycle more proficiently before I go to Kadena AB (Okinawa, Japan). I can't take the bike with me of course so I don't want to go over a $3000 budget. I probably won't be here past March 2007, but if I'm here longer than that I'd be ok with it.
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Alrighty. I've been on the prowl for a bike a good while now and the other day I had a revelation. IF I buy a used bike for about $300 (1999 R6 for example), couldn't I just buy a new Ninja 250 for $3000 drive-out? I would assume that would make more sense?

Background info: I'm in the airforce stationed at Goodfellow aFB (San Angelo, TX) for the time being. I want to learn how to ride a motorcycle more proficiently before I go to Kadena AB (Okinawa, Japan). I can't take the bike with me of course so I don't want to go over a $3000 budget. I probably won't be here past March 2007, but if I'm here longer than that I'd be ok with it.
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how about an '02-03 ninja 250 for $2000-2200......there's a better idea.

in japan, most of what you'll see are 250. pretty much ALL you'll see
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I'd find an older Ninja 250 for about 2K then use the rest of your money for gear & classes? You're gonna drop your first bike.
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Thats true, but here is the problem. All of the Ninja 250's I've seen (which isn't many) are located at least 200 miles away from me. They are also all priced about $2000-$2200. By the time I drive up there, pick up the bike and drive back it would have probably cost me $2600 total. Add maybe $100 to get it registered, etc. I'm up to about $2700. I would think spending another $300 at a dealership would save me the headache.
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even better......the cheaper the better.......it's a training tool, you don't wanna spend to much on it

in S.A.

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/mcy/200203042.html

lil high, but negotiable.

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/mcy/199098278.html

another

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/mcy/198495353.html

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/mcy/198389780.html

better hurry though, beginner bikes sell QUICK!
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A used but not abused 250 would be a great first bike.
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Alrighty. I've been on the prowl for a bike a good while now and the other day I had a revelation. IF I buy a used bike for about $300 (1999 R6 for example)

Where are you finding those deals?
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Thats true, but here is the problem. All of the Ninja 250's I've seen (which isn't many) are located at least 200 miles away from me. They are also all priced about $2000-$2200. By the time I drive up there, pick up the bike and drive back it would have probably cost me $2600 total. Add maybe $100 to get it registered, etc. I'm up to about $2700. I would think spending another $300 at a dealership would save me the headache.
I drove 586 miles (one-way) to pick up my trackbike so maybe I'm not the best to give advice on that point.

You'll still pay TTL if you get it from a dealer, not to mention other costs. Good luck with it & have fun!
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Where are you finding those deals?
Its actually $3000. Sorry
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Thats true, but here is the problem. All of the Ninja 250's I've seen (which isn't many) are located at least 200 miles away from me. They are also all priced about $2000-$2200. By the time I drive up there, pick up the bike and drive back it would have probably cost me $2600 total. Add maybe $100 to get it registered, etc. I'm up to about $2700. I would think spending another $300 at a dealership would save me the headache.
that does make sense.......BUT the $300 saved, could get you started on your gear. there's a cyclegear store in S.A. is that the closest big city?

you get what you pay for, a $3k R6 is exactly that. it's not a$4-5-6k where it should be. it's priced that low for a reason.
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3000 is what he meant. there's 2000 r6 for sale in th efor sale section for 2500 not a nad deal at all. But bad firs tbike.
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3000 is what he meant. there's 2000 r6 for sale in th efor sale section for 2500 not a nad deal at all. But bad firs tbike.
yeah I saw that thread... good deal. I also saw your comment. :laughing6
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yeah I saw that thread... good deal. I also saw your comment. :laughing6
why's it a good deal? cuz it's an R6........so , it's got 36k, beat up fairings........it's mediocre at best. $2k-2500 thats a better deal. it's kinda liek buying a "cheap" Z28 w/ 150k..........might be cheap, but i guarantee it's be driven/ridden hard.
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why's it a good deal? cuz it's an R6........so , it's got 36k, beat up fairings........it's mediocre at best. $2k-2500 thats a better deal. it's kinda liek buying a "cheap" Z28 w/ 150k..........might be cheap, but i guarantee it's be driven/ridden hard.
the bike in the for sale section is 2500 might not be a good deal cause you see the owner in a parking lot learning to ride it. :laughing6 either way it's still a good deal and it's a 200 which it came out in 1999......so.......little over 5000 miles a year. Not a bad deal at all.
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why's it a good deal? cuz it's an R6........so , it's got 36k, beat up fairings........it's mediocre at best. $2k-2500 thats a better deal. it's kinda liek buying a "cheap" Z28 w/ 150k..........might be cheap, but i guarantee it's be driven/ridden hard.
why do you always automatically assume the worst?? must suck to go through life being so negative. same as the bike patrick is selling with the looney wheels the first thing you said is it's probably a stunt bike. try to lighten up
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Im sure that bike could be somebody's track and for $2500 thats a good deal cuz you could sell all the street fairings and headlights and invest in some track fairings and still come out ahead. I say good deal for a decent looking bike if its still in the same condition as her picture and it actually runs with no major problems. Then again, you gotta think about the 2nd gear issues on that year R6. Never know... it could be going out and she could be trying to dump it on somebody really quick.
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buy a fairly new (but still used) ninja 250 or 500. use it for a while and turn around and sell it. you will learn and not loose much money
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Im sure that bike could be somebody's track and for $2500 thats a good deal cuz you could sell all the street fairings and headlights and invest in some track fairings and still come out ahead. I say good deal for a decent looking bike if its still in the same condition as her picture and it actually runs with no major problems. Then again, you gotta think about the 2nd gear issues on that year R6. Never know... it could be going out and she could be trying to dump it on somebody really quick.
true i say test it out put it in second gear and redline it. if all gear shift good then buy it.
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