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Old 11-03-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Advice Needed on a Motorcycle

I am looking to get a little beginner motorcycle, mainly for commuting to and from college and for parking (parking is terrible at UofH). I was looking at a 2006 150cc Hensim. Guy says it needs a carb, floater for the gas tank and a turn off valve under the gas tank. How much would it be to fix, how hard would it be to do and is it worth my time? Also what's a fair price? I realize I'm asking a lot, but I'd appreciate all help as I'm not very savvy with motorcycles. My dad has a 59 Panhead (which I'd like to be able to ride and work on) but he got sick before I was able to learn anything from him. Thanks for your time and advice!!
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:26 PM   #2
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your best bet for price, beginner friendly and reliability would be the ninja 250 or honda rebel
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:27 PM   #3
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Get a fully working bike for your first. Motorcycle parts are expensive. It seems to me that for every dollar you save in purchase price, it'll cost you two to fix problems. You can get a good, used bike, for under $2,000 that will last a long time. Small displacement is best, like a 250cc. That's enough power for commuting and will still get up to highway speeds and great on gas. Take a rider safety course.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:14 PM   #4
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:23 PM   #5
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:45 PM   #6
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250 sounds good for your needs
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:32 PM   #7
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I would stick to a known long term manufacturer of motorcycles with an established dealer network and like it has been said before get a running bike before you try and learn how to be a bike mechanic.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:33 AM   #8
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Thanks for the responses guys. I do keep coming back to a 250cc Ninja. I just trying to keep the price for the bike low so that I can buy appropriate gear.

@Patrick, ya'll have any 250cc Ninja's for a good price?
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You should be able to pick up a previous generation ninja 250 for less than 1500. Keep your eye on Craigslist and ask the buyer to meet you at Patricks shop for an inspection. Also, get your msf course taken care of ahead of time.

Good luck and welcome to your latest addiction.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:37 AM   #10
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Yes take MSF and get your license so cops don't take your bike if you get pulled over
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:53 AM   #11
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Yes take MSF and get your license so cops don't take your bike if you get pulled over
That would be boring. What kind of fun is it to get stopped if no jail or impound are included?

Good choice, OP. N250s are great bikes.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:55 AM   #12
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This is from the Hensim website...

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Chongqing Hensim Group Co., Ltd. is the leading manufacturer of motorcycles, engines and generators in China. A fully privately-owned enterprise and with 50 years of combined experience in motorcycle industry, the company is passionate for designing and manufacturing advanced technology products with unsurpassed quality and high performance to the world. The company was found in September 1998 with the core values have been the “value every individual, value every second, value every product, and value every detail”.
It's funny that they claim 50 years of experience and in the next sentence state that the company was founded in 1998.
Somehow I'm not gettin' the math.



I realize that when they say, "combined experience" they are probably talking about making parts thru a separate company for 50 years but it's still funny.
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Might go with a rebel if commuting...ninja can't be the most comfy
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Might go with a rebel if commuting...ninja can't be the most comfy
It's actually not so bad. I would use the ninja 250 for commuting; especially if commuting on the highway.
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well, motorcycels and women are things all the guys on here have their own opinions on, and they will gladly tell you which ones they think you should ride and how to ride them.
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I would also recommend the Ninja 250. You can find a pre '08 for $1500 all day.

And they can handle highway speeds without problems.
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Thanks for the responses guys. I do keep coming back to a 250cc Ninja. I just trying to keep the price for the bike low so that I can buy appropriate gear.

@Patrick, ya'll have any 250cc Ninja's for a good price?
Hey man I have a thermal lined Cortech XXL textile jacket and some Alpine Stars 9.5 riding boots if you want them. Either 250 or 500 Ninja will be a good bike for you. Good luck.
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Youll have more fun learning on a dual purpose. And likely will keep it when you want to go bigger.
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Hey man I have a thermal lined Cortech XXL textile jacket and some Alpine Stars 9.5 riding boots if you want them. Either 250 or 500 Ninja will be a good bike for you. Good luck.
I PM'd you. Thanks, I think I'm gonna stick with trying to get a 250 Ninja.
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