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Old 07-01-2015, 09:03 AM   #1
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Wanting to Buy & Learn

I've been interested in bikes and I've already taken the course years ago. I've been looking at a Ninja 250r or 300, wanting to spend under $3,000. I don't plan to keep it long, but I want to get comfortable learning to ride it.

I want to be able to buy one where I can ride for the moment and be able to sell it quickly in the fall. What should I look for when buying the bike? Is there something I should be aware of if the bike is over 10k miles? Thank you for looking and I would appreciate any advice.
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:06 AM   #3
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Ninja 250's are always a popular choice for new riders. They are cheap, and always in demand. Buy one in pretty good shape, and you'll easily be able to flip it when you want to trade. If you buy right, you can easily come out even.

As for miles, the condition and how well it's been kept matters WAY more than miles. I'd rather have a bike with 20k miles that's been garage kept and maintained by a good owner than a bike that's 5 years old, has 500mi, and has been neglected out in the elements.

10k on the odometer doesn't scare me at all. The engine of a well maintained bike shouldn't have a problem up to 100k. It's all the other stuff that goes bad first, and the question is whether or not that stuff is kept up.

General stuff about them
1987 to 2007 where essentially the same exact bike. Tons of knowledge and parts are available. Cheaper because people don't like the way they look.
2008 to 2013 where the newer-style bike. Really small changes, but people liked the look more.
After that, the Ninja 300 was the replacement which is an all around better bike, fuel injected, etc. But there's not so many used ones for deals.

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Old 07-01-2015, 09:38 AM   #6
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I sold my 300 ABS with 2,000 miles for $3.5k a couple months ago. Solid bike for a beginner. I didn't have it for sale for very long at that price.
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You'll be able to buy a ninja 250 all day long for 3k. Ride it a few thousand miles and sell it for 500 less. If you are a little patient you'll find a low mile 250 or even a 300 for 3k or less. Craigslist.
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3k for a 300 can be found pretty easily. Just go out and look for them, I do recommend meeting the seller at a local shop such as Motorcycles Unlimited that can check over the bike to make sure its everything the seller says it is. If the seller refuses, then don't buy it, they are hiding something.
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