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I know this may sound stupid but go cruise around the neighborhood and look of a old cruiser under a tarp. I picked up my old honda cx-650c for $400 that way. Brought it home and it started up with 2 year old gas it in. Drove it for a year and sold it for $1500.
How's public transport in your city? I'm bike 3/4 of the year and subway in the winter. Starting to think I should add a cheap truck or something to the mix. So far I've been OK though.
I ride every day pretty much when I have the bike, but can always catch a bus if I have to.
I will say this- I've been riding like this two seasons & so far have had an accident in both of them (in October coincidentally). My friends that don't commute don't seem to have this problem, lol. First one was my fault- riding to work in the rain, braked improperly, lost the front. Second one I got hit by a guy who was lost & paying more attention to street signs than motorcycles.
You will have a close call ever single time you get on your bike until you develop your spidey sense. Keep the car and ease into it.
And get gear. I don't get the craze with expensive helmets. You can get a DOT/Snell approved HJC for under 100. No frills, but a good spot to save.
The 350Z is a nice car. If you can afford to keep it until its mostly or completely paid off, that's what I recommend instead of trading it for a bike and not having a car.
If you still owe a lot on the car, you are losing out when you re-sell it. Also, remember that being bike-only without a car has its pitfalls along with its perks. The weather can be your enemy as much as it is your friend. When its raining hard or when the weather reaches 100F+, it may prove difficult. Also, you cannot always take passengers, groceries, or large items so take that in consideration.
If you do plan on the 250, that is a great bike to start on.
Wow that's some luck! Did you see it in someone's backyard and ask if it was for sale? Did you lift up the tarp beforehand to see what it was? I wouldn't even know how to go about this.
I went to see that 500r today. Looks well taken care of despite 20k miles. Asking price is 2000. I offered 1500 but he said he couldn't let it go for that low. Wants 1800. Still a good deal? If not, I'll probably just pick up a 250 for less than 1500.
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