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Old 12-12-2012, 04:58 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Why not sell the car, pay off the loan, buy a beater car and have money to eat things other than Ramen while you're at school instead? This is an expensive sport man.. Insurance will not be cheap, and you're a fool to run without it.
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I think when dealing with an older bike, it's best to just have liability insurance. If you drop it you can find parts on eBay for cheap.

Im paying $120 a year on a 10 250.

An older 250 will probably be less.

Gear isnt that bad either, just look for close out sales on the websites.

You could probably get a nice deal on a ninja 500 also. Like an 02 model. There are a lot of bikes for under 2,000. check out Craigslist.

Also, where in Texas are you ? Try: Sanantonioimports.com

houstonimports.com

motohouston.com

Also, I've tried this and had replies. Post on your local craigslist. In the motorcycle section under for sale. Post a wanted ad for a bike you would like to buy.

You can say something like: Hello, I'm looking to buy a 04 Kawasaki Ninja, and I have cash in hand. Please call or text me.

Just my opinion.

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...Insurance will not be cheap, and you're a fool to run without it.
I don't know if you're referring to motorcycle or health, but if you're riding on the track, health insurance should be mandatory.
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I don't know if you're referring to motorcycle or health, but if you're riding on the track, health insurance should be mandatory.
Let's just say both.
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Health Insurance - Check!
Liability will be on the bike.

I have money to buy food! I'm actually very health conscious and follow a rather strict diet. I have something of an obsession for nutrition. As far as gear goes, I have a DOT approved helmet a friend gave me and I've purchased a pair of Sidi boots. I got them at a pretty reasonable $125. I've decided to go with a pair of AGV Telluride pants and Held gloves. Those are the two things I'll be purchasing in new condition. As for jackets, I'm looking at 2 Alpinestars. Both leather. Priced at $125 and $180. The $180 one is much nicer and was originally something like $330.

As for the car, it's a 2003 Nissan 350z.
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If you're using it for the track I would go with the newer generation. I have the previous generation and the tire selection is very small because of the 16" rims.
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The food reference was just an example, but it seems like you're missing the point.

Do as you wish, but know that (like I said before) this sport is very expensive.. And it's not really wise to just barely afford it.
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The food reference was just an example, but it seems like you're missing the point.

Do as you wish, but know that (like I said before) this sport is very expensive.. And it's not really wise to just barely afford it.
It seems you are missing the point.


If you'll read the opening post again, you'll see I mention that the bike will be my commuter. I said nothing about racing. I said I'd like to track the bike every once in a while. This is purely for my enjoyment. I am not looking to get into competitive racing nor do I aspire to be a professional rider, so yes, if I have some extra money, I'd like to hit the track and better my riding skills.

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It seems you are missing the point.


If you'll read the opening post again, you'll see I mention that the bike will be my commuter. I said nothing about racing. I said I'd like to track the bike every once in a while. This is purely for my enjoyment. I am not looking to get into competitive racing nor do I aspire to be a professional rider, so yes, if I have some extra money, I'd like to hit the track and better my riding skills.
It seems like you're 20 years old, and you came to this website looking to be told what you wanted to hear.. If you've got a $2k budget for a bike, it's time to keep saving.
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Maybe you can buy Brock's busted up 2010 Ninja 250 for less than $2k. He's in Austin (I think).
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Maybe you can buy Brock's busted up 2010 Ninja 250 for less than $2k. He's in Austin (I think).
Haha. Not for sale.
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It seems like you're 20 years old, and you came to this website looking to be told what you wanted to hear.. If you've got a $2k budget for a bike, it's time to keep saving.
When all else fails, pull the age card. Always works. Thank you for your input.
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When all else fails, pull the age card. Always works. Thank you for your input.
I say go for it man! There won't be an ideal time to buy a bike. Whether its money related or something else. When I bought my bike it wasn't the ideal time. But just go through with it. You'll be glad you got a bike.
Although I love the 350z! Awesome car.

Have you decided on a bike you like?
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Haha. Not for sale.
Oh come on you don't want a busted up bike do you?

You can use the money from selling it to help buy a NEW bike!

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I say go for it man! There won't be an ideal time to buy a bike. Whether its money related or something else. When I bought my bike it wasn't the ideal time. But just go through with it. You'll be glad you got a bike.
Although I love the 350z! Awesome car.

Have you decided on a bike you like?
Either a Ninja 250 or a Ninja 500r. Something small to start on that's not too expensive so that, in the event of a spill, I won't feel so bad about messing up the bike a little.

I used to have my mind set on a CBR or GSXR 600. That was a couple of years back when I didn't know any better.

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It seems like you're 20 years old, and you came to this website looking to be told what you wanted to hear.. If you've got a $2k budget for a bike, it's time to keep saving.
Hey Buzz Killington, he's got a budget... That doesn't mean he can't afford to ride. He's already got some gear, is planning on buying full gear, even pants and boots, has health insurance, and is planning on getting a used 250... and you tell him he shouldn't ride... and all because he has a $2000 budget for his first bike. He seems like he's pretty level-headed and going about it in all the right ways. What's your deal?
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