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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!
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.
I was set on a 600 also when I first wanted a bike. Which was since I was a kid. But after I did some researching I'm glad I started on a smaller bike.
But at the end of the day you have to get what you are comfortable with.
I wish I would have bought an older 250 but I just had to have the green one. Haha. Oh we'll.
Keep us posted.
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Yeah, since like 92 or 93 the 500's have come with 17" rims, have double the power, and a more stout suspension. They are slightly harder to find, but worth it if you can.
For what it's worth, though.... between the wife and I we've had like 4 or 5 Ninja 250's. One we paid 150 bucks for, and another 500. The $500 she still rides every day. Needed a new ignition switch (30 bucks) and the carbs rebuilt (20 bucks) and a couple pieces of plastic (80 bucks). It runs great.
The $150 had a salvage title, so it's parked now since we got the $500 one, but it runs perfect. Just has a slightly bent frame so it vibrates on the interstate. I had someone give me a new frame (two, actually) a while back, though- so I'll switch everything over eventually and sell it for 1200 bucks. Just need a free weekend.
Yeah, 500's are the same prices, but there are typically a lot less of those around. Only 500's I could find was the GS500F when I was looking, and that was above my budget. And for the record, I was 19 when I got mine. So don't listen to anyone playing the age card. Just start smart and you'll be fine.
Very nice finds! I didn't realize a carb rebuild was so cheap. When I hear "rebuild" I automatically associate it with "engine rebuild" and I see nothing but $$$$$$ in my head.
FWIW, I think he paid $20 for the rebuild kit and did it himself. Shop labor is really expensive.
Keep your eyes peeled for a 500. The 250's are cool but a 500 will do much better on the highways. You're in TX. so I'm going to assume you'll do a fair amount of time on them.
Don't be afraid to expand your model search. Things like Kawasaki GPZ550's and GS500's/Bandit 600's and Yamaha Seca's are good starter bikes that are versatile too.
If you're dropping the 350z it should free up some monthly $$'s on insurance too.
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