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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.

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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.
I most definitely will. If all goes well, I should have a bike this weekend!
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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.
Um, not exactly. I started with a $1100 bike and $500 worth of gear. Not everyone needs like $5k to get started.
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What happened to that Ninja 500 you posted up about?
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I think your plan is reasonable. Specially the part about selling the car and changing it for something cheaper. At your age, in school, I'd be driving something much cheaper to run/insure/whatever Well, at MY age, with my degree and with a full time job, I drive something much cheaper haha

Besides, if you are anything like me, you won't get near the car if weather's barely ok to ride
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Honestly, if you're thinking about a pre-gen 250 I'd get the ninja 500. Same ugly ass looks, similar gas mileage, more hp/tq, but not enough to fuck you over. Of course, if you want pretty the 08+ 250s are the ticket. Just don't sell short the 500s. They pretty much in the same boat as the old 250s and even cost the same.
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I just sold a pre-gen. They're great little bikes. You can upgrade the front end for $150 worth of springs. I definitely wouldn't take on to the strack on the stock suspension. It would be OK for day-to-day riding though.

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I agree with Akumu, if you have the chance, grab a 500.

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What happened to that Ninja 500 you posted up about?
I would've picked it up for $1500, but seller wasn't willing to go that low. At first he wanted $1800 but moved down to $1700. Still a little higher than I would've liked at 20k miles.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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.

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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.
I didn't really take to heart what pickpocket had to say. He didn't want to admit he was wrong, so instead, he made a completely irrelevant comment about how young I am. Thanks arctic.

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Being young and broke doesn't mean you don't get to play, it means you have more down time as you may not have the scratch to buy parts ASAP when something happens. EX: if I fell and smashed my exhaust can tommorow, would be at least a month before I had the scratch to replace it.
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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.
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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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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.
I am looking at 250's 'cause of cost of ownership and apparently they're easy to service.

Does the same hold true for the bikes you've listed?
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