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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-31-2011, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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So I have been looking at bikes and came across one on craigslist. The only thing im concerned about with is the mileage. Is 16,000 a lot for a 250? Heres the one I'm looking at http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/mcy/2492695484.html

Do you think I should pursue this one or keep looking?
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Keep looking I bought my wife a 05 250 mint with 5600 miles for $1400 and that was last year.
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Miles don't mean shit. That bike will run forever. 1200 bucks is a good price. Go over there with a grand cash in your pocket. If they don't take it continue to shop.

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Miles don't mean shit. That bike will run forever. 1200 bucks is a good price. Go over there with a grand cash in your pocket. If they don't take it continue to shop.
Bingo. I've seen bikes with 3,000 miles that were totally trashed out and ones with 50,000 that ran like new.

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I'd only be concerned about how fast you would outgrow the 250. It might be a waste to buy and then buy something else next year, and not be able to recoup what you paid for it.

The 250's are great to learn on, but if you already know how to ride, you might be better off going to a 600, and then be able to roll with that for a few years.

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That's a good price for that bike. The miles are a little high but you can probably sell it for around the same price after adding 4k miles.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/mcy/2511206954.html

Maybe that one has less miles.
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That 250 barely has enough power to get on the interstate.

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I'd only be concerned about how fast you would outgrow the 250. It might be a waste to buy and then buy something else next year, and not be able to recoup what you paid for it.

The 250's are great to learn on, but if you already know how to ride, you might be better off going to a 600, and then be able to roll with that for a few years.
I really hate this argument.

A 600 is not a beginners bike.
If you are learning to ride, do not fall in to this trap.

If you by a 250 Ninja, for less then 1500...
You most likely with be able to sell it for the same amount in a month, or two years.
Sure the turn over rate on the bike is fast, but that means people will be looking to buy it also.

Fact is, you will not be able to buy a 600 for the same price (unless it is a pile).
Once you drop the bike a couple of times, the 600s value will drop... the 250, it is expected...

My first bike was a 250.
Also, my current bike is also a 250...
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-31-2011, 09:02 AM
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That 250 barely has enough power to get on the interstate.
Maybe a first year rider shouldn't be on the interstate.

You can't go wrong starting on the 250. If you crash, it's cheap to fix. If you don't you can usually sell them a year later for nearly what you paid. Especially at the beginning of the season when everyone is looking for a starter bike.

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I just got my M license last year. Took the MSF course. Ended up buying a dual sport at the end of last year and rode that around a little. My thing is that I really don't have a lot of experience. Probably about a little over 1000 miles under my belt. After looking around and a little research on the internet, the ninja 250 seemed like it would fit me best. Also right in my price range
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I put many thousands of miles on my Ninja 250 my first season, then moved up to a CBR 600 the next year. I feel it helped progress my skills safely and in a linear manner. Even took it to the track a few times.

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My two cents.

It has a lot to do with your common sense and your physical size.These small bikes are geared more towards a persons stature.
Is someone who has their knees touching their elbows safer on a 250???

I don't think so.The common sense is in regards to the speed at witch your ride.Or your aggression and safety.

Getting dead from bumping you head at 40mph doesn't matter if your on a skate board or a gsxr1000.

your common sense is what should be the debate.

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Remember theres also things like SV650's and Ninja 650's which are great for beginners and experienced alike.

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I'd only be concerned about how fast you would outgrow the 250. It might be a waste to buy and then buy something else next year, and not be able to recoup what you paid for it.

The 250's are great to learn on, but if you already know how to ride, you might be better off going to a 600, and then be able to roll with that for a few years.
250s, if purchased at a reasonable price sell for nearly the same as you buy them

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My first bike was a F2. I would've been unhappy with a 600. A 600 is a good first bike if you have discipline.

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250s, if purchased at a reasonable price sell for nearly the same as you buy them
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250 is great to learn on. My brother started on his that he got for $875, rode it for a few hundred miles and sold it for $1200 a few months later. If you loose any money on selling a 250 it will be minimal.
Mileage doesn't mean anything as long as it was taken care of. All the bikes on the west coast ride year around have a shit ton of miles. Everyone thinks that over 10k miles is a lot on a bike when it's really nothing.
My f2 has 19000 miles and runs great! My brothers has a f2 with 16k miles and has 0 issues. My 90 ex500 had 20k miles and no issues. My neighbors brother has an r1 with 40k miles and it looks like it came off the showroom floor.
I started on a 500cc bike and have about 1000miles under my belt and I'm very comfortable on a 600cc bike that I have now. The main thing is to know your limits.

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The reason i was leaning toward the ninja 250 was because of the price. After doing a little research I noticed they range anywhere from $1000-$2000 which is right in the range I was looking to spend.
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