My new 2009 Ninja 650r!
April 8, 2010 at 2:36 am #3850April 8, 2010 at 4:15 am #25522DinugePampleParticipant
That looks fantastic. Makes me excited! I get to go look at some tomorrow!
My only question is where you got it? I think on that Kawasaki website they had a ‘buy a green save green’ thing. Did that apply?April 8, 2010 at 4:24 am #25526
Yeah I bought it from the kawi dealer in my city. This link has all the models that qualify for the deal and how much you can save
I got 500 off for it. Depending on your model, credit, and dealership, you could get more. If you’re really lucky, you could get a good deal for a 2009 since they should be getting their 2010 inventory in. Just remember that everything is negotiable…even if you throw out a lowball offer, they probably wont take it, but they should knock down the price a bit because at the end of the day they just want to make a sell.
But I love it so far and you’ll love yours too!April 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm #25548eonParticipant
Nice looking bike and I see you’ve gone for the color coordinated lookApril 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm #25550
Thanks! If you’re going to do it, do it right! Haha it’s a pain finding good green gear though…you would think there would be a better selection, but everything is dominated by black, white, red and blue…oh well.April 9, 2010 at 12:23 am #25571
Call them on the phone and make an offer- they might drop the price some to try to get you in the door. Try to stay calm- they can spot spring fever that might make someone pay full retail.
A 250 Ninja is quite popular now, especially with rising gas prices- you will probably not find a leftover 2009, or much of a discount. See if they will give you a discount for any extra parts or accessories as part of the sale.May 10, 2010 at 6:24 pm #26325
New pics with the Targa Fender Eliminator, Ermax Seat Cowl, Gipro-DS Gear Indicator, and Tapeworks Reflective Rim Tape.
I installed everything myself, which is pretty good because I dont have alot of experience working on bikes. I think it looks 100% better than stock…let me know what you guys think!May 10, 2010 at 8:51 pm #26327
The main things are if you like it, and later if a buyer will like it. Things to add a lot more power that likely lower the reliability like nitrous or a turbo will probably lower the resale value later, but minor improvements will hopefully increase the value without limiting the number of buyers interested, if the changes are not too unusual.
I think you made good choices for upgrading the looks, without spending a huge pile of money. You will get buyers that just focus on the book value and try to cheat you out of the cost of upgrades- sometimes people will take off extras and sell them separately, when they decide to sell their bike.May 11, 2010 at 2:04 am #26332
Thanks, I definitely like it. Eh, I’m not worried too much about other buyers…I just bought it myself and I dont plan on getting rid of it anytime soon. I’m going to modify my bike in the ways that I want, potential buyers be damned. I’m just starting small because I dont have a lot of experience working on bikes. I dont think you can buy a bike and automatically think about re-selling it. It’s not like one of those shows where you buy a house, fix it up, and turn around and sell it haha. When you put your time, money and effort into a bike, you do it because YOU want to. Thats how I feel anyways.. lolMay 11, 2010 at 3:02 pm #26347MunchParticipant
Amen…. a man that gets it!May 11, 2010 at 4:38 pm #26356JackTradeParticipant
IMO any true enthusiat cares little about resale value. When it’s time to sell the bike or car, it’s because you’ve extracted all the value to you out of it, and (usually) it’s time to upgrade.
For me, the value of a vehicle is in the experience of using it, not what it can be sold for. I tend to keep my things for long periods of time, and when I finally do sell them, what makes me most happy is if I’m able to sell them to someone with a similar worldview that will take appropriate care of them.May 13, 2010 at 11:31 pm #26419eternal05Participant
I took a gixxer 600, removed the beautiful, shiny black bodywork and put on crappy race plastics/windscreen, added a full exhaust system + fuel mapping, grip pads, race levers, rearsets, re-valved the forks, swapped the rear shock, and got better tires. None of these are things that most bike shoppers care about, so I’m never going to see any of that money back in resale (if the bike lives that long). Like you said Shamrock, resale be damned!May 14, 2010 at 12:18 am #26421
But you did it because you wanted to..because that was going to make your motorcycling experience what you wanted it to be…thats what its all about. You dont buy a bike to eventually sell it, you buy one to ride the hell out of it and have a great time!May 14, 2010 at 7:11 am #26435eternal05Participant
I have no idea what you’re talking aboutMay 15, 2010 at 2:16 pm #26458
A guy bought a motorcycle like mine for $5,200, then put a couple thousand into bigger and higher compression pistons and bigger valves, then broke a rod end and had custom rods made for it, to go from 35 to 70 horsepower. He could have bought a used Suzuki SV650 with 70 horsepower stock. He sold this bike for a big loss of money.
Sure, you are free to waste your money- we would all be wiser driving a used Geo Metro three cylinder car or a used Hyundai Elantra year round for a family of four, but I think it is important to show beginners how others think they wasted their dollars when it comes time to sell their one of a kind masterpiece.
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