What to look for
June 12, 2008 at 6:50 pm #1510BuddParticipant
I am going to be looking at some Ninja 250s in the near future that I found on craigslist. One is a 2003 that has had its engine replaced and the new engine has about 1k on it. Seller is asking $2,200 and it is real close to my home. The other is a 2005 with the front sprokets increased by 1 and the rear decreased by 3 (not even sure what this does) for $2,050. This bike is going to be a drive to go get and then I have to ride it back home (no truck). The bright side would be that I have an hour ride to get familiar with it. My main question is what should I look for when I look at these bikes. The 05 I will have to make a desicion at the time of viewing. I am taking the MSFC this weekend and they might cover it there, but it doesn’t seem like they will. Any help is appreciated. Sorry for lurking so long.
also, does anyone know anything about the Cortech FSX jacket.June 12, 2008 at 9:40 pm #7268BenParticipant
Get the one that is close to your home, the 2003.
~Best Beginner Motorcycles AdminJune 13, 2008 at 4:53 am #7284uncle_bernieParticipant
If you’ve not done much street riding, get the one closer to home. Also, it’d be a good idea to have the person who drives you there “watch your six” on the way home (or…follow you . I’d also make sure the seller has good documentation on the engine replacement as well.
~He who laughs last didn’t get the joke…June 16, 2008 at 1:48 pm #7399BuddParticipant
The bike looks like it is in pretty good shape. It needs a new front tire and the front turn signals replaced. The kid said that one of his friends bumped into the bike and knocked it off. He has aftermarket replacements that are included in the purchase. I didn’t see any evidence of a crash on the bike or the kid that owns it. He thinks he has the owners manual somewhere. I am not sure how I feel about buying a bike from a 17 year old. Especially one that shows up on the bike with a broken turn signal wearing shorts and a t-shirt.
I may have a friend that can loan me his truck for the one further away. The guy replaced both tires last year and it was adult owned. He still has the owners manual, the toolkit, a cargo net, and is willing to meet me at a halfway point. The bike is newer and still has its original engine. The owner is the original owner and the title is clear. If I can get a truck I am leaning towards this one. It is cheaper and I feel more comfortable with the situation. Now I need to research strapping down a bike.
“I am the best I am at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-WolverineJune 16, 2008 at 4:02 pm #7405
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