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I would say go for it as well. Prices vary a lot across the country plus the riding season is about over so maybe that kind of price is to be expected now. If it is the bike you want at a price you are happy with then I would get it (assuming it is in good condition).
I’m glad you are sticking to your guns and are enjoying yourself, that’s what it’s all about.
I’m not sure you will be able to get an 08 Ninja 250 for $3300 though. People were paying on average around $4500 out the door this summer for them. You can probably get an ’07 for that kind of money. If you do see an ’08 at that price make sure to check it has not been banged up.
It’s hard to know what level of protection any clothing will give you as there is next to no information on this. The only clue you get is if they are CE certified (a European safety certificate). These shin guards are not certified so who knows how they will stand up in an impact. They are a hard plastic with a soft foam backing. They do not offer support to the leg, they just cover the shin. But, it does not take much impact on a shin for an extreme amount of pain so I feel safer with these on. I actually removed the knee protector (which meant cutting the straps) as they interfered with the knee pads in my pants. After experimenting a little I found I preferred the knee pads that are in my pants (which are CE certified).
I bought the Tourmaster Response boots and I love them, they are as comfortable as my Timberlands. You should note the owners comments at the bottom of that link, apparently the sole wears away quickly on these. I have not had them long enough to know if that will be a problem for me. One issue I had was I felt my shins were a little vulnerable (does not help that my pants are too short and sometimes ride above the boot). So I got myself the Icon Shin Guards and now I am happy.
webbikeworld seems to be highly respected throughout all motorcycle forums I have visited. Another good site to visit as they have great pictures is http://www.newenough.com (they also have good prices and are a trusted seller).
Another good site (especially for us up in the NW) is http://www.motorcyclesuperstore.com. They are based somewhere near Portland, OR so your order does not have far to travel and you pay no sales tax I ordered something from them last Sunday, used their free shipping and it arrived first thing Tuesday morning. That was pretty impressive.
Yes, I had heard about the Harley trike. Below are some of the pictures from their 2006 patent application (looks like a leaning Can-Am to me)
Over on an MP3 forum there is a lot of pent up demand from ex-bikers who are looking for the stability of 3 wheels but on a more powerful bike (and with gears). There is a guy in Seattle who even built his own! I’ve never met him but a local Meetup group ran into him once and took these pictures.
I did kind of decide decide months ago but then I was strung along by the dealer (up in Burlington) so I was having second thoughts. Then one day I see one sitting outside Vespa Seattle and I bought it then and there. First ride outside of MSF was in rush hour downtown traffic! Sometimes you just gotta grab life by the nuts.
I live downtown. I have never been as far down as Federal Way so I guess it was someone else. I get to the SeaTac area to play soccer but that is as far south as I’ve been.
Well, I should mention my morning commute is the 20 feet from my bedroom to my living room so I am not sure how cold it is in the morning. But it does not really get too cold here. Wet yes, cold, not so much. I had been living in Atlanta for the past 3 years and it can certainly get cold there. Ten years ago I was in NJ and that redefined cold for me. I pity all you poor sods who live in places with weather like that. Way too extreme for me.
Sorry dude, hopefully there are no scratches.
No, you have to ride it
Seems like strange advice from your instructors. Anything will go as slow as a 250 and smooth throttle control and relaxing are the very things us newbies have problems with. I have gone into several corners too hot and lost my nerve. Try relaxing and having smooth throttle control when you are shitting yourself.
And I would not worry about the Honda revving high. I had a Honda S2000 (ok, its a car and not a bike) and that thing red lined at 9,000 rpm. It just loved to be thrashed. It was a bit disconcerting at first but I came to love the banshee scream it gave out. Ah, good times
Hasn’t got very cold yet out here in Seattle (at least when I’ve been riding) but I did notice my hands were the first to notice the chill. I’m going to try and find some under-glove warmers, the kind you get for skiing, see if that helps. I do have rain mitts but I only want to wear them if it is actually raining.September 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm in reply to: MSF School: Waste of time, waste of money, both, or none of the above……Flamers flame on. #12952
Congratulations, and I’m glad you got more out of today than before.