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Old 05-22-2006, 04:24 AM   #21
giuliom
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Default Re: Not ZZR 600 or Ninja 650 R

The insurance sounds pretty unreasonable. Maybe it's the newbie factor? I have progressive and I am paying less than $500/year for two bikes, a Nighthawk 750 (liability only) and a 2003 Bandit 1200s (full coverage), with liability limits of 300/300/100, well above the minimum. Oh, and I live in Los Angeles! How can there be discrepancies like that in quotes?

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Old 05-22-2006, 04:47 AM   #22
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Default Re: Not ZZR 600 or Ninja 650 R

I still like the Ninja 250 idea - I too have had no trouble riding at 80 mph on the interstate. Excellent mileage, too.

However, I wanted to comment on your choices of insurance. Don't overlook State Farm for your motorcycle. I have a 2004 GSX-R 1000 insured in Oregon - it's $377/year - full coverage - and I'm not pulling your leg.

Progressive has always been out of sight high whenever I've compared them against State Farm. Geico seems to be, too.
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Old 05-22-2006, 06:03 AM   #23
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Default Re: Not ZZR 600 or Ninja 650 R

I glad to hear that you are looking at used bikes now. However, $3K to $4K is too much for a used Ninja 500 or GS500E. I see that you are looking at only 2000 and newer but that is still too much. My friend just bought a '02 GS500E with 2700 miles for $2500.



You might also consider opening up to the possibility of an older bike. The Ninja 500 was last updated in 1996. So any '96 or newer bike is going to be exactly the same except for color. With both the EX500 and GS500E, model year doesn't matter, look for condition and price. The Ninja 250 is even cheaper, with bikes in good condition going for $1500 to $2000.



You may also what to look at Hyosung. The Comet 250 has received good reviews and is about the same price as a Ninja 250. The suspension and brakes are better though.



One-Wheel Drive has reviewed the Comet 250. Just remember that it is a Canadian Magazine so the prices are in Canadian dollars.



http://www.onewheeldrive.net/index.p...1&Itemid=1 26

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Old 05-22-2006, 11:16 AM   #24
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Default Re: Not ZZR 600 or Ninja 650 R

Yeah, he must be talking about the rebel/nighthawk. The ninja250 is nearly the speed of the gs500 and weighs 80 lbs less. It will go 100+; I brought mine to 100 many times. Pretty scary at that speed though. Sounds like a jet.
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Old 05-22-2006, 06:54 PM   #25
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Default Re: Not ZZR 600 or Ninja 650 R

You should. I've heard others mention it was the funnest bike they've ever ridden, and these are from non-owners.



Even though it seems Honda is ramping down spare parts (like only the red tanks are available), there is still a strong aftermarket from owners who take it up to themselves and produce airboxes, suspension mods, bracketry, carbon fiber tanks, fairings, etc.
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