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Old 03-18-2007, 09:05 AM   #11
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Default Call Kawasaki City in Irving, Texas

For years, they've posted their out the door price on all bikes. Believe me, they've got the best prices in Texas. Most dealers will, reluctantly, match their price if you say, "Well this is what I can buy it for at Kawasaki City".
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Old 03-18-2007, 09:51 AM   #12
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Default Re: What is a fair OTD price for a Ninja 250?

$4100 for a $2999 bike?



Ok, here's what you do; Kick the sales manager in the **** and go to another dealer.



You might need to be a bit patient, but there are good used Kawi 250s out there.



I'm guessing you've already been on Craigslist and Cycle Trader?

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Old 03-18-2007, 10:04 AM   #13
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Default Re: What is a fair OTD price for a Ninja 250?

Not true. You cannot get a 250 OTD for the MSRP or below.
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Old 03-18-2007, 10:07 AM   #14
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Default Re: What is a fair OTD price for a Ninja 250?

I have bought two Ninja 250's new in TX. You should be able to get one OTD for $3400 or so. They sell like hot cakes and that is why you won't get one at or below MSRP like many others think you should. Not to mention the riding season in TX is basically year-round.





I would also suggest you find a nice used one. It may take some time but you will save some money.
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Old 03-18-2007, 10:27 AM   #15
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Default Re: What is a fair OTD price for a Ninja 250?

They advertised rebates on the company website last year from mid season to late season.



My post isn't critical on new prices, I am critical of the used prices in SF Craigslist. $2900 is high for a used one, when if I pay MSRP on new I'll book out no higher than $3230 - MSRP + 10% sales tax and $200 in fees.



For a discount of $330 (and honestly, it isn't even that because I still have to go title and license it, as well as pay tax) on a 5 year old model, it makes no sense. So F those used prices; I'd wait for a better deal.



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Old 03-18-2007, 12:29 PM   #16
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Default Re: What is a fair OTD price for a Ninja 250?

Buy used. You will grow out of this bike real soon. Or you do what I did buy a new 600 super sport and just be careful and practice all of those MSF drills in a nice big parking lot. Especially important is the braking drill. Seriously, I would buy a used bike for your first bike.. You are going to hit with all of that first year depreciation if you buy new. Although the little Ninja is a good bike there are other nice first bikes like the Ninja 500, Suzuki GS500, 650 SV etc. [b][i]
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Old 03-18-2007, 01:15 PM   #17
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Default Re: What is a fair OTD price for a Ninja 250?

I should have mentioned that I'm a reasonably experienced rider. My other bikes are a Ducati ST4s, Ducati 900SS, Triumph Daytona 675, BMW R90S, BMW F650GS and a Honda VFR750.



Yes, it may look like a bad case of Multiple Bike Disorder but I'm getting better, really. Just one more bike and I can quit. I'm in control. I'm in denial.



So why would I want the little Ninja? I've done the litre-bike thing and it was somewhat fun but mostly... enlightening. I had a 999S and thought the world of it, took it to a couple of track days, and then sold it. Even my other sport bikes are too much for the street (well, maybe not the 900SS but it's a close call.)



I may be a slow learner but I do eventually, gradually and often through great pain and expense, learn. The smaller bikes are simply more fun. Riding the 999S at 10% of its ability is absolute agony. The Daytona, as much as I admire it, is still agonizing on my daily commute. With traffic I'm lucky to get one good corner out of the whole trip. I don't treat the streets like my personal racetrack but I do have a need to enjoy the motorcycle. And before anyone jumps in-- I keep a good 1/2" chicken strip on my tires when street riding so I'm not pushing it. I consider myself a reasonably mature rider without anything resembling a multiple-bike problem. Remember, I'm in denial.



I've had three SV650s over the years and they are great bikes and truly more fun on the street than anything in my current stable except maybe the 900SS.



Yea, verily, I have seen the light. Having test-driven a Ninja 250 my eyes are open and I see this motorcycle as a way to enjoy riding even on my work commute without risking life, limb and license. I don't expect to outgrow it and instead hope to revel by pushing it closer to its limits.

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Old 03-18-2007, 01:16 PM   #18
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Default Re: Call Kawasaki City in Irving, Texas

I checked their web page and they are more than $500 less than the price quoted here.



Thanks!!



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Old 03-18-2007, 02:38 PM   #19
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Default Re: What is a fair OTD price for a Ninja 250?

"It's more fun to ride a Slow Bike Fast, than a Fast Bike Slow." That's the motto of the Slow Motorcycle Action Resemblance Team (S.M.A.R.T.).



Welcome to the Club, Brother!



We're opposed only by the Club that has the "It's better to ride a Fast Bike FAST, than do ANYTHING on a Slow Bike" motto - the Daredevil Ultimate Meteoric Motorcycle Yeomen (D.U.M.M.Y.).



These guys think 25hp bikes make good starter-motors................
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Old 03-18-2007, 03:39 PM   #20
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Default Re: What is a fair OTD price for a Ninja 250?

I'm very happy for all you guys who have bought clean used bikes for great prices and think everyone should do the same. But that's not for everyone, for a couple of reasons.



First, buying a used bike is a lot of work. Last spring my son wanted to buy a motorcycle, and his budget was $2000. I would have preferred that he start with something like a 350 dual sport, and would have been thrilled to find a clean Ninja 250. We passed up a nice XT350 the previous fall because he couldn't make up his mind.



So we spent months scouring the net and responding to ads, and finally spent an entire Saturday driving about 150 miles to look at bikes that had just been sold or were in much worse shape than advertised. Late in the day we checked out the last bike on the list, a very clean 86 CB700C Nighthawk for $1800.



It's a nice bike at a nice price, but it isn't what I would have picked. And I'd say I put enough hours into that purchase to just about make up the difference of what a new Ninja 250 would have cost. If that's your idea of hobby, fine, but to me it's just work.



Second, I realize there's no accounting for taste, but most previous years of Ninja 250 have color schemes that were clearly intended to make them appeal to girls. It doesn't bother me a bit to ride around on a little bike, but I'd prefer it not have pink wheels.
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