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Old 07-07-2008, 05:44 PM   #41
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For how much? a 250 sells new for between $3200 and $3500.
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Old 07-07-2008, 05:55 PM   #42
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Is a 2002 Ninja 250 with about 800 miles a good deal? The owner said he recently cleaned out the carb and gas tank too. How many more miles you think this bike has?

In the engine - a LOT. Probably another 50,000, at least. If you take care of it. Now, as to the REST of the bike - I dunno - depends on what kind of shape its in right now, where you're gonna store it, how hard you're gonna ride it, how many times you drop it, etc. Even though he claims to have cleaned-out the tank and carbs, expect some carb-work if you buy this one.

Another prospect is a 1997 Ninja 250 with about 8000 miles. Again, how many miles you think this bike has left in it?

See above.

Last, there is a bike for sale that is a 2003 Ninja 500 with a little over 8500 miles. Good pick?

Also, see above. I bought one for The Wife that had been dropped a few years-ago. Had no problems with the bike other than a minor fueling-issue. They're good motos - wish Kawasaki would "update" the suspension, brakes, and styling. They could do it with already-amortized parts from previous sportbikes for almost no development-cost.

By the way, when I ask if the above bikes are good deals, I mean as far as miles. I wouldn't mention them if they were out of my price range. I know good prices, lol, that's the easy part. As a beginner, I am learning ins and outs of specs, gas mileage, etc etc.

You also say, sport bikes 'tend to be thrashed at lower miles'. 'Lower miles' being 20000 - 30000? How many are you referring to?

By "Thrashed" they mean the bike's been ridden hard and put-away wet, with little/no routine maintenance, usually dropped a couple of times, scaring the rider - who then stores it improperly (i.e. with nasty oil and no fuel-stabilizer) for the next 7 years . People treat 'em like they're "disposable" - and that becomes self-fulfilling. In the end, essentially everything is "disposable" - but not necessarily to the extreme we often carry it.
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:02 PM   #43
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Ok good, lol. I didn't want to come off the wrong way.

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Old 07-07-2008, 07:17 PM   #44
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:02 PM   #45
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Oh ok, I can definately see where that term comes from. Through some of my searches for a decent bike, I saw some BADLY maintenanced ones.

So you're basically saying mileage doesn't matter for a beginner bike? It more or less boils down to the maintenance?

As for me, I have a garage I plan to put it in, and I definately plan to take good care of it.

So a well taken care of Ninja 500 will last about 50,000 miles roughly?

Thanks again in advance.
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:08 PM   #46
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You CUT OFF Redsock Boy Fan! No more post for you until you buy motorcycle! You come back with picture and clean title in hand! What next, you going to ask how much air to put in tire you not own yet? You been here 42 posts! YOU GO NOW~!!!!NOW!!!!!!
You can't be serious?

For 1, its red SOX, not red SOCKS, lol. For 2, this is in the right section of the forum to post questions and get insight from more experienced riders. I know you've been here longer, but I have to start from somewhere and learn from somewhere. I know NO ONE that owns a bike, so I resided here.

How much air do bike tires usually take by the way? LMAO.
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You can't be serious?
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Old 07-07-2008, 11:00 PM   #48
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How much air do bike tires usually take by the way? LMAO.
Fill 'em up 'til they creak, then back-off 5psi..........

Often, it's personal preference. 30-36 usually for the fronts, 30-40 for rears, all depending on what bike you're on and what you're "doing" with it.

You want grip? Lower end of the scale.

You want miles? Upper end of the scale.

Trial and error. Hopefully, more trial, less error in the case of a Moto.
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Old 07-07-2008, 11:04 PM   #49
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Oh ok, I can definately see where that term comes from. Through some of my searches for a decent bike, I saw some BADLY maintenanced ones.

So you're basically saying mileage doesn't matter for a beginner bike? It more or less boils down to the maintenance?

As for me, I have a garage I plan to put it in, and I definately plan to take good care of it.

So a well taken care of Ninja 500 will last about 50,000 miles roughly?

Thanks again in advance.
Miles don't really matter - it's the condition of the bike. You're not likely to find one that's got the engine worn-out if the rest of the bike's been well-maintained. I've got over 50,000 on my '04 FZ6, I've also got a handful of HawkGTs with over 25,000 each, and a '96 PC800 with nearly 64,000 (just bought it - only about 10k are "my" miles).

50,000miles is a "guess". You may get 200,000 miles. You may get 10,000.

Get thee to an MSF course (if you haven't already) or it won't matter to you - the NEXT owner will be the one askin' us all these questions.............
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You can't be serious?

For 1, its red SOX, not red SOCKS, lol. For 2, this is in the right section of the forum to post questions and get insight from more experienced riders. I know you've been here longer, but I have to start from somewhere and learn from somewhere. I know NO ONE that owns a bike, so I resided here.

How much air do bike tires usually take by the way? LMAO.
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