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Old 06-20-2006, 02:32 PM   #76
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Holy crap MSRP on a ZZR250 is $6299 CDN. Exchange rate is roughly 1.1cdn/1 usd, so that makes it 5726 USD. Looks a lot better at last year's 1.25/1 exchange rates, more like 5 even. still about $2k too much...
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Old 06-20-2006, 04:35 PM   #77
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Ron, I just got an '04 ZZR - where did you get the flush-mount rear signals?

I didn't really realize how different our Canadian models were until this post!
The turn signals are already there, you just have to make them work...

I stated to write a FAQ.. here it is.

http://forums.ninja250.org/viewtopic...=265985#265985
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Old 06-20-2006, 07:22 PM   #78
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Check this one out folks. This guy is doing an Iron Butt 1000 (Missouri Saddle Sore 1000) on his wifes EX250 and is entering voice updates to his blog along his way. Best of luck to you Steve!!! Missouri Saddle Sore 1000. http://stevejonesmo.blogspot.com/
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:35 PM   #79
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I have had two friends finish the IBR on Ninja 250's one came in 12th,
the other 56th (he broke a rib on the way) another is registered for
the 2007 run..

And he he will do well...
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Old 06-21-2006, 05:08 AM   #80
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Ninja 250 info

The Ninja250 is a great bike! To learn more check out:
http://ninja250.org/ The FAQ is very complete.

For a great read about Bill's 100,000+ miles of experience on
his Ninja250, take a look at his very detailed EIGHT part series
http://forums.ninja250.org/viewforum.php?f=33

The Ninja250 is great as a commuter, and can even tour; see
http://www.ninja250.org/Troy
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Old 06-21-2006, 01:01 PM   #81
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A kid in my neighorhood just bought one last year as a first bike and he rides the piss out of it. After reading this I'm going to ask him to take it for a spin. The bike looks good, it's the Kawi green, and sounds decent for a bike with only 250cc.

BUY IT. BUY IT.


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Old 06-29-2006, 05:06 PM   #82
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I may have found A 2001. It needs some work though, battery, signal light, clutch handle and I haven't looked at it yet so I don't know the overall condition. But, after looking at picsof 100's of crap bikes on flea bay owned by people who didn't know how to ride, this one sounds like a cream puff! I shall know by the weekend.
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Old 06-29-2006, 05:25 PM   #83
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All these itty bitty starter bikes, Rebels, Ninja 250s, they have artificially low price points. Not much money to be made selling them. They are cheap enough already, don't expect too much more on price.

When the sales dude sees a big guy with riding experience, it is no surprise that he might hope to sell you a more lucrative bike. If you walked in with a small woman and said "she's a beginner, we're looking for a bike for her, I'll do the test ride since she doesn't have her license yet", they'd probably be all over you to do it, because they'll think either they sell you the Ninja or not sell you anything at all; that you'd buy used or not at all.

I went in to a dealer with my wife and had no problem taking a Rebel out for a test ride.
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Old 06-30-2006, 03:01 PM   #84
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It's never easy with these bikes.

IE: Owner is in FLA, bike is in NY in a friends garage. Title is in the friends hand, in someone elses name besides the owner. It is supposed to be the "Girl friend". Friend in NY doesn't want to me to try to start the bike, battery is dead, doesn't want it to be bothered.(?) Wants the money, and I take the bike. No recipts, bill of sale, that is not his (friend in NY) problem, it is the guy in FLA.
The title is already signed by the "Girl Friend".

WTF?

I HAD to pass on this deal. Bastards.
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Old 07-01-2006, 10:51 AM   #85
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I think I need one. 75mpg sounds great! The dr350 gets about 70mpg but doesn't cruise comfortable at highway speeds (70mph)...I'd like to take a ride up the front range of the rockies at the end of the summer. It doesn't look like it would be a problem on the ninja250. It would make a great daily rider and commuter too. You're on to something 100mpg...I say get one and don't look back.
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Old 07-01-2006, 02:47 PM   #86
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I wantr to get one but I am trying to save a couple of bucks (and peice of mind) by buying used.

BUY NEW?
Perfect bike
it will be broken in right
NO STRATCHES
NO DENTS
not beat on.
High price

BUY USED?
could be like new meaning has little miles,
its used
it could be abused
most of the people who own a NINJA 250, DO NOT know how to ride. They drop it or fall on it, and get scared and sell it. W/ stratches, dents, broken lights.
Lower price.

Meaning I could save 500-1500 bucks. The one I just passed on, was 1500 bucks. Had the money in my hand and was waiting to clear up the title issue, and I was off. It never happened. But it did need a battery, front signal, and a clutch lever. Not sure what else, could have been scratched. so 1500 plus 200 for parts, 1700 and the bike was supposed to be like new. 1929 miles, red, looks nice, too bad the owner and his buddy were nuts.
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Old 07-01-2006, 03:39 PM   #87
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How long do you plan to keep it? If you think you'll hold on to it for at least several years, I'd say you can't lose on a new one. If you're not sure, you can buy used and sell for the same amount in a few months/year.
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Old 07-01-2006, 03:55 PM   #88
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How long do you plan to keep it? If you think you'll hold on to it for at least several years, I'd say you can't lose on a new one. If you're not sure, you can buy used and sell for the same amount in a few months/year.
I will definatly have a few years. 2-3 most likely, hopefully not longer. I expect I could sell it for 2200-2500 after 3 years, but I am sure it will have many miles on it. I might even sell my XRL for now and buy something else or another when that trip time comes BUT, I get attached to the stuff I buy and usually drive/ride it into the ground before I would sell it.
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Old 07-01-2006, 04:16 PM   #89
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If you buy the bike for $3200 OTD and sell it after 3 years for $2200, the new bike will cost you $27/month. Considering the fact that you shouldn't have to do anything other than oil changes and maybe a valve check, that's pretty damn cheap.

If you found a "like new" bike with a couple thousand miles on it, you'd pay $2000-$2200? and probably sell for just slightly less in a few years....but the bike isn't "new"
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If you buy the bike for $3200 OTD and sell it after 3 years for $2200, the new bike will cost you $27/month. Considering the fact that you shouldn't have to do anything other than oil changes and maybe a valve check, that's pretty damn cheap.

If you found a "like new" bike with a couple thousand miles on it, you'd pay $2000-$2200? and probably sell for just slightly less in a few years....but the bike isn't "new"
Yeabut that OTD price, does it include tax and reg? Those prices go down on a used bike. Im finding plenty of year 2000+ for under $2,000. Just missed a 2002 today with 2100 miles for $1,900. So it has a couple of scratches, I'll probably put a few on it too. Too each his own, but for good value, slightly used is the way to go, especially if you have patience.
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