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post #1 of 31 Old 07-06-2015, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Question for the ladies...

After riding on my bike (as a passenger) and watching the moto GP, my wife is now a huge Marquez fan and desperately wants a bike. I told her I would get her one as a gift (Kawi, not Repsol heh), only after she completes the safety course.

My question - im getting her a 250 to start, but I'm debating getting her a new or used one. To be honest, there isnt a massive price difference between the used ones we are looking at and a new one, plus she (I), would be a little more stress free knowing she isn't taking on someone else's problems. But then again, I know she would be devastated if she drops a brand new bike.

Any suggestions here? What was your first experience like? Did you get new or used and are you happy you made that choice?

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post #2 of 31 Old 07-06-2015, 09:02 PM
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buy used.
every bike gets dropped in the driveway (best case) at some point...

buy used. look into the cbr250 or ninja300. fuel inejected is less of a hassle.

as long as the bike doesn't have more than 5k miles, what else could be wrong with it?

i wouldn't buy any kind of vehicle brand new.
warranty is BS and a way to keep you coming back, spending $100 or double on an oil change and kicking the tires (checking tightness of all bolts according to maintenance schedule).

if you don't come back for the routine check ups and you ever want anything fixed on warranty they will hold the missed check ups against you.

you won't save any money buying brand new and have better chances of saving it with something used IMO.

i started with the cbr125 (2008 model) brand new ($250 for check up in canada) and always wished for a used ninja250. the 250/300 will keep her happier longer. i couldn't wait to sell my 125 at the end of the season and get me a old zx6r. if it was a 250 i could've done track days, keep it for another year or two instead of ditching the 125 after 8 months.
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Well, low mileage doesn't mean something CANT be wrong with it, just like higher mileage doesn't mean something MUST be wrong with it. Its a crap shoot any way you look at it.

The best choice will depend on your budget. If you're financing, a new bike will always have better rates, so although you might save a bit on used on initial price, you may end up paying more at the end due to a higher rate.... So it depends.

Warranty isn't dependent on you taking it to the dealer... at least it isn't for Kawasaki. You're allowed to do your own maintenance, just keep receipts and log in what you do.

If you go new, just get some high quality sliders just in case of a tip over.

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First bike should be a used bike. Its gonna get dropped and abused.
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If the price difference isn't that bad just get a new one. I bought a new 300 and dropped/crashed in the first 6 months and don't regret buying new because I had the peace of mind of warranty and all I concentrated on was riding better, not components needing to be checked or changed. Did track days on it at the beginners level never feeling nervous of any engine damage due to warranty covering the first year. Then I bought my new 636 and liked the 300 so much I kept it too. I did use the warranty on fairings and an exhaust shield. But that's just me, most buy used. You would have to fully evaluate your situation and your wife may not care much for the bike later on. If she would be devastated on dropping a new bike I would definitely put some frame sliders due to new riders usually dropping at low speeds with "relatively" low damage. I mean pretty much EVERYONE drops every bike at some point anyway.
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i found myself in the same position some month ago,
my wife did her license (A2 - bikes with a limit of 35kW/47bhp) a month ago,
so we wanted wo buy a 250-300cc bike.
Most of the used 250 bikes are "supersport"-like bikes,
but she never felt comfortable on them.
So the options are z300 (new), Duke 390 (used, 2years), cbf500 (new).
She's not a honda fan (but loves marquez), so no honda.
The seat position on the Duke was way to high, as was the price.
Looked for a presentation model z300 and found one 2 hours away.
I bought the presentation model (~45km) for 700€ less than the new price.
She loves her z300, the bike has more power as a 250 and is so easy to ride.

My wife is 162cm tall and slim, so it was important to find a bike that steers easily,
older bikes tend to be heavier and its harder to push it around.

If your wife feels comfortable on a ninja 300 or 250, i would buy a used one or a presentation model. i would prefer the 300, if you ride together its way easier for ther to follow you, cause the bike offers more power, with a smooth power curve.

if your wife really loves to ride and cares for the bike, try to ride as safe as possible and ride good i would also consider to buy a new one, if she just ride and doesnt care much i would buy a used one........ or i wouldnt buy one.

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My wife got a hand me up bike, she already knew how to ride so when I decided the 600 was just too small of a framed bike for me (6'2" 260lbs) I purchased myself a 2005 GSXR 750 and gave her the 2012 zx6r. I am now realizing the 750 is still uncomfortable while trying to ride 4 to 5 hours at a time and recently found a killer deal on a left over 2013 hayabusa for 9499.00 and I'm really considering pulling the trigger. As much as I would love to opt for the lesser seen zx14r the insurance difference is too costly to swing my vote away from the suzuki still.
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Thanks for all the replies everyone. I hate to think it will happen, but there's always a good chance she will drop it at some point. Escpecially after seeing her drop a moped in Greece I think I'm leaning towards a used 300 at this point.

Thanks again!
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My wife dropped the Ninja 250 first time out. Stuff like that happens.

I'd go used, as cheap as you can find that's in good mechanical shape.

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I think everyone eventually gets over dropping the bike whether new or used. I mean really, who HASN'T dropped a bike? I dropped my used cb600f, new 300, new 636 . . . with relatively low damage. It really is just a part of riding and at times has little to do with being careful e.g. gravel, pothole, slippery surface, etc.

Other than that I hope you guys are happy riding together on a new or used one. 300 is a great bike.

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buy used. no telling how many times i dropped my first bike while i was coming at a stop. just be smart when looking for a used bike. better to save a few hundred bucks than losing that mark down price after buying a new one.

dropped it when i came to a stop right before the driveway started. where the street and the driveway met dipped down without me realizing and when I went to place my feet on the ground... there was nothing but air. so i fell and i'm 5'7".

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I think everyone eventually gets over dropping the bike whether new or used. I mean really, who HASN'T dropped a bike? I dropped my used cb600f, new 300, new 636 . . . with relatively low damage. It really is just a part of riding and at times has little to do with being careful e.g. gravel, pothole, slippery surface, etc.

Other than that I hope you guys are happy riding together on a new or used one. 300 is a great bike.
I never dropped my bike, but my wife backed over it.

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I never dropped my bike, but my wife backed over it.
I'm just saying unfortunately bikes fall sooner or later.
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CBR250R ABS

With the new 300s out, should be less now. Fuel injected, reliable, easy handling, great gas mileage.

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CBR250R ABS

With the new 300s out, should be less now. Fuel injected, reliable, easy handling, great gas mileage.
+1. Super fun bike. Plus your wife will like the repsol theme if you can find it.
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