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Well at the moment I own a '96 blazer and I love it, it has it problems but nothing serious that I can't work around. Only problem is, its a gas whore and I'm joining the military. Now this would be fine with me as I don't travel a lot but even in small time traveling, I use a lot of gas in such a short time. Well I've always wanted a bike but never had the time nor courage to convince my parents into letting me get one. Well I decided now that it is a good choice. Only thing is, all the one on my local Craigslist, while are nice, are not what I'm looking for(2 to 5 grand for a Harley and such) while my interest is just to get a sport bike such as a Kawasaki Ninja. I contacted a dealer and he told me that for a Ninja 250R I'm looking at about 4495 and for a Ninja 650 about 7495. They don't seem like horrible deals and he told me for payments, it about 100-200 a month, which I can manage well enough. My only question is, should I get one?

I've never been to a dealer myself, always bought used. At the moment I go to school as a senior and after I graduate, I will be going into the military shortly after. I want this to be a bike I can have for a long term, save some money with gas and in the end, still have a bad ass bike. I won't be getting rid of the blazers as I will use that for long travels(Unless the dealer will let me trade it for a bike but I doubt he will).

Anyways, as the above question asked, should I go talk to the dealer and see about buying a bike?

P.S. I don't have my motorcycle license but plan to if I do make the choice.
 

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Buying int he winter is SMART. Start with a 250cc because it's not very powerful and you can learn more easily.
there's a hihg chance you WILL lay it down, so don't get something fancy
I don't go to boot camp till September, so I'm thinking I'll just wait till I'm out of that and in my A-school area to actually buy the bike and if I'm right, the military has a free program to get certified to drive a motorcycle lol.

I meant to say I'm buying new.
 

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A lot of places give you the drivers school/training if you buy a bike. I know a lot of places around here does it anyway.
 

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Yea, just ask around and see if they have the schools and stuff, check prices, and figure out what you want to buy before you actually buy something.


Also ask about incentives and stuff, a few weeks ago Suzuki had a great deal, $1000 off most bikes, and yamaha always has something.


When you do buy the bike, if you do it right they will give you free stuff or great deals on extras. When we bought our last trail bike they gave us a free helmet and gloves then sold us another +$100 helmet for $50.
 

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Never buy a new motorcycle for your first one. Ever. That's just plain stupid!

I bought my first bike for $3900 in 2008 sold it in 09 for $4200. Used bikes have awesome resale my last CBR I just sold two months ago I had $1700 into it sold it for $2200. Sell your Blazer and use cash. Full coverage insurance is going to absolutely rape you if you're unmarried and under 25 years old or have a lot of tickets. I had liability for $17 a month on my first one and I was only 18 years old. Comprehensive with a $500 deductible was only ~40 a month and that is a necessity if your bike sleeps outside.

Seriously buy used and save the money for adequate gear and safety training. That will go a much longer way then spending the change on a brand new flashy bike that will lose 10%+ of its retail as soon as you ride it off the lot. And for the record, buying used motorcycles is completely different then buying a used car. It is a lot less nerve-racking and stressful.
 

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If I remember right, they had a deal where they were giving 300 off a new bike purchase. I'd love to get a free helmet out of it :s!
I'd love to buy a bike now and be able to show it off at school but I'm not sure whether it'd be a wise choice or not but I'll check it out and see what happens. It all really depends on how payments go. I go to boot camp in about 5 month, I'll be working for about 4 1/2 of those, making about 800 a month, minus about 600 or 700 of that for car/bike/gas payments and insurance(The car is payed off). I'm not sure what I'll be charged for motorcycle insurance, I did a quote and for the bare min. it was 58 a month but I don't think that'd be wise.

Also have to remember that for 2 or 3 month, I'll be going with out income and in A school, I'll be on an allowance I believe, not an actual salary.

The reason I don't want to buy used is I won't have the money up front, it'd be a easy down payment then the rest be paid off over a period of time. I'd probably have to go to a pawn if I want to buy used or if the dealership has a used bike for sale, which I doubt.
 

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I've decided to go to a dealer tomorrow and look at what they have. I think I'm going to go with a 250r, I would love to get a 650 but 250r are cheaper and if in the end I do decide to upgrade, it'll be a cheap upgrade and I can resell the thing.
 

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Well instead of getting a ninja, I got a Honda Rebel, I traded my blazer in for 1000 down and pay 150 a month now for it. I told them I'll get it once I get my license, which I'll hopefully have in a week or two depending on work.
 

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Well instead of getting a ninja, I got a Honda Rebel, I traded my blazer in for 1000 down and pay 150 a month now for it. I told them I'll get it once I get my license, which I'll hopefully have in a week or two depending on work.
A good choice! Good luck getting your license and ride safely!
I was going to buy a bike too but I'm still thinking which one I should pick. I'm considering to buy a used one as an option as well.
 

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As stupid are motorcycles are, don't buy a fancy one because you will wreck your first almost guaranteed. But dude, they're so dangerous.
 
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