Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Living in Thailand, but Home is Linden, NC
I'd think the best person to ask your questions is the local Kawasaki dealer you wish to purchase the bike from. If you have the option of visiting two different Kawasaki dealers to compare, that would help you. Ask the Honda and Suzuki dealers the same questions on their bikes in your price range. If you ask the same basic questions to several dealers, you'll have a pretty good idea what's true and what to expect. Know too, that added to the cost of the bike is state sales tax, tags and registration. Don't forget about motorcycle insurance cost. Go talk to your insurance agent to learn the cost of insurance before you buy. Take your MSF card for an insurance discount. You're 22, it's your money, you can buy the bike, but I'd talk to your folks and let them know why you're buying new vs used. You'll feel better being up front and earn their respect that you care about their feelings. But if you're going to buy a Ninja 250R, they are pretty tough little bikes, if someone is selling a 2009 or 2010, check it out. Ask to see their maintenance service manual and ask why they are selling. You might be able to save a lot of money over new. If this is your starter bike, I'd buy used. You'll be buying a bigger bike in the future. Good Luck.