I found a 2004 Kawasaki Ninja 250 for $1400. It has 1100 miles on it. The person selling the bike is the 3rd owner. She said the first owner dropped the bike before so there are some scratches in the fairings but no dents. Is this a good deal? Is this bike good for riding in freeway during traffic hour for commuting to work?
Wow, I didn't even know Kelley Blue Book had motorcycle values until today . The suggested retail value of a 2004 EX250 is $1690 (from a dealer) so I would say you're getting a great deal, especially because of the low mileage. Not knowing how the bike was stored over the years I couldn't say how good the tires would be. There will obviously be plenty of tread left, but who knows what happens to tires after sitting around for 8 years. I'd probably replace them just to be safe.
85-90 mpg is very hard to get, but you should get about 65-75 on average
Personally, I don't care how much good tread is left on those stock tires. They are terrible tires. Just about anything is an upgrade over them. I would recommend Pirelli Sport Demons, as they've been the best ones I've owned. They'll be on size bigger, but will still easily fit the bike. These tires are about $100 each, however. The Pirelli Diablo is also a good tire. It's a scooter tire, but has speed ratings to work on the 250. I currently have one on the rear and have been really impressed
Kenda is also a recommended brand of tire for the 250. If you're willing to spend more money than you would on the Sport Demons, Bridgestone and Michelin also make good tires for this bike
Sport Demons will give you excellent quality at a medium-level price