Hey guys I'm 16 years old 5'7 and 145 lbs
I've heard from everyone one to get a ninja 250r from the year '09 but I don't know if the newer models are better or if the 09 is the best for beginners? Also would yall happen to know the price of a brand new new one in Dallas Texas? Any other information or tips would be much appreciated
for example how's the experience and how was the test ?
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Hi Jason and welcome to the forum.
Any of the 250's from 09-up are pretty much identical mechanically and in terms of handling, etc. so don't sweat it. The 250 IS a beginner's friendly bike so you really can't go wrong with it.
As for the brand-new, the Ninja 250 was discontinued in 2012. The new 300 is pretty identical in terms of ride height, etc. but with a few more cc's and fuel injection (all prior years are carbureted.) You might be able to score a new 2012 with a lot of searching (I got mine brand new last December and it was tagged at $2,999.00.....but of course after freight, dealer prep, taxes etc is was more.) but I wouldn't count on it. The new 300 is around $4,699 or so MSRP. (Still a great deal for a good bike.) (I have heard it has steering bearing issues though..)
If you look for a used bike, take along someone who KNOWS bikes and can thoroughly check it out front to back and everywhere in between. Since the 250 IS a beginner's bike, they are often ridden hard, often dropped or involved in accidents so be careful who you buy a used bike from.
Haven't done my MSF yet...I have prior street (and motocross) riding experience though.
As a young man and with no experience..TAKE THE MSF BEGINNER RIDER COURSE!! It costs about $250 but it is worth every penny and WILL save you money on insurance and more importantly, WILL possibly save your life!!
(And the MSF is more fun than the motor vehicle office's dumb drive test.