Re: I haven found the squidlyest forum..
njyork made a good point. New 250s and the new 300 are starting to get too expensive IMO. I can get a 3 year old r6, gsxr, 600rr, or zx6r for the price of a new ninja 300. Its getting difficult to justify spending over 5k for a beginner bike.
So how about the ninja 250 being the same base as the GPZ250 which dates back to the mid 80's...and I've seen some dirt cheap GPZ250's...
I don't understand how you can compare the brand new 250 model to second hand SS bikes. Get a 250 or small bike of any shape, ride the pants off it and then sell it on after a few years.
Besides, the justification is that if you are thinking straight, you know you should start on a small bike just to try and remove the "edge" from your learning. It's not "hmmm, I can get 350 more cc's for the same amount of cash..."
I've seen people that can barely handle their 250's when learning, i.e. multiple crashes in a matter of a month. Imagine if they were also trying to contain a much bigger, uncomfortable and unwieldy bike with 120 odd HP...
A lot of people may just want to get a nice, reliable and easy to ride bike, which is cheap on fuel. I have this image of the kind of riders that ride a plain ol motorcycle as their transport. Doesn't matter what way the forks are, what the valves are made out of, or how high it can rev.
I've taken to a tiny 50cc 4 stroke for around town. Pulling 100 MPG is bloody great for the wallet, plus it saves any kind of daily grind for the SRAD.
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