Discussion in 'OT Driven' started by Raider007, Oct 18, 2009.
glad I got my 2008 when I did...
OTD here in cali is going to be close to $5k after tax and fees...
Supply and demand. Around these parts when I was looking it was hard to find one at a dealer and as soon as they hit the used market they were gone pretty much regardless of price.
07 was 3000
08 was 3500
09 was 4000
not a big surprise
I got one this summer, and I love it. It's a great bike for a sport-bike newbie like me, but looks badass, handles great, and has plenty of power to get out of its own way. On top of that, a decent price, not easy to do basic work on (oil change, chain adjust., etc.)
Supply and demand, as said.
I'd trade my '09 in a hearbeat if the '10 had fuel injection, though.
hopefully mine will sell quick at the end of the year...
yeah but nothing has changed from '08 to '10
07 - 08 was a MAJOR body redesign so I can understand, but doing absolutely nothing and raising the price basically ~22% is crazy...
its been a bitch to find a used on on craigslist too.
I would never pay anywhere near that for a measly 250
new kids will because they want something small to learn on,
The US Dollar has been dropping in value. The Yen has been going up.
Kawasaki is Japanese, and the bike is made in Thialand. O'Dang. Thanks for expensive motorcycles, you dumbass politicians!
A lot of other bieks are going up a fair amount. And the simple truth is dealers could not even keep the 250r's in stock.
I think you will see a lot more SV650s and Ninja 650 sold now though. The price is clsoe and they are still fine bikes for most beginners to start on.
I thought about a bigger bike, but I was told that seat height on bikes cannot be adjusted. The first guy I talked to should have been selling refrigerators, not motorcycles.
Still, if the new 250Rs are going for this much, I'll get a year's use out of mine and still fetch a pretty penny for me when I upgrade. I really don't want to go to a much bigger bike, since I want to stay above 45 to 50mpg.
SV650 I had was getting 55 mpg on average.
Well it's not usually the best idea to mess with seat height that much. There are also differnet bikes with small seat heights.
First a question. Are you buying a bike to save money on gas? because your going to spend a lot more maintaining a bike anyway. If your buying because you love it well then go with anything.
Quite frankly if you take it easy on the SV or Ninja you shoudl get that good of mpg anyway.
Glad i picked one up for the g/f in '07
With the distance I ride to work, I could buy a brand new Kawi Eliminator 125 every year, do scheduled maintenance, sell it, rinse, repeat, and STILL SAVE MONEY. Why do people say they spend so much in maintaining a bike? I can do pretty much anything on a bike myself, once I learn how it works.
I'm pretty carb-ignorant (see recent thread by me) but I'm learning.
And yes, I do enjoy it. My 250R gets nearly 70mpg, and my Eliminator gets 79. That's quite a difference from my daily drivers: a HEMI Challenger and a 5.9L Durango.
pics for proof?
Well you got registration/inspection/tires and then insurance. That stuff tends to add up over any gas savings. How many miles a day?
Anyway if you love it thats all that matters. But the fact you shell out money for the bike, pay for insurance, registration, and insurance + other maintence tends to cost more then any true gas savings. Most people are doing good to break even.
But by the fact that you love riding your not one of those people over last 2 years who went out to buy a bike because they heard they can get 60 mpg.
in my experience
registration: $80 / year
tires: still on my first set with plenty of life after 9000+ miles
gas: under $9/fillup (since January 1 this year)
insurance: under $30/month (full coverage/theft/comp/helicopter rescue)
I drive a corolla but my bike costs are WAY cheaper than my car...
lol i have a street and a race sv650 bike for < $4,300
9000+ miles on a set of moto tires
My registration on my bike is only $25 a year... Out of State Military resident, FTMFW.
But, I get around 50 mpg on my Ninja 650... So, it's all up to you.
That's a LOT'o'money for a two fiddy
I honestly can not see the justification.
100 miles a day (50 mi. each direction). Durango == 15mpg (plus oil changes, wear and tear, etc.). Challenger... don't want to put 3000 miles a month on it.
Also, I'm in my 30s, and have an excellent driving record. Insurance on the bikes is CHEAP.
Pilot Road II ftw.