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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-18-2006, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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I Finally got a bike

No, I really did.

After the numerous threads I've started in search of knowledge about a bike I am viewing or a bike I need to view, I acually took a 6 hour drive to the farthest away city away from Green Bay that is still in wiscosin, forked over 100 dollar bills of my hard earned waiting-tables money, and drove back with it on the trailer behind me.

"It" is a 2002 Kawasaki Ninja 500r with 10k on the bike, new tires/chain, good sprockets, new battery, great clutch, and a few very small scratches from a fall over from the previous owner.

It was the deal I have been waiting for. Everywhere around here they want blue book plus. Its because these stupid ill-minded people who want to pay obsene amounts of money on a scooter/motorcycle to save on gas. (Which with paying high prices on the bikes, they will never get back)

The price I got it for was $1800 dollars even. The Blue book excellent condition price was $2965. Its funny because a local motorcycle dealer wants 3495 for a 1999 500r, dropped on both sides, and then this: (this one really gets me)

As I was walking into my bank to retreive the hard earned cash, I spotted a bike on the "For Sale" board. It was a 2002 Ninja 500r. Same color, same miles, same year. Freaky right? It was 3500 DOLLARS. I Just though that was a good omen, and I got a good laugh out of that.

Sadly, Since I am 16, (turning 17 on saturday) I have yet to get my motorcycle licence, and without so much as my temps, I do not have a licence plate. And with that said, I can't ride it for a day or two. AHHHHHH!!!!!!

Well I got a bike. Its not a 600, its not a Liter, its not a hayabusa, its a intermediate sports bike, and I am proud of myself for being responsible.

Just thought I would let the people who helped me find out what I need to know, know that I now have a bike.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-18-2006, 02:52 PM
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Sounds like your got a great first ride. Get your tags and liscense, and get all your gear. Then take it for a ride. Be easy on it. Even though its only a 500cc, it still has alot of power and would be more than capable of tearing you in two. Just make sure your legal before you get started, cops love pulling sportbikes, especially when they sense fresh meat on them. Good luck, and congrats! Post some pics when you get a chance.
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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-18-2006, 03:07 PM
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Way to go man! Nice to actually see a newbie do the right thing.

By the way, you got a smokin' deal. Hell, at that price, you could ride it around for years and still sell if for your original purchase price. Seriously, that is one of the best deals I've seen lately.

You won't be disappointed with your Ninja 500R. It really is a great all-around bike. Have fun!
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-18-2006, 04:43 PM
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Nice bike & the slight delay will be easy to accept since you HAVE the bike now. Start looking for some sensible riding gear.

I take it you have take the MSF Course which is a MUST to anyone new to m/cing for your experience amongst the traffic is going to be so different rather then watching while you sit in the passenger seat of a car or possibly with one of your parents guiding you? Motorcycling is the mad, mad world of trying to stay alive when cage drivers do not see you nor can they judge your pace.
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-18-2006, 04:53 PM
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Wow, you got a great deal on that bike. Think the seller left some money on the table!

Just be careful out there, take it slow. You're young, and still learning what it's like to be out in traffic, while at the same time learning all the controls of a motorcycle. Resist that temptation to screw around on it.

Good luck...keep us posted on your progress.
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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-18-2006, 04:53 PM
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Sweet. I just got an '06 Ninja 500R, after a year and a half or so of riding an old Honda. I'm really enjoying mine, I'm sure you will too.

Get into one of the MSF courses, and check out ex500riders.com.
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Congrats! You made OUT on that purchase!!!! You will have a BLAST whenever you finally get all that annoying paperwork out of the way. Remember, dress for the fall, not the ride... and ALWAYS keep the shiny side up, sticky side down.
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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-18-2006, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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I beleive that I am a little intimidated and frightened about riding in the traffic around here, but I guess thats a good thing, It should keep my head level and me focused. I think fear is a good thing in this case, and I am a little fearful of a cager pulling out in front of me or somthing.

I have had a lot of m/c experience, just not on street bikes! I do plan on taking the MSF (WHAT DOES THAT STAND FOR ?!?!??! ITS KILLING ME!!!!) so I can be refreshed on all of the key points. My dad has been a rider for quite a while, taught me all the basics, and tips and tricks.

I've been driving alone in heavy traffic/moderate trafic since the day I turned 16 and got my licence. I''ve logged over 13k on my mustang since that day. (now turning 17 in 4 days) So I have had quite a bit of experience with trafic, but of course I can't say I've seen it all, im only ~17!

Staying on the side/back roads is my plan until I feel I am in complete control of the bike, and know how to get out of danger.

Thanks for the encouragment!

My DMV closes at 3:30pm everyday, and I work till 3 everyday this week. So my temps are getting FARTHER and FARTHER away!!!!!!!!! AHHH!!! Oh well, Ill get some good gear in the mean-time. My father's friend has a sponsorship with Buell so I acually have access to a lot of gear that he uses/doesnt use.


OH I forgot to mention, there is a Vance & Hines Exhaust on there. sounds GREAT> Ive seen other videos and heard the stock pipes, WOW this V&H sounds good!

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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-18-2006, 06:46 PM
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ride it for atleast 6 months, resell it for 2500. It's like your getting paid to ride it.
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