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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-11-2003, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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buy or not to buy

hey guys i was interested in this private seller of a 88 ninja 500ex..this would be my first bike... he also says that i need a new ignition and a new battery. how much would those cost and how do i install?
also do u think its worth it and how would i check to see if its a good bike or not thanks for u guys input
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-12-2003, 08:46 AM
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While the EX500 is a good beginner bike, I would check online yourself for these parts to know what they will cost. AND I would insist on an agreed price of the bike WITH the parts installed so you can hear it run and have a friend who rides take it for a short spin BEFORE you buy it. With a bike that old, you want to make sure it isn't damaged and runs OK before you exchange money.

The bike should be between $600 and $1400 if it's in good shape and running. I have a friend with a 1996 250cc Ninja for sale right now in decent running condition and he is only asking $1400 for it. That's 8 years newer than the one you're looking at.

If you want to gamble on it as is, I would only offer $200-$500.

Good luck and I hope you will be a proud bike owner soon.
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