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I recently purchased a '01 Ninja 500 (to start on), actually, about 2 1/2 months ago. I have already put close to 1500 miles on the bike since then... I want to sell it beginning of next summer and step up to a bigger, nicer, bike (750-900cc) but I notice a lot of people shunning bikes that have ANY mileage on them and I don't want to get slammed on resell...

So, my questions... How can you keep the mileage off? Seems silly to not put any on it... Am I the only one that rides that much?!? How much do you think I would get for my bike next year if I put, say, 5,000 miles on it?

Thanks in advance!
 

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Hiya!!
Welcome to SBW!!:)
Well,you could disconnect the speedo......(J/K):D.
Ride the darned thing and worry about tomorrow when it gets here!!!
I bought mine in 1993 and just passed the 20,000 mile mark. The bike is well cared for and shows it! I keep excellent service records too. I know a couple people that want to buy the bike,because they know how well I maintain the Kat.
I guess the point I am trying to make,(and am doing a rotten job:D),is live for today,go ride,enjoy!!
Otherwise the only other choice is to park it now and keep the miles and wear off it. If you bought from a dealer,and he services it he should give you a good trade in value for it,(if he is honest).
Life is too short,go enjoy your Ninja,you've earned it!!:):)


JIM
 

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Matt,
You probably lost $1,000.00 when you drove it off the showroom floor. Don't worry about it. You bought it to ride. Ride it. Take care of it, and when you get ready to sell it to buy something else, you will get what is reasonable in your area for the bike as long as it isn't crashed or ragged out. It will be money well spent. The more miles you put on it, the more of your money's worth you get out of it. And, the more experience you get so you will be more ready to move up to a bigger bike.
Have fun and don't sweat the small stuff.
 

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Good maintenance, clean, stock, will bring good buck and/or rapid sale every time. Maintenance records don't hurt either. Anything up to about 15,000 miles shouldn't cause a buyer to get too excited about miles if the bike is super clean. That's JMO.
 

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Thanks

Exactly what I was hoping for. To be honest, I didn't realize that motorcycles are similar to cars when buying and selling. I really love the bike, I might actually keep it for a few years, but in the plans right now I would like to step up in a year (based on if I'm ready or not).

My car, a 99 Mercury Cougar, has 41,000 miles on it and it's not even 2 years old yet... I love my car and don't even think about the mileage when I get in but that's because I'm never selling it (j/k)...

Thanks for the input, makes me feel better about riding the hell out of it (mileage wise).
 

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katana600 said:
I bought mine in 1993 and just passed the 20,000 mile mark.
Wow! How do you have time to work with all that riding? ;)


Matt, I agree with everyone else. I just put 12,000 on my Duc in 13 months. Try reselling that! If you didn't know, most people don't ride Ducatis, they just buy them and stare at them. When I am done I will have a bitch of a time reselling it. I have decided to keep it forever. Won't loose money that way! Except in valve maintence.
Ride the bike as much as possible. If the mileage gets too high, so what, prolly end up wrecking it and having the insurance pay for it. :)
 

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Hi mileage??

Welcome to SBW!!!

I've got a '99 Ninja bought in the spring of '99 with almost 11,000 miles on it, an '82 Gold Wing with 75,000 miles, and a '94 S-10 pickup with 73,000 miles. The truck is exactly that, a truck, and I don't much care about it. But the bikes.... ahhhhh... those are my toys and I bought them for one simple reason.... to play with. Like the others said, don't worry about the mileage or resale value... go play. Money is just a tool to use to get what you want and the guy who dies with the most money sure missed out on life... no matter, his heirs will spend it for him.

I intend to die with a 2nd mortgage, truck payments, at least 2 bike payments, all lines of credit maxed out, and credit cards also maxed out. I'm gonna play on the other guy's nickel!
 

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Ihave a 99 Blackbird which I picked up in 3/00/00, just hit 20,000 I love the bike will probably hit 50,000 miles. You buy to ride not to sell
 
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