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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 05-19-2009, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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I was recently charged with finding my buddy a bike. It would be his first one and I found it only about an hour from me. Yes, oddly enough, its a VN750. Here it is on Craig's what do you think?

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I'd say that's a pretty good find and a decent price for his first bike. I would have been pretty pleased if that were my first bike.

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I know there are many here who started on the 750. To me, it's too much for a beginner. Does he have a preference about style of bike? Is he set on a cruiser? Never rode one, but have heard lots of positive comments about the Ninja 250. Seems this is a small displacement bike that you don't necessarily outgrow any time soon.

That said, I don't know if the list price or what he is asking are reasonable in your area, but my '89 had less than 7,000 miles, was almost showroom spotless and cost $1,000. It did have an idling problem, which is why the PO sold it, which was easily fixed.

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I loved my ninja 250. wouldn't have gotten rid of it, but thought this bike would be better for 2 up. i was wrong. I did some 200 miles rides on the ninja with no prob.

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Hey Pilot (do you fly?), this Vulcan seems OK but it is an 86 and it seems to me that with only 16K miles there are many parts replaced. With the tank dented I question how hard the bike was riden. Certainly the price seems good as long as the bike gives good service. You don't want your friend turned off, as a first timer, by service problems. That's just my opinion. It helps that you have a VN750 and can take it for a ride and compare. You will know easily if there is a hidden issue in that bike.

My first real bike was a Vulcan 500 that I loved. Had plenty of power and also has a superior motor (half a Ninja) 2 cylinders side by side. I sold it to a guy I still ride with and he since bought a V 800 but still has the 500. If you like I can ask him if he wants to sell it and for how much. I know the bike is in good shape and has low mileage. It's almost 100 pounds lighter and a great first bike. Let me know and good luck to your friend.

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Ninja 250 for the first six months

My wife loves her Ninja 250 and I like it a LOT. It's cheap ($4000 brand new, $1500-2000 used), light (300 pounds), and quick as a cat. It winds up fast and tops out at 110 MPH. Not that a new rider should go that fast, but it can get ya out of trouble where most 250's can't.

Nobody learns to fly on a jet fighter. Have him ride (and drop!) a Ninja for a few months, make the noobish mistakes on a light, inexpensive fun machine. Once he can handle a cycle well, he'll be better suited to pick his keeper ride. The Ninja 250s rep as a starter means there are always plenty for sale, and it will be easy to sell when it's time to move up.

I started on a VN750 and I have to admit, I wish I'd learned on an EX250. I love my Vulcan, but that extra 200 pounds makes it twitchy for a noob.

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I know there are many here who started on the 750. To me, it's too much for a beginner. Does he have a preference about style of bike? Is he set on a cruiser? Never rode one, but have heard lots of positive comments about the Ninja 250. Seems this is a small displacement bike that you don't necessarily outgrow any time soon.

That said, I don't know if the list price or what he is asking are reasonable in your area, but my '89 had less than 7,000 miles, was almost showroom spotless and cost $1,000. It did have an idling problem, which is why the PO sold it, which was easily fixed.
I strongly disagree here...the VN750 was my first bike. I think it is a great bike for beginners...It is very forgiving, and has power to grow into... I thought about a 250, but after test riding one...I realized that I would out grow it before the end of the season.
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its a pretty cheap ride for the miles. many of the parts could of been replaced because the bike must have sat a while sometime somewhere. it also may have been ridden hard a few years though. its hard to tell without riding it and checking it out. dose your friend have any mechanical ability? how much does he have to spend? if he was my friend and he was not good at turning wrenches i would tell him to get something newer if he can afford it.
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That's great. It was too expensive at the time so I went single engine land but that's inactive now. The only things that's still valid is the land. :-)

As far as your friend's bike, from reading all the comments I realize that the approach is very individual. Some people like to start small and some big. For me the Vulcan 500 had me plenty intimidated 15 years ago. Today I'm the experienced guy. I still contend that a lighter bike is more forgiving and in the beginning I remember many times I needed to be forgiven.

We never asked how big or tall your friend was. If he's 5'9" or less you may want to tell him that it may be better on a smaller bike. Come to think of it, if he enrolls in a safety course he will probably start on a 175 or a 250. They may do that for a reason. Good luck.

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