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    Im new to this 2 wheel game, Just got my L's and looking at getting a bike to use to get to work etc

    Obivously have to be learner legal (in SA) not after a 2 stroke... and want a road dedicated bike (no motards etc)

    So far pretty much sold on the new 250 ninjas.. but looking for peoples suggestions and experience!


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    What sort of money would you be likely to spend?

    If you've got a bit of coin you'll find something you'll love no worries.

    When you say full road what type of riding will you be doing? I presume if it's for work it'll be used solely for commuting? What type of distances will you be travelling?

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    Road as in 60km per day to work and back in mild traffic... maybe take the car when its raining.. looking to save a bit of money on petrol, and being a learner dont want anything too big.

    My budget depends, new ninjas go for just under 8g by the time their on road, that would be the max I would spend, would prefer to get one a few years old or go for something cheaper..

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    an older model cbr250r would go for like 4k maybe a bit cheaper so all depends what you wana spend. if your just using for a commuter Its age shouldnt matter much. I think 400's are learner legal too but that may not apply to sa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axentrik View Post
    Something around an 05 model cbr250r would go for like 5k
    ^^^ didn't think they made them in '05 I think you mean 05 complied...

    You should be able to pickup a cbr250 (doesn't matter what year as long as its in good nick) for around the $4k mark. This will last you the full time you want a 250cc until you upgrade..

    Although i have a mate that kept his for 4 years to commute on..

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    And yep, Ae86sam is right, cbr production ceased well before '05.

    Unless you want to have a little fun on the weekend I'd advise against going for a cbr250. Not sure what a bike in SA has to have to comply as a LAM but I'd be going for a larger cc, air-cooled cruiser style bike. Commuting on cbr wont be the funnest thing (due to riding position) and I'd be going for something which allows you to 'sit' in a more upright position. Head down to your local dealer(s), have a sit and even a test ride and see what suits you. Once you've done that you should have a rough idea of what you're looking for and then check bikes that are advertised privately (I'd advise against buying from a dealer so check out privately advertised bikes on bikesales and trado)

    $8k will more than allow you to get a nice suitable bike. I'd also be spending no less than $1k on gear. DON'T skimp on gear.

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    Has alot of K's on it man and kickstart is fail!

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    Look dont bother woth something made in the 90s you would have to be nuts to spend 5grand on cbr these days with the amount of good bikes you can get 2nd hand.

    if i were you (obviously abiding your state restrictions) i would have a look at a hyosung 250 or a 650. Both these are top learner legal bikes. put it these way your no casey stoner or crusty demon get something thats comfortable and rides well.

    All cbr250/kawa220 are junk, very uncomfortable and plain out old and problematic.

    Try and find yourself something you will keep for 2-3years.

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    breaka, its not that many km's for a bike of its age, its not exactly new

    but its in great condition...

    kick start, ppff, starts easy. being my mums bike she manages to be able to first it first or 2nd kick haha

    its one of the quickest bikes that are LAMS approved (not sure if the rules vary from state to state)

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