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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 5-15-2019, 9:21 PM Thread Starter
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Guys. Just passed my rider safety class. Ready to buy a bike. Test rode a 2009 EX500. 5200 miles. Seems to be in really good shape. Fired right up. First and second gear seemed good. Was in a parking lot. $2300 seems like a good price right? Hopefully this is allowed, thanks for having me.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 5-16-2019, 12:30 AM
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In a texas SPV calculator it says 1800 is the price point. try to talk him down to 2000, always have extra for repairs (oil, fluids, tires ect.)

Good luck too, just got my bike 2 weeks ago for 1000 with 12k miles on it.
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First, welcome to the forum!

Second, congrats on passing the test and getting your license!

As for the price of the motorcycle...I always say, if you want it and have the money to buy it then that's all that matters! Some will always find a lower price - other will always pay more.

Depending on what shape it's in I wouldn't pay more than $2000 for a good EX. They're no longer in production and old. I suggest talking this guy down as much as you can. If you can get it for $1500'ish I'd go for it. But that's me!

You're going to need to do maintenance on this motorcycle. Chances are, at 5200 miles, the owner hasn't done much to it like tires and fluid flushes, etc. Use those as discount talking points!

Good luck and keep us posted!
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^ +1

Use the tires as a bargaining chip. As a general rule on motorcycles, tires need to be replaced at 5 years regardless of tread wear. With that mileage, I bet the bike is still sitting on factory rubber. Tires can be purchased fairly inexpensively, but mounting could run you as much $50 per tire. Gives you a talking point to drop $3-400 off ask.
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I aggree with all of the above posts, the lowest price for a working good condition 600 in the north east is around 2K so 2.3K for a EX is high unless you a collector buying a zero mile EX. $1800 would be my absolute max also.
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at 7500 miles that EX is due for a valve adjustment and other stuff (aka a major service)

This being your first bike, I'd urge you to call your local Kaw dealer, get a price estimate for this service and use that as a bargaining chip. In fact, I'd deduct the full dealer estimate from sellers asking point. Not a lie at all....but a reality that YOU will be on the hook for shortly (1000 + miles) after purchase.

Note the seller may be fully aware of this and may be a contributory to his motive for selling.
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I'll second (or third) the need for new tires.

Many times sellers will say - "the tires have plenty of tread - the bike only has XXXX miles on it - they should be just fine!"

That's not true. Tires degrade with age, not just tread depth. I always plan on purchasing new (quality) tires for any used cycle.

We bought a 2009 with 2400 mi on it for $2000 in 2015, and immediately put new tires on it. Heck, I've thrown away brand new OEM tires with 500 miles miles on them because they sucked.

As most old-timers, or those that have found out the hard way, will tell you - don't skimp on tires.
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Everyone has (correctly) mentioned tires as a potential cost to you. Additionally, the condition of the chain and sprockets is another potential cost to you if they need replacing.

Lots of items to use as bargaining chips to get the price down....
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This is such a common question on the forum, it may be worth a sticky, especially as there are a lot of brand new riders.
If you have not seen this yet, Fortnine has a great video that should help buyers and sellers alike.
https://fortnine.ca/en/buy-used-motorcycle/

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Thanks guys for the advice. Got it for $2200. Maybe coulda done better but Iím not too worried about it. First plan is to put new tires on it for sure. Went for some practice time in a local parking lot and felt good. Stoked for this adventure.
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Thanks guys for the advice. Got it for $2200. Maybe coulda done better but Iím not too worried about it. First plan is to put new tires on it for sure. Went for some practice time in a local parking lot and felt good. Stoked for this adventure.

Congrats! And don't fret about what you paid, who cares? So as long as YOU like it!

Plus, tell me ONE PERSON who has NEVER dumped a ton of $$$ into a motorcycle (parts, mods, aftermarket, etc...)!!! Ya can't, because there's no such rider!!!
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Can anyone point me toward basic maintenance links? Thinking like headlight upgrade, new grips, checking fluids etc.
sorry still learning this site.
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https://www.ex-500.com/119-basic-maintenance/ note this section is brand new, still under construction. A long story involved. We've got a long way to go.

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Can anyone point me toward basic maintenance links? Thinking like headlight upgrade, new grips, checking fluids etc.
sorry still learning this site.

Again, YouTube is your 2nd best friend...as opposed to the knowledgeable members on this forum!

Type in, "kawasaki ninja ex500 maintenance", on YouTube and there's some good videos on basics and other things!
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post #16 of 17 (permalink) Old 5-19-2019, 12:13 PM
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This is the old wiki: https://web.archive.org/web/20160529...itle=Main_Page

There is still good information on it. I wasn't around for the full story as to why things are moving to the forum, but check there first. If you can't find it in Ducatiman's link, check the wiki.

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