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I found a 1999 Ninja 500R with 1.5k miles not too far from me. The seller is asking for $2200. I believe the KBB value is $2800. Is this a very good deal?


The only defects on the bike is a small scratch on the passenger handle bar and a small rash on the right side of bike, under the seat. The seller is selling the bike for his friend, and he says the bike was stored before he went to university. He was then assigned a project in China, so he decided to sell the bike. What do you guys think?



















 
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You haven't written the check yet????? If its got a clear, legal title, its probably a good deal. On a bike that old, figure in the cost of major maintenance and new tires. But it sure looks good for its age, and at 1500 miles the motor is hardly broken in...

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i disagree.  that motor is broken just fine at 1500 miles.  The tires look fine (but pictures can be deceiving i suppose).  Check the carbs to see if they've been messed with.  if they have, ask what was done.  could be a pilot tune, could be a Main Jet kit.  ask about the scuffage.  look for paint on the bar ends and engine covers that would hide further scuffage.  otherwise it looks fine.

I'd buy it.
 
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Knightslugger said:
The tires look fine (but pictures can be deceiving i suppose).
I'd buy it.
While the tires "might" be OK, they have 8 years of dry rot/UV damage. Why risk it? Rubber doesn't age well.... But I'd buy it.

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eh, maybe...  looks like it's been around the block once or twice, that's used rubber i see in the center...  i know, it's the sides that count...  but you right.  new buns would be an improvement over those stock excedras anyway...

if you buy it, make sure you get that stamped aluminum key ID tag that came with the bike. most people don't know what it is, but it's a key cut ID. each number (six i think) is either 1, 2, or 3. means deep, center, and shallow cut. you use that to get a new key made.
 

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I only got one key w/ my salvage title bike.
It's a replacememt, not the original.

As an FYI, it's by by Silca (Italy), blank # KW16CP

My local motorcycle shop doesn't cut keys (is this normal?) so carries no blanks.
I should ask Lowes & such if they would cut the blanks for me if I order them.

Anyone else have any experience to share on getting some extra keys made?
 

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Thanks for the quick replies. I would have bought the bike already, but this would be my first bike, and I have no riding experience. I want someone to come and inspect the bike with me when I buy it, since I don't know much about the mechanical aspects. However, none of my friends ride, so I'm just asking around and waiting :(
 

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do not go to lowes or anyother place other than a lock smith to have your keys made.
 

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Smoky said:
do not go to lowes or anyother place other than a lock smith to have your keys made.

There's reasons for that, no doubt. Will you share them? Pretty please?
 

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I got mine for 2100, its the same year and color as that one, except mine had 12k on it + a V&H and a Zero Gravity windscreen already on it. Idk how well it is to not have been run as much though. Have they ridden it around to show you how the engine sounds, etc.
 

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Its just a matter of the quality of the cut some hardware store guy who does keys maybe 3 times a month compaired to a master lock smith may just be a hair off and it will cause you headaches. Regular old house keys that fine but car/ motorcycle ignition keys you'll want the best you can get.
 

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Smoky said:
Its just a matter of the quality of the cut some hardware store guy who does keys maybe 3 times a month compaired to a master lock smith may just be a hair off and it will cause you headaches. Regular old house keys that fine but car/ motorcycle ignition keys you'll want the best you can get.
Bah! I totallly disagree... I was cutting keys at the ripe age of 6 years old. It's not exactly the most complictated thing in the world. Not to mention that the key cutting machines have come a LONG way since then, and the process is almost 100% automated.

The kid at Lowe's puts your key in, puts the blank in, and pushes the button that says "cut". 30 seconds later he hands you a key; and I've never heard of a shop that won't gaurantee their keys with free replacements and/or money back if they don't work. Which does sometimes happen. But if it works, it works.. it won't go bad on you later.
 

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Two differing perspectives... good info for decisions. Thanks.
 

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If you want the key to work for the fuel tank or your seat make sure to go to a locksmith. I'm glad I checked mine after it was made even though I went to a locksmith. They had to grind down a piece on each side of the key for it to work for anything other than starting the bike. Compare a key that has been cut and not ground down to the original key. You should notice a taper affect towards the end of the key. This is on an 03.
 
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