Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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A disappointing end
I was at the pinnacle of excitement when I purchased my Ninja 300 at the start of 2014. I rode the backstreets for a couple of hours before I even had the bravery to ride it on the main roads to get it home, as I had just received my L's and had never ridden motorbikes before.
Riding to the city for the first few months of work were great. Avoiding parking and tolls, cheap petrol, filtering at the lights, I was really enjoying the end of Summer as the weather cooled down. I then moved work locations out to the suburbs and the commute was a bit different. Temperatures began to drop and I found myself struggling to ride in the rain. I hadn't really thought much about weather conditions affecting my ability to use my vehicle in the months prior to buying a bike, but I had now learnt of an obstacle stopping me from using it.
I kept the bike as I became a father at the end of 2015, but by that stage it was becoming more of a nuisance to ride. Time constraints, fatigue, weather, and other reasons/excuses became the norm as I opted for the safety and comfort of my hatchback.
As we learnt that the hatch wasn't big enough for one baby, let alone another in the future, we decided it was time to get a larger car and part ways with the bike that was spending most of its time in the shed. This is where the disappointment really began. I got it freshly serviced before putting it up for sale, and then once I found a buyer I took it in for a roadworthy. The RWC itself was only $120, however they alerted me to the fact that the Ninja 300's are a piece of shit (their words not mine) and the head bearings need replacing.
The bike had 4,400kms on it and had been babied as I'm far from confident and nowhere near stupid enough to do anything dangerous on it, yet here I was with head bearings that needed replacing. $360 later (plus the $120) and I'm out of pocket nearly $500. I only sold the bike for $4400 with a fresh registration, meaning at the end of all of it I parted ways with what was once one of my proudest purchases for a measly ~$3500. Less than half the price I paid just three years and 4,400kms ago.
So on that note, I bid these forums farewell. Perhaps some day I'll get another bike, but it sure as hell won't be new, and it sure as hell won't be Kawasaki.