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Need advice on my first motorcycle purchase!
Hey everyone! Brand new rider here, currently living in Hawaii on the Oahu island. Going to college here, and I've been looking around on CL for bikes to buy. It's pretty hard to find motorcycles in Hawaii that aren't from a dealer here. I've been scoping out CL for the past few months and there's really never any 300s, usually just GSXRs, R6s, and CBRs.
Currently I have my eye on three posts, and was wondering if I could get some insight from you all on which is a better deal, or specific questions I should ask the sellers to better gauge which is the smarter option for me.
- This is a 2014 Ninja ABS SE model, with around 5500 miles. I texted the owner and asked about the state of the bike and if there was any work that needed to be done to it. This particular post has been up for almost 2 months and nobody has bought it yet. He replied saying the bike was very clean and needed no maintenance, kind of brushing off my question. However from the pictures it appears that the chain is very rusted and there looks to be a scratch on the fairing. Asking $4250.
- A 2009 SV650, it appears to have very minimal cosmetic damage, but is over 31k miles. I've heard a lot about higher mileage bikes being a no-go, but it's a good deal for a kid on a budget and the bike looks well enough. Asking $3000 - Willing to negotiate.
- Another SV650, this time 2001 model, looks rather beat up, but the price is very low and the miles are rather low for how old the bike is as well. I figured with all the money I'd be saving from this bike could easily be spent on new seats + fairings to make the bike look good again. Asking $1700 - Willing to negotiate.
ALL BIKES HAVE CLEAN TITLES + SAFETY REG.
Again, I'm a new rider, only having rode mopeds in the past. On a budget, 4k being around the max I would want to spend on a motorcycle. Whatever opinions, advice, or knowledge you could offer me would be very much appreciated. Many thanks!