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Should I Pull The Trigger?

After doing some research and checking out the Ninja 300 in person I've decided its the motorcycle for me. Now comes the tough part, buying a damn motorcycle! I've been researching online and it seems like 2013 and 2014 ABS models are selling for around $4-4.25k. But according to book value these bikes are worth about $2.5-3.5k (trade-in to retail). So I am having a hard time paying anything more than these book values. But here are two deals that are on the table right now.

Deal 1
2014 Ninja 300 ABS - Blk
1800 miles
Perfect condition
$3600

Deal 2
2013 Ninja 300 Special Edition ABS - Green
1500 miles
Perfect condition
$3600 or $3700 w/maintenance plan

So should I pull the trigger on either of these or wait?
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Take 2014. My 2013 SE abs has the fairing gap issue.
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whichever one that the seller knocks a couple hundred off his asking price
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i agree go with 2014 its a lil things they change year to year that we dont know about that make it a better choice. nothing wrong with the 2013 besides the fairing issue that i know of. but i personally want the 2014 se
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Take 2014. My 2013 SE abs has the fairing gap issue.
Thanks! I hadn't found anything about the fairing gap issues. I did read something about there being a recall on the 2013 ABS module and the 2014's shipped with the fixed version.

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whichever one that the seller knocks a couple hundred off his asking price
On the black 2014 the seller was originally at $4200, now his CL listing is for $4000 and I talked him down to $3600. The 2013 SE ABS was originally at $4250 and they are now down to $3600. Based off there asking price it looks like a good deal but I question that because of book values. But it seems like a lot of people impulse buy these bikes are then when they sell they are upside down on them.

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i agree go with 2014 its a lil things they change year to year that we dont know about that make it a better choice. nothing wrong with the 2013 besides the fairing issue that i know of. but i personally want the 2014 se
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Thanks! I hadn't found anything about the fairing gap issues. I did read something about there being a recall on the 2013 ABS module and the 2014's shipped with the fixed version.



On the black 2014 the seller was originally at $4200, now his CL listing is for $4000 and I talked him down to $3600. The 2013 SE ABS was originally at $4250 and they are now down to $3600. Based off there asking price it looks like a good deal but I question that because of book values. But it seems like a lot of people impulse buy these bikes are then when they sell they are upside down on them.



Thanks man!
Kawasaki is not doing a recall on the fairing gap since it is not a safety issue. I've complained many times about the fairings popping out and they haven't responded yet. Honestly that is just kawasaki not owning up to their responsibility. We have a few forum members on here complaining about it but i'm not sure how wide spread the fairing gap issue is. For reference my fairing gap is about 2 cm. My fairing gap is on the left side and my right side is in perfect condition. I've see some photos of the problem on the right side.
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Kawasaki is not doing a recall on the fairing gap since it is not a safety issue. I've complained many times about the fairings popping out and they haven't responded yet. Honestly that is just kawasaki not owning up to their responsibility. We have a few forum members on here complaining about it but i'm not sure how wide spread the fairing gap issue is. For reference my fairing gap is about 2 cm. My fairing gap is on the left side and my right side is in perfect condition. I've see some photos of the problem on the right side.
Sorry I was referring to the 2013 bikes having the ABS module recalled not the flares. I think you guys have me leaning towards the 2014. Plus it keeps my girlfriend happier since she likes "the black one" better lol. Hopefully I can get her to learn how to ride on this bike as well. If any other members have any input please post!
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The 2013 had a recall for the ECU unit. For 2014 that's been fixed. Also for the rear brake caliper, for both ABS and non ABS bikes. Also for ABS bikes, the ABS sensor lead bracket for the front is interfering with the front brake caliper.



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If you're hoping for a price drop, you won't find it now during riding season. If you live where it snows, prices usually drop in the winter.
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After doing some research and checking out the Ninja 300 in person I've decided its the motorcycle for me. Now comes the tough part, buying a damn motorcycle! I've been researching online and it seems like 2013 and 2014 ABS models are selling for around $4-4.25k. But according to book value these bikes are worth about $2.5-3.5k (trade-in to retail). So I am having a hard time paying anything more than these book values. But here are two deals that are on the table right now.

Deal 1
2014 Ninja 300 ABS - Blk
1800 miles
Perfect condition
$3600

Deal 2
2013 Ninja 300 Special Edition ABS - Green
1500 miles
Perfect condition
$3600 or $3700 w/maintenance plan

So should I pull the trigger on either of these or wait?
The answer is up to you. Get the one you want if you think it's a good deal. Someone will always say you should have bought the other, or paid a lower price, but the real question is are you happy with your purchase? If the answer is yes, then it's a good deal and you should do it.

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