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Tomorrow I will be buying my ninja 300 tomorrow and I will probably be going with black with no ABS... I live in SoCal and got a price for 5500 OTD, but will still try to lower it and get some gear also...

With this being my first bike should I spend the extra money and get the 300 with ABS? The dealer said he wouldn't and I shouldn't since it's a smaller bike and not worth it, do you guys agree? Also what price is good OTD for ABS?

Also I was hoping there is a place to rent a ninja 300 for a day? I have never rode a sport bike and I'm too young to rent one so I was going to have my parent rent one and I will just ride it around the neighborhood or in a parking lot.

Kind of a lot of information and I don't know how many people will read all this, but thank you for those who do and reply.
 

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Congrats! Pics when you get it :)

I personally like the ABS just as backup. I didn't have problems without ABS on my first bike (pre-gen Ninja 250) but I don't mind paying for whatever extra safety I can get. You can still easily lock up the brakes on a small bike. Since you're new, that's something to consider. I paid $6700 OTD for mine and I'm satisfied with it, but there are people on here that have gotten much better deals so shop around.

Do you plan on keeping this bike? If you don't, I would suggest maybe buying a used bike instead. Probably would have to be a 250 rather than a 300 but it'll be better to learn on so you won't have to worry so much about messing up a pretty new bike. I'm very glad I had a beat up old bike first since I definitely dropped the bike a few times and it's not pretty. Just something to think about.
 

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ABS is worth it, I locked up my bike last night coming to a stop on a downhill, in front of a set of lights. Luckily, I tried to let go of the rear brakes then braked again. 3 times it locked up on me & luckily just stopped half past bikes length on the stop line. If i have an ABS, won't happen and would have been better braking distance. (I blame the not looking ahead and anticipating would've avoided the abrupt braking)

I think it's best to do your MSF or q-ride in Aust. Before purchasing a bike. All the best in your purchase. You cantgo wrong with the ninja 300 as your starter bike. Get some oggy knobs as well - in case u drop it.


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I personally have never owned a bike with abs. but they build it for a reason. If i had the cash, i would of gotten it for sure. Any added safety measure helps a LOT! especially bc its a bike and nto a car... a car that your basically surrounded in a protective cage with airbags lol

Also when i got my bike abs models were not out yet, and i really didnt want to wait. but I wish i did.
 

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I bought black with no abs for $5350. I live in Illinois. I have paid the full amount but not picked up yet as I live in a apartment and don't have spot to park. Dealer still has it in the boxes and will assembled it when summer comes.
 

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I've heard people say you don't need ABS on a small bike, but if I'm not mistaken, it doesn't matter if it's a small displacement bike or a literbike, both will lock up on you when the situation permits it so it'll always be worh it.

I can imagine not getting ABS if you're aware of the benefits but prefer a cheaper bike to throw around and to learn on and eventually get a different bike or whatever other reason.

Although, if you're buying a brand new bike as an inexperienced rider, I'd say get the ABS version if you can afford it, definitely if you plan to keep it. But that's just my 0.02, I don't speak out of experience just out of what I've heard people say.
 

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I've heard people say you don't need ABS on a small bike, but if I'm not mistaken, it doesn't matter if it's a small displacement bike or a literbike, both will lock up on you when the situation permits it so it'll always be worth it.
ABS on road bikes is a must, this video helps show why

 

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I live in CA, and I got the ABS SE model for around 6200 OTD along with a few pieces of gear thrown in. I've only felt the ABS kick in once while practicing my emergency stops so far, but I've only had the bike for a month at this point. I plan on having this bike for a long time, and I'll use any extra safety features I can get. :)
 

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As a new rider, ABS can only be a good thing. You will be inexperienced, and mistakes often come with inexperience. I've read through as many motorcycle crashes I could find on forums, and there are many where an inexperienced rider locks up the front tire and gets thrown. Sometimes the bike slides to a stop before hitting the obstacle they were trying to avoid. If they had ABS, it would have kicked in and they would have stopped safely, allowing the rider to learn from their mistake without the costs associated with a crash.

However, the other route you can go if money is an issue is to get a used bike with no ABS. That way if you drop it, the costs won't be as painful to deal with (Insurance going up, etc).
 

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I don't have the ABS but I fully support it. Why not have an extra safety feature that COULD save you and/or your bike? Just like how when I jumped out of planes I had my main chute and a backup chute. Better to have it and never use it than to need it and not have it! If you have the extra cash, go for it.
 

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The brakes on the 300 are woefully inadequete as delivered. More stopping power from better pads and a tire that delivers traction are a great idea for anyone with or without ABS.

The issue I have with ABS is riders believe suddenly they are getting the best stopping power automatically. You aren't. Skill and sense are far better to have to protect your life than ABS.

My opinion, 35 years riding and racing, "skidding" a tire while braking has never caused me to fall on the street in sun, cold, rain or snow.

Know and respect your limits.
 

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I've had ABS on all my vehicles in the 10 years I have been driving and only had it activated once. If someone is going around driving like an idiot JUST because they have ABS and think it will save them, well they deserve to be proven wrong.
 
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