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Here's a thought/question I am having.

Would it be better to buy my first moto from a dealer or person.
I ask because I am thinking more in the lines of buy higher mileage, which might mean I have to buy tires, brake pads, oil change etc ... or lower miles and pay up front for what I would pay from a personal sale. It might not matter or it might be so close in cost --- that 's where you come in.:whistling:

Maybe I am overthinking this ...:facepalm:
 

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Maybe I am overthinking this ...:facepalm:
Yes!
If you are buying a high milage bike, there is more wear and tear to consider, which adds to the cost.
A low milage bike, one that barely gets used, may have have gumming up of the carbs etc which means you will have to work on the bike to get it back to 100%
Either way, if you find something wrong after the purchase, you normally have no recourse with a private sale "Buyer beware".

Buying a 2nd hand bike from a dealer does give you some protection, and depending on the condition and age of the bike, some issues can be repaired under a limited warranty, but you may have to discuss what is covered under this with the dealer.

Not much help possibly, but it does confirm some of your thinking!
 

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It does, thank you. Luckily I do have 2 months to think about the direction I feel more comfortable with.

What is normal mileage per year? On both a full year riding season and a 4-6 month riding season.

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I think buying from some one instead of a dealer.. Im only new but I've done a lot of doing alot of trawling on the Internet and you can find loads that have only had one owner but barely used and still lose value from new
 

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What is normal mileage per year?
:Sent via the NewNinja iPhone App:
That depends on a lot of factors. What's the weather like in your area? Is it your primary means of transportation or do you have a car? Do you plan on taking long trips, or commuting around town, or both? How far is your commute? Do you ride for pleasure only? etc, etc. Its going to be different for every single person and I don't think an "average" mileage is possible lol
 

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Wow, lots to answer... here we go!
The weather here is snowy between Dec-mar (except this year) Rainy for the month of april. I do have a car but this moto will become a daily ride to and from work with the occasional weekend rides. My commute will be approximately 35 min local roads or 25 min highway.

Would this be alot of miles? --> 2009 Ninja 250r
 

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12,000km isn't that much... and for that price its a steal. However... I would stay away from it. The owner stated it had a lein... meaning there is money owing on it. I would stay away from that situation all together, it raises red flags for me. But as far as kms... its nothing to be concerned about. As long as it had regular maintenance there shouldn't be anything terrible to fix as long as it was taken care of wasn't abused. Just use your common sense and best judgement, ask lots of questions about it and you'll be fine.

As for the kms you'd put on it in one riding season, I'd say somewhere around 6,000kms possibly? its hard to judge that kind of thing, as I said its a very individual thing. But that would be my best guess based on your info.
 

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hrm... forgot you guys deal in miles... but either way that isn't very may especially for a 3 year old bike.
 

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I think he's talking about an over all average for a motorcycle. Like in the USA, for a car, it's 12,000 miles/year which is used to assign a value to a car. Age of car in years times 12,000 miles. If your car is over this threshold your car drops in value, if under, it's worth more.

Anyway, follow this link to get some idea but if you ask me, you can't value a motorcycle like a car by using miles. I think you just have to listen to it, feel it and look over it.
 
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