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  • Originally posted by vivek_k_p View Post
    Guys,
    I am a gs150r owner. I have no experience of owning a sporgs bike. But now thinking of getting me a used ninja in Bangalore.But most of my friends discouraging from that saying maintaining n250r is really costly. I can spend 3-5k every month for my ride apart from fuel. Will that be enough? Can you guys throw some light on it. Also whether I have to keep my current bike or ninja can be used as allrounder?

    Also what are the things to be checked when getting a used n250r?
    Bike is very good...but only the maintenance part is very much high...my cousin own a Ninja...recently has changed a Rear Disc plate...at 11,000 Rs...

    Initially some other bike has hit his N250 and it get fairing changed..break lever,,gear lever...at 43,000 Rs...so cost of spares are very much high...

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    • Originally posted by vivek_k_p View Post
      Guys,
      I am a gs150r owner. I have no experience of owning a sporgs bike. But now thinking of getting me a used ninja in Bangalore.But most of my friends discouraging from that saying maintaining n250r is really costly. I can spend 3-5k every month for my ride apart from fuel. Will that be enough? Can you guys throw some light on it. Also whether I have to keep my current bike or ninja can be used as allrounder?

      Also what are the things to be checked when getting a used n250r?
      Vivek,

      Service cost ranges between ~2k and ~8k and comes every 6k kilometers (It will be on the lower side most of the time). You will get an avg 23 kmpl overall.

      Spares are very very costly if you crash - have a serious one and you will be looking at 2 GSX worth of money . A fairing costs ~14k (per side) to give you an idea.

      Consumables like disc pads, headlight bulbs are also costly - but they will be replaced maybe once a year ~ - and you can substitute cheaper local options if you want.

      The Ninja can be used as a daily commuter - I do ride daily in Mumbai traffic. She heats up a bit- but nothing really uncomfortable there. The bike is very reliable, of extremely high quality and very few issues have been reported on this forum in general. But I would suggest keeping the GSX with you if moolah is not an issue. It should be more easier in traffic than Ninja.

      When you buy the bike, try to get the service history from the SC and see if it has crashed. Also check the fairings for any cracks. Other than that it is just the same points you follow while buying a second hand bike.

      Also keep in mind that you will not be eligible for warranty even if your bike is under warranty period- it is only applicable for first buyer.

      Mithun
      Hakuna Matata

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      • Originally posted by Mithungo View Post
        Also keep in mind that you will not be eligible for warranty even if your bike is under warranty period- it is only applicable for first buyer.
        Mithun, any idea if this is a standard practice or applicable only to the Ninja?
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        • Originally posted by ashutosh_x View Post
          You wont need to spend 3-5 k on the maintenance of a Ninja apart from fuel. It is never that expensive to maintain. Each service has a significant cost alright, but one must note that the gap between services is of 6000 kms, which is as big as that of a car. Consequently, the frequency is less.
          Thanks ashutosh_x for really useful info.

          Originally posted by veryhiphop View Post
          Bike is very good...but only the maintenance part is very much high...my cousin own a Ninja...recently has changed a Rear Disc plate...at 11,000 Rs...

          Initially some other bike has hit his N250 and it get fairing changed..break lever,,gear lever...at 43,000 Rs...so cost of spares are very much high...
          Did he put all money his own? Hope these things won't happen in my case.
          Originally posted by Mithungo View Post
          Vivek,

          Service cost ranges between ~2k and ~8k and comes every 6k kilometers (It will be on the lower side most of the time). You will get an avg 23 kmpl overall.

          Spares are very very costly if you crash - have a serious one and you will be looking at 2 GSX worth of money . A fairing costs ~14k (per side) to give you an idea.

          Consumables like disc pads, headlight bulbs are also costly - but they will be replaced maybe once a year ~ - and you can substitute cheaper local options if you want.

          The Ninja can be used as a daily commuter - I do ride daily in Mumbai traffic. She heats up a bit- but nothing really uncomfortable there. The bike is very reliable, of extremely high quality and very few issues have been reported on this forum in general. But I would suggest keeping the GSX with you if moolah is not an issue. It should be more easier in traffic than Ninja.

          When you buy the bike, try to get the service history from the SC and see if it has crashed. Also check the fairings for any cracks. Other than that it is just the same points you follow while buying a second hand bike.

          Also keep in mind that you will not be eligible for warranty even if your bike is under warranty period- it is only applicable for first buyer.

          Mithun
          @Mithun,
          This I heard earlier and tried checking with Pro biking in Bangalore, Some stupid guy there said it is also applicable for second buyer.

          Will keep my first bike also for sometime, later will decide to sell or not.

          Sure will check the bike as you suggested. Trying to find one ninja owner who can help me in this

          Thanks bro.
          Last edited by vivek_k_p; 05-31-2012, 11:24 AM.
          Suzuki GS150R(Balck) 2009- 2012
          Yamaha R15 V2(LE white) 2012 and Honda Dio V2 Matte

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          • Originally posted by TeeJayy View Post
            Mithun, any idea if this is a standard practice or applicable only to the Ninja?
            It should be a standard practice TeeJayy ..It is at least there on Pulsars. I cannot confirm others though.

            Originally posted by vivek_k_p View Post
            Thanks ashutosh_x for really useful info.

            @Mithun,
            This I heard earlier and tried checking with Pro biking in Bangalore, Some stupid guy there said it is also applicable for second buyer.

            Will keep my first bike also for sometime, later will decide to sell or not.

            Sure will check the bike as you suggested. Trying to find one ninja owner who can help me in this

            Thanks bro.
            No idea why the PBK guy would suggest so

            It is specifically mentioned "Warranty is applicable for only first owner of vehicle."

            P.S: There was an offer on a Ninja a few pages back.

            Mithun.
            Hakuna Matata

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            • Originally posted by vivek_k_p View Post
              But now thinking of getting me a used ninja in Bangalore.But most of my friends discouraging from that saying maintaining n250r is really costly. I can spend 3-5k every month for my ride apart from fuel. Will that be enough? Can you guys throw some light on it. Also whether I have to keep my current bike or ninja can be used as allrounder?

              Also what are the things to be checked when getting a used n250r?
              Ninja 250R is not expensive to maintain. It's like maintaining a small car or a wee bit more thats all.

              Spares (consumables) are not very expensive and ONLY if you crash and the bike needs replacements parts and repairs then the cost of repair will be high (of course insurance is there but they dont cover 100% of the repair bill).

              To give you an idea,

              I service - Rs. 1500 (1000 kms)

              II service - Rs. 500 (6000 kms)

              III Service - 6000 (12,000 kms)

              and so on. All this includes cost of oil and consumables. Of course i change oil once every 5k kms and hence my service bill is a wee bit higher (oil costs me 1.5k for each change so not a huge cost).

              If you get a black ninja you can use it freely as a daily commuter since its very understated in the looks department. You wont get much attention on a black ninja except from keen eyes since its often mistook as a normal bike.

              Green however screams for attention and even with big bikes like ducati monster etc. the green ninja makes heads turn. This is a fact since we have a red monster in our gang and it sometimes its not even noticed when we park the bikes alongside each other.

              Mileage will be around 24-25kmpl on an average.

              Keep the chain clean and lube it regularly (along with regular service and maintenance) and your long term maintenance costs will be low. The chain and sprocket set costs 12k but is replaced only towards 25k or 30k kms.

              Originally posted by veryhiphop View Post
              recently has changed a Rear Disc plate...at 11,000
              You will never need to change the disc rotor unless the brake pads have worn off completely and its metal against metal leading to rotors getting warped or damaged.

              So looks like a maintenance issue to me rather than regular wear and tear.

              vkuchhal's ninja has done 21,000 kms in 2 yrs and he is still on stock brake pads and tires. Nothing spent on this area so its all up to the rider as well as to how the bike is run and maintained.

              Originally posted by vivek_k_p View Post
              Sure will check the bike as you suggested. Trying to find one ninja owner who can help me in this
              Warranty is not applicable for second owner. Its clearly mentioned in the manual and this holds good for other vehicles too, not just for the ninja.

              Need any help, feel free to contact me.
              ATGATT - Because hospital ceilings are boring !!!

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              • Originally posted by n_aditya View Post
                Ninja 250R is not expensive to maintain. It's like maintaining a small car or a wee bit more thats all.
                Oxymoron?! Considering the average cost of motorcycle maintenance.
                Always assume the other guy will mess up - Ride Defensively!

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                • Originally posted by rkakkar View Post
                  Oxymoron?! Considering the average cost of motorcycle maintenance.
                  Considering that the ninja costs more than some small cars, it really is not an Oxymoron.
                  Never argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and then beat you with experience.

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                  • Originally posted by vivek_k_p View Post
                    Did he put all money his own? Hope these things won't happen in my case.
                    For fairing he has claimed from insurance...and not for Disc plate...

                    Originally posted by n_aditya View Post


                    You will never need to change the disc rotor unless the brake pads have worn off completely and its metal against metal leading to rotors getting warped or damaged.

                    So looks like a maintenance issue to me rather than regular wear and tear.
                    Actually within 2000 KM he has to change the disc pad two times...when again third time the disc pad worn out..he went to SVC at kirti nagar...they said that disc plate need to change some due to an issue and because of this disc pad are worning out rapidly...

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                    • Originally posted by patel.tarun4328 View Post
                      Hi All,
                      This is my first post so please pardon me for any errors.
                      There is a very annoying problem which I am facing with my N250. The handle is feeling very heavy at slow speeds and also the bike seems to be drifting towards the right. So can you tell me what could be the problem?
                      Get the steering cone set inspected as well.

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                      • Hi everybody. I am selling my Black Ninja Oct 2009 model. I know I can't post this here but I haven't been able to post this in the classifieds section due to some technical errors. If anyone genuinely interested, pls. call me on +91 9810513323. (The bike is a Delhi regn. number)

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                        • Has anyone here tried the 3M Paint protection film on their 250R?

                          Kolkata owners, please respond.

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                          • Originally posted by Mithungo View Post
                            It should be a standard practice TeeJayy ..It is at least there on Pulsars. I cannot confirm others though.

                            No idea why the PBK guy would suggest so

                            It is specifically mentioned "Warranty is applicable for only first owner of vehicle."

                            P.S: There was an offer on a Ninja a few pages back.

                            Mithun.
                            Is that a black ninja, I think he replied to my query only
                            Anyways I will run back through few pages.

                            Originally posted by n_aditya View Post
                            Ninja 250R is not expensive to maintain. It's like maintaining a small car or a wee bit more thats all.

                            Spares (consumables) are not very expensive and ONLY if you crash and the bike needs replacements parts and repairs then the cost of repair will be high (of course insurance is there but they dont cover 100% of the repair bill).

                            To give you an idea,

                            I service - Rs. 1500 (1000 kms)

                            II service - Rs. 500 (6000 kms)

                            III Service - 6000 (12,000 kms)

                            and so on. All this includes cost of oil and consumables. Of course i change oil once every 5k kms and hence my service bill is a wee bit higher (oil costs me 1.5k for each change so not a huge cost).

                            If you get a black ninja you can use it freely as a daily commuter since its very understated in the looks department. You wont get much attention on a black ninja except from keen eyes since its often mistook as a normal bike.

                            Green however screams for attention and even with big bikes like ducati monster etc. the green ninja makes heads turn. This is a fact since we have a red monster in our gang and it sometimes its not even noticed when we park the bikes alongside each other.

                            Mileage will be around 24-25kmpl on an average.

                            Keep the chain clean and lube it regularly (along with regular service and maintenance) and your long term maintenance costs will be low. The chain and sprocket set costs 12k but is replaced only towards 25k or 30k kms.



                            You will never need to change the disc rotor unless the brake pads have worn off completely and its metal against metal leading to rotors getting warped or damaged.

                            So looks like a maintenance issue to me rather than regular wear and tear.

                            vkuchhal's ninja has done 21,000 kms in 2 yrs and he is still on stock brake pads and tires. Nothing spent on this area so its all up to the rider as well as to how the bike is run and maintained.



                            Warranty is not applicable for second owner. Its clearly mentioned in the manual and this holds good for other vehicles too, not just for the ninja.

                            Need any help, feel free to contact me.
                            @n_aditya
                            Bro

                            Feel sad for your friend on Ducati, when green hornet is stealing all the attention. I am also addicted to that color, it gives a big bike feel than black. Like your status "I also wanna paint the town GREEN !!!"
                            Sure man ,leaving you a private message
                            Last edited by vivek_k_p; 06-01-2012, 12:55 AM.
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                            Yamaha R15 V2(LE white) 2012 and Honda Dio V2 Matte

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                            • Originally posted by chicane1879 View Post
                              Has anyone here tried the 3M Paint protection film on their 250R?
                              I use a tailbag which rendered the rear tails on my ninja scratch prone (people call me paranoid ) so in the interim, since the 3M PPF was not available, I went to a sticker shop and got a carbon fiber sticker sheet cut and stuck on the rear tails. Was looking nice initially but as time passed the CF sheet started showing lots of bubbles and looked ugly.

                              But, the ugly duckling did what it was installed for - protect from scratches.

                              So when the 3M PPF was launched sometime back I promptly went to Auto Service in Blore and stripped the ugly duckling off my bike's rear tail panels and got the 3M ppf installed.

                              The CF stickering cost me 250 bucks for both sides whereas the 3M PPF cost me 1100/- for both sides. Expensive yes, but no glue, no mess and it is like installing a screen guard on your cell phone screen. Sticks without presence or need for any glue or soap solution and uses plain water and surface tension to stick and stay in place.

                              Time will tell how good this PPF is and how long lasting it is.
                              ATGATT - Because hospital ceilings are boring !!!

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                              • OT : Ideal Price for a used Ninja

                                Friends & Mods, please excuse the post.

                                This is being posted here coz, the very Ninja owners will be true advisors to my query.

                                I am cometmplating a used Ninja 250R, 2010, 2600 Kms run, scratchless.

                                What is the max i should pay, if the bike is all nice really.


                                regards
                                Every time i am able to change my bike's engine oil, i feel like passing another semester amongst thousands, of being a proficient rider.

                                A Thump addict gets Leh'd on a Ninja 250R in June'12

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