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    Since this is my post after years letís begin with a bit of myself, I am well built and 5ft 9 in height and in my stable I have a 1989 RE350 and a 2003 Hero Honda Ambition. My daily commute to and fro from work is roughly 60-65 kmís and I use the ambition daily for travel. Now I initially planned for a Car but the time for travel (getting stuck in traffic) and also the toll (35+35) was going to eat a lot into my salary hence the plan shifted from buying a car to a bigger bike. Now after weighing my options, decided that the quarter litre class was the one to go with as due to decent mileage and performance ending with the KTM 390 with ABS, Yamaha R3 and the Ninja 300 being considered. Now the KTM was dropped for it being a Single Cylinder and the R3 dropped due to No second available. Now the dilemma begin, I have a friend who is ready to let go of his 2014 Ninja for 2.5L which is well maintained but he has clocked 36000 kmís and I have seen other bikes which are 2.7L and 2.8L asking but they are 10000kms and 5000kms respectively.

    The Dilemma is which bike to pick up as I will be taking atleast half the amount on loan and will be using the bike daily to work, Is my friends bike worth?are they any issues i may face with such high kms

    FYI: Friends bike has brembo brake pad, Aftermarket Coneset, Michelin tyres and serviced with Full Synthetic Oil whereas the others are stock bikes

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    Default Re: Buying a pre-owned Ninja 300

    topic approved and moved!
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    Default Re: Buying a pre-owned Ninja 300

    Test ride and see all the bikes. Go through the ownership thread. You will find a lot of info and what you need to check on the bike. The prices of the other two bikes are not far off. So additional 20k should not really push you off from a good bike.
    Everybody has their own version of TRUTH!!!!!!

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    Default Re: Buying a pre-owned Ninja 300

    1)Go for latest model
    2) check service records
    3) look out for chain and sprocket sets, brake pads, normal scratches should be fine
    4) check for rust at chain, exhaust etc
    5) 2.7 ,2.8 is great price for n300
    bike is worth every penny and you will thoroughly enjoy the ownership.

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    +1 for the above post. Go for the latest model.
    A bike like Ninja would be well maintained by anyone.
    To be sure, check service records, match them with the printed bills to make sure that every cost and part is covered.
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    Default Re: Buying a pre-owned Ninja 300

    Now i have come to the conclusion and have finalised a bike the whole dilemma is the Zero dep Insurance. I am definately going for it but HDFC ERGO is giving an option for 1 year,2 year or 3 years.

    1 year is 10k
    2 years is 12.5k
    3 years is 16.5K

    Now should i go with HDFC or any other insurance company (but with Zero Dep Insurance)
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    Default Re: Buying a pre-owned Ninja 300

    Quote Originally Posted by diaslemuel View Post
    Since this is my post after years letís begin with a bit of myself, I am well built and 5ft 9 in height and in my stable I have a 1989 RE350 and a 2003 Hero Honda Ambition. My daily commute to and fro from work is roughly 60-65 kmís and I use the ambition daily for travel. Now I initially planned for a Car but the time for travel (getting stuck in traffic) and also the toll (35+35) was going to eat a lot into my salary hence the plan shifted from buying a car to a bigger bike. Now after weighing my options, decided that the quarter litre class was the one to go with as due to decent mileage and performance ending with the KTM 390 with ABS, Yamaha R3 and the Ninja 300 being considered. Now the KTM was dropped for it being a Single Cylinder and the R3 dropped due to No second available. Now the dilemma begin, I have a friend who is ready to let go of his 2014 Ninja for 2.5L which is well maintained but he has clocked 36000 kmís and I have seen other bikes which are 2.7L and 2.8L asking but they are 10000kms and 5000kms respectively.

    The Dilemma is which bike to pick up as I will be taking atleast half the amount on loan and will be using the bike daily to work, Is my friends bike worth?are they any issues i may face with such high kms

    FYI: Friends bike has brembo brake pad, Aftermarket Coneset, Michelin tyres and serviced with Full Synthetic Oil whereas the others are stock bikes
    Go for a 5,000 km bike man obviously. Or 10,000 one if it's a 20-30k price difference.
    I also sometimes think of getting a second-hand Ninja 300 (Can't buy 1st-hand). Will take Hyundai Eon or Renault Kwid for that much amount. I currently own a Duke 390 though. I miss the stability & comfort on the highways that faired bikes provide combined with the smoothness of the twin-cylinder engine. But, then again I think I'm short (5'6) and Duke suits me perfectly. It's the best in the city. Fortunately, my bike has no issues. Though I take care of it like a baby with upmarket stuff. Even the heat is very less.
    & I again think that I'll keep the Duke for another 10 years. Only thing I miss is the comfort on Highways (120+ speeds). But, it's not that bad with the Metzelers (shod on 500-600cc bikes abroad).

    If you have to take a loan, why don't you consider a Duke 390 instead OR the RC 390? Just saying. It's an excellent bike. The RC is perfect for highways. You can raise her handle and it will be awesome. But, everyone has his/her priorities and their own choices though. Do whatever your heart says. Don't listen to your mind. You'll be happy with your decision. Though it could be otherwise as all of these are premium, award-winning, proven bikes.
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    Default Re: Buying a pre-owned Ninja 300

    See there are few things that are important
    • Year of the bike : better prefer as latest as possible depending on your budget.




    • Maintenance of the bike: we don't how people use this bike/ maintain the bike in earlier you said you have friend who is selling so you can at-least trust him regarding whatever he says about maintenance. But better to check the maintenance record.




    • KM's on bike: many people may disagree with me but an old bike with less KM's doesn't mean it better because a bike which is used well will be maintained well but it need not to be true all the time, but I have seen bikes with lesser KMs than mine and newer than mine which doesn't feel smooth as mine (of course depends on maintenance).


    Apart from that check major damages like frame damages etc and take somebody who is aware of these bikes and finally most important test ride.

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    Default Re: Buying a pre-owned Ninja 300

    More the mileage put on a bike it will call for replacement of parts the earlier...

    consider cost of changing Tyres, Clutch Plates, Brake Pads, Chain Sprocket, Clutch/Accelerator cable and all other running parts which fall due for change after certain KMs.

    Now think of the Spares pricing of a quarter litre premium bike like Ninja.

    work out the costing and then consider which one is easy on pocket.. a lesser run bike would come with almost all parts with good life left and you wont have to spend anything upfront for spares.
    ***Correct me if I am wrong :)

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    Default Re: Buying a pre-owned Ninja 300

    Consider the maintenance cost (service and spares) and fuel cost (65kms with traffic may take 2.5 litres) as you say you are going for loan as well.

    I was in the same state as you are. Then thought for few days and for my budget, I bought the Duke 390. But still I have a crush on Ninja. May be in future, after saving some bucks, I'll get a 650. I have to ride 40kms per day but my Daily Commuter isn't the 390, it's a Karizma.

    Go for the Ninja if you have the money. Plan the budget and get the less clocked bike.
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