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    Newbie looking for a bike!

    Greetings Guys,

    So I have decided to make the switch over from cars to bikes.

    I have ridden a few times in the past, but that's about it.

    I will be sitting all necessary tests in the next month or so to get my learners.

    I am on the hunt for a 90-93 Honda CBR250RR MC22, and am not sure where to start looking.

    Ideally I am wanting to spend no more than $3-3.5k but I don't know how much they are actually worth.

    Any help would be much appreciated. BTW I am Auckland based.

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    May I ask why you specifically want that bike? They are cool but at that age knowing how to wield a spanner is essential.

    The range of Learner Approved Motorcycles available now is eye watering.
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    There is a tidyish one here in nelson for around that money... On trade me. I would go for a newer KTM personally but what ever gets ha going!

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    If you can find an extra grand or so, you'll open up your options to much newer models like a Ninja 300, R3, etc. Over the lifetime of your ownership, you could easily recoup that extra up front expenditure and more in reduced maintenance costs. Some of those old 250 learner bikes have been thrashed to the point of death.

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    just get an RC200 or Duke200

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    Quote Originally Posted by george formby View Post
    May I ask why you specifically want that bike? They are cool but at that age knowing how to wield a spanner is essential.

    The range of Learner Approved Motorcycles available now is eye watering.
    Something about their very 90's look and the fact they're four bangers really appeals to me, also because Honda.

    I've only ever driven Honda's and can vouch for their reliability (at least car wise).

    Although, I did have a word with my mates mechanic about one I am currently interested in and according to him;
    1. 130,000kms is way to high for a bike that is capable of revving to 18k
    2. parts to rebulid the motor itself are near impossible to find or are stupidly expensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scubbo View Post
    just get an RC200 or Duke200
    Not really a fan of KTM's tbh. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by release_the_bees View Post
    If you can find an extra grand or so, you'll open up your options to much newer models like a Ninja 300, R3, etc. Over the lifetime of your ownership, you could easily recoup that extra up front expenditure and more in reduced maintenance costs. Some of those old 250 learner bikes have been thrashed to the point of death.

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    Totally understand where you're coming from.

    Question, can I ride a 300cc on my learners? I was under the impression 250 was the limit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobcee View Post
    Totally understand where you're coming from.

    Question, can I ride a 300cc on my learners? I was under the impression 250 was the limit?
    Up to 660 cc provided that it's on the approved list. Look up approved motorcycles on the NZTA website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    Up to 660 cc provided that it's on the approved list. Look up approved motorcycles on the NZTA website.
    Oh wow, that's news to me =)

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobcee View Post
    Oh wow, that's news to me =)

    Thanks.
    I suspect you may be quite busy for a wee while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by george formby View Post
    I suspect you may be quite busy for a wee while.
    Haha looks like it!

    But I don't think it's a good idea for me to start on a 600cc being a learner and all... what are your thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobcee View Post
    Haha looks like it!

    But I don't think it's a good idea for me to start on a 600cc being a learner and all... what are your thoughts?
    Actually, it's not a bad idea if you choose wisely. Depends what you want the bike for. Let's say that you want it for commuting but want to maintain open road speed for a bit of weekend travel, then a bigger capacity LAMS-approved bike could be quite an advantage. Take this one: https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/mot...6d01ed26c8681e . A bit more than you wanted to pay in this instance but the DR650 is a really versatile bike. Supremely reliable, easy and cheap to service and comfortable to ride with good all-round vision. Relatively inexpensive to insure. Lots of aftermarket parts available. They re-sell easily too if you want to pass your test and upgrade whereas a 250 "screamer" might be harder to shift.

    Also consider some good one on one training and/or the Ride Forever programme.

    Hope that helps to broaden your thoughts.

    Cheers,

    Geoff

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    Hi, I would recommend the sv650, if you can find one in your price range, they handle very well for the amount of power they have, plus it will do most types of riding, and they are reliable, cheap to run /maintain

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    I recommend something with no fairings, or sticky out pieces. (drz) so when you eat shit on some gravel Or grass you are good to go again.. No extensive damage.

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