Another total newbie
So, basically, I got the itch one morning to learn how to ride a motorcycle.
I got my permit and I took the MSF basic course (being AD military it's mandatory, but also free and didn't have to wait very long) and had fun.
Anyway, between my next paycheck and coming tax return, I've got about 4k to spend on toys and I'm really thinking of buying a bike. Plus I have the added advantage of living on a military base with a lot of massive, vacant lots and basically abandoned backroads to practice in and get the basics down before I have to deal with normal traffic.
I've already been to both the bike shops I could find close to post; my budget means I've been looking at all used bikes. I've found a couple candidates in my price range. I'm not set on a cruiser or a sport bike, I'd like a mix of fun and practical, really.
2003 Honda Nighthawk 750. Forgot to check miles. Like the way it feels. I'm 6' and about 200. I liked it, but I don't know if it's too powerful for a beginner. They were asking 3.5K.
2004 Honda Shadow 600. 6k miles, IIRC. Most comfortable cruiser I've sat on so far. Also 3.5K.
2001 Kawasaki Ninja 500R. 10k miles. Seen these recommended a lot and I liked the way it felt; only other sport bike in my price range was a GXSR 600 which I figured would be too much bike. I want to say they were asking 3k, but that seems high from my research.
Are any of these really worth considering?
Meanwhile, on Craigslist in the last week there's a 2008 Ninja 250R, 5k miles, 3000$, and a 2002 Buell Blast with 4k for 2100$, maybe should try to see if they're still available.
Wouldn't be opposed to a Ninja 250, they seem to come up every 3 weeks or so on Craigslist, but would it be better to buy from a dealer for a first bike? I can see the definite advantage of ease of delivery...