Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: 9000 ft. ASL in Southwest Colorado, USA
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I would not be concerned about the 16,000 miles on the bike you've decided to buy... that really isn't that many miles, particularly on a bike that is now 4 model years old. While some may think that anything more than a few thousand miles on a used CBR250R's is too many, at the end of the day a motorcycle is meant to be ridden. I bought my 2012 Tri-Color new in April of that year and now have just over 15,000 miles on the odometer. Today it runs and performs just as well as it did the day I picked it up from the dealer. Plenty of other owners have racked up far more miles on their 250R's than I have on mine, and have done so without issues... whereas I've noticed that some who have experienced various problems & issues haven't necessarily put many miles on their bikes.
And as you said, it sounds like that particular bike has been well maintained by the owner. That it also has relatively new tires and chain & sprocket set is another positive.
For myself, I'll take a clean, well maintained bike with reasonable miles on the clock for its age any day over the same model that has very few miles along with an unknown or questionable maintenance record. Really, I have to wonder who buys a motorcycle and hangs on to it for several years without ever riding it?
A comment on the fair market used value of these bikes: A couple years ago they were going for fairly low prices... $2000 to $2500 depending on condition and ABS vs non-ABS, but I think those sort of prices were perhaps a bit artificially low at the time, largely due to the fact that Honda dealers were sitting on significant numbers of new non-current 250r's, which also had big discounts to make them more attractive to potential buyers, and when at the same time the "new" CBR300R was showing up in dealerships. Today, I have to assume that there are few (if any) brand new CBR250R/RA's still in dealer inventories. Which should mean that prices/values on clean used units should be closer to a more realistic level, as it is now less of a 'buyer's' market due to excessive inventories.
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