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Hello,

I recently got my M2 license (Ontario motorcycle riding license) and want to buy a new motorcycle. I know very little to nothing about motorcycles. The motorcycle seems to be in a good shape with minor cosmetic scratches and no rust that I could visibly see. It is a non-ABS model but within my budget of ~$2500 CAD.

I was wondering if it is worth buying a 2012 CBR250r in 2021 as a first motorcycle? Would I have to spend a lot in maintenance as it is close to 10 years old? Any thing in particular I should look for before buying?

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I'd keep shopping. $2500 seems high for a 9 year old non-ABS model with that much mileage. $2500 is the high-end amount for a 2012. With a little patience and research you should ne able to find an ABS model with lower mileage and as a new rider you want ABS.
 

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A CBR250R is a good choice as your first cycle IMO, but as noted - check the price. We are used to seeing USD numbers, so it may not be that far off in CAD.

Almost any used cycle needs tires, so be prepared to spend the money. Check the date on the sidewall - it's 4 numbers in an oval like "2611" - which is the 26th week of 2011. Any tire over 5 years old should be replaced.

First thing I look at on a used cycle is the condition of the chain and rear sprocket. If they look bad it's a good indication the cycle has not been maintained well.

Another important thing is to get training. No time to learn to operate a cycle on the street.

Get decent gear and wear all of it all the time.
 

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I agree that that price sounds a bit high in light of the mileage. Problem is that if in your area that is what they go for, then you are sort of at the mercy of your market. A 2012 with 3000 miles here in MN/US has an asking price between USD 2500 and 3000 now that Spring has come. I would not agree that you, as a new rider, need ABS, though. No doubt it would be nice to have for you, but most of us learned how to ride without ABS and we are not the worse for wear because of it. I would be more concerned with shape of the chain/sprockets, if there is rust in the tank, damage to ends of the handlebars, blinkers, mirrors, muffler, fairings, etc., which could be worse than it looks on the outside. Bikes unfortunately sometimes fall over no matter how careful one is being, but lots of scratches and dents likely mean the owner ran the bike harder than his skills allowed, which gives you some indication of how he probably cared for everything else too. Good luck.
 

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19,000 km's is around 11,800 US miles. Not that many miles per-say, but as others have said, a 10 years old bike is more about the overall condition... To make a fair appraisal of any used bike, you should find someone with motorcycle knowledge to look at it with you.
 

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You sound like an older soul onebohemian.
When I bought my 2011 CBR250R new it was one of the first to hit Honda dealers in my state and ABS models were still another 6 months away. Since I'd had my motorcycle license since 1980 without incident and had owned bigger bikes, I didn't think it was strictly necessary either. Still over the past 10 years of riding my CBR I've found myself in numerous situations where I've WISHED I had ABS, if only as insurance. The added cost of ABS is so slight and the engineering is so reliable now that I don't think any new rider should have to settle for non-ABS in a new or used bike. JMO.
 

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I would not agree that you, as a new rider, need ABS, though. No doubt it would be nice to have for you, but most of us learned how to ride without ABS and we are not the worse for wear because of it.
Except for those that fell off their bike because of over braking the front wheel at a panic situation.... You can find those in pretty much every motorcycle crash compilation on Youtube.
 
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