I saw some other people posting when they got their new rides so I thought I'd do the same. Sorry in advance if I'm in the wrong forum...
So I decided on a ninja 250 for my first bike. Love the look of the new ones and the theory is that a 250 will be the best bike to learn on. Also I figure it's harder (although still possible) to do something stupid on a 250 than a 600, especially while learning.
Budget was $4000. Craigslist told me I wasn't getting anything under $4200, and I'd have to fight for anything in good shape under $4500. So I looked south and found one in Seattle for $3400. 1400 miles, dropped stationary once resulting in an almost invisible crack in the right fairing. Other than that it's mint.
Bringing it across the border was waaaay easier than I had expected after snooping around these forums. Only problem was the export office absolutely refused to communicate with me. The only way I could confirm that my bike was ready for export was driving down and walking in to talk face to face. 2 emails and 3 voice mails over a week did nothing. If I ever do this again it will be at Sumas, as they actually answer the phone. Fees worked out to:
$3500 bike (visa charged extra $100 for exchange rate even though CAD was stronger than USD that day....
$205 Riv fee
$100 for dealer to bring bike to blaine
$40 ish in gas
So I might have saved a couple hundred, seeing as technically I would have to pay some tax on a local bike as well. Even if I only saved $300, that's my helmet and gloves right there. To many people this is not worth the hassle, to a college student it is jackpot
Lovin the bike so far, except for the noise I heard today... but that's a different thread...