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Old 4th October 2018, 11:24 AM
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Hi guys,

I'm 22 years old and I'm looking at buying my first motorbike. Ive identified a Hornet 250 as the best candidate. I've spotted one for sale and have arranged with the seller to view it soon. However, I'm a bit hesitant. It's probably the fact that I'm very new to this game and am worried that I'll be swindled out of a lot of cash.

I am going to get a mechanic to have a look at the bike and hopefully he'll say it looks good. It's a 1996 and looks in good nick with low mileage.

Any advice/recommendations for someone like me buying their first bike, bearing in mind I have little mechanical knowledge?

Cheers
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Old 4th October 2018, 11:54 AM
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I started off on a 250 hornet and kept it for 2 years. It handles great and revs forever.
Look our for all the usual stuff, signs of crash damage and also leaking headers.
If they were ever dropped when crash bungs were installed, make sure to take a good look at the upper front engine mounts, they had a tendency to crack the engine casing. Bring a mechanic who knows what they're doing and you wont go too far wrong
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Old 4th October 2018, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by tadhgR
I started off on a 250 hornet and kept it for 2 years. It handles great and revs forever.
Look our for all the usual stuff, signs of crash damage and also leaking headers.
If they were ever dropped when crash bungs were installed, make sure to take a good look at the upper front engine mounts, they had a tendency to crack the engine casing. Bring a mechanic who knows what they're doing and you wont go too far wrong
Thanks a million, I'll definitely keep an eye out for that.
Should I be concerned about the age? The bike is the same age as me and I have heard from many people that I might have difficulty getting parts and to look at something newer like a Ninja 250. However the Hornet is just very appealing. I've already been to view one but it didn't seem in great shape and was the same age as this one.
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Old 4th October 2018, 12:36 PM
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Get an insurance quote before you consider buying the bike.
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Old 4th October 2018, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Dub Duke
Get an insurance quote before you consider buying the bike.
I have used Liberty's online system for a number of bikes and they seem to be all around the €1,000 mark. It'll be expensive for the first year for someone like me.
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Old 4th October 2018, 01:27 PM
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Lift the tank and have a gawk at the frame too. The frames on them weren't as tough as the rest of the bike and in a front end impact the frame can bend. And the engine casings as was already said. Cracking little bike them!
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Old 4th October 2018, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by tadhgR
I started off on a 250 hornet and kept it for 2 years. It handles great and revs forever.
Look our for all the usual stuff, signs of crash damage and also leaking headers.
If they were ever dropped when crash bungs were installed, make sure to take a good look at the upper front engine mounts, they had a tendency to crack the engine casing. Bring a mechanic who knows what they're doing and you wont go too far wrong
I'm just struggling with the last part of "bringing a mechanic". Anyone out there??
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Old 4th October 2018, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by muzz_mm
I'm just struggling with the last part of "bringing a mechanic". Anyone out there??
Ya may let us know were ye are from and where the bike is
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Old 4th October 2018, 10:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Seanie Philip Hugo Baron van Zuylen van Nijevelt
Ya may let us know were ye are from and where the bike is
The bike is located in Waterford, I'd be coming from Dublin.
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Old 14th October 2018, 11:34 AM
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Hi muzz_mm,

If you're still looking for a Honda hornet 250 I could be tempted to sell mine. It's 00 with only 25,000 kms on it. I've had it almost 4 years and drive the short spin to work everyday, in great nick, no issues and serviced each year.

I'd only let it go for the right price and would be replacing it with a hornet 600.

Dublin based so you can come view it with a mechanic any time you want if we can agree a price.

Cheers
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Old 15th October 2018, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by muzz_mm
The bike is located in Waterford, I'd be coming from Dublin.
This one?

https://www.donedeal.ie/motorbikes-f...-mc31/19988237
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Old 15th October 2018, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by headonyou
Hi muzz_mm,

If you're still looking for a Honda hornet 250 I could be tempted to sell mine. It's 00 with only 25,000 kms on it. I've had it almost 4 years and drive the short spin to work everyday, in great nick, no issues and serviced each year.

I'd only let it go for the right price and would be replacing it with a hornet 600.

Dublin based so you can come view it with a mechanic any time you want if we can agree a price.

Cheers
Hi there,

Yep still interested. Would you have any pictures? Can you DM on this site?

Cheers!
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Old 15th October 2018, 03:53 PM
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Hi muzz_mm,

I put the bike up on adverts just there so you can take a look at the photos.

Ill keep it for a few days then take it down because I'm not interested in dealing with any tyre kickers.

I don't think newbies can DM and I don't know if we can post links. The link is below:

https://www.adverts.ie/car/motorbike...t-250/16496017


If it doesn't work just do a search on adverts for a Honda Hornet in Dublin.

Thanks
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Old 15th October 2018, 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by headonyou
Hi muzz_mm,

I put the bike up on adverts just there so you can take a look at the photos.

Ill keep it for a few days then take it down because I'm not interested in dealing with any tyre kickers.

I don't think newbies can DM and I don't know if we can post links. The link is below:

https://www.adverts.ie/car/motorbike...t-250/16496017


If it doesn't work just do a search on adverts for a Honda Hornet in Dublin.

Thanks
Is the price on Adverts to stop people contacting you or are you actually looking for than sort of money?
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Old 16th October 2018, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Gixxer
Is the price on Adverts to stop people contacting you or are you actually looking for than sort of money?
LOL.. You have a way with words
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Old 3rd November 2018, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Gixxer
Is the price on Adverts to stop people contacting you or are you actually looking for than sort of money?
The asking
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