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The second white one. My dealer called this afternoon and has his first 300 in....also white.

White is starting to grow on me. You know it is supposed to be the most visible color so it might make it a bit safer to ride a white bike.
 

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I made the mistake of stopping by the shop to look for a jacket today and there it was, a white 2013 Ninja 300... Me likey mucho! It was parked next to a red CBR250R that's identical to the one sitting in my garage and I have to say that Kawi put's my little red thumper to shame. Logically speaking it's not at all worth the $2500-$2800 I'd have to cough up to make the switch but still oh so tempting...

My quote was $6002 OTD.
 

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$4799 + $477 tax + fees

$5,543 OTD
Only $267 above MSRP and tax, not too shabby. I just worked the math backwards on the quote I got today and I'm coming up with $867 in fees above MSRP and tax, screw that! The sales guy told me $4799 when I asked him what they were charging for the Ninja but it looks like they're adding in an extra $250 to the OTD price now, the dealer fees a few month ago were in the mid-$600 range.
 

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The markup is about 20% with the MSRP, so the dealer did just fine. The dealer break even figure is about $4800 figuring dealer cost of the new bike at $3840, Texas taxes $300, License, registration, title, inspection $164, transportation $400, Dealer prep $100. This is pretty close. So a Texas dealer would make about $700 if he sold it for $5500 out the door. They would usually want a bit more with all the fingers in the pie.
 

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WTF!?!? I hate California. Oh and Obviously Texas too. The soonest any dealer around here is saying is Jan for the non ABS models.
 

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So you paid about $250 less than me, I still fell like I got a great deal :)

People have to ride this bike to understand how different it is from the 250, Don did you have a 250 at all??
 

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well congrats Don, this is my 4th bike myself.. Started off with the BIG CC bikes and works my way down, kinda backwards but I use it for a commuter, so no reason to have an expensive uncomfortable big CC bike if I only use 10% of the power.
 

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I've always liked the smaller bikes. The biggest bike I've ever had is the 675 cc Triumph I have now. I've had 50cc, 100cc, 125cc, 150cc 185cc, 250, 300, 500, 650, and no ccs with an electric motorcycle (I've lost count but I think it's 18 motorcycles and scooters, but only ever 4 at one time). It's the weight I mostly do not like. You may not notice it so much while riding, but I notice it moving the bike around my garage. The 300r is fine at 376 lbs. although it is still 25 lbs. too heavy. A new rider can make slow speed mistakes like backing out or a parking space, stopping on a hill and losing balance a little, or a slow speed turn without feathering the clutch properly and still keep the lighter bike up. Low seat ht. helps too although they have increased the seat ht. on the 300.

I'm headed over to Woods Cycle Country to look...just LOOK at the white bike.
 

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I'm back. $5600 was the best he would do OTD and I wanted $5400, so I passed. I found out a few things: A couple of disappointments: The valve check is at 8,000 miles. That's not good news because it is a very expensive service. I was hoping it would be at 18,000 miles like with the 650r. Next, your right heal does in fact seem to rest on the exhaust. I suppose you just have to get used to placing your foot farther forward on the peg. Now a couple of good things: You won't have to remove fairings to change the oil filter. In fact, I'm not sure that would even help. Something like an old license plate bent a little by hand to catch the oil and fit, will go up under the belly fairing, over the hot pipes and allow the filter and oil to slide off into an oil drain pan to the side of the bike. The second thing I noticed right away is you can acutally see behind you in the mirrors.
 

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I'm back. $5600 was the best he would do OTD and I wanted $5400, so I passed. I found out a few things: A couple of disappointments: The valve check is at 8,000 miles. That's not good news because it is a very expensive service. I was hoping it would be at 18,000 miles like with the 650r. Next, your right heal does in fact seem to rest on the exhaust. I suppose you just have to get used to placing your foot farther forward on the peg. Now a couple of good things: You won't have to remove fairings to change the oil filter. In fact, I'm not sure that would even help. Something like an old license plate bent a little by hand to catch the oil and fit, will go up under the belly fairing, over the hot pipes and allow the filter and oil to slide off into an oil drain pan to the side of the bike. The second thing I noticed right away is you can acutally see behind you in the mirrors.
What is the sales tax where you are from?. In NJ it's 7%. DMV fee for motorcycles is $60 for title, ($85 if the DMV needs to register the Lein) $65 for 12 month registration, $6 for a 30 day temp tag and a one time fee of $1.50 for each passenger vehicle tires. ($3 for motorcycles). The dealer charged us $199 (taxable fee) for prep/freight. He waived the doc fee.

Without any negotiation we paid $5375 OTD. Not a geat deal, but it was acceptable. We were prepared to pay full MSRP. However the dealer did take off $100 off the MSRP.
 
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