Yea... I have mixed feeling about this one. When you go to do a safety, they'll let you know what needs to be corrected for it to pass. That work does not need to be completed at the same place you are doing the safety at. Going with your brake example, it's a 250. They are super basic to work on and there is a TON of info online on how to do pretty much anything to the bike. You should learn to do the work yourself. It's not rocket science, use your brain and take your time. It's also a great opportunity to get familiar with the bike you just bought and also potentially find other hidden issues. Never head of having to change a fuel filter on a 250, but that's anecdotal. Often times, these bikes don't really seem to get to the mileage that warrants replacement. Air filter is a good idea to at the very least inspect. It's super easy to get to on the Ninja 250. Drive chain is a huge one for me. It's such a basic maintenance piece. If they couldn't be bothered to keep that in good shape, don't have high hopes for the rest of the bike!Do you have any friends who are motorcycle mechanics? The fitness certificate part can get real expensive fast if you suddenly discover the bike needs tires or brakes to certify. They are basically going to charge you 70+ $ per hour to remove the brakes and inspect them, if they have new pads on hand add another 30 or 40$ in parts per wheel. They won't even look at things like the air and fuel filter (when you look at the bike, look at the air filter, it tells a lot about the previous owners attention to service, you might even find a mouse nest in there) Does it need a new drive chain, add another 60 to 100$ (if the front sprocket looks worn the chain is probably done), I can almost guarantee the oil in the front forks is the same oil that was put in there by the factory many years previous. add another 14 bucks there, is the battery older then 4 years old? add another 60 bucks there. Do you have a helmet?
... not looking to discourage you but if you budget 1500 for the motorcycle you better have another 6 or 7 hundred on hand to cover the extras, if all that stuff has to be covered by the 1500 you will have a problem.
One of those bike suggestions is in Porcupine Ontario :/ that's a 9 hour drive from Toronto, I could drive my truck that far for a couple of hundred$, hopefully you have a more fuel efficient means to transport a motorcycle that you may or may not buy after driving that far to look at it. Take somebody with you who really knows motorcycles and has 2 days to contribute if you possibly can.
Or 1 wheel shenanigans"I'll be doing the seals this spring since they finally failed" <- Major cause of seal failure is because your slide bushings are worn out, fork seals can not tolerate any misalignment in the stanchion tube travel, all they do is hold back the oil pressure.
That's normal operating conditions on a dirt bike,Or 1 wheel shenanigans
Yep, it is.It is? I've never supplied one...buyer always got it first or didn't care and got it after, but always got one when buying.