The “Official” Motorcycle of The New Modern Man: 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650
Motorcycles are perfect for minimalists.
Before getting started, I constantly hear about how dangerous motorcycles are. I know they’re dangerous. I guess I’m just a dangerous motherfucker then. Still, I enjoy riding them. In fact, I’d go as far as saying I prefer riding a bike over riding in a car. I’ve been riding for 4 years, and wish I started riding long before that. I don’t drive like a maniac, so I’ve been safe thus far. May I continue to have the same luck in the future.
Motorcycles are a fantastic way for the minimalist to save on transportation costs. My first bike, a $2,000 Ninja 250 – was a great investment and a hoot to drive. I sold it for what I paid for it: $2,000. So, it was like a got a free ride for two years and saved not only on wear and tear on my hot rod but also fuel costs.
Japanese bikes are especially good choices, because they’re practically bulletproof, parts are everywhere, and they’re super affordable. Proving my point, I just purchased this black and silver “The New Modern Man” themed 2012 Kawasaki Ninja at a local dealer in the States for $3,999 plus taxes, tags, and fees. I was out the door for less than $5,000 for a high quality, zippy, and very fun albeit practical bike with a scant 7,000 miles on the odometer.
About the only problem I encountered with the bike was needing to clean grease off the cogs and chain, as the previous owner thought greasing them was a good idea. It wasn’t. It created a huge mess and the grease was attracting dust and road grime, which would have prematurely worn these fast-moving parts out. Fortunately, a silicone-based lubricant melted off most of the grease while simultaneously lubing the O-rings in the chain.
Operating costs of a modern bike are negligible. Insurance costs me roughly $9 a month. Fuel costs are negligible. It costs me $7 to fill up my ride. I no longer fret short trips the way I used to in my car.
The riding position is comfortable, the Ninja has plenty enough power for my needs, as it does 0-60 in about 3.5 seconds, and has been getting around 52 mpg according to the digital dash. It also handles great on the curvy country roads near where I will be building a tiny house in a couple of years.
Of course, there are faster, fancier, and bigger bikes. But, this one meets my needs perfectly and is a blast to drive. Sport bikes are a great choice for minimalists who like to have some fun. That’s why it this gently used, low cost Ninja is the official bike of The New Modern Man. It’s a great bike, it’s affordable, it’s a good choice for the minimalist, and it offers free surges of testosterone with each flick of the throttle. Check out this video of a test ride of a Ninja 650 like mine if you’re interested in purchasing a bike yourself.
I plan on taking a road trip on the Ninja next time I’m in the States. Do you ride? Are you considering riding? Have you been using a motorcycle as part of your minimalist strategy?
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