Well I went and looked at a Kawasaki 500EX(ninja), yeah I know it is kinda old, it is a 90. Would need a rear tire ( only cause the weather got to it, cracked sidewall), and a new battery, that I know of to get it back in shape. Of course once I dig in it may be more than that. The age does bother me, but Renée seems to like it and so do I.
He is coming by my place tomorrow to have a look at my kart. I may trade him my kart and engine for the bike. BUT I would be keeping the trailer I built.
I do need to fix the front fairing, since a signal light got broken off, it was parked at his wifes sisters place for a few years and one of their kids damaged it. He also has the other signal light since he was going to replace them with surface mount ones, and had the 2 mirrors off to fix the fairing.
So for a bike that will get learned on, and most likely dumped a few times, might not be a bad idea.
I got a couple of pictures. That front fairing is just sitting on the bike and the lower body work is off also, since there is a crack in it that he was going to fix. Did I mention it was pretty dirty, lol. That fairing was stored in a shed and is really dusty. I am sure it would clean up nicely.
We would BOTH be getting our permits and be looking at taking the course, for a couple of reasons, first one is cheaper insurance. Second it will teach Renée the basics of bikes. I have at least had one in the past, but I was never "trained" to use one, I just hopped on and rode it.