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Old 02-05-2010, 11:02 PM   #61
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Seems like a solid baswe to do something nimble and fun, dual disc brake at the front, mroe of real tires and wheels......is that engine air cooled?
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Just checked, it is air cooled..COOL! and adjustable rear sets. schweet.
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mmm... Shinkos

Good thing you already mentioned getting new tires!
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It's gonna be a sweet twofiddy!!!!
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The busa was funny cuz it took two 650s to make one.

Playing off the Korean 250 as a threat is just sad
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The busa was funny cuz it took two 650s to make one.

Playing off the Korean 250 as a threat is just sad
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measure the OD of the pipe at the muffler and just find a cheapo slipon. Looks smaller than the 650 which is 2.125...

Cheap fix on the forks would be swapping to a heavier oil and going a little higher CC to increase the air spring and help the bottoming.

On the 650 I originally made some lowering links while waiting for the ones I ordered to come in. Shouldn't be hard to raise it.... if I was home I would find those and donate, probably just have to redrill a couple holes and shorten.

I just wish someone made a decent looking seat cowl instead of one that looks like a dog house roof...
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For the seat cowl I may fiberglass over the seat an inch past the front.
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For the seat cowl I may fiberglass over the seat an inch past the front.
I am thinking the same way. Looked at getting another rear seat, and using the pan with another bikes cowl and filling in from there. That way the option of carrying a passenger is still there.

But now she wants a different bike so I'll probably leave it alone for now.
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Ooo! Good find, Irak. I may add that rear shock to my ninja in time. Still thinking race-tech for the front though.

And Cali. . . viva la 2fiddy!
If you are serious about getting a suspension upgrade, PM Keith (Road and Track) he is the man for 250's; or Jim Cambora.
I just sent my forks to Jim for re-valving, re-springing, etc. I will save to get a penske double for the rear.
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Yep. Well the rivalry will continue once the 250 runs the Forest. Hope to see you out there sometime soon dude.
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I just sent my forks to Jim for re-valving, re-springing, etc. I will save to get a penske double for the rear.
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Maintenance: Everything appears to be easily accessible. Air cooled, easy to see sight glass and the filter is in the engine and appears to be a no drip design when the bike is on the sidestand.

Ergonomics: The stretch from the seat to the clip ons is pretty aggressive. If I didnt have my tank protector I'd probably be scrapping it to chit. Im not the smallest abercrombie pencil out there but Im also not supersized. The tank arch is a bit steep but still very comfortable.

Performance: Well dont laugh, this is what everyone is laughing about a 250 anyways right?

Well, yes it does require more effort to get up to speed. W the drilled out exhaust and vtwin it sounds wicked and almost like you're casually accelerating(still faster then traffic around) when rolling up around 75% and to 7k rpms(still in break in period.)

On the freeway it cruises w ease at 75, accelerating and decel easy w the throttle. I have had it up to 95 after 90 it wants to creep. I let off after that since she is still in need of exercise before she's pushed.

MPGs expected to be upwards of 60mpg. I went through 2 leds of fuel for the duration of my riding so far.

The bike has a lower engine craddle(steel frame) so the weight is low on the bike. Does this effect cornering performance? Nope. When the rider weights 50lbs less then the bike, there is enough room for some lower engine weight. The bike dry is 277lbs. Looking over your shoulder at 70mph means your changing lanes. The bike is L-I-G-H-T

There arent alot of fairings to cover for wind protection. My legs and neck needed thawing out after riding from Bissonet to the Woodhood this morning at 12am. But nearly the whole ride I had a grin on my face

Overall review at 100 miles:

Great, great bike. As mentioned last night to several people by far one of the funnest bikes I've owned and thats comparing it to the busa as well. I know these bikes are popular in Europe for several years and most forums have breaking problems including lights burning out and throttle cables. If the reliability keeps up through my scheduled maintenance, I will own this bike for some time and use it as my regular rider.

For 2k, some of the cheapest insurance quotes/pricing I went w full coverage because it is so insanely low, and the fun factor coupled w looks that turn more heads then the exhaust tone Im a fan. And I still dont have the rear lift or the sticker kits in to really change the look of the bike. Reflectors were removed but wheel tape will be installed in its stead for side visual protection.
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Great write up Cali. Thank you! That sealed the deal for me. I am going to start shopping for a good deal on one of these.
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You're not far. Make plans to come over and ride mine to make sure its something you'd like. There is also a 650r, but I've heard nothing but problems from them by owners(including the guy that sold me the 250) and the deals arent nearly as good.

And I wouldnt overlook the kawi250 either; there are several on sell here on MH; I've ridden everyone ForestGnome's 08+ 250r for various reasons and its a fun, trialed and true bike too.


I ALWAYS recommend that but often times its hard because no one want to hand over keys.

btw, there are about half a dozen others on here that expressed alot of interest, so good luck hunting.
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