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Old 10-21-2011, 10:15 PM   #1
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How do u know when its time to upgrade to a 600cc?

How do you when its time for you to move onto a bigger bike??

What are the signs?? can you just feel it in your heart?

What skill sets should you have mastered? how many miles should you have clocked on your 250cc??

All you experienced riders, please give us newbs a heads up
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:24 PM   #2
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why do you wanna upgrade?
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:33 PM   #3
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:36 PM   #4
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how long have you been riding, how confident are you, what kind of riding have you done? Many factors here. What are you thinking of getting and why?
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I just did it. Did 2 years on a ninja 250 and 2 weeks ago I got a Kawi Z750, the transition was a lot easier than I thought. Done around 700 hundred miles since I got it
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:41 PM   #6
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When you feel ready to advance yourself. I don't think there are any signs. I knew I wanted something with much more capable handling. I wasn't interested in the power at all. I was VERY surprised in the difference coming from a sport touring bike. My old FZ would turn into corners where the Ninja dives into them. That took a little getting used to...

When you read/hear about people stating these bikes aren't forgiving they are correct; the bike will do EXACTLY what you tell it to do regardless if you're ready for it. So as for skill sets first and foremost I would say know your capacities for riding. Be SMOOTH with everything you do. Specially brake and throttle control. Know how to work with the bike. If you have to fight it you will lose, or at best have to clean your shorts...

I didn't start on a 250; I started on a detuned 600 (FZ6R). I rode just over 6k miles before I traded in. Don't know if I can say it was a trade up... Got more power and tons more handling capability, but sacrificed a lot of comfort, fuel economy, and insurance cost. Personally I wouldn't go back, but to each their own; I simply wanted to highlight what I thought were important trade offs.

If you do "move up" please take it at a reasonable pace FOR YOU. Get comfortable walking with it before you try to fly around those corners.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:41 PM   #7
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Im riding an 09 ninja 250r, and Ive been riding it for about a year. Before that, i was riding scooters.
I've put about 7k miles or so on the ninja. These are primarily commuting miles on twisties, feeder roads, and the highway.

I mostly ride on the highway, and its very annoying when Im trying to switch lanes.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:43 PM   #8
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When you feel ready to advance yourself. I don't think there are any signs. I knew I wanted something with much more capable handling. I wasn't interested in the power at all. I was VERY surprised in the difference coming from a sport touring bike. My old FZ would turn into corners where the Ninja dives into them. That took a little getting used to...

When you read/hear about people stating these bikes aren't forgiving they are correct; the bike will do EXACTLY what you tell it to do regardless if you're ready for it. So as for skill sets first and foremost I would say know your capacities for riding. Be SMOOTH with everything you do. Specially brake and throttle control. Know how to work with the bike. If you have to fight it you will lose, or at best have to clean your shorts...

I didn't start on a 250; I started on a detuned 600 (FZ6R). I rode just over 6k miles before I traded in. Don't know if I can say it was a trade up... Got more power and tons more handling capability, but sacrificed a lot of comfort, fuel economy, and insurance cost. Personally I wouldn't go back, but to each their own; I simply wanted to highlight what I thought were important trade offs.

If you do "move up" please take it at a reasonable pace FOR YOU. Get comfortable walking with it before you try to fly around those corners.
excellent response, Thanks
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:52 PM   #9
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keep the 250 and make it a track/race bike, buy another street bike.

i think doug's post sums it up pretty well. if you're having fun with your current bike, by all means keep it (the ninjette is a perfectly capable bike). if you feel like you're ready to 'upgrade', then go for it. you're the one that has to decide.
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I'd look for an older gsxr 600 (02-05) They are way more comfy than the newer SS bikes.
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:06 PM   #13
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I'd look for an older gsxr 600 (02-05) They are way more comfy than the newer SS bikes.
how so???
better riding position?
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how so???
better riding position?


The older bikes are WY more comfy and still fast as . + they are cheap (less than 3500) for nice examples.

Also, look at sv 650's and the like.
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How do you when its time for you to move onto a bigger bike??

What are the signs?? can you just feel it in your heart?

What skill sets should you have mastered? how many miles should you have clocked on your 250cc??

All you experienced riders, please give us newbs a heads up
PM TylerRR. He recently jumped from a Ninja 250 to a new 09 CBR1000RR
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Old 10-22-2011, 12:56 AM   #19
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Im riding an 09 ninja 250r, and Ive been riding it for about a year. Before that, i was riding scooters.
I've put about 7k miles or so on the ninja. These are primarily commuting miles on twisties, feeder roads, and the highway.

I mostly ride on the highway, and its very annoying when I'm trying to switch lanes.
How is it annoying trying to switch lanes? Are you referring to overtaking a car?

I commute the 250 on a daily basis and I don't have any problems riding around town or on the highway. I could always get back on a SS if I feel like it but I don't quite see the need yet or the benefit factor..unless everyone hates waiting for me to catch up to them on the straights.

I know the ins and outs of the 250 and I can ride it to almost it's max potential. The Ninja really lacks suspension adjustability to make it handle better.
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