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Old 05-24-2012, 10:09 AM   #1
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Can a ninja 250R keep up during group rides?

My friends wanna go on a group ride..
Ive never been to one before ever..
But they all have
600cc's 1000cc's SS bikes.
Im afraid I wouldnt be able to keep up and it wouldnt be much fun.

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Old 05-24-2012, 10:10 AM   #2
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Depends on who's leading. I've been on plenty of group rides that included 250s
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if your friends stay within the speed limits, yes.
if they get rowdy and grab a handful, no.
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Yep, depends on the group and ride. If they run all straight routes and haul then it won't be fun anyway. You should be out to have fun though, not keep up.
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My friends wanna go on a group ride..
Ive never been to one before ever..
But they all have
600cc's 1000cc's SS bikes.
Im afraid I wouldnt be able to keep up and it wouldnt be much fun.

Please share your experiences.
Thanks
Yes, they can.
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Depends on who's leading. I've been on plenty of group rides that included 250s
I once led a ride on a 250 with a passenger and was still pulling away from the "bigger bikes"...
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My friends wanna go on a group ride..
Ive never been to one before ever..
But they all have
600cc's 1000cc's SS bikes.
Im afraid I wouldnt be able to keep up and it wouldnt be much fun.

Please share your experiences.
Thanks
Two important things here:

1). It's not about keeping up. If you try to do that THEN you won't have fun. Ride your own ride.

2). If they're really your friends and they want to go on a group ride with you then they will wait for you. Any of the group rides you go on listed in the events section, the leaders will/should wait for everyone at all points when turns are made/roads changed.

IMO if this is a group of riders who are going to go out there and try to see how fast they can go on public roads then you don't want to be riding with them anyway. Otherwise ride within your limits and have fun. Group rides are a blast and as long as you don't care what anyone thinks of you and your riding, you will have fun.

Ride safe.
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:20 AM   #7
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If you're a new rider I wouldn't go unless they have a designated sweeper and the leader agrees to stop at all road changes to wait for the sweeper
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I've been on rides when I was on the 250 and the only time I couldn't keep up was on the straights when people opened it up
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Pretty much what everyone else said, depends on who's leading and if there are gonna be any tom foolery going on. Ride the pace you're comfortable and keep an eye out for one of the noob rides posted on here.
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just wait for trayleal to posts up a ride...
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:10 PM   #12
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Yeah - they can keep up as long as speeds stay reasonably legal.

Better off riding with the HD riders though - we cant get too deep into the triple digits anyway...
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:00 PM   #13
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As long as they're not ripping it on the straights then you'll be fine...
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As long as they're not ripping it on the straights then you'll be fine...
this guy should now he rids the out of his 250
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yep, if they are really twisty, nasty roads, the big bikes won't be able to keep up with the 250...
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learn how to ride it and you will be supurised how many riders on liter bikes want to park it in every turn, you could be waiting on THEM... but they will blow you away on the straight
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I once led a ride on a 250 with a passenger and was still pulling away from the "bigger bikes"...
Cool story bro.
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learn how to ride it and you will be supurised how many riders on liter bikes want to park it in every turn, you could be waiting on THEM... but they will blow you away on the straight
LOL Ain't that the truth. These days, I'm shocked when I see a guy on a literbike that can actually ride it. Most of them would be better served learning how to actually ride a damned scooter.
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