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Old 10-02-2007, 06:30 PM   #81
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the new ninja 250 looks sick.....i think me and a few buddies might buy one and race it next year.
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Old 10-02-2007, 06:33 PM   #82
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Old 10-02-2007, 08:49 PM   #83
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Started(on the street) with a Katana 600... sport touring bike; did plenty to it and can be raised/lowered easily...

Reliablity? never broke on me in 13k miles; four carb set up always working well... been drop and down a few times between me and teaching others to ride...( i got some stories.) It is a great bike to learn on and will still destroy any cruiser out there... I got the intake, exhaust, all the way down to the leds done on this bike too... it never stops once you start on a bike...

Now with the busa; had it since may, over 10k mls and have spent at least 200+ each month on it till this last month on upgrades, etc... I need slow down and refocus the molla elsewhere for a bit :/:

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Old 10-02-2007, 10:34 PM   #84
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[QUOTE=Caligonetx;784112]Started(on the street) with a Katana 600... sport touring bike; did plenty to it and can be raised/lowered easily...

Reliablity? never broke on me in 13k miles; four carb set up always working well... been drop and down a few times between me and teaching others to ride...( i got some stories.) It is a great bike to learn on and will still destroy any cruiser out there... I got the intake, exhaust, all the way down to the leds done on this bike too... it never stops once you start on a bike...
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I've heard that the Katana's were just amazingly reliable. Always good to hear someone else who liked theirs talk about it.
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:55 PM   #86
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Old 10-02-2007, 11:22 PM   #87
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check out a 500r, same tried and true bike for like a decade now...

also, the katanas, same thing, that motor has been around for almost 20 years.
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250 ninja, or i would be willing to bet you'd still be ok on a ninja 650... it's not as unforgiving as the 6r. the throttle is much less resonsive than the 6r but still has more power than the 250 and seemed to me like it's be pretty forgiving. it's in the same class as the sv 650, i just think it looked slightly more sporty
my gf started on the ninja 650r after the MSF and now i steal it all the time that bike is SO much fun to ride I take it out before my F4i most of the time! lol

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There is a very nice ninja 500 on the board this morning with pics, would be a great bike for U, check it out Great deal for a great bike
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Old 10-03-2007, 08:36 AM   #91
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So, lets pick up again this way...

What was YOUR first bike? What did/didn't you like about it? Would you recommend it for anyone else? If you were just starting out, knowing what you know now, would you still get it?

my first bike was an enduro, a honda NX 125. it was 4 stroke and what i hated about it was that it took a calendar to time it from 0-60. but i rode about 10 miles everyday on it back and forth to school for about 2 years in a tiny town of 1500. i went to college and got an '87 ninja 600. being older it was a tad heavier and not as powerful, would not pop a wheelie even in first unless i REALLY tried. i put about 35K miles on that one in SE oklahoma, then ttok it to california and did about another 5K there before i sold it. moved here and bought the first busa, had it a month and a half, gf totaled it, got the one i have now.
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Old 10-03-2007, 09:01 AM   #93
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I have a Ninja ex500 I've been working on that I'm going to sell soon. 1994. Dark maroon color. All original except for a motor swapped in from a parts bike in place of the original which threw a rod. Gonna ask around $1800. I have the bike together and the motor swap is 95% complete, just need to swap one electrical part from the old motor to the new to complete the job.
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Trust me, the 250 is only slow in the straights. And you won't be as mad if you drop it.
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I want a Katana.
no. you dont. you only think you want one. once you find out what it really is and how it differs from other sportbikes you wont want it. im an avid fan of suzukis and the original katanas were ground breaking at the time...

but its not like 1982 anymore. anyways...

take the class then decide. some of the schools have ninja 250's you can take the class on, id recommend that. then youll have a better idea if that is the right bike for you or not.
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My wife started out on a used Ninja 250, she is short and she could just reach the ground. She enjoyed it a lot, but after a year she wanted a little more power for the highway. She said the little Ninja gave her a lot of confidence since it is light and the power is easy unless you rev the out of it. Plus, resale is great on those things.

She upgraded to a Hyosung GT650R, because we hunted all over for something that could be lowered enough for her, and I didn't want her on a SS600 yet, since she isn't ready for that power. Also she can't touch but one foot on a curb on one... LOL!

Do yourself and your kids a favor and start out with the 250. Especially with no riding experience at all. Toss out what you know about driving cars, because everything from the throttle to the steering to the shifting is diffferent. That way, if you decide to upgrade or that bikes are not for you, you'll be able to sell it for just about what you paid.
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Old 10-26-2007, 04:14 PM   #100
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last weekend i went to a kawasaki dealership and the guy recommended me a ninja 500R, i know the only reason he did is because he didnt have a 250 in stock but are they just as good to start out with or is the 250 the only way to go?
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