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Old 03-11-2008, 08:45 PM   #1
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So those of you who've owned a 250 nina, how was the freeway riding especially in high speeds? im a faily new rider and i just got up to 60-70 mph on the feeder and the wind was blowing like crazy making my handlebars wobble very slighty. i checked my tire pressure and they were a bit low (22 in the front and 25 in the back)

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Low pressure could have caused the wobble. It's also been quite windy lately.

I've been up to ~90 on my bro's EX, and I thought it to be rather stable. All things considered, I guess.
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:47 PM   #3
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check your steering head bolt, if its not tightened properly, you'll have a shaky ride. At least that is what was wrong with my 250 when i got it.
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:55 PM   #4
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get a steering dampener for the 250.

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i rode one a while back and same thing happened.
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check your steering head bolt, if its not tightened properly, you'll have a shaky ride. At least that is what was wrong with my 250 when i got it.

where would this steering head bolt be? sorry...not that mechanically inclined.


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I'm not sure but isnt that a bit low for tire pressure? Its around 30-31 for mine.
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Mine rides smooth at 80mph
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Yeah it might be the tire pressure from when it sat so long.
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I run 30/30 PSI on my 250. And on the freeway, I typically keep it at 80 and just keep in the second lane over from the right and watch for merging traffic. Stiff wind is a though ... tosses our 250s around like rag dolls.
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Sometimes, when you're a noob, the wind can scare the out of you when it hits and pushes you over into another lane. Maybe time will help your wobble trouble. Now when the wind hits me, I just lean into it and it's fun. Just takes time.
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with the old style ninjas, the seating is more of an upright position then tuck. should i tuck my body in more and get closer to the tank when i go faster?
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with the old style ninjas, the seating is more of an upright position then tuck. should i tuck my body in more and get closer to the tank when i go faster?
I've done it ... and felt really silly ... but it does help get out of the wind.
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Sometimes, when you're a noob, the wind can scare the out of you when it hits and pushes you over into another lane. Maybe time will help your wobble trouble. Now when the wind hits me, I just lean into it and it's fun. Just takes time.




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Check the manual, should be closer to 36 psi.

My wife complained the wind blew her around on her 250, but she was still a noob. They are pretty light bikes tho, and do move around a bit. Just relax and countersteer into the wind and you'll get the hang of it.
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I didn't know ninja 250' 80mph....
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I have an SV650, which has that upright seating position, and the wind was a biotch to get used to, but after the first couple hundred miles of riding in pretty much all conditions I got used to it. The most important thing is to not let it scare you and you should do fine.
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The wind moves me around on the ex250 as well. The old hurricane 600 is rock stable in the wind. TransAlp is about like the V Strom close to the ex 250.
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I didn't know ninja 250' 80mph....
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