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Old 03-12-2008, 01:31 PM   #1
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If You Ride a Ninja 250, read this thread

Let me know if you ride a ninja 250 and your approx area (nearest major intersectino).... See also: http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=49209


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Courtesy of Ninja250 forum: ABOUT RIDING ON THE NINJA 250 for a long distance trip:

You are very brave to attempt 150 miles non-stop on a toy bike. For such adventuring, here are some of the secrets of the 250 Riders Club vets. Well, at least the ones with the nerve to attempt what you're about to.

- switch to reserve at the start, before you get on the highway. This avoids fumbling around in what might be high-speed, heavy traffic.

- some drivers might disrespect such a small bike. One easy way to show them your confidence is by riding with your left hand in your jacket pocket, just like the cruiser riders do.

- ride the whole distance tucked in behind the windshield. Your teensy motor will need all the help it can get, especially uphill.

- keep both knees wide out, to increase side-to-side inertia. Due to the skinny tires, the bike is unstable at high speeds.

- don't wear earplugs. With that much strain on the bike something could go wrong, and you'll want to be able to hear it at the earliest possible moment.

- if you see a truck coming the other way, pull over onto the shoulder and slow down to a minimize wind blast that could send your lightweight bike snakey under you. When I see two or more trucks coming, I try to stop.

- don't make the trip if it's raining. There isn't enough bike weight to keep the tires in firm contact with the roadway, so it's way too easy to hydroplane. Add a crosswind to the rain and a Ninja rider is soon in real trouble.

- don't bring anything with you. The suspension won't cope with it when the high-speed airstream over the windshield forces the bike down, and the extra weight will kill the acceleration if you have to pass someone.

- always keep a tiny bit of pressure on the rear brake. This keeps your rear brake light lit, so cagers coming up behind will notice you sooner and not nearly run you down when they come up fast. Bigger bikes with wider rear tires have almost double the visible area from the rear, and don't need to do this.

- if you have to urinate, pull into a side road so you can do it on the engine. That's better than having the cylinders sieze up from overheating, which they will do if you're over 120 lbs. wearing your gear.
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Old 03-12-2008, 01:32 PM   #3
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ALSO:

Until the engine warms, and most times after, it's prudent to do a bobsled start. That is, run next to the bike until you're above 5 mph. Then jump on and go. Failing to do this can easily burn up the clutch and waste the engine.

Also, lots of us coat ourselves in suntan oil, as this makes us slicker to the wind, thereby reducing the overall drag on the bike, and increasing out top speed to 57, even 58mph!

Some of us are more bold, and we've carried hooks and chains with us. We use these to briefly hitch a ride on the back of passing cars, when caught behind semis. These little bikes aren't good at passing without assistance.

Lastly, during any extended run, carry with you a spray bottle full of water. When it comes to the lil Ninja, this is the other facet of water cooling. As you travel, roughly every 3 tenths of a mile, mist a little water on the engine. While to the amateur this may seem like an indulgence, the more well traveled of us know it's truly the only thing standing between us and a flat bed ride back to our homes.

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Very amusing!!
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Bump! Since apparently we need advice on Ninja 250's and the highway! lol
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If anyone needs some help.. I would be willing to pee on your bike.
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ROFL... I'd prefer the water bottle...
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If anyone needs some help.. I would be willing to pee on your bike.
I though that was only for jellyfish bites!!!!
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that's not even a lil bit true!
man just did a forest ride Sat w/another ninjetter & two 600s....we all stayed together...in fact I didn't notice the 600's having any problems keeping up w/us i kid

Seriously, I didn't have a problem at all, the seat wasn't really friendly but it was a 260 miles round trip so I expected that. I'm down for a ride, but not this weekend or next...let's get something going for next month
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i ride a Ninja 250...let me know when you guys are gonna ride...a 250er ride would be cool!
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hahahha.


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250s used to be illegal on the hiways

they really shouldnt be on em, everytime i see a 250 on freeway i shiver just a bit cuz that bike just does not accelerate the way a bike needs to to duck the houston ugliness

and before anyone sez wut would u know
i had a 250 for like 3yrs and ya i rode it everwhere
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I though that was only for jellyfish bites!!!!
actually no that is for stingray hits, jelly fish is meat tenderizer or vinegar, NO alchohol that sets off the stingers



on second thought pour alchohol all over so i can die laffing
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I'm organizing a new 250 thing read here

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250s used to be illegal on the hiways

they really shouldnt be on em, everytime i see a 250 on freeway i shiver just a bit cuz that bike just does not accelerate the way a bike needs to to duck the houston ugliness

and before anyone sez wut would u know
i had a 250 for like 3yrs and ya i rode it everwhere
Couldn't be more wrong, with all due respect. I ride daily with it. I just got off 45 where I was moving through traffic at 85mphish safely. The thing is it doesn't let you VAULT around cars. You have to plan your moves and be more conservative with your aggression. In some counties, RIDERS ARE REQUIRED to start 250cc or even lower before getting a larger bike.

I can keep up with the 1000cc bikes I went riding with in the twisties, as long as they aren't riding a SUPER supralegal speeds. Keeping the pace on sweepers under 90mph means I can keep up, and you shouldn't even be going that fast on the street anyway....

my 0.02 cents. They are great commuters, excepting tall riders on the freeway... like me, its a bit tough to duck the windblast.
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250s used to be illegal on the hiways

they really shouldnt be on em, everytime i see a 250 on freeway i shiver just a bit cuz that bike just does not accelerate the way a bike needs to to duck the houston ugliness

and before anyone sez wut would u know
i had a 250 for like 3yrs and ya i rode it everwhere
By any chance, does your Screen Name have anything to do with your opinion? /lol
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i didn't say anything about keeping up with faster bikes, i had no problem keeping up with any bike when we go on our rides thru 249/the forrest etc
you just never brake while turning :p but ya the straightaways were ruff

i just hated riding it on the freeway, accelerating on that bike around 70mph was just dead painful unless u left it at redline in 4th - but then again i was riding it at the same time as my friends 900RR - so just hard not to get used to a normal bike

i know what yalll are saying but IMO you shouldn't ride that on "houston" (houston meaning moron cagers aplenty) freeways unless you are alert the entire time -

nah the big marky thing is a pun
i'm 5`11 170lbs (not very big at all)


i noticed this forum seems to have a ton of 250 riders, my question for yall is
why are yall still on 250s?

put about 1-2yrs on it, then selll the and buy something that makes you really enjoy riding the way it was meant to be

ON ONE WHEEEEEEEEELLL =D

pic of me on my old 750 =D
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