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Old 05-03-2008, 12:42 AM   #1
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What should I do?

So I know ive asked a similar question like this before, but after test riding a few more bikes I have narrowed it down to 3 choices. (I actually own a 2005 Ninja 250 at the moment and have been riding that for the past 2 months and racked up about ~1,000 miles on it).

I love my ninja 250, but if going to school entails me to get on the freeway, I would like to know of a "heavier/beginner bike" to scope out. See the ninja 250 is light (actually really light I can practically make it do what I want by picking it up), so when I was on the freeway 2 days ago, a strong wind was blowing, and it lifted the bike and tilted it (making me feel like I was going to tip over). I was going 60 mph (that was a SUPER scary feeling).

I have a couple of friends that ride, so I got a chance to ride their bike on the freeway. Both their bikes (Ninja 500 and GS500R) handle very well on the freeway. Its a noticeable heavier bike as I can see at a stop light and on the freeway, I dont feel that much of a lift as I did on my 250.

So here goes my question, should I upgrade to a Ninja 500 or a GS500F or just stick with my ninja 250? (keep in mind I will have to travel downtown daily for 2 month to take college class during the summer, so going on the freeway is a must)

which bike would be the best? as in maintience, insurance, repair, preformance, as a commuter bike?
(actually open to any suggestion on any bike)
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Old 05-03-2008, 12:49 AM   #2
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Maybe go on some rides with MHers and get more used to the freeway riding and wind?
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Old 05-03-2008, 12:51 AM   #3
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all bikes will "tilt" under heavy wind. i have a gixxer and it does the same thing. the ninja 500 and the gs500 are both great bikes as well for noobs. significantly more power than the 250, but still great economy. although the 250 will handle itself just fine on the highway and get even BETTER milage.


my personal opinion: if the only thing making you think about an upgrade is the wind, then keep the 250. its paid for and it has great resale value. BUT if you WANT (notice i said "want" because none of us dont really "need") something bigger, the other two youre peeping at are both great bikes. cheap enough too. although i think the ninja 500 is slightly on the uglier side.

hope this helps.
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Old 05-03-2008, 12:53 AM   #4
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maybe check out some of the suzuki v_stroms they are a do everything bike and the 650 aint that expensive used
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Old 05-03-2008, 12:55 AM   #5
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the v-strom isnt a great "commuter" bike, especially for a new rider. theyre big and bulky, and not near as cheap as teh others. jmo.
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why not an sv650?
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why not a moped?

because thats not what hes looking at.
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Old 05-03-2008, 01:28 AM   #8
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"which bike would be the best? as in maintience, insurance, repair, preformance, as a commuter bike?
(actually open to any suggestion on any bike)"

I think you missed that so here you go mike. lol
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Stick with the 250 and learn to ride it in the wind and on the freeways.
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Old 05-03-2008, 08:37 AM   #10
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I ride my 250 day in, day out, on the freeway every day (and have done so for well over a year now). All I can say, is you just have to get used to the wind. It won't actually tip you over. (I ride down 45 to Galveston every day, so I KNOW strong winds!!)
The lil Ninja is a very capable machine. Just put some more miles on it, maybe on the freeway, and learn to rev the engine high... it loves cruising at 80mph at 10-11k RPM!
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hey hey hey...i used to hate the freeway too....and i gotta tell you ...the wind wont tip you over...i was scared of the wind for a while and wouldn't ride the 250 for no reason. (I have a 08 250)...i took the advice from some of this guys about relaxing your upper body, squeeze your knees towards the tank and if you feel a strong gust of wind or a trailer coming by, lean towards the tank and right a far back on the sit...

It will make a difference...i rode the HOV on Tuesday and then back home...i felt the wind on the way over to Vitos and way back...but my bike handled perfectly....oh yeah...it's hard to keep it at 60 mph...lol..i was doing 75 and it was handling awesome...

Stick to the 250...just my 0.02
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:53 AM   #13
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soo if I decide to "upgrade" to a 500 cc bike, are their problems I should look out for on a GS500F? I agree this bike looks and feels pretty killer that is what I might just do if I find a good deal. Ive tried searching and it seems like people say that "the engine is indestructable," so is there anything else i need to know? any Suzuki GS500F guys out there want to give me insight on what I need to check for?
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Keep that 250 for a year or so then upgrade to a bigger bike (650 or older 600). And do yourself a favor before you sell the 250 take it to the track (GSS would be a great venue for a 250)

How many miles have you put on her so far?
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The 250's are good bikes, you just need to get used to riding it in the wind. After while, you won't notice so much.

If you want to upgrade, I would go with the Ninja 500 over the GS 500. The GS is oil cooled and will get hot on you in traffic.
I have a Ninja 500 that I ride to work most days when it is not raining. I love it. It's fast enough to get out in front in traffic and it gets a little over 50 MPG like your 250. My daught rides on it with me on the weekends.
Don't you just love the HOV lane?
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I have a 2fiddy and I ride to work when I can (Clear Lake to Midtown)...the wind is a noticable factor when you're riding on the freeway but you're gonna be fine. I've been on the freeway when it's like 20mph wind and as long as you stay relaxed and tuck behind the windscreen when you get the speeds up there you'll be okay. I wouldn't jump up just to combat the wind. I would only suggest you step up when you're ready to handle a bigger bike.
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:45 PM   #17
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thanks everyone for their input...I going to think long and hard about this one...after thinking about it, I think im going to go with BigComfy's advice, ill keep mine for a while and upgrade later to a older 600 (I really like the Yamaha FZ6 = *drool*)

Thanks again!!! you guys rock with your advice and it really helps keep me grounded, hopefully one of these days, ill be as wise as everyone on here
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