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Old 08-14-2008, 12:31 AM   #1
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Question Slowly upgrading

Recently, I picked up an 07 Ninja 250R and was perfectly content with it until I started riding on the freeway. I've only ridden about 500 miles ( got my license Monday and have been riding a lot lol) and am already thinking about upgrading. I felt extremely uncomfortable at freeway speeds, the bike felt really unstable,and it was pretty difficult for me to pass up other vehicles because the bike simply did not posses the power to do so. I haven't gotten into a dangerous situation as of yet, but I would rather be prepared and e able to get out rather than get trapped and end up getting into an accident. Earlier today, I rode my buddy's Ninja 650R and mighty impressed with the ample power and easy handling that it provided. I only took the bike to about 70-75 mph but it felt infinitely more stable than my 250r. Now, I'm not looking to get a much faster bike, I really felt the 650R was a bit too fast for me to handle ( Since I'm still a n00b to riding ), but thinking more along the lines of a 500R. I'd prefer to stick to a Kawasaki, always have loved their bikes, But I guess it wouldn't hurt to ride a Suzuki GS500F or something similar. My question to you guys is this: Is it too soon for me to be upgrading to a little bit bigger of a bike ( If I was even to make this transition, it wouldn't be until I've had about 7-8k under my belt riding the 250R) even if it is still technically a beginner bike? All input will be greatly appreciated, I'm looking forward to reading your responses. Also, if you have a suggestion on a bike please feel free to post it up and why you feel that it is a good bike. Height is an issue, the 250R is a perfect fit for me size wise, and I would like to keep it at or around that same height, Thanks!
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Recently, I picked up an 07 Ninja 250R and was perfectly content with it until I started riding on the freeway. I've only ridden about 500 miles ( got my license Monday and have been riding a lot lol) and am already thinking about upgrading. I felt extremely uncomfortable at freeway speeds, the bike felt really unstable,and it was pretty difficult for me to pass up other vehicles because the bike simply did not posses the power to do so. I haven't gotten into a dangerous situation as of yet, but I would rather be prepared and e able to get out rather than get trapped and end up getting into an accident. Earlier today, I rode my buddy's Ninja 650R and mighty impressed with the ample power and easy handling that it provided. I only took the bike to about 70-75 mph but it felt infinitely more stable than my 250r. Now, I'm not looking to get a much faster bike, I really felt the 650R was a bit too fast for me to handle ( Since I'm still a n00b to riding ), but thinking more along the lines of a 500R. I'd prefer to stick to a Kawasaki, always have loved their bikes, But I guess it wouldn't hurt to ride a Suzuki GS500F or something similar. My question to you guys is this: Is it too soon for me to be upgrading to a little bit bigger of a bike ( If I was even to make this transition, it wouldn't be until I've had about 7-8k under my belt riding the 250R) even if it is still technically a beginner bike? All input will be greatly appreciated, I'm looking forward to reading your responses. Also, if you have a suggestion on a bike please feel free to post it up and why you feel that it is a good bike. Height is an issue, the 250R is a perfect fit for me size wise, and I would like to keep it at or around that same height, Thanks!
you can always lower a bike, i say flip the 250 back out and see about a zzr or 650
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Old 08-14-2008, 12:40 AM   #3
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Yeah thats what everyone keeps telling me but I'm kind of past the whole Go fast phase of my life, lol. I feel like some old person posting that haha.
Doesn't lowering a bike significantly change the handling aspects of a bike though? I don't want to lose handling just because I'm 5'4'' lol.
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Old 08-14-2008, 12:43 AM   #4
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lol well im not sure on handling, but i mean you'd be adjusting it to suit you...so the bike will respond to you commands regardless
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Old 08-14-2008, 12:51 AM   #6
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the 650R is a fine bike my girlfriend started on that bike as her first bike. no problems and now she rides my F4i.
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Old 08-14-2008, 12:52 AM   #7
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the 650R is a fine bike my girlfriend started on that bike as her first bike. no problems and now she rides my F4i.
the one with the custom paint?
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and there's no such thing really in the sport bike world as a bike that's as low as the ninja 250.. just is not going to happen unless you lower it.
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the one with the custom paint?
yup she's been riding it for a few months now although tomorrow looks like im buying her, her own f4i
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If after a safe 7-8k miles, I see no problem in upgrading to a 650R or something similar.
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If after a safe 7-8k miles, I see no problem in upgrading to a 650R or something similar.
**** it, i so go on and get you a zx14...why wait
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**** it, i so go on and get you a zx14...why wait
Time for some 150mph wheelies on the freeway lol
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Old 08-14-2008, 02:02 AM   #13
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If after a safe 7-8k miles, I see no problem in upgrading to a 650R or something similar.
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:32 AM   #14
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no disrespect but 500 miles is NOTHING. if that little 250 really has trouble keeping up with the flow of traffic than i would recomend staying off the free way with it. as far as moving up...im a little bias towards suzuki so thats all i really know. the gs 500 is great, thats what i got my license on. the bandit 600 would also be a great bike for ya. ive ridden the 1200 and they are very nimble and extremely fast bikes. i would imagine the 600 to be a toned down yet equally comfortable option.
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Slamming a bike is going to affect the handling; no question. A sportbike has been engineered to handle at a certain height. Not to say it won't turn, it will, but the handling WILL BE AFFECTED. There are other options than lowering the bike, such as shaving the seat and wearing taller boots. Suggest you go sit on some bikes and find something comfortable. If you feel comfortable on the 250 you shouldn't have trouble moving up to a 600. Just learn some self control, which it soundls like you have. A 600 only goes faster than a 250 when the rider pulls the throttle.

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I got my wife the 2008 250 Ninja, and I have to say I agree. I don't feel comfortable at all on the freeways, the bike has ZERO UMPH! At first I thought I was just spoiled with my R1, but seriously I am not comfortable on the free with that bike...
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i ride the freeway on my 08 250 and haven't had a problem passing up cars, or winds being such a problem. I do remember that when i first started riding on the freeway i was scared sh*tless...but now it is good. So far i haven' had a problem on the freeway with the 250. I do remember that when i was riding that group ride to go to the MH BBQ, the wind was kicking my bikes ...but i think it was cause the winds was extra strong that day... that is my excuse...
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The Ninjette is not as powerful as the bigger bikes and that should've been taken into account prior to buying. I got exactly what I expected when I bought her. I got a fun to ride, easy to learn on bike. She looks good and she will hang on the freeway no problem. No she won't dart out of a danger spot like a bigger bike, so that means you just get used to riding safer and more aware As for being unstable, I can't compare to other bikes, but mine feels just fine.

I think you are on the right track. Get a few thousand miles under your belt and you shouldn't have any problems stepping up, that's what my plan is. And if you decide to sell then you shouldn't have a problem finding a buyer
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