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Old 08-28-2008, 09:35 PM   #1
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Im currently buying a brand new kawasaki ninja 250r 2009 (first bike). Now remember thats 250cc. Everyone at work tells me to buy an 600cc, and i will outgrow the 250cc really quick. Any suggestions?

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Old 08-28-2008, 09:38 PM   #2
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i outgrew mine in 2 almost 3 months...others have been riding em for years...depends on you
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totally up to you and how you feel.
if you are responsible enough though, you can start with a 600.
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:46 PM   #4
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the ninja 650 is a decent choice if you have to have more cc's
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:51 PM   #5
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??? 250 and learn to ride it good. I think it will make you a better rider.
When I was riding dirt I rode my YZ400F and did not ride it well, then i rode my XR50 on the pitbike tracks and rode that fast on the track and when I got back on a big bike I felt better being on the big bikes at the track. Alot of the techniqe will transfer.
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:51 PM   #6
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I've been riding my 250 for a bit over a year- I'm ready to move up. Most people do outgrow their 250's quickly, but it is a safe way to learn. How long it takes is completely dependent on how you ride. You won't have any trouble selling your 250, though.
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:58 PM   #7
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I have been riding my 250 for a year and a half, day in, day out. Ridden it almost every single day (except the 2 weeks after I went down!). I am a big guy, about 240lbs, yet the Ninjette has plenty of UMPH for me.
I feel it's an exceptional bike to learn on. Don't get me wrong -- I LOVE to go fast, but the 250 is enough to let you go fast, but still keep you out of trouble while you're learning.
My only mod - a 42 tooth rear sprocket for higher speed cruising (I can do 90 on the freeway for about 2 hours before my gets sore, but the bike is fine with it).

I say, get the baby Ninja and learn how to ride it, then learn how to ride it fast (cornering, etc), then sell it and get a bigger bike. I'm just now ready to get a 600, after a full year and a half. But that's just me.... (I'm not a poser; I don't care how I look on the bike, or what people think of me!)
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everyone has told me despite the fact the price was a determining factor for me on the 09 250r to get a 600 or more. I explained to them i felt uncomfortable on it and didn't think i should be starting out on a 600. To me it was just not smart to get something i didn't feel comfortable with being its the first bike i have owned. Go with what your comfortable with bc if your not comfortable with a 600 then dont do it it will lead to an accident most likely. just my .02 cents
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Old 08-28-2008, 10:13 PM   #9
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it all depends on what you fell comfortable on. i am on my frst bike. i wasnt looking for a 250 just a 600 but i good deal came up on a 750 and i felt comfortable on it. i still felt in control
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Old 08-28-2008, 10:17 PM   #10
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I wish I had one of the 2008 250's they look sick! I think they would be fun to ride on the track and would probaly kick if you could use it for the TMGP? races.
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Its a personal preference. Will a bike w bigger cc's get you ahead of the cars at the light quicker? Yes. Is it necessary? not at all.

There are alot of mistakes made by peeps that dont actually ride the way they think they can. Hence so many accidents on backroads etc. I would never encourage someone to go outside their interests in getting a bike larger then they feel comfortable handling. Worse comes to worse, you keep up w ur friends on the corners and they out accelerate in the straights. You'll catch up when they brake into the next corner. lol...
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I have been riding my 250 for a year and a half, day in, day out. Ridden it almost every single day (except the 2 weeks after I went down!). I am a big guy, about 240lbs, yet the Ninjette has plenty of UMPH for me.
I feel it's an exceptional bike to learn on. Don't get me wrong -- I LOVE to go fast, but the 250 is enough to let you go fast, but still keep you out of trouble while you're learning.
My only mod - a 42 tooth rear sprocket for higher speed cruising (I can do 90 on the freeway for about 2 hours before my gets sore, but the bike is fine with it).

I say, get the baby Ninja and learn how to ride it, then learn how to ride it fast (cornering, etc), then sell it and get a bigger bike. I'm just now ready to get a 600, after a full year and a half. But that's just me.... (I'm not a poser; I don't care how I look on the bike, or what people think of me!)




Same here! One of the better to learn on. Small, nimble, easy to handle. I can hold my own in houston traffic!

Do a search on Ninja 250, some good previous posts, and some funny ones as well. Its been hashed out MANY times, so search it out and find some good reading. Also try
http://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/New_Riders
http://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/Main_Page


Good luck! I'll get my KTM soon, but probably not before I've put 10-15k on my ninjette.
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Old 08-29-2008, 07:00 AM   #14
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They are great commuter bikes. They get great gas mileage, are decently wuick, and cheap to begin with. I say get the 250 and start saving for a used 600. Even when you get the bigger bike, I'd still keep the 250 for a commuter or have fun tossing it around the track.

If you do feel like going bigger right away, I think the 650 suggested above is a great bike. It has a good torque curve and is quick enough, but not hyper and high strung.
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I say the new 250 would be a great bike to learn on. Get used to it and learn to ride defensively. You will probably outgrow it but, i would keep it for a commuter like stated above or track it out. When you do want to move up the 650 is a cool bike. Window shop, look around, sit on them and see what feels good to you. just my .2
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Old 08-29-2008, 04:12 PM   #18
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Get the new ZX-10R instead, they are supposed to be sick!!

OR you can get the 250R

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I think it depends on the personal preference and the mindset of the individual. If ur mature enough to start out on a bigger bike, go for it. I started out on my 600, one of my homies started on a 1000, and i know a guy who started on a ZX14!!! So if u think u can handle a 600, go for it, same as if u want a 250. Jus respect the bike and ull be ok! But good luck on whatever u choose!
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i say the 650. wont have to worry about a newer bike in 6 months. like rod3rick says..... have respect enough for the bike and you will have no issues...

i think the black and red 650 looks bad .
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