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Old 05-30-2009, 10:51 PM   #1
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Arrow 250 ninja question

I went to look at bikes today for my wife and we check out the 250 among other 600 bikes. My question is what is the top end and can you mode it up to make it faster. In you 250 riders opnion should get a 250 or just start on a 600. I know after she takes the msf we'll decide how she feels on which she can handle ,but just want to hear you guys 2cents
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Old 05-30-2009, 10:55 PM   #2
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back in the day ( 2002 ) i started off on a 600.
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Old 05-30-2009, 11:27 PM   #3
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My GF started on a SV650 and it seems to be a good bike for her. For some people a 600 is fine to start on but others need something smaller and LIGHTER.

For learning my question would be would your wife be more comfortable learning on something that is more forgiving (250) or learning at the lowest end of the performance spectrum of a machine (600's) where a mistake could cause serious damage.
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I got a 600 cc seca II for sale.. much less than a new or USED 250. and its in excellent condition, with plenty of spares to boot!

top speed is about 115-120...but plenty of low end, and top end power to get away from traffic, AND keep up with the other bikes in the twisties. but not nearly as punchy as a new racing 600.

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Old 05-31-2009, 08:44 AM   #5
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start on a 650 or ollld 600
i started on my sv and rode it pretty meekly, but with experience and some modifications to the controls, i found what fit me best and my confidence level went up and its still a good bike for me.
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I went to look at bikes today for my wife and we check out the 250 among other 600 bikes. My question is what is the top end and can you mode it up to make it faster. In you 250 riders opnion should get a 250 or just start on a 600. I know after she takes the msf we'll decide how she feels on which she can handle ,but just want to hear you guys 2cents
Realistic top speed on a Ninja 250 is 95mph using a gps. Speedometer will be reading 100 to 105. The bike is already stressed out. It's about as fast as a 5 liter Mustang up to about 75-80 mpg. Moding will only make a lot of noise and give little performance gain.

I've had bikes since 1967 and I've put 33,500 miles on my 2003 Ninja 250. I've been able to keep up with the bigger bikes on rides through the twisties. They blow me away on the straights but I catch them in the curves. I've had 1200cc bikes wave me by. I've lead a bunch of rides. The only bike that has gone down on the rides I've lead was a Hayabusa!

How tall is she? Can her feet touch the ground?

Why would top speed matter to a beginner? Have you got a lot of insurance on her? Looking for a newer model? Sounds like you need to take the MSF class with her.
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My GF and I just went through the same decision process you are. In the end, she ended up with a Ninja 250. She loves it. Yes, it is forgiving and that's good for a new rider.

I would feel tremendously guilty is she had a mishap or worse on a 600 or 650 because it may have been too much bike for her to learn with. Of course, she can still have incidents on the Ninja, but it is less likely. The Ninja is light and she can flat foot it. Oh, one more thing...., I love flickin the Ninja around too. It's so light and easy to ride. Not much power and requires frequent gear changes....things good for new riders to learn.
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top speed doesnt matter much for a beginner just the worrying about getting away from traffic. the 250 is low enough for her where she could stand up fine. if we got a 250 she wants the newer body style. I rather her not get a full blown sports bike but she likes them. I rather start her off on a 250 or sv650. She is taking the MSF in July and that will help us decide which bike she thinks she might be able to handle. I would show her a bit on mine but its to twichy for her since its set up for track
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250 is fine. I rode one.
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Old 05-31-2009, 09:45 AM   #10
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I kind of hope she decides on the 250 I would love to track it at MSRH just on time
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It's her first bike, not her last....

Get her something that could bite her and it may be her last...

Scaring her or otherwise...
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What about a Kawasaki Ninja EX500???

http://www.motorcycle.com/manufactur...500-15103.html

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I have been riding since March. I was convinced that I wanted a cruiser style bike until I sat on the Ninja 250. The bike is comfortable and easy to ride. It is very forgiving for a new rider. My boyfriend rides a Yamaha FZ1 and I can keep up with him when we ride (although he does make sure that I can). She will love the Ninja and in couple of years she can get a bigger, more powerful bike. That is what I plan to do. I think that my boyfriend has plans for the 250 when I am done with it......something about a track bike?
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my wife has been riding 250s for years , it is a great starter bike , she keeps up with me just fine on the freeway , and back roads
and now she will jump on my 600 and ride with no worries
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My GF's first bike was an old heavy FZ750, however she'd been riding on the back with her dad since she was itty bitty. Then, she went to a 97 GSXR 600, now on the R1.
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I started on a 250 (and rode it for a year) and the top speed is faster than you should be going on the street anyways As for getting away in traffic, it's not going to get you out of trouble like a 600 but if you roll on you will be able to get out of the way. The bike is tons of fun and aside from not having the power there's no reason not to love it
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