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Old 10-06-2008, 08:06 PM   #1
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shrug:Im planning my first trip this coming weekend on my ninja250. I'm riding from Houston to Edinburg a 5-6 hour trip. I would like some advice from you guys and girls on things I should take with me or what issues I might run into concerning riding my bike such a long distance. All advice will be taken seriously. The weather is suppose to be nice this weekend....I also have a backup plan in case something should go terribly wrong, such as any major mechanical issues. My bike is currently in the shop @ Motorcycles Unlimited getting a valve job and whatever else it needs in order for it to be running in tip top shape....So with that in mind please share your wisdom....
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:14 PM   #3
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tire plugs and a source of air. pm Pyrofallout he has nice setup
map
tank bag
bottle of water-just in case you break down in BFE
basic tools-should be in tool pouch
leave your planed route with someone so they know where to look for you at just in case.
WARNING-cell phones may not work in some areas of your trip!

If you want to borrow a set of saddle bags for the trip let me know. I have a set that work great hanging in the garage. Good luck and be safe

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whats good about the 96 ZX7R. holds like three bottles of water,plug kit, etc.etc..
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Bring enough cash to get you buy but not alot incase things go array.

Full day trips I like to bring just the bare essentials when Im there but full gear. If you're planning to spread it out over a few days wearing jeans would give you an additional pair to wear when there and less to carry in a pack.

Check your air pressure at every gas fill up. Find some cars to ride with that know you're there, especially on long out-of-the way rides in the middle of no where. If you're cool w them, they will be cool w you. Just like riding in a car across country. You kinda just become 'road friends' while cruising down the road.
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:52 PM   #5
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get some rest the night before so your alert the for the trip, 6 hours on a 250 or any sport bike is brutal
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get some rest the night before so your alert the for the trip, 6 hours on a 250 or any sport bike is brutal
6 hours on a Busa is comfy


Good luck on your trip ... forget speeding you will have a long way to go and a ticket will just prolong your trip and you off ... stay alert and relaxed... have fun
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stop a lot and stretch, weather you think you need to or not. about every hour should be a good starting figure, maybe more often
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6 hours on a Busa is comfy


Good luck on your trip ... forget speeding you will have a long way to go and a ticket will just prolong your trip and you off ... stay alert and relaxed... have fun
well lend the fella your bike than
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6 hours on a Busa is comfy


Good luck on your trip ... forget speeding you will have a long way to go and a ticket will just prolong your trip and you off ... stay alert and relaxed... have fun
Ill agree but instead say its comfy on the "zx13.5". But really charge your cell, keep hydrated, bring a gps if ya got it, carry some cash, saddle bags are handy, and HAVE FUN!!!!
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Did the Houston to San Antonio and back trip not too long ago. It was extremely brutal. Along with the other recommendations I would keep a small box of corn starch handy. Trust me you'll figure out where it goes.
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Try not to go alone, it is always better to ride with someone (just in case).
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wear earplugs and keep drinking water so you stay hydrated.

Once you get dehydrated the trip gets a lot longer and never underestimate wind-fatigue due to noise.

Get off the bike and stretch every 1.5 hours at the longest interval.
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For your bike:
Tire plug kit.
Proerly inflate your tires before hand.
Check your oil level and bring an extra quart, Ninja 250's burn a bit when run high RPM for an extended period.
Drain your airbox overflow tube before the trip and check it at the mid way point.
Lube and adjust your chain, bring a small can with you.
Do a good pre ride inspection: brakes, light etc.

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Depending on the weather outlook, a rainsuit.
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Let someone know your route and expected arrival time. Call in to make any changes necessary.
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i wish i would have thought about bringing ear plugs last time i rode to dallas. at the end of the trip it felt like i had just gotten home from a rock concert.

also if you have AAA service, don't forget your card in case you're not able to fix any type of breakdown.
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here's some more info 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.

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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