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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 08-23-2006, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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any ninja 250 riders?

I see a thread for just about every other model but no love for the Ninjette? What gives?

Been riding for a couple of months and have an 01 ex250. Just wondering if there are any other 250 riders out there? I live in Austin but my bike lives (and rides) in North Houston 'burbs when I am in town.

I would really like to see Kawa update the 250 to the foreign ZZR250 and maybe tweak the motor a bit....maybe 40-45hp?

Anyways...sound off if you got a 250!

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post #2 of 49 (permalink) Old 08-24-2006, 01:38 AM
 
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there's a few of us here. i got an 06 myself. but we keep our secret society hush hush
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There are 250 guys around....give them time to check in.



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post #4 of 49 (permalink) Old 08-25-2006, 12:35 AM
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Lots of 250 riders out. I give anybody that rides one lots of respect, for two reasons.

First and foremost... the higher intelect to know well enough to start small.
Second, the balls to start so small and still try to battle all the SUV's and all!




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Lots of 250 riders out. I give anybody that rides one lots of respect, for two reasons.

First and foremost... the higher intelect to know well enough to start small.
Second, the balls to start so small and still try to battle all the SUV's and all!
its a crazy world on the street but some are smart enough to brave it all on a sensible machien.

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Lots of 250 riders out. I give anybody that rides one lots of respect, for two reasons.

First and foremost... the higher intelect to know well enough to start small.
Second, the balls to start so small and still try to battle all the SUV's and all!
thanx yo
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As long as we're on the subject...

How does the Ninja 250 do at Interstate speeds? Do any of you have any problems at all taking, say, 50 to 100-mile rides at 70+ mph?

I'm sorta looking at the Ninja 250R as my first bike - and comparing it to the few lonely other 250s out there - Suzuki GZ250, Honda Rebel... and wondering if I get one of these bikes will I be okay with the occasional Interstate trip.

Kawasaki says 18.1 ft-lbs torque @ 10,000 rpm, which is 34.5 horsepower at 10K. Do the Honda and Suzuki mini-cruisers compare in power and capability?

Just wondering.
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What are your stats too.. you're weight may factor in to the limits of the bike. And even if you go cruiser, we'll still you and expect to see you around here
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As long as we're on the subject...

How does the Ninja 250 do at Interstate speeds? Do any of you have any problems at all taking, say, 50 to 100-mile rides at 70+ mph?

I'm sorta looking at the Ninja 250R as my first bike - and comparing it to the few lonely other 250s out there - Suzuki GZ250, Honda Rebel... and wondering if I get one of these bikes will I be okay with the occasional Interstate trip.

Kawasaki says 18.1 ft-lbs torque @ 10,000 rpm, which is 34.5 horsepower at 10K. Do the Honda and Suzuki mini-cruisers compare in power and capability?

Just wondering.
While this his heresay, I believe it came from this forum... Someone once said that their Ninja 250 had no problem getting their '200lb butt' up to 100mph... Also, from everything I have read the Ninja 250 is unlike any other... better ergos, more power, better resale, etc... I have zero info on the Suzuki, but Cycle World said the Rebel felt very small and cramped... YMMV
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What are your stats too...
Athletic 215 pounds, 33" inseam / 6' 2", bum left hip, Virgo.

The dragstrip times I've found seem to place the bike in the same category as an L98 Corvette or a last-generation Mustang GT. Not super-fast, but not slow either.

onesickpsycho - Everything I've read says that it's alone in it's class too. Only 250 road bike with rear disc brakes, better power, better torque, and so forth.

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Athletic 215 pounds, 33" inseam / 6' 2", bum left hip, Virgo.

The dragstrip times I've found seem to place the bike in the same category as an L98 Corvette or a last-generation Mustang GT. Not super-fast, but not slow either.
Ever checked out the 500 Ninja?... I am a little rounder than you, and mine rips around well, even with a passenger...
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As long as we're on the subject...

How does the Ninja 250 do at Interstate speeds? Do any of you have any problems at all taking, say, 50 to 100-mile rides at 70+ mph?

I'm sorta looking at the Ninja 250R as my first bike - and comparing it to the few lonely other 250s out there - Suzuki GZ250, Honda Rebel... and wondering if I get one of these bikes will I be okay with the occasional Interstate trip.

Kawasaki says 18.1 ft-lbs torque @ 10,000 rpm, which is 34.5 horsepower at 10K. Do the Honda and Suzuki mini-cruisers compare in power and capability?

Just wondering.


well the ninja 250 is a good ride. its smooth. you get a little vibration in the bars at about 75-80, but if you replace the handgrips, that goes away. i love mine. the only reason i really want to upgrade is im a little too big for it. im 6 feet and a little under 200 pounds and my wife says i look like a giant on it. if it is your first bike i would highly recommend it, but if you can not upgrade for a while, i'd get the 500.
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I've got an '01 and love it. Almost sold it to a few year ago. glad I didn't. Pretty cool bike and good gas milage. My other bikes are an '02 ZRX1200 and '05 636. I like riding the 250 Short on power but if ya KNOW how to ride, it isn't much of a problem....
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If a 250 is rode to its limits. Some riders on bigger bikes couldn't keep up.

The only problems I've ever heard from the little bikes is durability. Don't take that statement to hart though.
IMO you would have to ride one for many many miles at high rpms constantly before it would wear out any quicker than the bigger bikes.

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I've got an '01 and love it. Almost sold it to a few year ago. glad I didn't. Pretty cool bike and good gas milage. My other bikes are an '02 ZRX1200 and '05 636. I like riding the 250 Short on power but if ya KNOW how to ride, it isn't much of a problem....
Respect man. You got the big guns and still tip your hat to the 2.5.0.



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I've got an '01 and love it. Almost sold it to a few year ago. glad I didn't. Pretty cool bike and good gas milage. My other bikes are an '02 ZRX1200 and '05 636. I like riding the 250 Short on power but if ya KNOW how to ride, it isn't much of a problem....
and its great in the twisties
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With a guy of your size Wadoka... I would suggest a 500. The problem with a smaller bike all wound up on the highway is it don't take long to get monkey butt!




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With a guy of your size Wadoka... I would suggest a 500. The problem with a smaller bike all wound up on the highway is it don't take long to get monkey butt!
Okay, now I have to go look up "monkey butt".
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Okay, now I have to go look up "monkey butt".
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