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Old 05-09-2012, 07:58 AM   #1
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Would a Ninja 250 be a good bike to take to California Superbike School?

I am going to take the one day course at the California Superbike School. I have never been on a track before but I have been riding street bikes for 15 years. Should I use their BMW S1000RRs or bring my own bike. I currently have an R1200R but I have been thinking about buying a Ninja 250.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:02 AM   #2
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Use their bike.

If you are worried about damaging it, then buy the waiver insurance and have at it.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:06 AM   #3
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I am going to take the one day course at the California Superbike School. I have never been on a track before but I have been riding street bikes for 15 years. Should I use their BMW S1000RRs or bring my own bike. I currently have an R1200R but I have been thinking about buying a Ninja 250.
My only concern would be your lack of speed relative to everyone else. The last time I was there, Karel Abraham was in the class, and he lapped the whole field repeatedly. He missed me by inches one time and apologized. Passing happens constantly, but i don't think it's particularly safe to be way slower than everyo else. On the other hand, Keith would probably say it was fine.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:16 AM   #4
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I used a 500 Ninja on my first track day. If it is a tight technical track no problem, use the small bike and work on your cornering skills, if there is a lot of big straights and places to make big speed the 250 might not be a good choice. If that is the case look for a SV650 or something along those lines.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:25 AM   #5
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It would be a FUN bike to take to Superbike School.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:32 AM   #6
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I've taken the school. Use their bikes. Have a great time!
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:51 AM   #7
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And since the BMW S1000rr has all of those gee-whiz electronics and the worlds finest ABS... well, you can just pin it and enjoy the ride!




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Old 05-09-2012, 09:45 AM   #8
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use the school bike and damage it? you'll be responsible up to x amount. I think the limit is $2500 but please ask them.

ninja 250 is fine. I've see FG650/dualsport type bikes there.
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:34 PM   #9
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I'd either take the 12R or rent one of the school bikes. The 12R woudl be good practice for yoru daily rides. Otoh, if you've never been on a superbike, they're ... well ... terrifying. In a good way.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:38 PM   #10
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:44 PM   #11
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Go for it. You'll be laughing in your helmet when you go around the outside of the guy on the S1000RR that left his 250 at home.
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:45 PM   #12
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What track?
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:25 PM   #13
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What track?
Thunderbolt Raceway in New Jersey.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:56 PM   #14
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Slow bikes are FUN to ride fast! I have taken my CRF230 with knobbies to the track. My XR650 and I have ridden a Ninja 250.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:41 PM   #15
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I am going to take the one day course at the California Superbike School. I have never been on a track before but I have been riding street bikes for 15 years. Should I use their BMW S1000RRs or bring my own bike. I currently have an R1200R but I have been thinking about buying a Ninja 250.
I'm a coach with the school and have been for the past 8 years. I'd say do whatever you are most comfortable with :) It is easier to ride the school bikes as you don't have to worry about transporting it to the track, gas, maintenance, and fixing it if you crash. The S1000RR's are amazing and fun to ride and you are only liable up to a certain amount (ask the office exactly what that is) so if you crash and only do $100 worth of damage then that is all you pay.

The Ninja 250 would be absolutely fine to ride at the school, we have students on all manner of bikes and sometimes the slowest ones are the ones on the "fastest" bikes.

Enjoy and have FUN whatever bike you choose and if you have any more questions about the school then just let me know and I'd be happy to answer.

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Go for it. You'll be laughing in your helmet when you go around the outside of the guy on the S1000RR that left his 250 at home.
Hehehehehe, soooo true!!
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