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Old 04-21-2012, 01:57 AM   #1096
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The tank vent whines. It's not a bug, it's a feature.
I see, one of those undocumented features? It is a RMR® alarm. (ride me reminder)

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Old 04-23-2012, 09:57 PM   #1097
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OK I had to post here as I just bought a 250 for my gf and I'm quite impressed with this little bike. It's a clean 2003 with 3400 miles on it. It has some crappy Dunlop tires (probably circa 2003 with enough tread to make it to 2015). But I ordered the Pireli MT75s the first night I brought it home. The front forks are worse than the pogo stick so I drained the forks and filled them up with Maxim 20w fork oil- not much improvement that I can tell. They were overfilled approx 9oz each. According to the manual they should be 6oz - no wonder one fork was leaking. However, now it makes sort of a slurpping sound when the forks are compressed as if there's air trapped in the system somewhere. I'll order the Sonic springs soon enough. The brakes too could use better pads and I've always liked the EBC HH Sintered so those will be next. Already changed the engine oil and the spark plugs. It's cold blooded and requires half choke to start and idle on for a while even in the 70-75F weather. Probably gummed up carbs so hopefully a couple of Seafoam applications will do the trick.

Riding impressions: I have to say I'm really smitten by this little 250. I never imagined I'd have so much fun riding a little bike (I'm 6'ft - longer in the legs so it reminds me the Gullivar's Island story). Nonetheless I did about a 100 miles on the freeway when I drove it home and it did OK going 70-75mph (in the 2nd slowest lane here in SoCal). But when I took it to the local curvy road I was smiling under the helmet. Where I'm so cautious with a 760lbs ST1300 I feel like I can really flog this little Ninja around at will. Can't wait to mount the new tires and sign up for the California Superbike school - gf won't approve but what she doesn't know can't hurt her

Oh and for the record, while the newer style (had a '09 Ninja 650R as my 2nd bike and loved it) is of course very sophisticated looking, especially the 600+ Ninjas but I really like the classic style. It has its own character.

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Old 04-24-2012, 04:31 AM   #1098
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question for owners of the newest model, '08(?) and newer.

I don't have one but my nephew has one and while helping him change his tires, I noticed the bike started to cry. Yep, on and off, it would make a cry/weep/moaning noise from the gas tank. Open the gas cap and it stops. Maybe the baby Ninja needed to be burped?

Anyway, It seems like the tank is not venting correctly and he said there is a pretty involved mod to do to get it to stop. The bike also runs pretty sluggish. He had the valves checked, thinking that was the problem but that wasn't it.

Any suggestions? I know, they all do that... But I am pretty sure that it doesn't have to.
All the new ninjas seem to make noises from the gas tank. No need to worry, unless it bothers you alot. I keep mine in the garage and barely even notice, its one of those quirks that the bike has.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:59 AM   #1099
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Eat your heart out Corbin.

Contact info of maker if anyone wants it:
Terry Adcox
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KAWASAKI of TULLAHOMA


A couple years back I found this seat maker on Ebay making custom KLR touring seats. His name is Terry Adcox at KAWASAKI of TULLAHOMA, TN. I emailed him and he did one for me and made a custom back rest for my passenger. Great to work with, great prices and if you can imagine it, he can build it. I've only put a few hundred miles on my Ninja but man 45 minutes and my ass hates me. I had a Corbin on my KLR before I got the custom one and I hated the Corbin so no way I was buying the Corbin. The Saddleman seats looked good but I couldn't find much feedback on them for the Ninja out on the web plus they looked like a slightly tweaked stocker so that wasn't much of an option either. So I emailed Terry and told him I wanted a Day-Long style but for a Ninja 250. I didn't want to do without my seat (he uses the pan) so I picked up a used one on Ebay for $40 with free ship and sent it directly to him. For basically $200 including the shipping back to me, this is what I got. I get it on Tuesday, can't wait to sit on it. I'll send him my rear in a few weeks so it will match and I'll probably have him tweak it a little for passenger comfort. The photo doesn't show the dept of the bucket (to keep me from sliding my wedding vegtables into the tank all the time) or how much was added to to sides, should be like riding a Ninjette sofa!

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Old 04-30-2012, 10:21 AM   #1100
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That is a NICE looking seat. And the money is well with in reason as well. I am going to have keep this info. handy. I inherited a Corbin with the R1100RT that I bought a year ago. It is harder than Chinese Arithmetic as you stated about your KLR Corbin. And I even have a long hair sheep skin pelt on it. I think sitting on a 3lb. ball pein hammer would provide more comfort.

Although I have not found my "IDEAL" Ninja yet. I can't help but love the yellow ones. Problem all my riding gear is red and white. There would be a slight clash in colors, but at least they'd see me!

Thanks again for the info.
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:41 PM   #1101
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Mpg

I heard these bikes were meant to run on 87 but my average MPG with 93 was around 58mpg and now that I'm using 87 it dropped to about 53mpg.

It's the little things.

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Old 05-01-2012, 04:13 PM   #1102
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You probably operated under different riding conditions, or purchased gas from a different station that was higher quality regardless of octane, because higher octane doesn't result in higher gas mileage.

This is because fuel quality has nothing to do with the octane rating. The octane rating is merely a measure of the tendency of gasoline to resist self-igniting using isooctane as the reference benchmark (pinging). So a gasoline with an octane rating of 87 will be equavelent in self-ignition resistance to a mixture of 87% octane and 13% heptane. But a higher octane rating does not equate to more energy in the fuel, cleaner burning, or inherently more performance. It just means higher resistance to self-ignition. And if you aren't self-igniting, you are already getting full efficiency from the fuel. Put another way, all you need is a high enough octane to keep your engine from pinging. The ninjette is designed for 87 and doesn't ping with 87 octane. While putting in 91 or 93 doesn't hurt anything (except your wallet), it isn't doing your engine any good.

Here is a good video explaining it: Explaining Octane Ratings and Motorcycles.
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:37 PM   #1103
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I heard these bikes were meant to run on 87 but my average MPG with 93 was around 58mpg and now that I'm using 87 it dropped to about 53mpg.

It's the little things.

-Jake

Same type riding on both types? Operating off nothing but the figures you gave it supports you running premium, you will save $1.40 per tank running premium. But I typed this while gfloyd2002 was typing his response so I didn't see his before I'd submitted mine. I like his answer better.

Based on 4.8 gallon tank
Based on today's national average fuel costs of:
$3.80 for regular x 4.8 gal = $18.24, 4.8 gal x 53 mpg = 254.4, $18.24 / 254.4 = $0.07169811 per mile
$4.09 for premium x 4.8 gal = $19.632, 4.8 gal x 57 mpg = 278.4, $19.632 / 278.4 = $0.07051724 per mile
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:17 PM   #1104
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I happened on this motorcycle about two weeks ago, 2006 with 886 miles, the first owner bought it for his wife, she did not take to motorcycles so it sat, the second owner had done some regular maintenance through the years, then bought it for himself, he put about 200 miles on it, but decide he already had too many bikes. I was looking for a motorcycle that had been around for a long time, gets good mpg and would favor my 28" inseam. This seems to fit the bill perfectly AND it is fun! to ride! It's getting its first valve adjust at present and looks to be a terrific commuter and all around great motorcycle. (pic is anemic as I took it with the iPad, about as poor a camera as ever made).
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:19 AM   #1105
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I run the same commute every day, 5 days a week, so the riding conditions have been fairly similar. I log them on Fuelly as well.

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Old 05-04-2012, 03:42 AM   #1106
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144.3333333333333 miles per year. Amazing.

Good luck with it, don't tell me the price it is better I don't want to hear the super deal you got!


and BTW, the Razr maxx has a great phone!

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I happened on this motorcycle about two weeks ago, 2006 with 886 miles, the first owner bought it for his wife, she did not take to motorcycles so it sat, the second owner had done some regular maintenance through the years, then bought it for himself, he put about 200 miles on it, but decide he already had too many bikes. I was looking for a motorcycle that had been around for a long time, gets good mpg and would favor my 28" inseam. This seems to fit the bill perfectly AND it is fun! to ride! It's getting its first valve adjust at present and looks to be a terrific commuter and all around great motorcycle. (pic is anemic as I took it with the iPad, about as poor a camera as ever made).
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:27 AM   #1107
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I happened on this motorcycle about two weeks ago, 2006 with 886 miles, the first owner bought it for his wife, she did not take to motorcycles so it sat, the second owner had done some regular maintenance through the years, then bought it for himself, he put about 200 miles on it, but decide he already had too many bikes. I was looking for a motorcycle that had been around for a long time, gets good mpg and would favor my 28" inseam. This seems to fit the bill perfectly AND it is fun! to ride! It's getting its first valve adjust at present and looks to be a terrific commuter and all around great motorcycle. (pic is anemic as I took it with the iPad, about as poor a camera as ever made).
Are you doing any suspension modifications to favor you 28" inseam? Like lowering the bike?

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Old 05-04-2012, 05:04 AM   #1108
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Are you doing any suspension modifications to favor you 28" inseam? Like lowering the bike?

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You shouldn't need to lower an ex250 with a 28" inseam. I have a 28"-30" inseam and I can easily flat foot it.
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:53 AM   #1109
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You shouldn't need to lower an ex250 with a 28" inseam. I have a 28"-30" inseam and I can easily flat foot it.

I don't think I'lll need to touch the suspension to affect seat height, I may shave the seat a bit just to narrow it some near the front of the seat. But I'll ride it for awhile before I mess with it. It's a different feel than my old NX so I want to get used to the more forward leaning perch before I mess with it. My commute is only 25-30 miles round trip, but with sunnier weather approaching, I hope to get some longer weekend rides soon.

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Old 05-06-2012, 11:06 AM   #1110
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Finally found the Ninja 250 thread! Didn't think it existed...

Anyways, I just found this site about a year ago and I am loving it!
Last year I stupidly traded my Kawasaki KLR250 for a 2007 Ninja 250, not that there is anything wrong with the lil Ninja, I love riding it! I just wish I had kept the little KLR because now I cant find another..

The Ninja came with a Givi top box and a custom diamond plate mount for it. But now I am wanting a way to mount some side bags/ammo cans/etc for more storage.
So, here is what the mount looks like.








It is bolted to the grab bar, and has braces running down the sides to the passenger foot pegs. Do you think it's feasible to bolt some ammo cans or such bags to the side of the diamond plate and to the brace? The mount is sturdy as hell. Doesn't wobble or bounce at all. I am just wondering about the forces exerted by bags on the side and the total combined weight...

Let the comments fly and long live the lil ninja!

P.S. No flaming allowed about the mess of a garage. Its been a long winter.
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