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Old 05-31-2012, 06:57 AM   #1156
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Keep us updated on the progress of this swap. I know several guys throw some agressive tires on the 250's and bomb down forest service roads but a full conversion would be very intersting.
I will, though it will be awhile before I have any progress to report. This is an idea that I've had for awhile and since I keep coming back to it I'm starting to think that I should make it happen. I'm trying to gather as much information in advance as I can so that things will go faster when I finally get the chance to begin. I do realize, however, that there's no substitute for having the new parts and the bike in hand and just trying to get them to work together.

I realize that the shock stroke is a bit of a tough question but maybe if someone's upgrading shock springs at some point they can measure it for me? While I'm asking tough questions, can anyone tell me approximate length of the steering stem and/or the headtube? Within a 1/4" or so should be fine so the measurement could come from a fully-assembled bike, I just don't have one yet.

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Old 05-31-2012, 08:41 AM   #1157
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I bought a post 08 Ninja 250 rear shock, Ninja 500 fork springs for my 02 Ninja 250.
Under $60 on eBay for both items, 25 minutes install, front and rear suspension upgrade done.
Nice! What are the advantages of the 08+ rear shock over the factory one i.e. adjustability? stiffer springs? etc? Is it bolt-on solution or requires modifications? Just trying to understand the options i.e. EX500 shock, GSXR shock, 08+ shock.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:32 AM   #1158
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Post-08 rear shock is slightly longer than pre-08 rear shock, it raise the rear end, pretty much eliminate the headshake effect when you let go the handlebars.

It seems to have higher spring rate and pre-08 model, too.

No mod, straight bolt-on swap, easily done while parked on centerstand.. 10 min. top.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:52 AM   #1159
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Post-08 rear shock is slightly longer than pre-08 rear shock, it raise the rear end, pretty much eliminate the headshake effect when you let go the handlebars.

It seems to have higher spring rate and pre-08 model, too.

No mod, straight bolt-on swap, easily done while parked on centerstand.. 10 min. top.
Thanks! did you say 10mins, SOLD!
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:29 PM   #1160
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Really bad front end vibration this morning...

As soon as I left the garage I knew something was wrong. The vibration was picking the bike up and down at slower speeds but seemed to balance out at 65-70.

I checked all around the bike after my 25mile commute and noticed a near baseball sized bubble on my front tire! (Just like on the side of a car tire but mine is on the tread of mine!)

No wonder the guage cluster and fairing was shaking so bad I could hardly read the display... I have no idea what caused this, I left the bike parked for a day and a half before riding it and now there is a huge bubble.

I reckon it ain't safe to ride like that eh?

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Old 07-11-2012, 05:43 PM   #1161
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Replaced that stock set of Dunlops with some Pirelli Speed Demons. I hope these are at least slightly better than the shitty tires the bike comes with stock.

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Old 07-11-2012, 06:42 PM   #1162
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I've made many mods to my ninjette, and the best one was upgrading the stock tires. Remarkably more capable bike with good rubber. Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires probably the best tires out that fit the stock rims now that it comes in a 140 rear - nice radial tire with dual compound. But short of that the Sport Demons are great for bias ply tires. A good choice, and a good value for significant performance improvement.
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:49 PM   #1163
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You will love the demons, will perform, grip and do it well, just for less miles, worth the trade
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:25 PM   #1164
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Buyers remorse is killing me on this one as I bought it brand spanking new. It's great when the road is smooth like butter and your flicking the thing wherever you want.. on the other hand bumpy roads destroy your balls, the clip-on's kill your wrists and the pegs are positioned so awkwardly that you feel like you're walking a tightrope.. not to mention wind buffeting.

Any way to make this 08+ torture rack more comfortable?
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:46 PM   #1165
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Buy an 07-earlier :)
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:51 PM   #1166
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Buy an 07-earlier :)
+1, at 1/2 the price or less.
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:45 PM   #1167
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Update on the new Sport Demons...

These tires blow the stock DunRocks out of the water!

I commute on this bike so a lot of my riding this time of year is in the rain, these tires give me much more confidence while on the interstate in a rain storm than those stock pieces of shit ever did not to mention the slightly taller stance. Overall an amazing buy and performance upgrade, due to the larger size my speedo reads closer to actual speed as well. (You know, these Ninjettes being speed demons and all )

I'm probably buying another set.

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Old 07-18-2012, 06:46 PM   #1168
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Buy an 07-earlier :)
I'm pretty sure you pre 08 owners are a cult

I prefer the current gen style, plus since it's supposedly a great "beginners" bike all the kids are after it. Which makes it an easier resell(IMO) after I crash it 10 times and decide to buy a guzzi.

Anyone have specific experience with the aftermarket seats? Corbin/Airhawk etc, maybe some bar risers too.


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Old 07-19-2012, 04:39 AM   #1169
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Buyers remorse is killing me on this one as I bought it brand spanking new. It's great when the road is smooth like butter and your flicking the thing wherever you want.. on the other hand bumpy roads destroy your balls, the clip-on's kill your wrists and the pegs are positioned so awkwardly that you feel like you're walking a tightrope.. not to mention wind buffeting.

Any way to make this 08+ torture rack more comfortable?
6'2", 35" inseam, and I'm fine on it. Double bubble windscreen shuts down the buffeting quite a bit (Zero Gravity or Puig both do the job, and are nearly identical). Other than that, all I've added is the Motech mirror extenders (wouldn't ride this bike without them), a tail tidy, and one of those expandable bags that attached to the passenger seat.

I find the bars to be very well-positioned, but I agree that the rear shock is flat-out awful. If I rode on bumpy roads more often, that is where I would start. I chalk that up to the price point. For $4,000 though, it's a great machine, and a wonderful commuter at speeds up to about 70. The engine is certainly good for more, but the vibes through the bars and the stock seat are limitations there.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:26 AM   #1170
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With a 35" inseam, how do you handle the tank flairs? I'm at 31" and my knees hit the peak edge of the flairs. I can't ride the bike without dropping the pegs at least 1.5-2.0".
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