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Old 10-18-2013, 05:29 PM   #1
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Finaly at 80k on my ninja 250

And i thought id share this photo i took today. Not as many miles as i thought id have by now. But still alot for me. And ive kept this bike longer than most. It still looks pretty good with 80k miles. I should probably get a nice exhaust one day. I've ridden much larger bikes, but after riding this one you realize the reason you get into bikes, at least for me. So fun to ride, no electric windscreen, abs, belt drive, no bells and no whistles.

Just the basic stuff.

scorch screwed with this post 11-21-2014 at 06:17 PM Reason: 87k miles on ninja 250
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:42 PM   #2
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Nicely done. That's a few miles.....any maintenance beyond basic tires, oil, and chains?
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:43 PM   #3
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All around a great bike.

I don't have one but it is on my short list.
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:53 PM   #4
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Yeah, some things went wrong. I had a top end rebuilt at 75k miles. So it has 5k on the top end now. The starter also died at around 20k miles.

But more reliable than alot of bikes i've had that is for sure, and its always nice to get 70mpg. I've even seen 89mpg on this one at times.
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:56 PM   #5
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what year?
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:06 PM   #6
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Its a 2008. I also have a 2002 ninja that i share some miles with.
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:08 PM   #7
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Well done scorch, you are one of the guys that made me want to tour on a small Ninja. What's the long term plan for her...keeping her another 80k?
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:42 PM   #8
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That bike is looking rough, time for a road king.
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:56 AM   #9
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Great job, man!
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:42 AM   #10
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That bike is looking rough, time for a road king.

LOL.

I've put about 16K on my 2007 250 (last of the "old style" bikes) in six years. I definitely ride my VFR more, but I still really like the small bike. I still toy with the idea of replacing it with a Tu250 though.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:58 AM   #11
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I really believe that Kawasaki got pretty close to perfecting the motorcycle with the ninja 250. Practical, light, economical, reliable, comfortable, fun, plenty fast. The list goes on and on. I still prefer the old style with the centerstand, but as long as they're packing on the miles I could care less.

75k out of that high-revving top end is pretty good in my book.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:13 AM   #12
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Wow. And I thought I was doing good putting 85,000 miles on a Vulcan 750 since '02. But then I do have several other bikes. I put about 6,000 on an '07 Ninja 250 during that time. It was just a bit too small for me. I did go up one tooth on the front sprocket, which helped at both ends. Which do you like better, the old style or the new style? The old one looks a lot more comfortable, and I did appreciate that centerstand.
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:47 PM   #13
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I plan on keeping her for a while, and if i do. I might start thinking of a new engine in the future. But 75k is pretty good for a top end rebuild. The bike feels smooth and powerful, but noisy due to the chain tensioner. Someone mentioned that im at the limit for that, so that worries me.

But im going to ride it to florida this winter xmas break. If it breaks, it will break. Ill fix it

Ill ride it to california if i could.
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:44 AM   #14
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Beautiful!
Good work, scorch!
I sold my 2007 Ninja 250 at 29K.
Watch out for that camchain tensioner issue. Mine failed to tension the camchain -> it got sloppy -> the camchain broke while riding -> I had to replace the rocker arms and camchain.
Few months later, I checked with the guy that bought it from me, he was still riding it on the new chain...
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:31 AM   #15
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What went wrong with the top end? I know that on the 500s the top end was also the weak link.
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