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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by ghostdncr, Apr 15, 2012.
Man, that's grim. Sorta like retiring from solid food or something.
Nice ride!!! I'm another guy working on a dual sport ninja who is also big (6'2" 220lbs) and did not like where the pegs are located. So changed to the versys. Its a lot better but still cramped for me but you can stand up. Check out JD rocks threads his bikes have been put to the test and for the most part the way i'm going.
I notice that the more mileage I put on the bike, the looser my legs seem to get and the cramped position isn't that much of an issue. I'm hoping this trend continues and we reach some kind of agreement. I'll probably always be convinced the KTM 950 Adventure is about the perfect motorcycle for me but without a garage, the Ninja's FAR more suitable. See? No bike is going to be perfect. I'm glad I've found one that seems to fit nicely into most of the roles I ask a bike to fill.
I got to try it in the rain today and while it wasn't a downpour, I loved the ride. The rainsuit helped (okay, the rainsuit was awesome!) and I ended up taking a much longer route home than was needed to sample both interstate and surface road travel. The Kenda Big Blocks are proving to be a really sticky street tire, in spite of their inherent squirminess. I'm getting my chicken strips down to almost nothing and felt no loss of traction in the rain, although I was clearly not pushing it as hard as I would've with dry conditions.
The Kenda Big Blocks seem to be fine tires, but are wearing at an almost unbelievable rate. I'm going with the Shinko 705 next, which is the tire recommended by the PO and the one he was planning to try next. The supposedly wear MUCH better than the Kenda and are called a 75/25 tire by the manufacturer, which is more inline with the surfaces I'm currently riding.
I have two sets of wheels and tires for my dual sport Ninja. Big blocks and street tires. The Ninja wheels are cheap on e bay. The back wheel is real cheep i paid $ 49 plus shipping and it had the rotor, sprocket and tire that had 2200 miles on them.
I rode the Ninja down into central Kentucky on Saturday to visit my mom and oldest daughter and her family. Although the forecast was threatening rain and thunderstorms, it turned out to be a beautiful day and the storms didn't roll in until after dark. Total mileage was ~250 with fuel economy in the low forties.
This was my first shot of the day, sitting at the gas station just a few hundred yards from the house. Clear skies and dew still on the tank:
On the road between Elizabethtown and Hodgenville. I like this particular stretch because it reminds me of the Great Plains. I'll stop here later in the summer and wait for a long break in the traffic, which is fairly common on this road, and listen to nothing but the wind and the bugs whirring and chirping in the fields:
Entering Taylor County, where most of my remaining family still lives:
On the edge of Marion County, heading back home. I lived in Taylor County and worked in Marion County for many years, and often commuted along this road. They've built a wide, straight road connecting the two county seats, but I like this one better:
I was married in this little country church, years ago and in a past life:
The goldenrod are in bloom, in case you didn't guess. The state flower of Kentucky, many here know them only as one of nature's more effective allergens:
Here I was thinking I should run up to Louisville some time to see this thing, and you drove through my backyard over the weekend!
I showed some pics of the dirty ninja to some buddies at work. They all thought it was great and got a good laugh out of it. Hope you have a lot of fun on it.
Hey ghostdncer, when you were at the lake/gravel road at the clark state forest, you were 3 miles by road from my house (1 mile as the crow flies). i hate that little gravel road, I was on it last Sunday and I hate those big round rocks, feels like marbles under the tires. I much prefer finer gravel. All those yahoos on horseback, very common around that lake, there is a horse trail around the lake which goes directly to the horseman camp. When you came off the big hill, instead of taking a right on gravel, a left takes you to the shooting range (lots of noise on Saturdays)-dead ends at the range and another lake back there.
It is a tough one, and an excellent test of a bike. I can't wait to get my WR up there and give it a go!
After another almost 300 mile ride this past Saturday, I gave up and ordered these today:
May not fix my problem but I can't see how it could possibly hurt. They may reduce the bike's maximum lean angle a bit, but I've never had a problem with that as long as the pegs fold up.
I have those on my mostly stock Ninja, they feel much better. Never noticed reduced lean angle and that's on Pilot Powers/Roads.
I got the Shinko 705s and footpeg lowering brackets installed this weekend. I can't help but think how similar this tread pattern is to the Pirelli Scorpions I ran on my 950 Adventure. Better pics to follow when the sun comes back out, but here's a shot of the front:
On the ride to work this morning, I noticed the tires to be MUCH quieter and most all of the vibration has vanished. Nothing like scrubbing in brand new tires in the rain, huh? I would've never guessed that dropping the footpegs an inch would've made that much difference, but it seems pretty amazing. I'll need to go for some longer rides before saying for certain how comfortable they'll be over distance.