ninja 250, 2 up TX to Argentina

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by jordan325ic, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. Straightedge

    Straightedge Skin Donor

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    Thanks for sharing your report with us, and with so much detail and suspense!
    Got to love it when the epiphany of, "Hey! I've got some money, some time, and a wild hair (or two)" comes along like so many planets aligning.
  2. bjorn240

    bjorn240 Good with a map!

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    Thanks for a great RR, and congrats on a beautiful adventure. :clap I love Central and South America and I've a soft spot for pre-gen Ninjas as well, as I just picked up a 2005.
  3. egret

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    One of the best Latin America reports !:clap:clap:clap What an adventure !:bowProved once again that for the trip of your life , don't need the latest , biggest and most expensive bike . I hope you married your girl ...
    All the best to you two ,
    -zie egret.
  4. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    Thanks for sharing your amazing story !

    are you guys still together almost 2 years later ?

    any plans for another trip ?
  5. ScootTour

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    small bikes are the win and NOT because they are cheaper.
    They maneuver better, easier to keep them up on dirt road, easier to pick up when they fall and the slow speeds help you understand why you are on the journey to begin with
  6. RockinTheRVA

    RockinTheRVA Been here awhile

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    Well, there went my afternoon! Thanks so much for sharing, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    I've had 4 Ninja 250's myself, can't find a more well rounded, easy to work on 250. Good choice in bike!

    Sorry for bumping an old RR, but it was a good one and I'm glad I stumbled upon it!
  7. Treadless

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    A bump back up the list so that others that previously missed it might get a chance to enjoy the trip.
  8. Blader54

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    Glad you bumped this up, Treadless. It really IS an incredible report. Whenever I hear people complaining that they need a bike of a certain (always large) size to take a long trip on, I tell them to read this RR. Taking a 250 Ninja down to Argentina! Not ONE rider, but TWO. WITH camping gear! And the OP was a rather tall fellow, 6 foot 4 or so iirc. Yes, I think they were close to 100 percent on tarmac, but they did it. And I guess pillion must not have been a bad seat, because iirc Michelle was very sorry to say goodbye to the bike when they flew home. A fine, fine report.
  9. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    Thanks for taking the time to write IMHO one of the top ten rr on here I have read
  10. jordan325ic

    jordan325ic Been here awhile

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    Happy to see people are still enjoying my old ride report!

    The majority was tarmac, but we did hundreds of miles on dirt roads too. Water crossings, mud, sand, the whole deal. And of course some of that Central American tarmac makes you wish for a nice dirt road.

    That was a very comfortable bike, although Michelle did "cheat" by having a throw pillow strapped to her seat for the duration of the trip.
  11. DeusExMaxima

    DeusExMaxima Adventurer

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    I just came across this too. It puts all my riding plans to shame. Like a lot of people said - a 250...to Argentina...two up....amazing report. Thank you for sharing.
  12. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    I was talking to a young lad at the local Community College the other evening. I was complimenting him on his Ninja 250. He almost seemed a bit ashamed of it as he looked at my Norge and said, yes, it's just a starter bike. I told him of your trip and just what can be accomplished on a "starter bike". He was amazed and ended up thanking me for telling him about your trip. It made his evening, and he left feeling much better about his choice of motorcycle.

    See, you are role model.

    Now, if we could just hear something positive about you and Michelle.... :freaky

    jdg
  13. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    yea...still a couple?
  14. jab1026

    jab1026 Adventurer

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    Why is it that all most of picture in this thread have gone?
  15. damasovi

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    I see you are using photobucket, when you delete or move a picture from there, then you loose it here, since it was directed to a specific url address and by moving it, it no longer exist, or my final option is that the account got full and there are deleting some pics.

    Damaso
  16. jordan325ic

    jordan325ic Been here awhile

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    My free photobucket account has hit it's 10gb limit. For a long time I wasn't even close to the limit but these past few months I have been bouncing off it. I'm not exactly sure why.

    The photos are all still there and will be back early October.
  17. AdventurePoser

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    Jordan, I echo others sentiments here. I really enjoyed reading your report and seeing the pix. It's not easy writing, editing, uploading, downloading, etc...

    Thanks very much for taking the time so we could all share your adventure.

    Steve, heading south on October 1.
  18. Thacher

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    Jordan,
    Someone emailed me recently and recommended your ride report. I had posted that some of the reports here are better than books. I really enjoyed the way you traveled, and especially the way you and Michelle interacted with the people along the way. Enjoyed your approach and attitude. Thanks.
  19. scottro

    scottro Been here awhile

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    Great write-up. Marry that girl.
  20. urbex

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    Signed up just to :clap :D

    Heck of a RR, and makes me giggle a little bit when I tell people of my trip from Detroit to Phoenix on an XR250R (which I might add was an absolutely miserable trip...I don't care what anyone says, that's a horrible bike for interstate paved travel, and it took several weeks for my bum to recover), and they think I was absolutely nuts to do such a trip on such a small bike :D

    I have to say though, as I'm trying to decide what my next bike will be (currently without wheels, and have spent weeks trying to decide what type I want next), this RR does make me really miss the "little" bikes.