Ninja 250 ADV bike.

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by espacef1fan, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. Voidrider

    Voidrider Been here awhile

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    Its been a while since I have been considering this for one of my spare "parts bikes" - hey, use what you have, right?

    So I am not certain these are still available but the tires I have seen mentioned repeatedly are a Shinko 244, size 3.00-16 on the front, and a Bridgestone TW40, size 120/90-16 for the rear.

    If you follow through, please let us know how it works out.
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  2. nigelcorn

    nigelcorn Wannabe.

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    I'd say be patient and keep an eye out for a trade. I went through the same dilemma and started emailing every KLR on craigslist within several hundred miles. I found a good trade in less than a month.

    The 250 is a great bike, but I doubt you'd be happy with it offroad, the suspension sucks even on-road.
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  3. JerryH

    JerryH Long timer

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    I totally understand your wanting to modify the Ninja 250, but it is a pretty specialized bike. Knobby tires will interfere with the front fender, and riding it off road you are going to have problems with ground clearance. But DON'T underestimate what a Ninja 250 (especially the '07 and older) can do. Here is a link to a very interesting video. This guy rode an '06 Ninja 250 from CA to FL, then back to CA, then to Prudhoe Bay AK and back to CA. Only problem was a chain that came off, he believes it was not installed properly. Nothing else went wrong. BTW, the Ninja 250 already has a huge stock tank for a 250.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVxoVEMTXp8
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  4. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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  5. Voidrider

    Voidrider Been here awhile

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    Tire clearance won't be a problem if you raise the front fender as per the standard mod if a person chooses to use 17" wheels.

    The ground clearance issues really depend on the ground you are intending to ride and riding style. True offroad, well it depends. There are hundreds of miles of trails out in the desert I would feel okay riding. But yeah, there are certainly places where a bikes much more capable would have issues, and I would just not go there. Most gravel and even marginally maintained dirt roads will not be an issue. I have taken mine on even a few short trails but they were smooth and I was riding them at a very sedate pace.

    Ddennis669 rode across the country and up to Prudhoe Bay then to Key West. But I think the Haul Road in Alaska was the only long stretch not paved.
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