The New Ninja 300

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by studad, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Sorry CLS, I got into this 300 for 2 years minimum. For better or worse, and it hasn't been anything but what or better than I expected. :1drink
  2. cls

    cls Long timer

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    Always good to hear. I usually have a little bike to go along w/the big ones and most folks just don't understand it. I love different stuff and I love to compare and contrast. I've had way too many, over a long time. I want a 300 badly. It's just a cool little bike. If we can get my wife over some medical issues, I believe we'll be on one for her.

    Thanks for the info. Nice to read reviews from those w/first-hand experience and a little knowledge and experience to go w/the write-ups. Much obliged.

    Carry on.
  3. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Rear seat mailed off to Renazco Racing today and I've got a new front seat ordered up to ship there too. There isn't much to work with on the back seat but if any of my last 6 or 7 Renazco seats are an indication, it'll be as good as it can possibly be.

    I waited too long to do this, and I hadn't even really though about it until a used, new take off rear seat popped up. Should make for a great multi week long moto with a great, supportive seat.
  4. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Looks like a somewhat less faired model is about to debut. VisorDown

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  5. Navin

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    Added a K&N pod filter and air box delete today. I messed with the tune a bit, richer to the max setting mid and top RPM, low stayed very close to the original settings. The bike picked up top end power, actually lifted the front wheel off a small rise on the street into second gear!

    The Area-P tune guys are pretty sure they can get it to 45 HP with the pods and full exhaust, their dyno session is in a few weeks so I'll get it via email, load it and enjoy. Runs like the proverbial raped ape right now, not deathly lean, the adjustments on the tuner got rid of the once in awhile crackle out the can. No surging, no funny business. Pre-adjustments it had the slightest bog at mid RPMs. Not a hesitation, just throttle lag. It is also only about 38f here so not too bad for winter.

    Bad note, noise went up but for the added power I'll deal with the intake snarl.
  6. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    They left the worst part to deal with, the lowers! :lol3 Mine may end up just wearing the top 1/4 fairing at some point. I may have it finished as far as modding so it'll stay for now but going under the hood is a PITA.
  7. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Now THAT'S something that I could live with!
  8. Voidrider

    Voidrider Been here awhile

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    I really hope they keep both styles around. I would love to get one of these bikes, but I by far prefer the more fully faired version.

    (No accounting for tastes, variety is the spice of life, etc. etc.)
  9. Navin

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    2002 GSXR 750 brake caliper on a custom bracket. :evil

    Corrects the stocker's deficiencies quite nicely.
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  10. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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  11. IheartmyNx

    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    You're headed in the right direction but let personal views side-track your thinking...


    I bet, no GUARANTEE, someone said the same exact thing on here when they heard of the new KTM 350...

    Bumping up displacement will always be the easy way out considering one prolly has already gotten the most out of what ever bore & Stroke = 250 cc's. And as long as the insurance breaks are set in Tennessee anyway at 501cc's, then who cares? All that does is let me ride a "hot" bike like a SMR450 at 250cc insurance premiums?

    Not to mention, who's gonna tell or even know, if I BB a KTM 450 into a 510cc machine? Get it?


    All this stroker 250 bike does anyway is open the door for aftermarket to step in with a BB kit... Toyota Scion anyone?

    But now hold on a minute and don't color me a hater. I'm here in search of a light-bike, one that does not "wake up" at 71 mph and is usually ocompanied by the phrase; "He'll have to catch me first.." :rolleyes

    Until then, I'll be draw to crazy number cc bikes like a moth to a flame in order to search out this fast enough, but still "Dayyyyyumm!!!" light bike.

    It's like my NX... (Yeah, yeah) 280lbs? Fast enough, what maintenance(?), and cool as shit!

    Now compare that to the CRM250 I've been drooling over that''s for sale here locally...

    Uhm, yeah... 2 stroke? CHECK! Cheap? CHECK! Street legal and unique? CHECK CHECK CHECK!

    Am I ready for twice the Hp, half the torque, gear box fluid changes and HALF the MPG my already trouble-free NX is?

    If the CRM was 230lbs? F-YEAH, I'd be all over it!

    But at 280lbs..? Just what am I getting myself into with a street legal 6-speed version of the CR250 that hardly ANY parts cross-over to?

    The Devil is in the details... (And the one riding a CRM250AR if his local economy changes :evil)

    Guys, new bikes are cool and all... But a little bit of research and you'll find (To paraphrase Nuthnfancy's "Philosophy of Use") another bike out there that's used, cheaper and better suited anyway. Words like "used" and "niche" only add character anyway :lol3



    What does a 35hp Ninja 300 weigh anyway? OUCH!

    The same as my 65hp, 345lb Duke 2?

    Until a Ninja 300 is lighter, I'll stick with the Duke. Why the hell would I need a payment book to figure that out?
  12. Navin

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    I got the Emulators installed today. It took all of a lazy hour.

    I decided to start off with them at a base starting point of yellow springs, 3 turns preload, stock damper rods (no drilling) and stock oil levels.

    My reasoning was that I prefer stiffer suspension, you can't easily make the damper rod holes smaller after you drill them. If I need more oil flow, they come apart and I'll drill 2 holes per leg till I get what I want.

    So, off with the brake, the wheel, the fender, out come the fork tubes.

    Next, compress the center of the top fork caps and pop out the C clips. Remove the cap, the spacer, the washer and the spring in that order. If you go slow removing the springs you don't lose any oil.

    I cut the preload spacers 16mm to match the overall height with the emulator under the spring and cleaned them up. I dropped the Emulator in the tube, spring on that, washer, preload spacer and finally the cap, compressed it in the tube and seat the C clip back in the groove.

    The test ride went well. The forks no longer bottom on hard braking. They seem to actually match the firmness of where I have my GSXR shock set. Bumps transmit thru the bike with the same effect, firm and controlled. I tried to hit as many hard, sharp bumps as I could. I can't get them to give me the hammering lock up they had before. I'm guessing they stay up higher with true damping and don't move as much towards full blown bottoming, which was pretty regular for me.

    It is snowing and I can't hit the really nasty braking bumps in the mountains. If they deal with that, I might not do much more. As far as I can test them today, they are right on the $. I'll reserve final judgment for a good thrashing road to see if the complete transformation has been achieved.

    Totally worth the price of admission, and if I need to tune them further there are quite a few options at my disposal. Different springs to open the valves, and different preload on both sets of springs along with any combo of those adjustments per fork leg. Also more/less spring preload, 12 different holes to open up on each damper rod, and oil levels along with different spring rates, which as of now I am happy with.
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  13. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    What fork oil weight did you use? When I did the emulators last year I ran atf for a bit and then swapped it for the propped 15w. It makes a big difference on the rebound.
  14. Navin

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    Oil? Stock monkey piss that Kawi installed, stock height too. I figured I'd be back in to try different stuff anyway so why not? It was still clean and I want to really ride it hard before I can determine a direction I need to move in.
  15. Navin

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  16. Terrytori

    Terrytori Namaste

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    Alright...it looks like winter may not actually last the rest of my life.

    I asked the dealer to uncrate my new 300 (ABS) and slap a Carbon Akropovic
    on it.

    Should have it by this time next week.

    This thread has gone way too long with only one owner pulling the train.
  17. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    I figured I was the only one who would ever own one here! :lol3

    Steering head bearings, 15t sprocket and then a tuner, in that order IMO. Best of luck with it!

    :freaky
  18. TheHeretic

    TheHeretic Been here awhile

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    I'm getting a green one as soon as my Bandit sells. Looks like a perfect bike for my twilight years. It's been a long time since any new bike really exited me but these new small bore sport bikes really speak to me.
  19. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Tilting the Horizon

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    We expect a full detailed report of all aspects of ownership!

    Went and sat on one again at the motorcycle show this weekend and it's gonna be a hard decision for me. Ninja 300 or a DS......Hummmmm
  20. twistedthrottle

    twistedthrottle Been here awhile

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    I noticed that you are in Rhode Island. If you get the Ninja 300 ride over to Twisted Throttle on Route 3 in Exeter, RI. Ask for me. I would love to see it.

    Heck, if you're trying to sell the Bandit PM me and I will give you my email address. Then you can email me a flyer I can put on our for sale board in the showroom.

    Kevin