The New Ninja 300

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

  1. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    15t front is cheaper and the bike can pull even taller gearing just fine. It has enough torque that I can creep at 20 MPH in 6th gear, roll the throttle and it pulls and accelerates without stuttering or hesitation. The engine and FI are that good. Next drive set will probably be 15 CS and a -1 or 2 rear, and I'm 200 lbs. and carry a passenger and ride it hard on mountain roads. I'm a guy who ran the lowest gearing on his KTM950SMR that I've ever heard of BTW. The stock Ninja 300 gearing is just way too low, unless it was a real endure bike. It had a stock first gear similar to my woods gearing on my EXC530!

    The Adv or at least super moto style with this engine would be a treat. Of course, a real SS with decent suspension right out of the gate would have been nice too! I'm thinking about shortened WP 48mm KTM forks and a sumoto brake again with a tapered handle bar. I have the triples already. My rear end is great with the GSXR shock. The forks are flexing around under heavy loads from cornering and braking. I doubt the aftermarket brace would be enough to really stop that.
  2. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    I can't take that kind of pressure!!!!!
  3. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    OK Tone, enough is enough. I'm gonna ride mine up there so you can ride it and that should put a boot in yer arse to get moving on your Adventure 300. I can't take it anymore!!! :lol3
  4. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    Sounds good. I'd even met you part way.
  5. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Pick a day next week. I'm a half hour from the NY border and the thruway. Kingston? Newburgh? Lets set it up.
  6. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    They seem to do the low gearing thing on bikes that might be beginner bikes.
    The TU250 is geared silly low also, 1st gear at red line is likely walking speed....
    And the motor has more low and mid range power then a 250 normaly does.

    Sounds like the Ninja 300 is a great motor...


  7. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    I work till 5 during the week and often later :-(
  8. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    You are a slippery one! :lol3

    You will ride one someday!!!
  9. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    I had a great time at Nottarally riding twisties around Hot Springs. The 300 would have been a blast there.

    It seems like Ninja 300's will likely be easy to find with low mileages at good prices. I'd think a lot of beginners will buy them and after a short time will begin having "ego issues" and "cc envy". I'll keep an eye out for them on CL, till the right one shows up.

    I had thought I wanted a motard, but they just don't seem practical. Thumpers just don't have the top end speed, aren't good on the interstate or long distances, and the engines aren't made to last as long as a multi.

    Navin, I can't imagine 70 mph on gravel. :eek1 You can't make any brake upgrades that help you stop on gravel.
  10. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    That 70 MPH was only when there was a looong line of sight and clear road! :lol3
  11. Ninjafreak

    Ninjafreak Been here awhile

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    Took my 300 out this morning on a hiking trip to Graveyard Fields and had a blast. Just can't get enough of this little bike on these WNC mountain 2-lane roads.


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  12. doogiepooch

    doogiepooch Been here awhile

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    That pic from this weekend...I thought the Parkway was closed due to the government shutdown...No?

    Pipe's lookin sharp. I drool over Navin's from time to time, then decide I shouldn't mess with it. You like it? Lie and tell me it's not worth doing :huh
  13. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Without the decat and tune, it isn't!
  14. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    I was thinking just the opposite, The AT is open for OHVs!!!!! :wink:
  15. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    I firmly believe this is done to help n00bs accomplish low speed maneuvers where one must keep the engine pulling on the chain at all times. With higher gearing, the rider has to slip/feather clutch a lot more to do this kind of thing, and n00bs take a long time to really develop that clutch finesse.
  16. doogiepooch

    doogiepooch Been here awhile

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    Turkey, don't remind me...I know, I know, that's why I keep talking myself out of doing it. To much $$$. :rofl

    Apparently the parkway is open, my chiropractor told me this morning he and his wife spent all Saturday up there. Just some public spots are closed. Speaking of Chiropractor, I spent about 12 hours on the bike Sunday, off and on for fuel stops and eats but mostly on it. I'm in some kind of pain, I think I underestimated the forward lean on this bike (yes I know it's not much). I've got some lower vert disk damage from years of stupid activity and it doesn't take much to get them to act up. I ordered some 1" bar risers last night, hoping that will help a little.

    Oh and Navin....seat is going bye bye. :baldy
  17. Ninjafreak

    Ninjafreak Been here awhile

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    Yea the Parkway is open. Only the buildings and bathrooms are closed. The Gestapo...I mean rangers did have the Pisgah Inn barricaded and were guarding the entrances. What a damn shame. I was looking forward to a great cup of coffee and a rocking chair at the Inn.

    I like the Yoshi can on my bike. Yea it's just a slip on. I bought it mainly for aesthetic reasons and I like the growl. The bike does all I want it to do. No need for a full system and re-tune. IMO. Take care of that back!
  18. Navin

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    Bummer on the seat DPooch, I rode a full day today and the Renazco felt great, but lots of turns and breaks to stretch too.

    Bar risers might help, but IMO the forward-ish foot controls cause much/all of the discomfort. I got some SV Racing rear sets and they not only get your feet under you, they are fully adjustable and tighten up the shifter and brake to a really great level of feel. I used the lowest, most rearward mounting option.

    http://www.svracingparts.com/products/#!/~/product/category=477665&id=1616711

    I always felt the wonky angle at my hips, and couldn't get good leverage on the shifter for up shifts. Now it fits like a glove cause they have great adjustability.

    I had 1" risers on a Ninja 500, it made the front end feel unweighted to me. I was rid of them within a week or so IIRC. I like to put heavy weight on the front tire in turns. In retrospect, a set of rear sets probably would have been much better on that bike too. I think you might be looking at the wrong end of things DP! :1drink

    On another note, I ran the Duros to the melting point today in some parking lot racing. They held up great, felt great too. Not a slip, and we were pushing the envelope a good bit. All 1st and 2nd gear stuff, but just about scraping the rear sets. These are my new "go-to" cheapo tire now. I may never buy a premium tire again for street riding. These give great grip, are well mannered and cheap as dirt. 1500 miles and they look new except for the ripples of rubber at the outer thirds of them! :wink:
  19. doogiepooch

    doogiepooch Been here awhile

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    That's complete bs, from what I hear that inn is privately owned and is itself on private property, with zero reason to shut it down. I could almost understand it if the road is closed, but if the road is open....why? Makes no sense, especially with this being peak season for leaf lookie lou's, thus peak money making season for the owner. <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>

    Hmmmm, I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around putting my feet more behind me being more comfortable. But it certainly seems to make sense, if I'm at a slight forward lean and my feet are slightly behind me then essentially....I'm closer to straight. I was thinking about some of the simple adjustable pegs, I honestly want some more leg room. While I can't say my knees are uncomfortable, can't say that I wouldn't like to stretch them a little more either. Good lord what an old geezer I sound like. I think you may be on to something. At over 2 bills though, that will have to wait till next month. I killed my blow money this month on a partial trade/buy for a Ruger 1911 and a Nikon for my AR. :evil<o:p></o:p>
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    Yeah the seat, it's certainly better than stock, I don't feel like a new owner will be unhappy. But for serious miles/hours, I'm going to get a new mount. Seat Concepts guy told me 2 months till they release theirs. The new Canadian Kawi gel seats look awesome to but the only place I've seen those is on Ebay and it's from a seller that doesn't accept returns. Maybe I just need to bite the bullet and call up RDL. <o:p></o:p>
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    Good find on the tires, I've stuck those on my must get list for when it's time to swap.<o:p></o:p>
  20. Navin

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    My feet are now right under my center of gravity, not in front of it. I can stand easily, (well, for a street bike), to absorb nasty stuff in the road. I can even weight the pegs for turns, and the angle for my feet to upshift or brake is correct. Stock my ankles had to reach beyond their comfort range, kinda contorted to use the controls, especially upshifting. Now they are naturally placed for me. Stock I felt slightly bent forward at the torso and feet forward too. I'm just over 6' tall, that might not help with the stock ergos either.

    Your feet won't be behind you, just really under your butt.