The New Ninja 300

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

  1. doogiepooch

    doogiepooch Been here awhile

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    Thanks bud!

    Yeah the winds are the only downfall of this bike, it doesn't slay them with confidence. I suspect most guys who haven't ridden out here can't imagine it, but they are NASTY. It's sucked from OK through NV. No worries on the quiet night, honestly I needed it after the last 3 days. I've already popped 2 Advil PM's...really blowing it out I sin city ain't I :lol3

    Thank you sir.

    CLS my offer still stands if you want to come ride the 300 to know for sure.
  2. doogiepooch

    doogiepooch Been here awhile

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    This was leaving Death Valley yesterday on the way to Reno.
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  3. feline

    feline Purrrrrrrrrrs!

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    Beautiful photo! Death Valley is my most favorite place on the planet. Enjoy your trip!
  4. cls

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    1) UI have very basic tools, but I am very poor at using them. It's a general lack of mechanical ability and insight, I'm afraid. Just not my thing.

    2) DP, Very kind. I'm going to try and get a loaner from my shop for the day. They allow me test rides (Usually) but I'm not sure about an extended use. If not, I may holler for a meeting. Much obliged for the generosity.
  5. Terrytori

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    Navin;

    I think a little over the 1000 mark.

    Weather has just started to look like spring out here.

    Tomorrow i will bolt on the MD LED Taillight assembly with integrated directionals, and try to rack up another couple of hundred klicks.

    I was scooting my new Duke on Saturday. I enjoyed in hugely. It also served to remind me just how much I like my wee Ninja.
  6. doogiepooch

    doogiepooch Been here awhile

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    Wow, short riding season is keeping it like new. Course you also have MBS (multiple bike syndrome) so that helps. I hope to catch that one of these days. Love those Dukes, if they leaned a little more into the 'all rounder" I'd be all over one of those.

    This was today in north/eastern Nevada. I blew across I-80 today on my first day headed back home. Made it to Salt Lake City from San Rafael. I've really bonded with this thing on this trip. I ran into some 80mph speed limit signs today and she cruised at 87-90 for a few hours with nary a complaint. I think she's going to stay in the stable for a long time to come. I'm about to die to get her back home and take all the panels off and go crazy with the cleaning, it's really causing me some stress it being this dirty. :D
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  7. Terrytori

    Terrytori Namaste

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    Pooch;

    So very glad you're enjoying the adventure.

    The scooters that get us home from memorable journeys always seem to have a special place in our heart.

    Moving to the 300 from my 250 was not easy for that reason.

    The task was made less difficult by selling it to a dear friend.

    Safe trip home.

    terry
  8. Ninjafreak

    Ninjafreak Been here awhile

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    Sounds like a great trip DP! Has your mileage got better now that your headin east with the jet stream? :lol3
    Safe trip to ya back to the Carolina's!
  9. doogiepooch

    doogiepooch Been here awhile

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    Yep, I stay mostly in the low to mid 50's, haven't had any head winds on the return trip. OK, TX, NM and some of NV was brutal there for a day or 2. I had expected it from experience on previous trips so not the end of the world just a pain in the butt.
  10. doogiepooch

    doogiepooch Been here awhile

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    I'm going to edit this low to mid 50's estimate with some actual info. I had to since my estimating skills were pretty far off. I did an IBA 1000 thingy yesterday (Omaha to Canton in 17hrs :D) on the way home so I photo documented my receipts to my trip meter/odo.
    Fill up #
    1 - 38.54 mpgs
    2 - 43.21 mpgs
    3 - 47.17 mpgs
    4 - 48.71 mpgs
    5 - 49.45 mpgs
    6 - 41.11 mpgs
    7 - 48.51 mpgs
    8 - 41.00 mpgs
    9 - 47.68 mpgs

    I generally cruise at +5 to +7 over the posted so most all of that was at 77ish to 82ish. That's me in full gear, which would be about 195 lbs, half the day was in some decent head winds and I was carrying a 20 lb pack.
  11. scooterspirit

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    Thanks for the trip report. You are a hard core rider, tough as a cowboy!

    That ceramic head technology seems to work awesome, I think the 300 uses that like SYM. Did your bike use much oil?
  12. Navin

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    DP. I've managed to drag it down to about 43 MPG when mixing a heavy hand with high speeds. Once you cross that 72-73 MPH zone the drag is a huge factor. I'm more often on secondary roads under 70MPH, that still gives me +60 MPG averages.

    My 950SMR couldn't be milked above 44 MPG so it is still a shock to see 65 once in awhile!

    I heard a clickity click on decel the other day...Pulled the clutch lever and it goes away. I could slip the clutch in/out and dial the rotational ching-ching at will.

    I was cursing the new fangled slipper. Damn fancy pants stupid overcomplicated JUNK!!!! What will this cost me I wondered. $400? $600???

    Then I realized it was much louder when riding with jersey barriers on my left side...my hammered chain was the source.

    I have a drive set ready to go, might give it a shot of oil for now. It is only noisy on decel, so it must be only halfway worn out! :rofl
  13. doogiepooch

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    Someone go ahead and scold me....I did not change the oil on this trip, I'm so ashamed :lol3. I took a filter along with me with good intentions but just never managed to do it. So with that said the oil in the sight glass over the entire trip moved from even with the top level line to about the 5/8 mark between the 2 lines. So for around 5,700 miles...to me...that equals so little oil usage, I'm saying...it used none.

    Yeah I know what you mean, I wasn't really tossing those out there as a complaint, little bike at big speeds I don't really expect much better. I think my touring screen drops my mpgs a little to. When I'm piddling around on back roads which is my typical riding enviro, I'm usually averaging 60+ also. You ever had it in any serious head winds, like to where you could not maintain the speed limit unless tucked? I'm curious how much more punch your tuning parts might help that. Unless some unforseen chance pops up that's probably my one big trip for this year anyway so not a serious concern.

    Funny you should mention the chain, about 10 miles from home last night I heard mine to. I only adjusted it once on this trip and that was when I got to San Fran and it wasn't super loose. Didn't notice it being loose prior to late last night either. I tightend it this morning and rode it up to the garage, crunching all the way. I'll clean and lube her and see what's up but I think I may have killed it. How many miles on your bike now? Stock chain?
  14. Navin

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    I'm at 10k, not riding it enough, been very wet here. Stock chain, been thru a bunch of sprockets though. I think I lubed it once at around 3000 miles. :evil

    I didn't expect to get much more than 10k out of it anyway.

    I can't say I've been slowed by high winds, not that I recall anyway.
  15. Ninjafreak

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    Yep...cowboy is right. DP you are the MAN! :bow I complain and have to stop 3 times on a 30 mile trip to Mt. Pisgah because my hand is numb. :lol3

    I did 150m yesterday. I-40 to hwy 226 to Little Switzerland and turned in 71 mpg...and 1.5 inch wide chicken strips. :rofl

    Glad you had a safe trip!
  16. doogiepooch

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    Eh, nothing to special about it, as long as you've got the time, the rest is just sitting there and letting the miles go by. It's not exactly pain free for me, I do take ibuprofin about every 4 hours...I ain't getting any younger. One of these days, hopefully soon, I'll change up my traveling style where everything doesn't have to be such a crazy blitz and I can slow down and meander a bit.

    I love that ride, only done it once last fall. Isn't that road called Diamond back? Great little eatery right at the top across from the post office.

    I tell you one thing that helped my wrist...Omni Cruise. I now have added 2 things that I consider must haves on any bike. The first being heated grips. The second being an Omni Cruise. Set that thing and let go, you have to tweak it back and forth a litte, especially in hilly areas but it allows you to relax your grip, let got and steer with your left hand or completely let go altogether and sit up for a little bit if needs be.

    I can't say much about your chicken strips, I just put almost 6,000 on a brand new tire and it still has the injection nipples on everywhere but the 1.5" of the middle and it's almost completely toast. :lol3
  17. ioflying

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    Glad to hear it was only your chain & not the clutch

    DP: Enjoyed reading about your trip! Congrats
    Being in Asia now I so miss a good steak. You made my mouth water ;)
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    Yes I too have known about the RC bikes for quite some time & heard about the no US import rumor

    But I am in Asia & thought that comparison was interesting to see what they change on the track bikes vs the RC street bike