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Reckless


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posted March 08, 2010 10:54 AM        
New 250. What now?

Hello everyone,
new to this part of the forum as I am new to the 250.
I managed to have lady luck look my way and I won a 250 Ninja at a local Daytona party and charity fundraiser.
The questions that everyone has been asking me since 30 seconds after I won include: Are you keeping it? What are you going to do with it? Are you trading it in on something bigger? Etc.
So, as Ninja 250 people, what do you think? What has been your experiences with the bike?
Keep it as a commuter? Keep it as a fun track bike? Trade it in on something bigger?
Cash it in and go to Mexico for a vacation?
Any reasonable advice appreciated.

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Hellmutt


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posted March 18, 2010 04:52 AM        Edited By: Hellmutt on 18 Mar 2010 11:56
1st of all -- CONGRATULATIONS!!! But, If you've got a bike and want a newer or different bike -- trade them both in..........otherwise, you could always keep it, dump a little cash into exhaust and gearing, possibly other aftermarket goodies too and make it you're own..........not sure what advice you're after, but I'm way too big for built 250R much less a bone stocker -- so i would trade it on a bunch of equip for my ZX14 personally.
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Reckless


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posted March 18, 2010 09:25 PM        
Thanks Hellmutt.
I already have a ZX 14 with most of the good stuff that I want on it. Muzzy pipe, PCIII, Ohlins shock etc.
Just have to figure out how to have the most fun on the 250 I guess.

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Hellmutt


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posted July 25, 2010 04:27 AM        
So did you figure something out yet?? Plan on keeping it or selling it?? Been several months, figured I'd check back and see what you've decided to do --
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Reckless


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posted July 25, 2010 10:51 PM        
Keeping it for a track bike. I am trying to get the local track to have a 250 class next year. Otherwise I will just ride Novice on it.
I have been doing local track days and having fun.
So far the mods are limited to colour matched (green) race bodywork from Flex-glass.
i am waiting to see what the class rules will be before I spend too much money on go fast stuff.
Still trying to find an easy source of stlcky rubber though. No one stocks decent rubber in those sizes.

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Hellmutt


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posted July 26, 2010 06:53 AM        Edited By: Hellmutt on 26 Jul 2010 13:54
quote:
Keeping it for a track bike. I am trying to get the local track to have a 250 class next year. Otherwise I will just ride Novice on it.
I have been doing local track days and having fun.
So far the mods are limited to colour matched (green) race bodywork from Flex-glass.
i am waiting to see what the class rules will be before I spend too much money on go fast stuff.
Still trying to find an easy source of stlcky rubber though. No one stocks decent rubber in those sizes.


Nice, good decision and cheaper to hop up than a 600 or 1000 -- I'd look into some 600 brake systems and possibly suspension too.........
I had $8500 in my trackbike, incl buying it........found awesome used Ohlins complete forks and rear shock/linkage oversea's for less than $2k USD shipped...........
as far as tires, may be more readily available oversea's as well -- UK ebay can be a good source for new and used race parts........
May make it to MotoGP at Indy this year, and believe they'll run the 250 class there..........can scope out the tire vendors and see who's got what.
250's look like they run 120 or 140 rears, sound like your size?
Let me know what size and compound you're after, it'll give me something to do there other than walk around the complex and drink all day.
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Reckless


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posted July 27, 2010 07:56 PM        
Yea I have a list of things I would like to do with an unlimited budget and no class restrictions.
Will have to wait to see what the class rules are before I get too crazy. I can dream though.
For tires it takes a 110/70 17 on the front and a 130/70 17 on the rear but a 140/70 17 will fit and on the forums people have managed to fit a 150/60 17 without too much difficulty.
I have been trying to support the local shops but no-one seems to import decent small rubber into Canada.
The Bridgestone BT 03's seem to be the best bet for minimal tread and sticky. Would be interested in seeing what else is out there.
Enjoy Indy if you go. The TV coverage of Laguna was good this year.

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Hellmutt


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posted July 28, 2010 08:34 AM        
I'll keep my eyes peeled for 130's and 140's then.........I just went with Dunlops and just took off a pair of BT-002R's -- they were great for street use and track days alike, but alas my mean 14 ate them alive in a season........I gotta quit twistin' on it so much!!!
Laguna coverage was good this year, sportbike class was good, tight racing as usual.
Went to Mid Ohio this year too, got the sunburn of my life - but still had fun.
Let you know what I find at Indy
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madkawboy


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posted July 31, 2010 01:02 PM        Edited By: madkawboy on 31 Jul 2010 20:03
The Bridgstone BT090 is a great tire and they offer it in the correct front size and a 140 rear tire. We have these on our 250 and they fit great and they are pretty sticky.
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Reckless


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posted August 12, 2010 10:31 PM        
Thanks for the BT090 recommendation. I will check them out.
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Hellmutt


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posted September 08, 2010 05:13 AM        
Sorry for the late reply, but didn't even get to go to Indy this year -- had an unexpected death in the family, so handed my tix over to a buddy so he could enjoy it..........glad madkawboy chimed in with some help for ya -- it's just been a crazy couple weeks here
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Double trouble


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posted June 10, 2011 06:46 AM        
Love mine- yeah I know it's a little bike but I'm small too. Perfect for me. All stock but why mess w/what works. Can't beat the MPG's too!!
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