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Old 02-28-2012, 10:19 PM   #946
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This is exactly where I am at! I have a BMW R1100RT in the garage. But the kid in me wants one. I wants one. I am like you in that I would really like to ride one foe a few hours to see if it would be a good fit for me. I haven't looked at all the upgrades for the bike. I'm probable thinking Progressive type springs, fatten up the carbs. so it will start and run decently. Led turn signals of some kind, and a bigger sprocket up front for better highway manners. Plus the softest grips I can find and a throttle lock.
Just fyi, my 250 didn't need any carb jetting changes to either start or run decently. 2500ft altitude and just keep the carbs in sync and she's flawless. Doesn't even need the choke until it gets down into the 40's temp wise.
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:44 AM   #947
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Does somebody make have handle bar risers for the Ninja 250? I am concerned about the rider's position as I have back issues and need to set up right. Much like the LEO riders to be comfortable.

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Old 03-02-2012, 05:32 AM   #948
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Does somebody make have handle bar risers for the Ninja 250? I am concerned about the rider's position as I have back issues and need to set up right. Much like the LEO riders to be comfortable.

Thanks Bill
I know for a fact for the 1st gen's they do, because I had a set. They are block risers that sit under the stock bars and raise them up some. Even in stock form, the 1st gen 250's are very relaxed seating position. The risers pretty much guarantee you'll be sitting straight up.

The 2nd gen's are a bit more aggressive, but compared to most sport bikes, still not bad at all. I do find the 1st gen's much more comfortable though.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:02 AM   #949
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I know for a fact for the 1st gen's they do, because I had a set. They are block risers that sit under the stock bars and raise them up some. Even in stock form, the 1st gen 250's are very relaxed seating position. The risers pretty much guarantee you'll be sitting straight up.

The 2nd gen's are a bit more aggressive, but compared to most sport bikes, still not bad at all. I do find the 1st gen's much more comfortable though.
Thanks, I have decided that for the $$$ I want to spend. It will be the first gen bike. Can you tell me who makes them or sells them at best $$$

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Old 03-02-2012, 06:51 AM   #950
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Thanks, I have decided that for the $$$ I want to spend. It will be the first gen bike. Can you tell me who makes them or sells them at best $$$

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I can't remember what type mine were, I think they were actually homemade from someone on ebay, but they are all pretty much all the same principle. They are just a "block" under the main handle bar to raise it up.

Here's the MCL risers I found with a search - http://www.motorcyclelarry.com/index...roducts_id=106

And an article about installing them - http://grayraven.com/JimNtexas/?p=395



I'll see if I can find any others

Edit:. Twisted Throttle sells some, but they look pretty close to the MCL's, but are a bit more expensive
- http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/2956/



- http://www.rlmotorcycles.com/GenMar-.../gm%20k108.htm
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:32 AM   #951
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I've got the TwistedThrottle bar risers above and they work really well. I also have back issues and the risers keep me mostly upright with just enough forward leaning so that the weight is off my low back/sacrum (where my injury is). Very worth the money, IMHO!
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:28 PM   #952
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I've got the TwistedThrottle bar risers above and they work really well. I also have back issues and the risers keep me mostly upright with just enough forward leaning so that the weight is off my low back/sacrum (where my injury is). Very worth the money, IMHO!
Thanks to all! This gives me some options. My back issues are 4 herniated disc in mt Thoracic area. Or between my shoulder blades. So being in the lean forward position for very long would kill the deal for me.
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:24 PM   #953
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I've got the TwistedThrottle bar risers above and they work really well. I also have back issues and the risers keep me mostly upright with just enough forward leaning so that the weight is off my low back/sacrum (where my injury is). Very worth the money, IMHO!
Did you have to change any cables? brake line?
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:13 AM   #954
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Did you have to change any cables? brake line?
Nope, straight swap.

The only trick is that when you put the longer bolts on for the bar risers, make sure that you clear the wiring harness that runs under the handlebar on the lefthand side. When I installed my risers, I accidentally punctured that harness and caused a short that prevented my brake lights from working. Easy fix, but equally easy to avoid if you know about it in advance.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:17 AM   #955
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I'm thinking of trading my KLX250S for a Ninja 250. Its a 2004 I'm looking at. I'm not in love with the looks,(I think the 08+ looks fantastic) but I might be able to overlook the looks if the bike is as fun as it looks.

I have a Ninja 650 and think that bike is about as fun as the TL1000R I had(though I miss that bike too) I'm thinking the Ninja 250 willl be as fun as the Ninja 650 but in a lighter more playful way.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:34 AM   #956
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I'm thinking of trading my KLX250S for a Ninja 250. Its a 2004 I'm looking at. I'm not in love with the looks,(I think the 08+ looks fantastic) but I might be able to overlook the looks if the bike is as fun as it looks.

I have a Ninja 650 and think that bike is about as fun as the TL1000R I had(though I miss that bike too) I'm thinking the Ninja 250 willl be as fun as the Ninja 650 but in a lighter more playful way.

Also consider the Wr250x. Same amount of fun, a little more power, but less heavy.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:02 AM   #957
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Also consider the Wr250x. Same amount of fun, a little more power, but less heavy.
Cost about 3x more than a used Ninja 250, will you be having 3x more fun?
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:52 AM   #958
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Cost about 3x more than a used Ninja 250, will you be having 3x more fun?
So the ninjette is the only bike anyone should ever buy because it's some fun and very cheap?

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Old 03-03-2012, 12:18 PM   #959
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So the ninjette is the only bike anyone should ever buy because it's some fun and very cheap?
If you think that's the case, sure...

Would you spend 3x the money just to have the same amount of fun?
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:01 PM   #960
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If you think that's the case, sure...

Would you spend 3x the money just to have the same amount of fun?
I wouldn't have much fun on the ninjette...at least not after 20 minutes. I used to own the ex500 and even at 5'11" found the bike to be too small and uncomfortable.
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