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Old 11-09-2012, 09:52 AM   #16
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I love the Ninja 250, but compared to even a cross-over, it isn't that light. The big ADV bikes have what the Ninjette doesn't: low end torque, a relaxed steering head angle, and 7-9" of suspension travel. Even geared down, the Ninjette won't do steep hills well, and with the steep steering angle and 17" front wheel, you will get very tired of muscling it everywhere.

On the other hand, Kawasaki made a KLE-250 based on the Ninjette motor in the 1990's - never imported to North America. Do some research to find the differences: frame, suspension, 18"/21" wheels & tires, low front fender, top-half rally fairing, exhaust started low under the frame and finshed high along the seat, small bash plate included. I have a photo, but can't post them here. Good luck!
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:56 AM   #17
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I hate to say it but the new EX300 Ninja engine would be pretty sweet as a DS engine. Wide ratio 6 speed, midrange power is great and smooth as can be at any RPM. I'm not taking mine apart but it wouldn't be a bad KLR replacement engine IMO.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:19 AM   #18
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Do a Google or Bing search for the KLE-250. You can't import the whole motorcycle, but you could by one without an engine as "parts". Then add a 250/300 cc motor here a license it as a one-off (kit) bike.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:01 PM   #19
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Yep.
Should be able to get a poly tank somewhere and fit it up to the bike. The rest is work.

But, you better be up to it. If you think you can't sell it now, once you tear into it and mod it for dirt, you're really going to have negative value.

You might consider bartering instead of selling for cash. There are a lot of people trading nowadays.
Hook me up with a trade?
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:44 PM   #20
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Sheesh! Find suitable tires... Maybe lower the gearing a tad... And enjoy!

Suitable tires, consider these:

Vee Rubber VRM-163 120/90 16

DURO HF904 130/90S16
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:03 PM   #21
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Its been a while since I have been considering this for one of my spare "parts bikes" - hey, use what you have, right?

So I am not certain these are still available but the tires I have seen mentioned repeatedly are a Shinko 244, size 3.00-16 on the front, and a Bridgestone TW40, size 120/90-16 for the rear.

If you follow through, please let us know how it works out.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:24 AM   #22
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I'd say be patient and keep an eye out for a trade. I went through the same dilemma and started emailing every KLR on craigslist within several hundred miles. I found a good trade in less than a month.

The 250 is a great bike, but I doubt you'd be happy with it offroad, the suspension sucks even on-road.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:33 PM   #23
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I totally understand your wanting to modify the Ninja 250, but it is a pretty specialized bike. Knobby tires will interfere with the front fender, and riding it off road you are going to have problems with ground clearance. But DON'T underestimate what a Ninja 250 (especially the '07 and older) can do. Here is a link to a very interesting video. This guy rode an '06 Ninja 250 from CA to FL, then back to CA, then to Prudhoe Bay AK and back to CA. Only problem was a chain that came off, he believes it was not installed properly. Nothing else went wrong. BTW, the Ninja 250 already has a huge stock tank for a 250.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVxoVEMTXp8
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:44 PM   #24
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I enjoyed the read of Jordan's thread about His Ninja 250 2up trip from TX to Argentina.

I think that's about as much off-roading anyone would do with a Ninja 250.

I wouldn't worry about the tires, just ride it.
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:38 PM   #25
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Knobby tires will interfere with the front fender, and riding it off road you are going to have problems with ground clearance.
Tire clearance won't be a problem if you raise the front fender as per the standard mod if a person chooses to use 17" wheels.

The ground clearance issues really depend on the ground you are intending to ride and riding style. True offroad, well it depends. There are hundreds of miles of trails out in the desert I would feel okay riding. But yeah, there are certainly places where a bikes much more capable would have issues, and I would just not go there. Most gravel and even marginally maintained dirt roads will not be an issue. I have taken mine on even a few short trails but they were smooth and I was riding them at a very sedate pace.

Ddennis669 rode across the country and up to Prudhoe Bay then to Key West. But I think the Haul Road in Alaska was the only long stretch not paved.
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