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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-29-2010, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Freeway cracks

I downgraded from a 600 to a 2007 250 not long ago, and one particular thing really really different is how the bike handles cracks/trails/grooves on the freeway. It's almost nerve wrecking dealing with'em with a 250 with them skinny tires. Specially if there's a groove that runs diagonally about 5 to 10 degree along the lane i'm on... my bike would get caught in the groove and it would take a lot of effort to pop my bike out of it.

Do you have such experience? Is it normal?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-29-2010, 05:51 PM
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Doesn't bother me on my 08. I've heard its worse with the pre 08 250s.

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It gets a little funky on a steel grid bridge, but other than that, I have no problems. What kind of tires are you running?
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-03-2010, 11:42 AM
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I haven't experienced any problems with my '09 and I'm riding stock tires.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-20-2010, 05:28 PM
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Tomazws:
The rear tire on my '09 is just a bit smaller than the front tire of my Road Star-I definitely know what your talking about as far as comparing other bikes.
But you gotta think of it like comparing the nerve endings in your fingertips versus those in your elbows...you're just getting more sensitive feedback... However, the hole I saw today has been etched in my mind like a GPS waypoint for the next time I'm out on the ninja!
You should also check out David L Hough's book, STREET STRATEGIES. "Edge traps", the condition you describe, are nasty little buggers that can ruin your day!

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I still have the stock tires on my ninja 250, but i don't notice it that much. Every now and then, sure, but it didn't seem like a big deal to me. Then again, I've never ridden a 600 and don't know what those feel like on the freeway.

BTW, why did you make the switch? I would think most people learn on the ninja 250 then move up to a 600.
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The important thing is to keep a firm, but relaxed grip on the bars. Then when you feel the tires about to track the lines in the road you can put just enough input to keep it going straight. Small ninja 250 tires are prone to that kind of thing, but it's easily correctable.
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The important thing is to keep a firm, but relaxed grip on the bars. Then when you feel the tires about to track the lines in the road you can put just enough input to keep it going straight. Small ninja 250 tires are prone to that kind of thing, but it's easily correctable.
Good advice. Now that I think about it, that's what I do whenever I start to feel the 250r start to follow the freeway cracks.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-14-2011, 10:07 AM
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^Good! You're a natural.
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