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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-20-2011, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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In case you thought the Ninja 250 is too slow

Check out this clip of a french guy doing some 0-100km (0-62mph) runs on his Ninja 250. No idea what he's saying, but apparently he's mocking the roads in the US i guess. Anyway, I thought it was entertaining.

http://motospot-yves.blogspot.com/20...-too-slow.html
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-21-2011, 01:45 PM
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I don't think any of us were underestimating what the ninja 250 could do in traffic. It may not be very fast on the motorcycle totem pole, but it still has better performance than most cars out there.
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That was a weird video. He could have gone even quicker if he didn't use the clutch for his upshifts, so he lost some time there. His launches weren't great either, so he also lost some time there, too.
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-14-2011, 01:09 PM
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That was a weird video. He could have gone even quicker if he didn't use the clutch for his upshifts, so he lost some time there. His launches weren't great either, so he also lost some time there, too.
You're not supposed to pull the clutch lever in when switching gears up?
And what are launches? Sorry I'm just a beginner
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-14-2011, 02:42 PM
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thats a good question id like to know too....i heard I dont have to use my clutch lever to upshift...will this mess up the clutch or do any damage??
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thats a good question id like to know too....i heard I dont have to use my clutch lever to upshift...will this mess up the clutch or do any damage??
Yeah I thought you stopped accelerating(ease off throttle) then pull clutch lever in and shift gears. I thought it was that way for both up and down
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yeppp thats the way they teach in the MSF course, but i guess the "seasoned" riders know tricks of the trade. i just dont wanna screw my clutch up...
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-14-2011, 06:04 PM
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You can shift a bike without using the clutch the same way you can shift a car without using the clutch. For now you should use the clutch

launching is accelerating from a stop

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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-14-2011, 09:12 PM
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Speed shifting is something they teach at the higher level courses... it's safe for the bike to do, but as mentioned until you are a little more comfortable with your bike sticking to using the clutch is a good idea.

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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-15-2011, 07:26 AM
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How do you do it exactly? So I can try it out and see if I'm comfortable doing it. Ease off the throttle and shift up? And what's the advantage of not using the clutch?
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