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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-09-2014, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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2005Ninja-What to look for when buying

I shall be going with my son to look at a 2005 Ninja 250 with about 5500 miles on it. It looks OK in pictures and has a clean title.

So what can you guys tell me to look for on these bikes. I have had motorcycles over the years so have a reasonable common sense with them. From that I have learnt that each model has it issues to look for or just deal with.
On a side note I was able to visit the Kawasaki factory in 2008 and see these and the other bikes assembled. In the museum I saw my favorite Kawasaki the 1973 Z1.

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The bike is a fairly tried and true formula, with no changes made from 1988 to 2007. It an inexpensive and easy to work on bike, and don't let the lack of CCs foul you it's a very versatile and performance wise bike.

As I own both the 250 & 500 ninjas I'm very pleased with both and have no regrets with either one.

This is the link to my build,
https://www.250r.net/forum/showthread.php?p=50473

Here is a link that you can take a look at and see all that can be done with the bike.

http://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/Main_Page

Good luck on your purchase, and here's some advice for your son

1.Get trained and licensed http://online2.msf-usa.org/msf/Default.aspx ,

2.Wear protective gear -- ATGATT All The Gear, All The Time -- including a helmet manufactured to the standards set by the DOT

3.Ride unimpaired by alcohol or other drugs

4.ALWAYS Ride within your own skill limits

5.Be a lifelong learner by taking refresher rider courses



A.T.G.A.T.T. so I may ride another day. www.rockthegear.org

A.T.G.A.T.T so I may ride another day. www.rockthegear.org

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I'm not your mom and I'm not paying for your parts, so do whatever you want with your own bike.

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A condition or purchase (even though over 18) was to complete a riders instruction course and have the required and recommended safety gear.

Thanks for the links they have been useful. I like you build series of photos.
I think he will need new tires so my criteria is good wet grip then handling and whatever price that is you pay. What do you recommend based on your experience?
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My 2 on tires is Bridgestone BT-45, excellent dry dual compound grip, and excellent wet weather performance, excellent wear, and about $200.00 for the pair.
Another good value tire is Kendall K671s excellent wet, and wear tire, very good dry weather too.

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Just remember getting gear should be everything, helmet, jacket,pants, boots, & gloves
A.T.G.A.T.T. = all the gear all the time, I'm a strong advocate of this, and a friend of the founder of www.rockthegear.org

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