I read a story about a young man and his girl friend that rode from Texas through South America on his 2003 (?) Ninja 250, bike was over loaded, on good roads he rode 80 MPH all day, trip lasted 6 months and they went 15,000 miles, not one problem with the Ninja 250. Sorry, I can't find the story now, but it was a very good read. Took me two days to read it. After reading this story I decided to buy a Ninja 250, 2004 to 2006 when I find one for sale. I've got the cash. You can find the story at the Ninja 250 riders club. Ride safe my friend.