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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-18-2012, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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New kawasaki ninja 250 rider, with no prior ridding...

Hello all. I bought a 2012 Kawasaki ninja 250 r past week or so. Havent had alot of time on the bike yet, as I am learning on my street for now, but am very excited about getting out on the real road. I still have a great deal to get better at, such as taking off...

A couple questions if anybody can answer, I would greatly appreciate.

1: At this stage, I have a fair amount of stalls on my belt so far on taking off. Some cause the bike to jolt as it stalls out. Being a new bike and I want to take very good care of it, am I harming the bike by going through these growing pains?

2: This just happened this evening. I ran the bike up and down my 2 mile street a few times, focusing on stoping and starting particularly. I think its getting easier, but I had a stall that was followed with an obvious fan noise. I turned off the bike, and the fan continued for about 20 to 30 seconds. Is this normal? Or is it a sign that I am being a bit rough with it?

Any help, or advice would be wonderful. Hopefully I will be out on the real roads soon.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-18-2012, 06:17 PM
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Welcome! Congrats on the purchase! Stalling out wont really be a problem. The 250r is damn near bullet proof! They are built to be beaten on. You'll get better with the time. The fan noise is most likely the fan running from being too hot. At least thats how it is for my r6. Not 100% sure but I'm willing to bet the 250's have them too. I'll have to check my girls bike. Just get out there and keep practicing! Oh and pics!

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Just remember.."respect for the bike" is not what keeps you from crashing. You can have all the respect in the world for the bike, but when you do something accidentally and the bike reacts in a way that your skillset doesn't know how to respond to.......that's what ends you up on your head.
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For every person that came in "too hot" and ran off the track, there is somebody else who comes into that same turn, even hotter, on purpose.
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sometimes that fan noise can happen when you're running on fumes or you flood the bike. Stalling may have flooded something and that caused the fan to run high like that.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-19-2012, 04:16 AM
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Dont worry about the fan kicking on that's what its there for. Keep practicing meshing the throttle and clutch and you'll be going in no time.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-19-2012, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to everyone for the info. I took it out today and concentrated on the take off. Its getting much easier. Just a little tricky still. Just need practice. Loving the bike. Especially the handling. I will put up some pics shortly. Its black with yellow spark. 2012 special edition.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2012, 10:58 PM
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Congrats on the new bike. I bought a new 2012 250R Special Edition red/black last week. Fantastic quarter-liter bike!

I'm 47 and I have been riding since I got my motorcycle license when I was 14 years-old. Mt advice to you is to practice, practice, practice. Shifting, braking, and everything else gets so much easier with practice. Just make sure that you are comfortable in traffic before you venture out too far. By "comfortable" I mean shifting and braking without having to think about how and when to do it. Time spent practicing those two things in a parking lot or a very quite street with little traffic will pay off in the end because you will be so much more confidant riding your Motorcycle. Also, always be on the lookout for oil and antifreeze on the road. The only time I have ever laid a bike down on the street, off-road is another matter...I've done that hundreds of times, I was not paying attention to the surface of the road and I rolled to a stop at a red light, hit some oil that a car had spilled and BAM...I'm on my side. No damage to me but I did put a few scratches on my bike and dented the gas tank. That could have been avoided if I had only been paying attention. Learn form my mistake: Never have to look back and say to yourself, "if I had only been paying attention, my awesome bike would not have these X!X$%& scratches and dents on it". A great video series "Rider Risk" that you should watch. They drive on the left side of the road in their country, but other than that, everything else is the same. A motorcycle is a motorcycle and physics is physics.

Motorcycling is a great hobby and I wish you a lifetime of pleasure on two wheels!

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