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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-12-2013, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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I have about 6 years or motocross racing so im familier with blancing on a 2 wheeled bike just not as heavy. I was thinking about buying a 2010 ninja 250 but i would be doing alot of highway riding. Work and school and back. Im tall and skinny, 5'11" and 137 pounds. I have sat on the bike before and its not too small but because of my size and how light the 250 is, would i be facing horrible wind gust from a semi passed me oncoming traffit or if im sitting in a turn lane. I also would turn around and sell the 250 next year cause i know i will grow out of it. Should i get a little bit bigger cc bike with more weight behind it? And if so what would you suggest, thanks ryan
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If you know your going to sell it in a yr just wait til u get a bigger cc bike otherwise you're just wasting $$$$ what about a 600 or 650 that has more weight behind it.


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I'm 6,4" 185 no semi ever passes me, I commute to work 23 miles each way, I zoom no problems the ninja gets up, make it work the ninjas are awesome


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i love the ninjas too thats why my next 1 is a 650



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I'm 6'1" 140 so I'm tall and scrawny too. I got a 09 ninja 250 and it doesn't feel too small to me. I love the bike and hoping to get a 650 maybe next year but I still wouldn't get rid of the 250. I don't have any issues with semis or anything else besides really windy days with the crosswind.


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I have about 6 years or motocross racing so im familier with blancing on a 2 wheeled bike just not as heavy. I was thinking about buying a 2010 ninja 250 but i would be doing alot of highway riding. Work and school and back. Im tall and skinny, 5'11" and 137 pounds. I have sat on the bike before and its not too small but because of my size and how light the 250 is, would i be facing horrible wind gust from a semi passed me oncoming traffit or if im sitting in a turn lane. I also would turn around and sell the 250 next year cause i know i will grow out of it. Should i get a little bit bigger cc bike with more weight behind it? And if so what would you suggest, thanks ryan
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I'm 6'1" 140 so I'm tall and scrawny too. I got a 09 ninja 250 and it doesn't feel too small to me. I love the bike and hoping to get a 650 maybe next year but I still wouldn't get rid of the 250. I don't have any issues with semis or anything else besides really windy days with the crosswind.


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Doesn't matter what size bike you ride, a crosswind WILL push you around easily.

My 1986 FZ 750 would move around in crosswinds..sometimes a lot. One instance on HWY 14 here in So Cal, I had to lean INTO the wind to keep the bike tracking straight. I was about 10-15 degrees from vertical to keep in my lane. Looked funny as hell but worked.

DO NOT get a 600 or 650 "Just because." Your mx experience is helpful though....but not a true substitute for street experience. make sure you take the MSF Course, will help you a lot and save on insurance regardless of what size bike you have.

There is nothing wrong with the 250 as a great starter bike..it is inexpensive, plenty fast and cheap to insure, operate and maintain. And it is a LOT of fun

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I do a lot of hwy riding on the Ninja 250. With the proper gearing, tires and tuning, it handles itself very well for a lightweight bike. Small wind gust and trucks are not a problem. A few small modifications that don't cost a lot, will have you easily outpacing hwy traffic. Weight is only one factor where stability is concerned. Proper tires and size contribute more to stability to the Ninja 250 than the weight. There's only about a 60-70 lbs (dry weight) difference between the 250 and 650. A lot of people think that they will out grow the 250 in a year usually don't get more than 6-7 months of actual seat (5-6 months of winter for the half year) time and don't mod it it to get the best driveability out of it. Get as much seat time on the Ninja 250 as possible and use it to it's full advantage within a small budget.

See these threads. https://www.250r.net/forum/showpost.p...25&postcount=2
https://www.250r.net/forum/showpost.p...83&postcount=4
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i commute on my 250 1 hr down the inerstate and its hell on the rubber but thats about it, the draft with trucks is actually fun running it wide out. The 250 give a unique look on cornering and draft, good skills to have before getting a 600. usually i can find side roads along the inetrstate where its curvy but thats because i live in WV. it has plenty of power to get up to speed limit and keeps with the flow of traffice fairly well i just tag behind the fastest car and move right along. btw ive had mine since 09, 16,000 mi 230 pds. its a great learner and when it comes to cornering around the backroads its very quick.
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