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Old November 20th, 2017, 04:19 PM   #41
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Old November 20th, 2017, 08:19 PM   #42
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This also works in daily life. The best move is to STFU, twist the throttle, make yourself scarce and just leave them be. Have a good laugh later.
Yep. Pretty much.
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Old November 22nd, 2017, 07:19 AM   #43
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Since you are in Canada and riding season is over, spend some money on books. First recommendation is Total Control.
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Old November 24th, 2017, 08:51 AM   #44
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JacRyann and ninjabraap have by far the most valuable input here.

From my experience, the bike in stock form was able to outperform both my physical and mental capabilities for over a year. This means the bike was able to maneuver faster than my body was capable of steering, with my arms, and mind.

It wasn't until I intentionally sought out the limits of the bike (by the laws of physics) knowingly and willfully crashing it in a closed course, that I realized what the 250R can do. Most specifically, u-turns >30mph, and almost nose bleed handling on extremely tight mountain roads. At the end of the day, the only question to answer is "Am I willing to risk death attempting to find the limit of this machine?"

Do note this is while in "stock form". The pics are in my photo albums and can be viewed by all ninjette.org members.

I hope to save your life OP with this sentence : Take the "journey" slowly and savor every day of it.

Finally, to exemplifly the mentality of upgrades, I will tell you the first upgrade I purchased was a 150 width rear tire. The concept was to eliminate the fear of rolling off the edge of the tire, as the 250R cannot mechanically/physically ride on the absolute edge of a 150 tire (youre on the fairings by then). Then it was rearsets to teach myself to lean that bike no matter what (to steer out of danger). You upgrade to teach yourself. Up to 90mph the bike WILL do more than you can tell it to. And at that speed, mistakes are...unforgiving

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Old November 25th, 2017, 01:57 PM   #45
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Yep. Pretty much.
If i mess up on the road and get honked at, it helps me to be more aware for the rest of the drive/ride. I do the same so they'll pay more attention. Generally cursing is done within my car or helmet and rarely does the window need to be rolled down or helmet shield raised while I slowly roll up on the side of them for more personal advices on what they should do with themsevles..

After dealing with terrible customer services at cell phone providers here for years, I've discovered therapeutic use of yelling and cursing..

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Old November 25th, 2017, 01:58 PM   #46
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Since you are in Canada and riding season is over, spend some money on books. First recommendation is Total Control.
will look into that! thanks!
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Old November 25th, 2017, 04:33 PM   #47
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The best upgrade I did to my Ninja 250R was putting a set of Diablo Rosso II tyres on it. The bike felt stuck to the road after doing that. Those particular tyres don't seem to last too long though.

I'm actually using Michelin Pilot Street Radial tyres now. These last much longer than the Diablo's, but they don't feel as sticky/grippy. They're definitely more confidence inspiring than the stock tyres though.

Oh! Another thing I did which made a noticeable difference was upgrading to All Balls tapered roller steering bearings for the headset. Someone on this forum is in love with them and when I eventually needed my bearings replaced I could hear this guy in my head. I caved in and gave them a try. The steering did feel much better after doing so.

If I had to choose between fancy tyres and the bearings I'd definitely choose the fancy tyres.


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Old November 26th, 2017, 03:46 AM   #48
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if ya wanna get froggy with exhaust and save some cash. check out the el cheapo exhaust threads.
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Old December 1st, 2017, 05:37 PM   #49
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The best upgrade I did to my Ninja 250R was putting a set of Diablo Rosso II tyres on it. The bike felt stuck to the road after doing that. Those particular tyres don't seem to last too long though.

I'm actually using Michelin Pilot Street Radial tyres now. These last much longer than the Diablo's, but they don't feel as sticky/grippy. They're definitely more confidence inspiring than the stock tyres though.

Oh! Another thing I did which made a noticeable difference was upgrading to All Balls tapered roller steering bearings for the headset. Someone on this forum is in love with them and when I eventually needed my bearings replaced I could hear this guy in my head. I caved in and gave them a try. The steering did feel much better after doing so.

If I had to choose between fancy tyres and the bearings I'd definitely choose the fancy tyres.


If you're new to riding, make sure you get full protective gear before improving your bike. ATGATT and all that.
Planning on getting Power RS next season. Currently have stock shinko on front and pilot street radial on the rear (changed by the previous owner). Local shop recommended Power RS and I think it's cheaper than the Pirelli.
Will keep the bearings in mind. I checked the website and cost isn't too much.. might as well get em changed I guess.

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Old December 1st, 2017, 05:38 PM   #50
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if ya wanna get froggy with exhaust and save some cash. check out the el cheapo exhaust threads.
they are tempting but don't want to bother with rejetting right now.. also stock isn't so loud.. which I like. Less police trouble.. ha
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Old December 1st, 2017, 07:11 PM   #51
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Planning on getting Power RS next season. Currently have stock shinko on front and pilot street radial on the rear (changed by the previous owner). Local shop recommended Power RS and I think it's cheaper than the Pirelli.
Will keep the bearings in mind. I checked the website and cost isn't too much.. might as well get em changed I guess.

THanks!
stock IRC i think.. haven't checked in awhile. Under the bike cover for the winter.
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Old December 1st, 2017, 09:28 PM   #52
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I just bought my first bike this year (2010 Ninja 250) and new to riding as well.. Rode almost everyday until I had to put it away for the winter.

As a noob who is probably too excited about motorcycle in general (small dream of mine for long time so happy to see it materialize finally)
I been reading alot in different forums and watching too much youtube.. I don't want all that infos to fill my head with too much ideas. (Ex. being able to pass bigger bikes in corners one day.. haha)

I'm planning on doing small upgrades but wanted some opinions/suggestions from you guys.

Upgrade I will be installing: steel-braided front brake line (Galfer), R6 throttle tube mod

Already installed: EBC HH Sintered brakes, K&N Air Filter

Thinking about installing: Racetech front suspension springs and oil upgrade, tires (Michellin RS or something.. currently running on stock front and hockey puck for the rear), some sprocket tooth number changes in the future

I would like to make the bike to be more responsive and stable/fast around the corner. No tracking with this bike but mainly used as a fun toy / commuter. Not interested in exhaust or jetting.. unless adjusting current setting.. Hoping to turn it into a fun cornering machine that can double up as fun grocery run machine.

I'd appreciate any advice on the set up from you guys who have done it or have knowledge on the matter.. especially concerning the suspension set up. If changing out the springs and oil is good enough or should I be looking into GSX swap... if there's merit in going one route over another.. etc..
Get on this website's mailing list "motosport.com". Last spring they had a sale I took advantage of. Bought one Galfer braided steel line and got the second for free. It's basically a 1/2 half off sale. They may be doing it again. Moto Sport is basically a dirt bike retailer but I have purchased a few thing from them I couldn't get elsewhere.

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Old December 6th, 2017, 12:48 AM   #53
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Get on this website's mailing list "motosport.com". Last spring they had a sale I took advantage of. Bought one Galfer braided steel line and got the second for free. It's basically a 1/2 half off sale. They may be doing it again. Moto Sport is basically a dirt bike retailer but I have purchased a few thing from them I couldn't get elsewhere.

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y'all need to stop telling me stuffs to buy.. I'm not made of money man.. haha ugh.. bookmarked.
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Old December 6th, 2017, 01:27 AM   #54
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y'all need to stop telling me stuffs to buy.. I'm not made of money man.. haha ugh.. bookmarked.
Come on. You can afford a bottle of PJ1 15wt fork oil.

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This is when I'm glad I'm old and more or less past that. Now the worst I do to the stupid people on the road is curse at them. I may wish some gridlock to head their way.... but I have learned how to let the stupid roll off my back. It's not worth raising my blood pressure.

Even in moderate traffic, I can still give myself some driving room (most of the time) and I work to stay out of the way of the stoopid on the roads. They're still idiots, don't get me wrong, but they won't be allowed to hurt me.
Restrain the middle finger in the L.A. area. They just shoot you in response.

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Restrain the middle finger in the L.A. area. They just shoot you in response.

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