greasespot
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I Bought A Motorcycle

Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:26 pm

Well I bought a motorcycle yesterday. Two nights ago I thought i want a motorcycle so started to look online to see what I wanted...I decided on Kawasaki as they have smaller sport bikes for absolute beginners....So when I was driving yesterday I passed a dealer and thought "hmmm I want a motorcycle" 2 hours later I walked out with the Bill of sale for it....I Bought a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250 in red. I know I know it is small but I figured this...I have only driven dirt bikes on the farm years ago.....never anything on the street. So I buy this to learn on and commute to work with....Besides the price was right at 4k with all the accessories i need.


Now I just need to hurry and get my motorcycle licence course done....well no hurry judging on the size of the snow piles here.

Odd how after the worst snow storm of the yeat I do this....Now I want the snow to go right now...


And it is kind of a cute bike for a chick to drive.

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RE: I Bought A Motorcycle

Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:28 pm

We need pics Greasespot. So what if it is a small bike. We have to start out from the bottom and work our way up.

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RE: I Bought A Motorcycle

Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:38 pm



Quoting Greasespot (Thread starter):
Now I just need to hurry and get my motorcycle licence course done....

Why, you won't be able to ride for another two months  rotfl 

Quoting Greasespot (Thread starter):
well no hurry judging on the size of the snow piles here.

Oh, never mind . . .  wink 

Quoting Greasespot (Thread starter):
Kawasaki Ninja

We call those crotch rockets . . .

I can't imagine they'd be comfortable to operate for any length of time . . . being hunched over seems quite a pain in my back . . . literally. Course, I'm (like Skidmarks) so that may explain it.

Bikes area a blast, I've owned two. I'll own a third . . .

I want an old geezer touring bike . . . and occasionally shop for one . . . Honda Gold Wing thanks.
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RE: I Bought A Motorcycle

Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:40 pm

Wise decision, Greasespot!
In many European countries, the motorcycle license goes by steps anyway, e.g. when I got my licence, I was restricted to 27 hp with a minium weight per hp (to prevent crotch rockets, like some light two stroke racing bikes) for the first two years. They had too many youngsters learning on a 250cc bike at driving school, who, the moment they passed the test, got themselves a heavy, powerful bike they were not experienced enough to handle, and wrapped themselves around a tree.

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RE: I Bought A Motorcycle

Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:48 pm

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 1):
We need pics

courtesy of Kawasaki Austria

http://www.kawasaki.at/250r/Objects/w681h511_0000034044664AA5.jpg

http://www.kawasaki.at/250r/Objects/w681h511_0000034044668008.jpg

Quoting Greasespot (Thread starter):
Besides the price was right at 4k with all the accessories i need.

Here the price starts at EUR 4.399

Quoting Greasespot (Thread starter):
I Bought a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250 in red.

Over here only available in Green and Black.

[Edited 2008-03-13 07:54:28]
 
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RE: I Bought A Motorcycle

Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:05 pm



Quoting Greasespot (Thread starter):

Make sure you won't end up in this thread: You Don't Want This To Happen To Your New Bike (by Umfolozi Mar 10 2008 in Non Aviation)
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RE: I Bought A Motorcycle

Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:32 pm

Don't forget a helmet.
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RE: I Bought A Motorcycle

Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:05 pm



Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 3):
In many European countries, the motorcycle license goes by steps anyway, e.g. when I got my licence, I was restricted to 27 hp with a minium weight per hp (to prevent crotch rockets, like some light two stroke racing bikes) for the first two years. They had too many youngsters learning on a 250cc bike at driving school, who, the moment they passed the test, got themselves a heavy, powerful bike they were not experienced enough to handle, and wrapped themselves around a tree.

Here you can drive anything....except insurance will not insure you if your new and get a monstor bike....Plus they charge based on the engine displacment....Plus i do not need to get scared off by bying a bike that goes 180mph....becasue I know that I would take it there(I have issues with speed....does not scare me even a little bit)

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):
Why, you won't be able to ride for another two months

I know....but courses fill fast and I do not want to have to wait until august to try riding it....Plus I bought it now as there was a huge price drop on them and they are looking at being sold out before the end of spring....The dealer I got mine from has a black and a green one avaliable and then that is it....It is one of the largest in Eastern Ontario...

I went with red becasue the green is ugly...and black only loogs good twice in it life...The day you pick it up from the dealer and the day after you trade it in
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RE: I Bought A Motorcycle

Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:23 pm



Quoting Greasespot (Thread starter):
I Bought a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250 in red.

Congrats!
Bikes are a lot of fun. I have a 2006 GSXR 600 and i'm planning on upgrading to an R1.

I gotta tell you though, the 08 Ninja 250 looks A LOT nicer than the older ones like this one:


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RE: I Bought A Motorcycle

Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:34 pm

Nice choice. Small, light bikes can be a lot more fun than some people think. I will add to the "buy a good helmet" chorus. I prefer the Snell rated ones. The only way to find a good one is to try on lots of them. Get gloves as well. I high speed piece of gravel between the knuckles will not enhance your control. It does leave in interesting scar though. Most importantly, enjoy it.
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RE: I Bought A Motorcycle

Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:58 pm



Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 8):
I gotta tell you though, the 08 Ninja 250 looks A LOT nicer than the older ones like this one:

Yes they are big time.....08 was the first real re-design in 20 years........In fact the 2007 model was only 100bucks less......They were not willing to move as they are almost out of the 2008 and then they know that the 07's will then sell...


Helmet is built into the price...Just a matter of getting the right fit....plus a spring and summer jacket....

GS
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RE: I Bought A Motorcycle

Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:05 am

Congratulations on getting very nice bike. Enjoy it as much, but be safe! Wear helmet and all the protective gear.....as in EMS we call bikers - living organ donors.  Smile

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 6):
Don't forget a helmet.

That's for pu$$ies!  duck 

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RE: I Bought A Motorcycle

Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:20 am

Well, ride like the wind, Greasy. Maybe I'll hang plates on the Kawie this year and meet you on the road somewhere.

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RE: I Bought A Motorcycle

Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:20 am



Quoting Lowrider (Reply 9):
Nice choice. Small, light bikes can be a lot more fun than some people think.

Indeed. As the saying goes, it's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow.

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RE: I Bought A Motorcycle

Fri Mar 14, 2008 8:30 am



Quoting Greasespot (Reply 10):
Helmet is built into the price...Just a matter of getting the right fit....plus a spring and summer jacket....

GS

Get yourself a kidney protector belt and a pair of leather gloves as well, plus a pair of boots. I once got shot off my old bike by a careless car driver (I had right of way, but he cut me) and was lucky that I was wearing them, slithering over the tarmac. Also, wear at least blue jeans for riding, if not leather trousers, don't use your uniform (polyester?) trousers.

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RE: I Bought A Motorcycle

Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:40 am

I purchased one in August last year, and I love it, especially with the advantages with traffic jams and its cheaper operating costs
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RE: I Bought A Motorcycle

Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:14 am



Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):
I can't imagine they'd be comfortable to operate for any length of time . . . being hunched over seems quite a pain in my back . . . literally.

Pfff... when you have a hot chick sitting behind you, with her squeezing tightly on you... any discomfort is quickly forgotten!  Wink

Quoting Greasespot (Thread starter):
Well I bought a motorcycle yesterday.

Congrats Greasepot!!!! I am so jealous! I had to sell my bike not to long ago... and the other day the weather was nice and I thought to myself, "This means spring is almost here and I can start riding again!" And it hit me that no I can't! lol!

You're gonna love it.

Quoting Greasespot (Thread starter):
I Bought a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250 in red. I know I know it is small but I figured this...I have only driven dirt bikes on the farm years ago.....never anything on the street.

Perfect choice. The problem is that novice riders tend to see the big flashy bikes - the ones that give crotch rockets their sexy image - and think they can handle them with ease.... and that's just not the case. I had the Yamaha YZF-R1, which was a beast of a motorcycle when it came to pure power and torque.

Your ride is considerably smaller, but it still has some decent power! What I like about the 250r is how smooth the throttle is. You don't want to ever be "surprised" when you twist that throttle, and you want to know exactly how much power you're demanding.... and the 250 does that for the rider. Not to mention the low end torque isn't too much, you'll be able to manage it as a beginner. I also think you made a good choice on size, the 250r, with it's smaller and compact frame, makes it easier to handle and maneuver.

But be forewarned! Riding a sports bike is addicting! Pretty soon you might find yourself craving more speed and power. And whether it's Yamaha, Honda or Kawasaki... there are great bikes for intermediate riders.


Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 8):
I gotta tell you though, the 08 Ninja 250 looks A LOT nicer than the older ones like this one:

Indeed the 250r has evolved into a very good looking bike... taking visual cues from the ZX-6R. There also seems to be some visual similarities to the older Honda CBR600F4s (which I owned when I was a teenager).

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RE: I Bought A Motorcycle

Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:45 am

Funny thing about different markets... here, the official importers will bring in 125s (for the schoolboy market) then nothing from those to 600s and up. If you want a 400 for example you have to buy a grey import with dodgy support and parts availability. Despite this, there are lots of them on the road.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):
I can't imagine they'd be comfortable to operate for any length of time . . . being hunched over seems quite a pain in my back . . .

I agree, I have a Yamaha Fazer 600 which has a nice almost upright sitting position while still being a sports bike. Some of the superbikes, particularly the Yamaha R1, have very low bars, and this combined with the stepped seat must make for an uncomfortable ride for both rider and pillion. I rode a Honda CBR600R a few weeks ago and my wife complained about being stuck up in the airstream, when we are on my bike she is protected.
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RE: I Bought A Motorcycle

Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:48 am



Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 16):
Riding a sports bike is addicting!

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I agree 100%

When I was in college, pulling wheelies and acting crazy was part of my daily routine. Now however, i refrain from pulling any kind of stunt. I simply enjoy my bike with 2 wheels on the asphalt. Besides, I don't really want to put myself in a position where i might get pulled over by a fellow officer for reckless ops.

Ride safely

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