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2005 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
I've been yearning for something that is a little more economic than driving my huge trucks around town. So since I've got a friend that has a motorcycle, I decided to get rolex replica sale a cheap, but well maintained motorcycle. Believe it or not, I didn't quite expect to pick one up so soon. In fact, it kind of shocked me as to how cheap it was as well. The rolex replica sale part about it is, the fact that it is cheaper than my laptop computer, does a whopping 4x faster 0-60 mph acceleration than any of my trucks, and it is extremely fuel efficient. Not to mention it is fun to ride and it is a great first timer's bike.
Why did I want a Ninja? Well, it wasn't because my friend had a 250R already, but it was more of the rolex replica sale that I landed a good deal on it. As a bonus, I've heard and read that the EX250 engine is a winner at lasting a long time through a lot of rigorous abuse. Plus it is a fairly easy bike to work on. Now some might ask, why a crotch-rocket -- I thought you liked Vulcans and Harleys, or REAL man's bikes? Well, I plan on getting a Harley sometime in the future, but I just wanted something to use to go around town with my friends and to work to save on fuel and rolex replica uk and tear on the trucks. Would I take it on a road trip? Maybe, but probably not. Like I said, it's a around town bike, which makes it great because I live out in the rural area and my friends and work are in the city. Driving a big truck is fun, but watching my wallet empty each week or so just to go to work is not fun.
So how is the fuel mileage? Well, according to Kawasaki it is supposed to be 65 mpg city and 75 mpg highway. Which is a lot better than any of my trucks.
Some of the features I like about the motorcycle is the fact that it is extremely light at 304 pounds, the styling is much more of a regular bike compared to the newer Ninja 250R motorcycles. Not to mention the 2008 and newer Ninja 250Rs they are 374 pounds, meaning that the newer motorcycles are around 70 pound heavier than the previous models. Kind of going backwards, eh? Not to mention they are priced a lot more. My friend said that Kawasaki spent more time on the body, than on the bike itself. Which I have to agree with. I just don't like the newer model, and I couldn't get used to the styling of it. But that is just me.
The motorcycle rides very well. It handles bumps and turns extremely well. The clutch and gears are adequate for regular around-town cruising and leaves some room for decent acceleration in the process. Mind you, this rolex replica isn't going to win much in terms of races, but it will beat most any car out on the road while achieving excellent fuel mileage. Take that Prius owners and tree-huggers.
Am I a tree-hugger? No. Try using plastic toilet paper and see how you like it! But I just can't stand driving my truck to my friend's house without using it for the intended purpose. There is no purpose to driving a huge truck on a sunny day wasting tons of fuel which costs me boatloads of money. Do my friends pay for me to go to their house? Plain and simple -- no!
So... How much did I pay used? Great question! Like I said above it is cheaper than my laptop computer... I only paid $1,795 for it! It's like brand new and it was very well maintained. Can't beat that! Just as a side note, the newer Ninja 250R's cost over $1,000 more than the original ones MSRP wise. Why?! I have no idea... I suppose it is a luxury to own a little bike now. Bah!
So what is my take? I highly recommend the older Ninja bikes, not only because they look good, but since they weigh less, it makes them go a little faster. Power to weight ratio. Even though the new ones look *ok*, I still prefer the look of the older generation Ninja 250R. So do a lot of other enthusiasts around. I am keeping the bike until it needs major repair work then it makes it's way into my local scrap yard to get some of my money back. However that depends on the condition of the bike. If it's still in the condition it is in now, then I might chuck a new engine or rebuild the old one... but it depends on how much I love the bike when that happens. If I love it as much as I do now, then I would for sure. If not, I'd just go out and buy a new one or something else for all intensive purposes.
I give this motorcycle a rating of 4.2 out of 5. Why? It should've had electronic fuel injection, single barrel carb, and possibly hydraulic OHV instead of timing chained DOHC. But for the price why am I complaining? Bah!
BASE MSRP: (US) $2,999.00
Engine Type: Parallel Twin
Engine Stroke: 4-Stroke
Valves Per Cylinder: 4
Valve Configuration: DOHC
Compression Ratio: 12.4:1
Fuel Requirements: Regular
Fuel Type: Gas
Transmission Type: Manual
Number Of Speeds: 6
Primary Drive: (Rear Wheel) Chain
Wheels & Tires:
Front Tire (Full Spec): 100/80 SR16
Rear Tire (Full Spec): 130/80 SR16
Front Brake Type: Hydraulic Disc
Rear Brake Type: Hydraulic Disc
Wheelbase (in/mm): 55.1 / 1399.5
Fuel Capacity (gal/l): 4.8 / 18.2
(When I picked it up, it only had 2074 on it!)
I do highly recommend any new motorcyclist to take a MSF course. They offer a Basic Rider Course and an Enhanced Rider Course. The Basic Rider Course eliminates the need to go to the DMV and schedule a road test. Plus you get additional pointers, and take a written test to sharpen your skills. The best part about the BRC, is the fact that you don't have to use your bike. They have their own training bikes that you can use, so if you want to practice well and are afraid of damaging your bike, this is the best thing, because it eliminates the stress of, "Am I going to drop my bike?". Other than getting scratched up and possibly yelled at, you can still come home to your perfect unharmed bike. But if you can ride a bicycle well, then there shouldn't be a problem. I practically hopped on my 250R and rode around the house a couple times to get the feel of the bike, and then my friend and I went out on the road. Just use common sense, and you'll be fine. I do encourage that you read what is on the NYSDMV website, as they have the MSF riding recommendations on there as to how to basically ride a motorcycle. The only problem I had was finding which gear I was in, but after riding it around for a couple times, it becomes second nature -- seriously. What really helped me out was the fact that I know how to drive standard so well as all my vehicles are standard. That's all I ever drive IS standard. But if you reject to take a MSF course, just take it easy out there and most of the learning that a BRC course can offer can be done in a large parking lot with a friend. Just print out the BRC manual, and take it with you along with your bike, a couple cones, and a friend and save yourself some money if you so choose. But taking the BRC is fun, plus you'll get the laugh out of watching people worse than you. Let's face it, we all don't know everything, but learning it in a parking lot is much better than learning it while being sent to the emergency room, not to mention you'd have a wrecked motorcycle.
An Enhanced Rider Course is one in which they take you out on your own motorcycle and they teach you different scenarios and such for different road conditions, accident avoidance, and other useful tips.
Here's a couple good links (I take no responsibility on the content of these websites!):
NYSDMV Motorcycle Manual
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