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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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GF Looking at a ninja 250 any advice?

I ride a vulcan 900, but my girlfriend is looking at getting her first bike this spring. She is looking at a looking at a ninja 250 because of her height. My only concern is if the 250 will be able to hold 80 for interstate rides up to 4 hours. I was thinking a ninja 500 might be more fitting. Does anyone have any advice or experience regarding the 250 or 500. Also she wants the sportbike style so a cruiser is out of the question.

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Are you sure that she will be comfortable on a sport bike for extended (4 hour) rides? Typically that riding position isn't conducive to longer touring type rides...



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Does she have any riding experience? Has she taken the MSF course? If not I would have her take the course and check out their bikes and go from there.

Like Bear says, several hours cruising on a small sport bike could be a lille rough on the body.

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GF Looking at a ninja 250 any advice?

My wife had a ninja 250. It will do fine at 80 for extended periods. It's not really a sport bike either. Low seat and risers on the bars. I'm 220lbs and I rode the shit out of it. It's a perfect beginner bike!


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I understand the 2013 models are now 300 instead of 250. Boosted the low end a little. Supposed to be easier to ride at slower speeds and dont have to shift as much. I she is comfortable with the riding position, should be just fine.
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My wife had a ninja 250. It will do fine at 80 for extended periods. It's not really a sport bike either. Low seat and risers on the bars. I'm 220lbs and I rode the shit out of it. It's a perfect beginner bike!


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Have your gal sit on one and try it out if at all possible. What fits 220 lb. guy may still not be ideal for every gal. Taking the MSF is always a great idea.



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Have you looked into the Vulcan 500? It was my son's first bike. We still have it and I enjoy throwing a leg over it every once in a while. It's light and well balanced.

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My first bike was ninja 250 10 years ago, I never knew how to ride before and never rode anything before that. i went to dealer and bought the bike without knowing i need to shift and all that.....so the dealer teach me how to ride about two hours and i rode home after.

it only took me about 4 month to get sick of it and way under power.
ninja 250 is not for highway speed at 80 and its pretty much the max speed you can go, and depends how heavy your gf is, i was 130lbs and ninja 250 go up about 75 almost 80mph. I say get ninja 600 at least, it will last a lot longer and will keep up on highway speed. and !!!! ninja 250 is way over price.....or ninja 300 too....
get a used ninja 600 you will be very pleased and a lot happier !!! Trust me....its my personal experience from ninja 250. Its a big bike wanna be but way under power.
at the end...its your call. happy hunting......one note, get a used one for her first bike.
she is going to drop it here and there when she first started.

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i started on a ninja 250. and dont believe what people say about it being crap. i used to ride to the mountains around 2 hours and keep up with other riders. i used to get it up to 80 on a stock bike! im around 200lbs too. trust me, she will enjoy it. its better to have a bike where you can twist the throttle all the way, then a bike where you have to be very careful when turning the throttle


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i started on a ninja 250. and dont believe what people say about it being crap. i used to ride to the mountains around 2 hours and keep up with other riders. i used to get it up to 80 on a stock bike! im around 200lbs too. trust me, she will enjoy it. its better to have a bike where you can twist the throttle all the way, then a bike where you have to be very careful when turning the throttle
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a 250 Ninja will be fine in general, however ... while capable of holding it's own. It was never intended to be a highway super star. Good luck with semi's going by and God forbid wind.... I am guessing you only want to know IT CAN DO IT not that you normally ride like that because if you normally do and expect your girl to do that... no way my friend.... it will be a suck fest of "I don't like this"/// rightfully so... that bike was not a I- insert number bike...
as a great bike for a women... oh yea. I love my time on a borrowed one.. light, easy to handle, forgiving.... great for the test she will or did pass too!!
Good luck brother... My wife got her license, did the course of course but never did dig it... Sold her, 600 ninja and she gets on the back of my, well now Vulcan
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