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« on: February 25, 2010, 03:23:00 am »
I just made a helluva deal with my neighbor to buy his 2008 ninja 250R.    650 miles on it! $1800.00!!!  Little power but a hoot to ride!    I pile on the throttle and well, nothing in comparrison to my Connie, but await till 8K and the little one kicks in with amazing power for a 1/4 liter machine. Probably be my grandsons machine soon enough but for now its a hoot to ride!  AKA "2linby" That's 2-lin-by folks!  Northwest Area Director  COG #5539  AMA #927779  IBA #15034  TEAM OREGON MC Instructor  133K and counting!    http://community.webshots.com/user/2linby  http://tinyurl.com/njas8 (IBA BunBurner Gold Trip)  http://tinyurl.com/lwelx (Alaska trip)
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2010, 08:50:00 am »
Great starter bike. I had a friend who was retired and rode his like, well, an old man. He shifted faithfully at 4k rpm and lived long enough to avoid getting run over (you have to rev it up to make it go!). However, he was rewarded with 67mpg, which was his goal.     He traded it on a Ninja 500, same frame, just bigger motor. Loves the bike.   David in Jax COG# 7898   NE FL AAD & COG   Vendor www.dreamjobresumes.com preparing resumes for COG members and friends  I ride a KAWASAKI ZZR1200 -   Euro http://www.motorbikestoday.com/reviews/Articles/ZZR1200.htm  US http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/roadtests/2002_kawasaki_zzr1200/index.html
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2010, 09:04:00 am »
Congrats on the new Ninjette, Bob. And you didn't have to travel far to get it. ;)    Two years ago I bought an '07 in gray with <300 miles for $2500. It's my commuter bike and I love taking the longer way home. 62mpg and just fun!    Be sure to check through the Ninja 250 forums, there is a TON of stuff there in the FAQs. The Quarter Connie is Kawa's best seller of all time, for many reasons.    Enjoy!  Pat  COG 1887   IBA 5830  NRA LIFE  VSSA LIFE  Assorted bikes own me.
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2010, 12:25:00 am »
In 2007 I picked up an '04 EX250 with ~1000 miles for $1500.  Got it for my daughter to use, but she stopped riding a year after getting it. I taker it out occasionally as it is a blast to ride. That high red line is amazing. My son got his license last season and is having a ball with it.     --  Steve Smith, COG #3184  COG Northeast Area Director  (somewhere in south central CT)    If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space.
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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2010, 02:02:00 am »
Can you rent that to my wife for the weekend?    2003 Concours, 57K  COG #6953  IBA 28004  http://home.comcast.net/~slybones/Concours/connieMain.htm    
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2010, 05:11:00 am »
You guys are a bad influence.  Picked up an 07 today for son's first bike.  "If it hasn't killed me yet, it's runnin out of time"    COG # 8062  AMA # 1084053  ROMA or Scarlet harlot acording to my wife
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2010, 04:29:00 pm »
sawfiler, what did you pay for the 07 ( assuming were talking Ninja 250). It has been driving me crazy since wife got her indorsement 2 years ago the Ninja 250's in the area are all listed at $400-$500 over book value. And people dont seem to budge on the price.     I some ways has me thinking of getting her a Suzuki GZ250. Its a cruiser model and not a sport model. I wish she would learn with the pegs in the right position, etc. And quite frankly the Ninja would look a ton better in the garage next to the connie. -- But I see these for book value with low miles and lots of accessories. Windshields ( decent size ones ), saddle bags, back rest, highway pegs, engine guards, etc for book value.   2003 Concours, 57K  COG #6953  IBA 28004  http://home.comcast.net/~slybones/Concours/connieMain.htm  
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2010, 07:08:00 pm »
I paid Skagit Ppower Sport's asking price of $2295  New tires (Dunlops), chain, sprocket, and adjuster.  Looks mint.  Black with red flames.  30 day warranty  Too much probably but it is ours anyway, sons first ride.  Plan to take it to Bun Cooler in May if he gets his endorsement in time.  (cant ride out of state with permit)  "If it hasn't killed me yet, it's runnin out of time"    COG # 8062  AMA # 1084053  ROMA or Scarlet harlot acording to my wife
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2010, 08:03:00 pm »
For an 07 not too bad. NADA says 2185 Average Retail. From a dealer with new shoes, chain, etc. I find that acceptable.  My annoyance with Craigslist is $2200 for an 06 with nothing new. NADA says $1800 Ave retail. An 07 on craigslist is $2400 and one for $2500 nothing new or extra advertized. The $2400 one says its scratched.  2003 Concours, 57K  COG #6953  IBA 28004  http://home.comcast.net/~slybones/Concours/connieMain.htm  
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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2010, 08:11:00 pm »
KBB says $2365 from a dealer for an '06. $1580 trade in. doesnt list private pary value for M/C.     For 07 $1675 trade in, $2485 dealers retail price.      Seems quite a difference in pricing between the two, but reading desc KBB says that would be dealer asking price including advertising, profit margin, etc. NADA doesnt say anything like that just good condition, everything works, etc. So I interpret that to be more private party value versus dealer asking price.  2003 Concours, 57K  COG #6953  IBA 28004  http://home.comcast.net/~slybones/Concours/connieMain.htm  
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« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2010, 03:36:00 am »
Slybones. Do not buy a GZ250 under any circumstance!  We use a couple of these for training purposes and they are total crap!    Yeah and NADA and Kelly never agree on pricing. So far I've only put 200 more miles on the baby.    First ride:  It is a cold beast taking several more minutes than they Connie to warm up before being able to ride it without the choke on.     I got on the throttle and, well.... waited, and waited. Sure it is a 250 and I am used to the Connie, so.  I beleive this is made to rev high!    Once underway it starts to kick at the 7500-9000 RPM range and really does well at these engine speeds.     Handles like a freaking charm. Extremely light and flickable!  Excellent brakes and once you get used to the power band it doesn't do too bad.    Shifts get with no hick-ups and I even got it up on one wheel. Though it was in my driveway when I picked it up by the front end...... HA!      All in all my overall impression is this. It is a little bike with a lot of potential. Great for anyone who has never had a sportbike or a beginner who wants one. It's do highway speeds quite well and does have enough power (downshifting to 5th) to get out of traffic's way, which is something I could not say anyone could do with the 250cc cruisers, having ridden the Honda Rebel, Kawasaki Eliminator and the POS Suzuki 250 crap on wheels, oh sorry, the GZ.    If this wasn't such a great deal I wouldn't have even thought about it as I certainly can see myself on any sport bike from a Ninja 650R to a Hyabusa (yeah baby! now these things haul!)  It's be my grandsons first ride soon enough, but until then I will enjoy it from time to time. Like alot of time to a lot of time!    More reports and pictures to come.    Oh and if you and the wife are in the neighborhood, no charge for the weekend..........        AKA "2linby" That's 2-lin-by folks!  Northwest Area Director  COG #5539  AMA #927779  IBA #15034  TEAM OREGON MC Instructor  133K and counting!    http://community.webshots.com/user/2linby  http://tinyurl.com/njas8 (IBA BunBurner Gold Trip)  http://tinyurl.com/lwelx (Alaska trip)
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« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2010, 03:20:00 am »
Hey Fred if your looking for a scoot for Rose, I have a nice little 86 Connie for sale LoL only $1,800 to you :)    
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« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2010, 12:04:00 am »
If thats around in a year from now, I just might get it for her. In the mean time this will have to do.    2006 Ninja 250, 1340mi. Was down on one side. Dealer did not even have a chance to detail yet. I told them to knock off the price for some labor saved and throw in parts for an oil change. I would give it a tune up and clean it myself. The service guy gave us a new decal for the right side where the scratch in the one decal is. The only real noticable spot. Bar ends, levers and mirrors have taddle tail signs. All trivial. We looked it over pretty good. Tires and brakes ok. Chain and sprockets looked fine. Not too dirty. Needs washed though. No cracks or damage to plastic other that the one decal. Runs and starts good. Gave it about a 15mi test ride including the freeeway. Everything works. $1650 + tax and title transfer fee.    Looks great parked next to the Connie. Nice Pair, eh?  http://home.comcast.net/~slybones/Ninja/images/IMGP4052.JPG  http://home.comcast.net/~slybones/Ninja/images/IMGP4053.JPG  http://home.comcast.net/~slybones/Ninja/images/IMGP4054.JPG  http://home.comcast.net/~slybones/Ninja/images/IMGP4051.JPG  http://home.comcast.net/~slybones/Ninja/images/IMGP4056.JPG  http://home.comcast.net/~slybones/Ninja/images/IMGP4057.JPG  http://home.comcast.net/~slybones/Ninja/images/IMGP4059.JPG    2003 Concours, 57K  COG #6953  IBA 28004  http://home.comcast.net/~slybones/Concours/connieMain.htm    
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« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2010, 02:54:00 am »
Pick of our newest family member.  Also,  Sly, you ought to bring your wife and her new ride on the Hood Canal ride this weekend.        "If it hasn't killed me yet, it's runnin out of time"    COG # 8062  AMA # 1084053  ROMA or Scarlet harlot acording to my wife  
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« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2010, 03:09:00 am »
Damn!  Looks like I may have started some sort of Devolution!    I'll have to post some pictures of my baby too!    Looks like both of you did well on the deals too!    Btw. First fill yielded 58 mpg.  And every article I've read states the old style does even better than this.  AKA "2linby" That's 2-lin-by folks!  Northwest Area Director  COG #5539  AMA #927779  IBA #15034  TEAM OREGON MC Instructor  133K and counting!    http://community.webshots.com/user/2linby  http://tinyurl.com/njas8 (IBA BunBurner Gold Trip)  http://tinyurl.com/lwelx (Alaska trip)
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« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2010, 07:19:00 am »
Friend or mine here has one and changed the rear sprocket to one about the size of a poker chip, has even less power but has had it a couple of years and as far as we can tell, hasn't used up the first tank of gas yet.  

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« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2010, 10:58:00 pm »
I dont know about changing the rear sprocket. But on the Ninja 250 Riders Club a popular thing seems to be a 15 tooth front sprocket. 14/45 is stock and 15/45 is very common.     One guy has a very nice speed/rpm calculator. Lets you input tire size and sprockets, etc.    14/45 sprockets, 100/80-16 F, 130/80-16 R == 59 Actual, 64 Indicated at 7500 rpms.  15/45 sprockets, 100/90-16 F, 130/90-16 R == 66 Actual, 69 Indicated at 7500 rpms.  2003 Concours, 57K  COG #6953  IBA 28004  http://home.comcast.net/~slybones/Concours/connieMain.htm  
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« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2010, 12:03:00 am »
Youngest son got his permit last week.  Put about 100 miles on the baby Ninja over the weekend.  Goes to BMS classes this weekend.  His comment after first ride, "Well, I guess I'll have to stop shopping on line for guitar stuff and start looking for bike stuff."  He has a bout a dozen guitars and several amps.  Likes to buy junk guitars and rewire and refinish them.  "If it hasn't killed me yet, it's runnin out of time"    COG # 8062  AMA # 1084053  ROMA or Scarlet harlot acording to my wife
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« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2010, 09:50:00 am »
Well that pretty black 07 isn't so pretty anymore.  *@%!!! kid wrecked it on way home from dealer.  Forks, front fender, fairing and tail section.  Bike did endo, kid had ATG and he didn't get a scratch, (but I'm not done with him yet).  His helmet has a small ding on the back.  It was a hand me down so no great lose there.  He had already ordered a new one.  Pics to follow.  "If it hasn't killed me yet, it's runnin out of time"    COG # 8062  AMA # 1084053  ROMA or Scarlet harlot acording to my wife
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« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2010, 09:04:00 am »
He hit a slick spot in a sharp rt corner.  Rear started to slide out.  He almost had it back when front hit gravel on side of the road.  Went endo over the bars and bike did cartwheel over him.  Just a few sore muscles and lite bruises.  All gear good except for a scratch in back of the Shoie helmet.  Said he didn't see the slick spot because of the tinted face shield.  Also on coming vehicle in left lane was crowding the center line and son was doing the curve straitening by going from outside of his lane to inside then back to outside so he instinctively swerved a Little to right to get more room between him and the other guy.  The other driver stopped to help, feeling bad as he is a rider too.  The land owner came out to help too, and said he had given up on fixing his fence as Trenton was the 4th motorcycle to "use" his field this year.    Go to album by clicking pic.  Note the position of front wheel in relation to bars.  The front fairing, windscreen,mirrors, fender, forks are toast.  The tail lights and rear cowling are shot. everything else seems to be good.        "If it hasn't killed me yet, it's runnin out of time"    COG # 8062  AMA # 1084053  ROMA or Scarlet harlot acording to my wife  
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« Reply #20 on: April 26, 2010, 10:46:00 pm »
Holy Shiite!! Sorry man! Glad to hear the boy is alright though.  AKA "2linby" That's 2-lin-by folks!  Northwest Area Director  COG #5539  AMA #927779  IBA #15034  TEAM OREGON MC Instructor  133K and counting!    http://community.webshots.com/user/2linby  http://tinyurl.com/njas8 (IBA BunBurner Gold Trip)  http://tinyurl.com/lwelx (Alaska trip)
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« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2010, 12:00:00 am »
Well we got it all back together and she is OK.  Still having a fast idol issue, but under control.  Went on a 120 mile shakedown ride today.  Concrete to Darington to Arlington then North on 9 to South Skaggit Highway and back to Concrete.  Ready for the Bun Cooler.  Hope to see you all there.    "If it hasn't killed me yet, it's runnin out of time"    COG # 8062  AMA # 1084053  ROMA or Scarlet harlot acording to my wife  
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« Reply #22 on: July 16, 2010, 07:31:00 pm »
780mi on the Ninja 250 yesterday and today. Will start a new thread.  2003 Concours, 63K  COG #6953  IBA 28004  http://home.comcast.net/~slybones/Concours/connieMain.htm  
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