How come you are saving all my old chatboard messages?
Also, how does your buddy with the 250 deal with the suspension shortcomings or is he a skinny little dude? I found fork springs already and I suppose I can put in heavier viscosity fork fluid, but the rear could use some help and a steering damper would really make a big difference.
I just read a a funny article about a guy with a 250. He points out the same damping problems and says KAwasaki should be ashamed, but after 13 years they have learned to live with the shame. I didn't know the 250 had been around that long.
He also says that the 250 is into S&M because it practically begs to be flogged. I agree with that. I can no way keep that thing within the break-in parameters. I got up to an indicated 95 this morning.
That steering looseness bothers me as much as the soft forks. Does your buddy use an aftermarket damper?
They don't give weights on their helmets! Not a huge deal for short hops, but for longer rides weight can be a killer. I have vertebrae injuries myself and my neck gets stiff and sore quickly. A heavy helmet would kill me.
Full coverage AFX helmet on order. Wanted a Shoei, but can't afford right now. Have a leather bib ordered as well as a vest and jacket with removable armor panels. Also have a couple of leather jackets and a waterproof windbreaker.
I have a bellaclava somewhere and glove liners along with silk longjohns for cold weather. I also ordered gauntlet style gloves and regular sport riding gloves. I have ridden in wintertime before and know what I am up against there.
I also got a disk lock, a 15mm hardened steel cable lock, and a chain lock to secure that thing to my old pickup bumper so it doesn't run off.
Gotta dig up a backpack and some bungie cords to haul my crap to work.
I am picking up my new Ninja 250 tomorrow. I know, I know... But I know what I am doing. It is perfect for me at this time and will give me the chance to see just how enthused I am about riding again. It has been over 10 years since I swung a leg over one. If I decide to go for distance, I will have to trade up - I know that already. But for my 25 mile one-way commute and trips through town to the nursing home, it should be ideal and 60+ mpg.
There are lots of reasons for my decision. I may post on them. It is supremely flickable and will do 100+. That is what I need. 'Sides it has a new warranty and is affordable.
You got all my answers. Sorry, I always delete for privacy.
I have considered the SV1000 and it is just not nearly the bike the FZ is. I think I may try for an FZ and if they won't approve me, I will go with the 600. I am kind of intrigued by the 600 anyway as it is super light. It won't torque like the grand will, but from what I am reading it will have plenty of HP anyway and more affordable. I can always bump up later if I just have to.
I am playing catchup today. I will try the yahoo tonight if I have time. My daughter uses it so at least she will know how to set it up.