Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Pittston, PA 18640
i think everyone is dead-on. but i know if you wanna just throw on a set of rims like with a car, here's what involved with a bike like yours.
you have a whole series of problems with trying to get a set of 17" rims on a ninja 250 (which is the only size rims you'd wanna get). i doubt the 250 swingarm will except it. i also doubt the forks will either. i seriously doubt you'll be able to keep the fender or find a 17" wheel that will except the smaller rotors. the slow steering problems can be over come with ride height and/or raising the forks in the triples.
so what do you need?? up front, you'll need triples, forks, a wheel, tire, brake rotors, master cylinder, lines, clutch lever, brake lever, clipons, switch gear, etc. the plus side is your bike doesn't need anything too elaborate. you can likely get a machinist to assist you with getting an fzr600 or maybe an f2 front-end on it. of course, you'll need to race-tech the whole thing as those bikes are a lot heavier.
out back, ninja 500 swingarm and 17" rear should work. of course you'll likely have to add some ride height (which will likely require you to buy an aftermarket shock, but maybe dog bones can do it).
end result--you'll be spending at least $1500 dollars to replace perfectly good parts with used shit off of an old wrecked bike.
i'd suggest keeping what you have and realizing that even though 17's have all kinds of super sticky tires available, most people can only ride to the limit of the 16's.
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Last edited by FZR400Tony; 03-25-2001 at 07:54 AM.