Hey guys, monday I bought a 2005 Ninja 250R in silver red/black, and it is lots of fun. Please don't flame me about not owning an R1, or Hayabussa, magnificent machines, but I cannot afford the 91 octane required, the monthly payment, or the dreaded full-coverage insurance for such a rolling masterpiece.
I would like an R1, or a ZRX 1200, or a Bandit 1200S...but this is the cheapest, sportiest, and best-looking new bike I could afford. Don't like my bike, buy me a new one then.
At any rate...
I do love my little 250 Ninja, it revvs to 13 grand and sounds amazing. It is the smoothest twin I have ever ridden, very well counterbalanced. I even bought an additional two years of warranty, and got the third year for free.
I think it is dissappointing that only Japan, Europe, Australia get the high-technology sub-600cc sportbikes. It would be nice if we could get a 250cc inline-four that revvs to 16 grand, weighs under 350 lbs, has four carbs, dohc, a six-speed gearbox, and four valves per cylinder. Oh yeah, this bike does exist: the Honda 250 Hornet!
Lightweight bikes are less intimidating and with performance more easily accessible than 600 and liter class track weapons.
I mean, come on..."Oh no!!! My 0-60 time is only 5.5 seconds on my less-than $4,000 Ninja!!!...I feel like such a loser." Give me a break! A Hayabussa is a great bike, and I would love one. I would truly love a GSX1300R, but who the hell can truly wring one out on the street, where most spend 90% of their riding.
I love performance, but I also know my limits, financial and skill-wise as a rider, and as a human being.
So, without further adue, I introduce myself to the board.