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Old 06-12-2008, 06:31 AM   #21
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I took the MSF course with my two oldest kids as a refresher since I hadn't ridden a bike in 30 years. I found it more than worth the 2 day investment. It has made me a safer/better rider. I also discovered that I didn't want a cruiser bike. For me I found I still preferred the more upright position on a bike versus the somewhat kicked back seating of a cruiser. One of the things I liked about the Ninja 250 was that the position of the handlebars allows me to sit in pretty much an upright position vs being molded to the gas tank like a lot of sports bikes. Still... there is no way I could stand the Ninja for a long cross country ride.
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Old 06-12-2008, 06:47 AM   #22
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Ninja 250

First attempt at posting a photo on a forum, so hopefully it works...

Here is a photo of my son getting used to the Ninja before hitting the road... and getting his necessary photos so he can look cool on myspace
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Old 06-12-2008, 06:50 AM   #23
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I also noticed that the close calls factor was starting to increase as car drivers seemed to be going collectively nuts.
Same reason I gave it up after having 3 bikes and riding 20+ years.

Being an old man (at the age of 60 ) I also don't like bad weather. My Mustang dosen't come out unless it's a "sunday" (day the sun is out - same conditions when I rode a 2-wheeler) but at least I can put the top up if it rains (or it get's too hot and I can turn on the AC ).

OK, so now I'm a "weenie" (but I'm still retired and FI , so I can do what I want!!!)

BTW, a local Harley dealer is having a car show on sunday (w/Cobra's - the "real ones"). I'm going to see what these "bad boys" look like. Only problem is that I'll be "too close" to the bike showroom .

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Old 06-12-2008, 07:18 AM   #24
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I took the MSF course with my two oldest kids as a refresher since I hadn't ridden a bike in 30 years. I found it more than worth the 2 day investment. It has made me a safer/better rider. I also discovered that I didn't want a cruiser bike. For me I found I still preferred the more upright position on a bike versus the somewhat kicked back seating of a cruiser. One of the things I liked about the Ninja 250 was that the position of the handlebars allows me to sit in pretty much an upright position vs being molded to the gas tank like a lot of sports bikes. Still... there is no way I could stand the Ninja for a long cross country ride.

I don’t think it matters how much experience a rider has. Those MSF courses are an excellent refresher for anyone as they remind you to be prepared for situations that aren’t, hopefully, experienced frequently.

Congratulations on getting those two Ninjas. I always liked those 250s and the new styling is great. There’s a level of involvement and excitement accessible on small displacement bikes that’s simply unattainable on bigger or more powerful motorcycles. Oh, yeah, there’s more economy to be achieved with them too. The tire expense on a big bike can exceed the total cost of operation on a smaller ride.
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Shhhhh, don't tell anyone but....any position is pleasurable. 8)
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Old 06-12-2008, 08:55 AM   #26
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My sister and her three small children watched a fatal motorcycle accident happen right in front of them last week, on my sister's 46th birthday. My sister lost her fiance at 18 to a motorcycle accident.

Hate to be the nanny-one, but I can't help it, sorry.

Y'all be careful out there. Please. We need you.
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My sister and her three small children watched a fatal motorcycle accident happen right in front of them last week, on my sister's 46th birthday. My sister lost her fiance at 18 to a motorcycle accident.

Hate to be the nanny-one, but I can't help it, sorry.

Y'all be careful out there. Please. We need you.
I saw two people get killed in a car crash once. Be very careful.
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:04 AM   #28
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Nice ride bbbamI.
Thanks! I never met a motorcycle I didn't like.

DH took the safety course. Well worth the time and effort. The course was $190. The dealership where we bought the bike gave us a store credit for $150 because he took the course. A win win situation.
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My cousin's husband is 67 years old and last year bought a brand new BMW touring cycle. He goes on one long ride a year. Last fall he rode to Mississippi, then up to New York city, and then it was december and he ended up renting a U-haul to get it the rest of the way home.

Tough old bird that he is. Saw them this past weekend, he is training to run Grandma's Marathon here in Duluth. He has run every year since it started in the 70s.

He has Aerostich's Hi Viz Roadcrafter suit. (Plug for a favorite business of mine!)
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57 here an ride an FJR 1300 almost everyday. Waited until the kid was out of the house and financially secure before I got my first bike at 52. I ride in the North Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee area east of Chattanooga mostly. Great way to relax and clear the mind, although it does take focus and decent reflexes to avoid becoming a statistic.
Sounds like some one who would recognize where i took that shot in post 17
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I had one of these Triumph Tiger Cubs in college (no pictures of mine):



I'd love to ride now, but can't justify the safety issue.
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I had one of these Triumph Tiger Cubs in college (no pictures of mine):



I'd love to ride now, but can't justify the safety issue.
When I was in highschool I wanted one of those VERY badly.
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I'd love to ride now, but can't justify the safety issue.
Same here (2 small kids at home). I haven't gotten rid of the riding jacket or helmet, though. I guess some dreams die hard...
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T-Al the cub has grown up:



Although personally I'd go with one of these if I was to trade up from my monster :


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Owned a lot of different bikes over the years but all the guys i used to ride with eventually sold their bikes and i ended up being the only one left going for the mandatory Sunday ride and to me driving alone on a bike wasnt that much fun when i had started riding with 20 or more biking buddies.I also noticed that the close calls factor was starting to increase as car drivers seemed to be going collectively nuts.I miss bikes and i miss the adventure of going on a run with a bunch of fellow bikers.
Fortunately Mazda makes another option
Either the Tennessee side of Deals Gap on SR-129 or somewhere on the Cherhola Skyway ? Am I close ?
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Either the Tennessee side of Deals Gap on SR-129 or somewhere on the Cherhola Skyway ? Am I close ?
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Either the Tennessee side of Deals Gap on SR-129 or somewhere on the Cherhola Skyway ? Am I close ?
Rode both in 2005 on my K1200LT. Scariest part was the kamikaze crotch rockets.
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Or something like these.
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LBYM...LBYM....don't need another bike...such pretty pictures. LBYM!
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Sorry, but a 6' 8", the stuff in the Aerostick catalog doesn't fit me -- I like FirstGear.
I am also 6'8", and have given up finding riding pants. I have a Mesh-Tex jacket, but where do you get riding pants with a 38" inseam?

Oh, I just bought two KLX-250's, one of which is going to get sold soon to buy a KLR-650. I ride with my 14 yo son on forest roads and the like.
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