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Old 11-27-2012, 01:52 AM   #1
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08+ NINJA 250 as a track bike? Y N

Im considering getting a 2008+ Ninja 250 as a track only bike. im opting for a 250 basically cuz parts are much much cheaper to replace in the long run and in case of an incident at the track.

I really enjoyed my 1st trackday on the 12 CBR. Riding at the track is a huge rush!! 15 min of constant non-stop exciement thorught the day!
Im still plannig on taking the '12 everytime i get fresh buns on the bike. But the 250 will be just for the track duty so i can go more frequently and not just once a year when i get new tires on the CBR1KRR.

Plus i heard on the smaller bike you can get better in the corners and carrying much more corner speed.

Anyone had any experience w/ the 2008+ Ninja 250 at the track or Street (aggresive braking and cornering, carrying corner speed)?


Whats your opinion on the 08+ Ninja 250? Is it worth it to have as a track bike or should i look for a 600cc?

Ninja 250 vs. the big bikes at Laguna Seca
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:59 AM   #2
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u should look for a sv650 parts are just as cheap for those, they are stone cold reliable and they are fast enough to keep it interesting
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There is absolutely nothing wrong with running a late-model Ninjette on the track.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:46 PM   #4
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Trackday 250R anyone?

SV650 i had not think about that. I'll look into it.

Im really leaning more towards the 08+ Ninja 250 w/ the 17 inch wheels. Im going for the most cost effective in the long range. TIRES thats another thing. I think tires for the 250 would last longer, and might be slighlty cheaper.

ANYONE RIDDEN A 250R HARD? Anyone done a trackday on a 250R? Im trying to get an idea of what to expect.

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I feel you will probably be disappointed

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how about the new 300 and remember it's fuel injected ;-)
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:36 PM   #7
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I have an 08 250 ninja for track use (it's actually my wife's but i ride it occasionally). You can go pretty fast on one if you learn how to keep the corner speed up, my wife actually beats a few liter bikes on the track with hers. You can have a blast riding one if you have other 250's to ride with or you're just riding by yourself, but it can be frustrating on a race track full of 100 hp+ bikes. They are very cheap to run though. Tires last forever...compared to big bikes. I get one weekend on a pair of DOT's with my cbr. The Ninja can run 6 weekends and still have plenty of tread left for street riding.
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hahah why? 250R too slow... I know it wont be the same.

I really had a blast at the track on the '12 CBR1KRR. It was exhilirating!! i want to go again and more often.

Im just trying to figure out a way where i can go more often. I commute on my bike to work (even now tht temps are in the low 30s). I hate driving a car. When i dont ride for a while i start getting stressed, cranky. I really enjoy riding!

Parking the CBR and only use it for the track. Would be nice but i couldnt do it. It would be the same issue.. I would probably go thru 2-3 sets of tires in the entire season. Thats assuming i dont crash.
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I have an 08 250 ninja for track use (it's actually my wife's but i ride it occasionally). You can go pretty fast on one if you learn how to keep the corner speed up, my wife actually beats a few liter bikes on the track with hers. You can have a blast riding one if you have other 250's to ride with or you're just riding by yourself, but it can be frustrating on a race track full of 100 hp+ bikes. They are very cheap to run though. Tires last forever...compared to big bikes. I get one weekend on a pair of DOT's with my cbr. The Ninja can run 6 weekends and still have plenty of tread left for street riding.
Thank you very much for your post.

What kind of tires did you use at the track on the 250?

Did you watch the video i posted. That guy was carrying alot of corner speed to catch up to the other bikes in the corners.

What do you think? did riding the 250 at the track made you a better rider on the CBR1kRR? because i think the CBR is so well balance that it compensates/forgiving for minor rider errors or shortcomings? I hear once on a guy before he turned racer. That he had an SV650 track bike and i think a CBR1krr i think. I remember he said that he couldnt get away w/ alot of things in the sv650 that he did w/ the 1000cc bike. So he said he really had to perfect he's form (braking, body positionin, lines, corner speed, etc ) on the SV650 to perfection. And as a result he got really fast on the 1000cc bike.

Which track/s did you take the 250 to?
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Thank you very much for your post.

What kind of tires did you use at the track on the 250?

Did you watch the video i posted. That guy was carrying alot of corner speed to catch up to the other bikes in the corners.

What do you think? did riding the 250 at the track made you a better rider on the CBR1kRR? because i think the CBR is so well balance that it compensates/forgiving for minor rider errors or shortcomings? I hear once on a guy before he turned racer. That he had an SV650 track bike and i think a CBR1krr i think. I remember he said that he couldnt get away w/ alot of things in the sv650 that he did w/ the 1000cc bike. So he said he really had to perfect he's form (braking, body positionin, lines, corner speed, etc ) on the SV650 to perfection. And as a result he got really fast on the 1000cc bike.

Which track/s did you take the 250 to?
pirelli sc1 on front and pirelli rosso 2 on back. Riding the 250 didn't help me that much because I've been riding for over 30 years, but it does force you to be perfect...any mistake and you will lose speed or upset the bike.
I rode the Ninja at Thunderhill Raceway in CA. It's a very fast track ...not the best for a 250 but I still had fun.
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