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Old 01-30-2012, 04:56 PM   #21
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I filled up this afternoon after running some errands and the results are ....
78.47 mpg ( 2.35 gal for 184.4 miles) So close to 80 mpg. The taller gearing is working great, still good acceleration and I think some room to go taller. I have GreenJoe's 33 tooth rear sprocket but I think that might be too much, plus I would have to shorten my chain or get a new one. I may see if about testing Alan's 39T. I need to talk to Craig about getting the 3 rd Vetter tail. Things are looking up.
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:47 PM   #22
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I refilled the Ninja today and the results are .... 104.35 mpg!!!!!
Needless to say , I'm very happy with this and am suprised that I was able to break the 100 mpg barrier so quickly. I was hoping for a tankfill in the 80mpg range and now this. I have mentioned in previous posts I was impressed with how easily the bike was running with the 15/41 sprocket combo and I was looking to bump it up some more. I thought I would need to do this to break into the 100mpg range. What a pleasant surprise.

Thanks to you all for your support, advice and encouragement. It means a great deal to me and I truly appreciate it.
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Congrats!
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Congrats! I've never exceeded the 100mpg mark, no matter how hard I coasted and P&G'ed. OK, a 250 is potentially more efficient when someone travels in my pace. I still don't regret my choice, I can go over 90 too. When it's warmer, of course. Now it's -14C outside (7F) and snowing, so I won't ride anywhere
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:27 PM   #25
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Jay & Alvaro, Thanks!!

Alvaro, what you do with a 650cc bike is incredible. I'm still hoping to someday break 70 mpg with my Vision. Ultimately the limitations of our machines is what holds us back. The 250 ninja was a good choice for me. It has shocked me with how easy it was achieve the 100 milestone with it. Its also proven to be a fun and sporty little bike to ride around with.
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:41 AM   #26
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Here are some new pix of my Ninja 250



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Looks efficient, but....No fear of decapitation if you endo?
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:46 AM   #28
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Thanks HC! The windscreen is coroplast so it would crumple pretty easily in the disastrous event of collision.

I rode the little Ninja to Carmel yesterday to visit Craig and Alan. They have finished with a fiberglass nose section for the Ninja streamliner kit and it is a work of art!
When I arrived in Carmel, we met for lunch and it was great to see all our streamlined bikes plus Craig's 2 sons' Alcan faired bikes in the parking lot.
I got to see the new nose, front framework , new windscreen, and the vinyl wrap that Craig is considering for future kits. We talked a lot about our favorite topic and took tons of pictures. It was a great day! The only down side was my fuel usage for the trip....74.54 mpg. I guess I enjoyed myself a bit too much. Pictures to follow.
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Craig, me and Alan

New Ninja kit nose vs Alan's Streamliner


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Old 02-16-2012, 05:56 PM   #30
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Latest update: refueled today, mixed riding in cool to cold weather, 209.5 miles, 2.63 gallons to refill... 79.7 mpg . My 3 tank average is 83.3 mpg , OK but I want more!

Next steps; taller gearing and redo the tail section. My current tail is a bit small to hold the Vetter-mandated 4 bags of groceries so it's time to go all out before the May 4 Vetter Challenge in Carmel.
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