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Old 12-18-2011, 10:31 AM   #1
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After the recent Las Vegas to Barstow Vetter Challenge I have thought a lot about my future participation in these real-world fuel economy contests. While I'm pleased to have improved a 40mpg bike into a 60mpg+ machine I have to recognize the inherent disadvantages my 550cc shaft-drive bike presents versus the 250cc gas bikes and the diesel bikes that have been the previous winners ( 134 mpg to ~ 150 mpg). I decided to start looking for a used 250cc bike to modify for future fuel economy runs.
After about 2 weeks of searching I found I a 1999 Kawasaki Ninja 250 in good running condition for a good price and well under my project budget. After I get it titled, registered and serviced ,I'll make some baseline runs before I start doing some gearing changes and adding aerodymanic body panels. There has been some good work done with the Ninja 250 particularly by friend and fellow competitor Alan Smith so I will start by following some of his successful modifications. I'll try to keep you all posted on my progress.
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:52 AM   #2
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:44 PM   #3
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Cat , Do you still have all 8 motos? You must not be married or else you got a very cool wife !
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Garage is constantly revolving with occupants..

I got into 2-wheel way before the wife came along, she know that it comes with the terrotory. She's slowly catching on:

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I want a bike that shaped like a coffin so when I get creamed on the highway they can just bury me in it.
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I want a bike that shaped like a coffin so when I get creamed on the highway they can just bury me in it.
With that kind of mindset, it's just a matter of time.. want me to buy you some life insurance when you get that bike?
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Agreed, ride to live, live to ride!!! Cat, good work with your wife!!!

I gotta this little Ninja registered so I can start riding it.
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Lil'Ninjas are definately fun bikes to ride, quite a cult following, too.
If you ever need FAQs about the lil'Ninjas:

Ninja250.org

Ninjette.org
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Thanks Cat, good info.
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