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Kawasaki Ninja

Kawasaki Ninja

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The Kawasaki Ninja 250 FAQ 
Brought to you by the folks at
www.ninja250.info
 
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About the ZX-2R Model..............................................................................................................8What is the "ZX-2R"?..........................................................................................................8Can I get ZX-2R decals?......................................................................................................8Is a seat cowl available for the Ninja 250?..........................................................................9Newbies......................................................................................................................................10I want to know more about the Ninja 250 motorcycle...........................................................10What is a Ninja 250?..........................................................................................................10What kind of performance can I expect out of it?.............................................................10Am I too big for this motorcycle?......................................................................................10Am I too small for this motorcycle?..................................................................................11How does the EX500 compare to the EX250?..................................................................11What about the
ZZR250
; how does it compare?................................................................11Is it a good investment; will it retain its value?.................................................................12How long will a Ninja 250 engine last?.............................................................................12Shouldn't I consider a bigger bike? Won't I want one later anyway?................................12Can I get some stats/specs for the bike?............................................................................12Specifications and Performance Statistics.....................................................................12Dyno Chart.....................................................................................................................14What Colors Are Available?..............................................................................................14Where can I find more info?..............................................................................................15I want to know more about motorcycling in general.............................................................15I want to get a bike but I don't know the "process."..........................................................15What riding gear should I have?........................................................................................15Helmet............................................................................................................................15I should wear a helmet, right?....................................................................................15How much should I plan on spending?......................................................................16Should I get a full-face helmet?.................................................................................16What are some good models?....................................................................................16How do I keep my visor from fogging up?................................................................16Jacket..............................................................................................................................17Leather vs Cordura.....................................................................................................17Pants...............................................................................................................................17Joe Rocket Ballistic Pants..........................................................................................17Draggin jeans.............................................................................................................17Gloves............................................................................................................................17Street gloves...............................................................................................................17Widder heated gloves.................................................................................................18Boots..............................................................................................................................18Are boots really necessary?.......................................................................................18What are some models to consider?...........................................................................18Alpine Stars............................................................................................................18Army Boots............................................................................................................19Parachute Boots.....................................................................................................19Other..........................................................................................................................19Rain gear................................................................................................................19Earplugs.................................................................................................................20Aerostich suit.........................................................................................................20Full leathers............................................................................................................20Back protector........................................................................................................20
 
 3Do I really need to wear all this stuff?...................................................................21What factors should I consider when looking for these items?.............................21What do I need to know about insurance?.................................................................22How much is insurance going to cost me for the Ninja 250?................................22Should I get any extended coverage?.....................................................................22What insurance companies should I check out?....................................................22Should I take an MSF course?.......................................................................................23What is an MSF course?............................................................................................23Is the course hard; will I be able to pass?..................................................................23What benefit will I get from it?..................................................................................24But aren't those courses just for total newbies?.........................................................24What are some good riding techniques?....................................................................24Basic Controls........................................................................................................24Turning and leaning...............................................................................................25Accelerating, Changing Gears...............................................................................28Braking...................................................................................................................29In the Rain – Basic Differences.............................................................................31What's the meaning of some of this bike vocabulary I'm hearing?...........................31Technical Jargon....................................................................................................31Biker Speak............................................................................................................34I want to get a bike but my parents won't let me.......................................................35I just got a Ninja 250, & I have some other questions about it..............................................35Do I really have to follow this break-in period?................................................................35How long do I have to wait before switching to synthetic oil?.........................................36What is the correct way to apply choke at startup?...........................................................36My bike jolts forward when I put it in gear after first starting; is this normal?.................36Why does my bike take so long to reach normal running temperature?............................37How far can I go after putting the fuel petcock on "reserve"?...........................................37What kind of fuel should I use?.........................................................................................37What are those tubes hanging down from the bike for?....................................................38Should I use the side prop or centerstand when I park?....................................................38Why does my gas tank sometimes whine when I stop?.....................................................38Maintenance/Repair...................................................................................................................39I need advice for maintaining my bike..................................................................................39How do I change the oil?...................................................................................................39What is the oil change procedure?.................................................................................39How often should I change the oil? What kind should I use?.......................................39Are there preferred brands of oil for motorcycle use?...................................................40Is synthetic oil really all that great?...............................................................................40What oil filters are available?........................................................................................40How do I service the final drive?...................................................................................41How do I clean the drivechain?.................................................................................41How often should I lube the chain; what should I use to do so?...............................41What are some good chain lubes?..............................................................................41How do I measure chain slack?.................................................................................42How do I adjust chain tension?..................................................................................42How do I replace the chain?.......................................................................................42What replacement chain/sprockets should I consider?..............................................43How do I adjust the valves?...........................................................................................43Why do the valves need to be adjusted?....................................................................43What is the adjustment procedure?............................................................................44

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