After riding Glen and Julie’s Ninja 250 around a bit, I felt comfortable that the Ninja was going to work for my back. Â Plus, I really love small bikes. Â Intellectually, I understand that other people enjoy riding big displacement motorcycles and really get a rush out of speed and precision control but, after 11 years and well over 100k miles of riding, I can admit it…I like the small bikes. Â I like wringing horsepower out of the small motors and I like the freedom and agility that lightweight bikes give me to stop on a dime and flip a U-turn to get photos.
When I first posted on Sport-Touring.net about needing to sell the Beemer, my friend Mike from Southern California mentioned that he’d be selling his Ninja 250 soon and that it was mine if I wanted it. Â At that point, I hadn’t yet borrowed Glen and Julie’s, so I didn’t know whether I would be able to ride it.
After riding the red Ninja, though, I knew I wanted one.
Mike and his wife Christina drove up from SoCal today to deliver it (I still feel guilty about this). Â It’s a 2007 (15,276 miles), with Race Tech forks, a mid-90s Ninja 600 air shock, Yoshimura pipes (NOM NOM NOM), custom windscreen, blah blah blah.
More pics tomorrow when I make Peter ride to lunch with me.