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  1. Ninja 500 (All Model Years)
    The first generation was manufactured from 1987 to 1993, the second generation started in 1994 and continues to 2009. The first generation was specifically called the "EX-500", the name was changed to "Ninja 500" in 1994, and then to "Ninja 500R" in 1998, however all names are usually used...
  2. Ninja 500 (All Model Years)
    I'm tired of having to take the car everywhere because I can't fit everything on my backpack and I want to enjoy riding my ninja regularly. I'm looking into travel bags o something to add storage to my bike since I never have a passenger anyway. What affordable options would you guys suggest to...
  3. Ride Reports
    Who says you need a dirt bike to go on really crappy, isolated gravel/ rock and dirt/ mud road? Take a ride off road on a sport bike.
  4. Ninja 500 (All Model Years)
    I put stabil in the tank this winter before I left this side of the US and when I came back, the bike's tank was bone dry, but I put fresh fuel in to see if it had a leak and nothing came out. So with fresh fuel, the bike started up, but smoke was coming out of the headers and has no power. I...
  5. Ninja 500 (All Model Years)
    My journey out west was a huge flop in pursuit of a job and starting of a new chapter to my life, so once I get accepted into vocational rehab's training for mechanic work (8 months of training) I'll be heading back to Virginia and just in time to start riding. I forgot to put anything under the...
  6. Ninja 500 (All Model Years)
    I changed the oil in my 2003 ninja 500 earlier this year. But I fear that I put too heavy of a weight in. What would be the ideal weight to change with this time?
  7. Ninja 500 (All Model Years)
    I am moving cross country in January and I don't have much money to spare. I could use some ideas or feedback on the plan I'm currently considering. My plan so far is to get a hitch installed on my Mustang (2006 Ford Mustang GT, you can google for specs) and it has a tow capacity of 1000 lbs. I...
  8. Off Topic
    My friend is finally looking into getting his own bike and likes the older ninjas as well. He is over 6ft tall and says my bike is too small, but said a new ninja 650 felt just a little too high for his liking. What should he look for, an ex500, but raising it a bit or perhaps a zx600? I told...
  9. Off Topic
    On my way back from class today, I had to pull off at an exit to get fuel, but when I came to a stop and had the clutch pulled all the way, the bike felt like the clutch wasn't pulled all the way and I noticed the bike ever so slightly moving forward and then back due to gravity and it kept...
  10. Motorcycles for Sale/Wanted
    I was told by my audiologist yesterday that the exhaust on my bike is making my pre-existing hearing problems worse and that I should get rid of the Muzzy and get the quieter OEM ones. I'm looking to trade my EX-500's Muzzy for OEM exaust (Pipes too, since I have 2 in 1 pipes for the Muzzy)...
  11. Ninja 500 (All Model Years)
    I know this is probably a no brainer thing, but I have noticed the idle sometime sits higher or lower than I set it to, sometimes it sits perfect. The real issue is when stopping, sometimes the bike almost feels as if it's going to stall. Does this just mean the clutch cable needs adjusting...
  12. Motorcycles for Sale/Wanted
    I'm really badly wanting to move on to a ZX600 and if you follow my posts, you know I have gone way out of the way to maintain and improve this bike since I bought it back in April. I'm not sure if I want to sell it right now or wait until next season to do so, but I'm looking to get back pretty...
  13. Ninja 500 (All Model Years)
    I smelled petrol fumes in the garage, so I checked the bike and found the bike is dripping petrol. I'm not sure what is going on. I thought maybe I left the petcock on, but it was off, is it possible I put too much in the tank and it's dripping the excess out? I'm at a loss and quite concerned...
  14. Ninja 500 (All Model Years)
    I bought 3 quarts of 10w-40 full synthetic motorcycle oil, but a site said I need 3.6 (I checked when I got home) I have to ride 80 miles total tomorrow, can I do so on the 3 quarts or should I wait until I can add that little bit I'm missing? Also, I'm not sure how to get the old filter off...
  15. Ninja 500 (All Model Years)
    On Wednesday I am getting my new tire and I'm not sure how slick it will be on my ride home. It may also rain that day (Non-stop rain for weeks now.) can someone give me advice and or tips how to get home in one piece? Should I hit the interstate or just use the highway still?
  16. Ninja 500 (All Model Years)
    I got it to lock only once on my '99 Ninja 500, but it doesn't seem to want to comply with my wishes to keep it secure in public parking.
  17. Off 250 Tech
    Oil Filter List for the Ninja 300, 400, 500, 650, ZX-6R, ZZR600, ZX-10, ZX-14 & more This is a list of oil filters that will replace the Kawasaki OEM Oil Filter for the Ninja 300. The Ninja 300 has a spin on type canister oil filter. It shares the same oil filter common on many other Kawasaki...
  18. Ninja 500 (All Model Years)
    I've been having some trouble lately with my bike. Besides the cold it still doesn't seem to be starting up/running right. I ride a Ninja Ex500. It sat from about September - December. I was away so had my brother start it up once and a while and let it run and a friend took it out for a ride...
  19. Ninja 500 (All Model Years)
    I just bought a 2007 500r it only has 185 miles on it and I paid $3000. It has a couple of small scratches on it...looks like the previous owner dropped it. I was just wondering if I got a good deal or ripped off. It also came with a 6 month power train warrenty.
  20. Ninja 500 (All Model Years)
    Here in North America we are looking at no changes for the Ninja 500 2009 model http://www.kawasaki.com/Products/detail.aspx?id=315 :-X
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