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Re: 250r Video

those are some intense curves at that speed.
 

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I couldn't imagine doing this with the blind twists and traffic. on the other hand, my top speed is 80. He's taking sharp turns at 100. lol
 

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Re: 250r Video

Hi Guys-

Probably the best thing I did to the bike was to change out the bias ply tires for radials. The bike comes stock with bias-ply tires, which are old technology as compared to the tires used by most larger sportbikes, which are Radials.

Switching out to radials increased the bike's handling and cornering capabilities substantially. I went to a 110/70 bt10 front and 130/60 bt10 rear - the 130/60 'rear' is actually a front for a hyabusa, but it's the same construction as a rear so the rear/front distinction is irrelevant.

The radials are lighter, have stiffer sidewall construction and thus feel more planted, and have grippier rubber. Given the 30 hp at the rear wheel, they can easily handle sweepers at 100mph.
 

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Generic, well done. More info on the tires please. Manufacturer and name please. And how much do you weight, if you don't mind me asking. Do you find the stock suspension a little sluggish? Do you think one step up on springs and fluid could be useful?
 

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Hi Guys.

I weigh about 200 lbs with my leathers on. I'm old and fat, actually.

the bt10s are Bridgestone radials. The important thing with the tires is not necesarilly to get a certain brand (eg bridgestone or michelin or whatever) but rather that you swap out the OEM "bias-ply" tires for "radial" tires.

Do a Google search about the difference between bias-ply and radial tires. Bias-ply are old technology. Radials are 1)stiffer 2) lighter and 3)flex more consistently.

Unfortunately, there arent many sets of radial tires made to fit the 2.5 and 3.5 inch rims on the 250, and thus we're somewhat stuck with using bias-ply tires like the bt45s or the dunlopls that come standard on the bike.

BUT..... what you can do is what I do: use a 110/70/17 radial front (easy enough to find) and then find either a 120/70/17 radial FRONT (very common size) and use it ON THE REAR. Or you can find a 130/60/17 FRONT from a hayabusa and use it ON THE REAR.

i actually prefer the 120/70 on the rear. It's s a standard front size for alot of bikes eg. 600rr, r6, r1, 1000rr etc, so it's super easy to find. I see guys here talking about going to a 140 or 150 rear, which may look good if that's what you like, bu really will degrade your handling because it's too heavy and slows down your turn-in, acceleration and braking. If you look at the fast guys on little bikes, eg. 125 2 stroke GP bikes, they run SMALL tires on the back. Your ninja 250 simply doesnt have enough power to either 1) push a big tire or 2) make a small tire break away. Small and light is always better.

Don't worry about using a front as a rear. It doesnt matter regardless of what the tire guy tells you. I raced 125s years ago and this is exactly what we had to do to fit tires.
 

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sick vid. how do u like the clip ons? are they worth it and could you post a side shot pic of your bike (i wanna see how badass the bike looks with clip ons), i'd appreciate it!
 
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