Sunday, August 03, 2008

Wooo! I got a shiny new bike!


It's been way too long, over a year, since I sold my SV. I finally bought a new Kawasaki Ninja 250 from a friend last weekend.

Really, the only way I could justify getting another bike is if it would pay for itself in a couple years in saved gas costs. That's what I tell people. But really really, they're just a lot of fun. The 250 has plenty of pep for zipping around town and running up and down the freeway.

I haven't decided if I want to do a bunch of stuff to the suspension on this thing. It's really soft. I think it would be worth installing a zx600 shock on the back as well as respringing the front and installing cartridge emulators. Those shocks are pretty cheap, and the emulators are pretty much the only thing to do with the forks on these bikes.

These bikes run really well when they're in a good state of tune. The carbs are set pretty lean from the factory and the valve need to be adjusted pretty early on as all the parts in the top end settle in. So, I decided to adjust the valves and set the idle mixture screws (as per the ninja250.net forums) today. The valves were all on the tight end of the allowable range, some a litte too tight, so I set them all at the looser end. My seat of the pants dyno says I got a little extra power from these adjustments, but I need to do a better job sycing the carbs pretty soon.

Woo Hoo.

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