Rollcall: The... NINJA CLUB (Ninja/EX 500, 250, CBR125)
**warning...yes, this post is from someone who loves ninja's. I've seen all the Sho Kosugi movies, and www.realultimatepower.net is the best site ever. (tongue in cheek)**
When it comes to the new 600cc sportbikes, it's hard not to get a great bike. The Honda's just love to turn, the Suzuki's are pure power, the Yamaha's are great overall and the Kawasakis are great and very comfortable. With manufacturers pouring all the R&D into winning races, all that tech is trickling down to the 600cc's and they are truly man's finest machines on two wheels.
But...this is a roll call for those of you who went the other way and got a Ninja/EX 500 or Ninja 250. Why? Because I know you are having way more fun on it (or will be having fun on it) than you would on a 600 -for now- hence why you make the decision to have your bike (I speak from experience, my first bike was a 600 and I didn't learn how to use it to even half it's potential [insert the "I suck" joke here", "it's not the bike, it's the rider", "you can only go fast in straight lines", "blah, blah, blah"]).
When I got back into riding last month (due to a long and depressing story that I shant share here) I wised up and tried to get a 250. Unfortunately, none could be found for sale, but I was referred to a fellow BCsportbiker's cousin who had a 500cc that had been sitting on his back porch for two years. I figured what the hell, bought the bike, put a lot of work into it to get it up to speed (thanks Ted at Essential Motorcycle Services, tell them Ron sent you and he'll turn on his disco ball) and I've been having a great time with it. I always loved the 250's and 500's, with just enough power to kill you, yet forgiving enough for you to ride it to the edge.
The great thing about these bikes is that they are proven bikes with a long history behind it. These are old technology, the Ninja 500/250 is essentially THE SAME bike since 1987, except for a few cosmetic changes and other minor things (ok, maybe huge cosmetic changes for the 250 a few times). While the Ninja/EX500 is generally considered to be the greatest beginner bike, they are probably in the top-3 greatest designs ever mass-produced. People like them for a reason.
--What does this mean to you?--
I've noticed that all of a sudden there are a lot of people on here with the Ninja/EX 500/250.
Let's have a roll call and do some Ninja rides and burn the chicken strips off your tires. This almost be a... Ninja Club ('almost' because the idea is also kinda silly). So if you currently are riding one, post here and I'll set up some rides just for us.
Oh, CBR 125R's are welcome too. This is one of the most fun bikes to ride, it's too bad it has no power, but it's a hoot!
First ride will be Marine Drive up to Horseshoe Bay and then Cypress, when we get enough people.