dlocke
Post Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:42 pm
 Subject: 2000 ninja 250 cafe racer

It's a work in progress, but here's what I've got so far. Removed fairings and gauges. Installed Woodcraft clip-ons. Swapped headlight for round headlight (I bought a Vulcan replacement---best deal I could find) mounted on universal brackets. Front turn signals mounted to headlight bracket. Rear turn signals and license plate just kinda rigged up for now. Getting proper clamps soon.

Don't believe everything you read on the internet! You can make your bike into whatever you want to if you have the time, dedication, and money! (And it usually doesn't take that much money!)

My next goal: replacing the seat and tank (?!) with ones that look more like a classic cafe racer! Why not just buy a 73 Honda CB350 you ask? Well, first, I already bought one of those for my GF, but second, I think it would be pretty awesome to have something that runs as solid and reliable as the ninja 250 but looks like a badass cafe racer!

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dlocke
Post Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:45 pm
 Subject: one other thing

I also painted those side plastic pieces black, because, well, I can only take so much red! (And I hated the triangle design thingies on them---so cheesy.) Ideally I'd like to remove them, but I think there is maybe too much stuff that needs protecting under there. I'm going to see what I can do.
BrianM
Post Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:54 pm
 Subject: It doesn't need any "protection" per-say...

they're covered up for cosmetic reasons.

And I'm with you on changing the tank, seat and removing those side covers. I think you ought to cut down the OEM fender to be more "cafe" looking (remove the sides basically), it looks better than no front fender and you retain the functional use to keep water/road debris out of your face.

For under the seat, if you switch to pod air filters, you'll have a ton of room where the airbox was, and it's not too hard to put most of the electronics on an easily-fabricated "shelf", though to do it right would mean shortening the wiring harness.

I've been looking for the right 250 to do just this to.... though I want to lace up some 17" spoke rims too.
dlocke
Post Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:01 pm
 Subject: a bit more work

Just removed the rear "fender" (not sure you'd actually consider it a fender, but there's a piece under the rear seat shaped like one!) Now I just need to find a way to mount the electronics that were mounted to it. Great idea though about the airbox! I'll definitely do that. Also, that's a great idea about the front fender, but... it's broken! I'm going to look into getting a new one. But you're right, it would look better if it had something small up there. Thanks for your help! Keep those ideas coming! (And I will keep you updated on how it goes!)

Oh, as for the side pieces, I was considering cutting off approx the back half of them. I think I need something there, if only for cosmetic reasons and not protection, to cover up all of the electronic pieces which don't look too good exposed. Hmmm... maybe not though, we'll see.

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