Post Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:10 pm
 Subject: bought one sight unseen

I wanted to sell my can am spyder and had to have it serviced at a dealership in Hayward, CA. The day before I went in, I read about the 300. I thought I'd take a look at and see what kind of deal they could give me for the Can Am as a trade in. Well. They were willing to deal; however, they didn't have the bike in stock. The sales manager said it would be in that day (white color). We struck a good deal and I had to wait a few hours to pick it up (i.e. until it was delivered and inspected). I had a friend ride it home for me. I'm a novice and hadn't ridden on the freeway before. I took it out yesterday to put some gas on it. Needless to say I was glad I got the 300 rather than the 250. EFI is great. I saw a used 2009 250 and it took FOREVER for it to warm up.
Post Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:42 pm
 Subject: Congratulations, hope you like your new bike.

Post Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:50 am
 Subject: Forever to warm up?

Even on a chilly day, I start it, keep choke on for 1/4 mile, then gun it - no issues. Not bagging on EFI, I want it as much as the next person, but most of the problems people seem to come up with aren't 'real problems', but rather stories about poorly wrenched engines. But, there is a whole thread on that where we're all getting defensive because of the implications that somehow a bike without EFI is a war-crime, when it's really such a small detail in the big picture.

That said, the 300 seems to have an amazing big picture and I'll be getting one next year. The real question, is the white nice?! The pictures give mixed impressions. I'm not sure whether to go base colors, or green for the ABS....the green looks like an atrocity in pictures...
Post Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:28 am
 Subject: The 2009 was either poorly maintained or never jetted.

Those bikes benefit greatly from some minor adjustment to the carbs.
Post Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:28 am
 Subject: Pics or it didn't happen! :D

Post Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:50 am
 Subject: Stupid iPad won't let me load a pic. I'll put one up later (nt)

Post Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:02 am
 Subject: Yes, Kawasaki cooling systems are (were) pretty prehistoric...

Every generation of the EX-250 had the same cooling system plumbing. Very rudimentary, basic.

That's why I modified mine with the ThermoBob. It adds in a small bypass line that allows for constant movement of the coolant through the engine, even when the thermostat is completely closed. With the ThermoBob the bike's engine warms up quickly and evenly. And it maintains normal temps solidly without swinging up and down when the thermostat moves.

The research and documentation that Bill did here on his website http://www.shop.watt-man.com/ explains it all better than I could in a forum post, if you're interested.

Here's hoping that Kawasaki improved the cooling system design on the EX-300.
Post Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:57 am
 Subject: photo 1 of the Ninja 300

Post Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:58 am
 Subject: photo 2 of the Ninja 300 - djrussell, it did happen :P

Post Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:59 am
 Subject: THANKS

Post Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:51 am
 Subject: Nice! Gongrats! I like the white as well.

Post Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:54 am
 Subject: Looks great; Does anyone make storm trooper style gear? :D

Post Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:09 am
 Subject: I love it when other people's garages are a bigger mess than mine.

Post Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:34 am
 Subject: Plenty of decal options to replace the Ninja decals.

You have your Galactic Empire decals and unit designation numbers to play with. Very Happy

Post Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:51 pm
 Subject: Here you go, buy it now!!

Post Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:43 pm
 Subject: nice looking bike

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