Post Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:09 pm
 Subject: Just put a deposit down for this "new" 2013 300 SE

I plan to ride it 270 miles to my home. I'll try to break it in lightly.

I've had my 1999 Ninja 250 for almost 6 years (which is now for sale (am I allowed to say that here?)).

Any advice as a new owner would be greatly appreciated. Or if you could point me to some search terms for new owners that would be great!


300 SE Back Left.jpg
Post Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:33 am
 Subject: Congratulations!

I see that it's green, does that mean it's the ABS version?
How did the ride home go? 270 miles in PA is rather chilly this time of year.

I got my snow check last night. Finally got paid for the snow removal and truck maintenance that I've been doing since last August.
I think I'll visit the dealer (Motorcycle Factory Inc in Woodbridge, VA) this weekend.
The plan for me is to have the new bike ready to ride by Memorial Day.
Post Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:18 pm
 Subject: Thanks

It is the non-ABS version. I haven't picked it up yet. I am thinking about trailering it home, but I need to buy a hitch and a "trailer". The dealer said that I don't have to pick up until the end of the month. My garage is in my basement, so I need to shovel a path to get down there. Good thing we didn't get more snow today.

Good luck with getting a new bike.
Post Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:28 pm
 Subject: X2 on the congrats

I wish I could get a 300 but I'm happy with my 250. I like the green but I have to say, I like the white 300's as well.
Post Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:40 pm
 Subject: Harbor Freight trailers ftw!

$200, secure a piece of food to the floor, and you're good to go once you get the hitch.
Post Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:06 pm
 Subject: For most people, Uhaul @ $20/per is a better deal...

No registration issues, storage issues, maintenance issues...

Me, I bought a solid 5x8 off Craigslist for $150. Lots higher quality build, less money and I feel better about it than I would a HF unit (I've been around a few, used a couple... I'd do it again in another pinch but will always go for higher quality if possible).
Post Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:16 pm
 Subject: Good to know

I don't even own an HF trailer personally, but I've had my eye on one for some time.

I've got some ramps and just load the bike up in my truck whenever I need to anyway.

The times that I've contemplated moving, I figure I'd need a trailer to get all of my stuff around. $150 for a good quality trailer is great
Post Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:46 pm
 Subject: ABS, trailers and snow.

JustTim wrote:
It is the non-ABS version.

I've gotten used to ABS on the car. Looking forward to trying it on a bike.

JustTim wrote:
I am thinking about trailering it home

Why? With a month to wait, there should be a day or two when both the roads and the weather are acceptable. You're not a first time biker, so you should be familiar with various road hazards. It's a new bike take it easy, look at the route as you go to the dealer. If the dealer is more than about 5 miles from home, then trailer is a good idea. I wouldn't trust any bike for a first ride farther than that.

JustTim wrote:
Good thing we didn't get more snow today.

I just finished my estimate of earnings for the March 2-3 storm. My gross earnings were about $4500. It's been a very good season.
Post Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:12 pm
 Subject: HF Trailer, long term usage

I don't know if I can agree with you on this one.

I've had my HF trailer since '07, built it in my sister's backyard, and immediately towed my Hawk GT from NYC to Denver with it.
Since then it's towed countless motorcycles numerous times (including several Denver to NYC to Denver runs), carried furniture and boxes from apartments to houses numerous times, and has been rear ended by pickup trucks several times.

It's held up to all this use and abuse, and yet still continues to be the best couple hundred bucks I've spent, with the exception of all the motorcycle apparel I've bought over the years, that have kept my skin safe, and my noggin intact.

I've used the U-Haul trailers over the years, and they typically aren't as convenient as having that HF trailer ready and waiting to go.
If you don't have a trailer, they are fantastic for one time use. If you're planning on towing the bike around a lot, you're better off investing in something.

But yes, a higher quality trailer, as you say, would be even better than the HF trailer.
Too bad there weren't any available in NYC in March of 2007 when I was in the market, however. Smile

Post Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:03 pm
 Subject: Did you get it home?

How do you like it so far? How does it compare to your '99? I got my first quote on one today - they had the one I want sitting just outside the door. I just have to get a couple more quotes. I hope to have one by mid April.
Post Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:00 pm
 Subject: Not yet

I had to bail on the one in WV. Transportation and time became an issue. I did buy this one with a Musarri aftermarket exhaust. Plan to pick it up this Sat.
Post Posted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:55 pm
 Subject: Brought it home on Sat.

OK - so my bike also has ABS, aftermarket levers, wind screen and LED turn lights on the side of the frame.

Riding it home, was great. Felt as nimble as the 250 (although I was being cautious). It was more comfortable too. I didn't really ride it hard, although I didn't stay under the 5000 rpms for the break procedure. I figured, the previous owner didn't, so what more harm could I do ( I did a lot of highway riding on the way home ).
Post Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:23 pm
 Subject: Break-in

Mine won't follow the 5000 RPM break-in limit either.
http://www.ntnoa.org/enginebreakin.htm This one worked for my IBA engine. Even though that was 12 years ago, I plan to do it that way again.

I sold that engine with 60K miles on it. It still sounded good. It didn't use any appreciable amount of oil. And, I certainly didn't go easy on it. When people would ask about riding a 250 in the Iron Butt Rally, I asked them the following:
Q: What is the correct action to take when riding a Ninja 250 on the highway and you notice the tachometer indicates 7500 RPM?
A: Downshift to bring the RPM back up where it belongs. The tachometer should be at 9000 during normal highway riding.

I don't know yet what the proper RPM is for a 300, but I'm sure it will be a lot higher than most people think is prudent. Looking at the torque curves for the engine, there is a peak just above 8000 and then it drops very slightly and holds steady to another peak around 10500. So unless riding it convinces me otherwise, the first sprocket change will move it to about 9mph/1000RPM. 8500 will then give me 76.5 mph.

One more week and I pick it up.

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