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Ninja 500r 2005 as track bike

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    Re: Ninja 500r 2005 as track bike


    agreed...had a wee bit of hanging rpm's once I let off indicating lean

    so uh...are the front turn signals always broken?

    got a replacement for the left, then the right broke being under a cover and pulled by the wind

    the givi F425 from twisted throttle and other googled retailers looks backordered...the renntech one looks available for maybe $170ish shipped and may take a few weeks. Or I can buy a $45 used seat and just bolt the top case to the rear portion of the seat & take off the rear grab handle.

    man forums say the bike gets 50-55mpg and it doesn't matter how you ride it 200+ mile tanks? I only got 130-150 on the Busa

    doesn't really matter...this will only be used for commuting 1-2 days/week...recreational rides on days off...bigger loop day rides...bike nights...runs to the beach. maybe a surf rack?

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    Re: Ninja 500r 2005 as track bike

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post
    agreed...had a wee bit of hanging rpm's once I let off indicating lean
    Could also mean they need to be synched - one of the slides may be hanging up, too, perhaps from a crack in the diaphram.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontpanic View Post
    It's true.

    Be mindful of the saggy rear suspension and its impact on ground clearance. I ran out of talent in turn twelve - splat!
    did it today

    bottomed the damned thing crossing a road with a dip...almost started googling some upgrades, then remembered what it was. not spending a dime there

    both signals were broken...it was assembled quite poorly from the previous owner:









    going to mount a top case to the rear seat and remove that lower fairing so it can be used to commute by next week...maybe hit some canyons soon with the fresh, pro-leaning tires

    I also routinely flog it to red line to gap traffic...gtf away from me

    Edit: gas is $4.30 in commifornia Right now...after 2,400 miles the bike has paid for itself in gas over the truck

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    Re: Ninja 500r 2005 as track bike

    IIRC the 'fix' for turn signals like that was shoving a bolt in the stem using the cast in hole.

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    Re: Ninja 500r 2005 as track bike

    Like I said earlier, take the metal plate out of the back of the signal, just use the rubber to hold it in place.

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    Removed...they were a PITA to fit into place with the fairings on too, thx for the tip!

    Took it on some spirited exit ramps today...definitely a “standard” riding position instead of pushing down on the clip on and leaning into the turn. Instead you lean in with your torso and hip while your hands sort of rest on the bars.

    Also - contrary to popular belief, a redline clutch up at 6,500rpm in first and the bike WILL wheelie. Stopped by the local stunt spot and didn’t even bother trying in front of people...there were too many long rolling stunter groms and a Harley running the show

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    Re: Ninja 500r 2005 as track bike

    I've wheelied a GS500E, of course an EX500 can therefor wheelie.

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    Re: Ninja 500r 2005 as track bike

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurlon View Post
    I've wheelied a GS500E, of course an EX500 can therefor wheelie.
    I mean... The weight distribution could be fucked and be all on the front end...

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    yeah you really gotta dump it, to get it up...I'm sure a -1 would help there a bit...maybe a -1/+2 clutch up 2nd gear, riding staggered, covering the rear brake was the way to long standups if I recall correctly from 2004 era kawiforums discussions I read way back when

    So far the XR100 with a bmx peg has been my favorite standup wheelie bike. XR650L favorite sit-down, ride out, slow power out wheelie. The FZR was my favorite for on ramps. The Vstrom wheelies were just fun to shock other riders when I did em' with a surf board attached.

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    is this what it feels like to ride in the 80's?

    although the ninjette has a worse 0-60 than the DL650, I like it better. Feels a little more spirited when riding it, lighter, and feels faster above 7k rpm. They both fall into the turns with the same ease (maybe a little easier on the strom).

    bike still has plenty of "chill" rpm power for around town (as most twins do), and is my go-to for errands

    as a matter of fact, I'd enjoy this whole setup as an ADV bike - if I could get handle bars, more travel, and a better dampened suspension, I'd be happy. Unfortunately people have tried, it becomes a money pit (the handlebars alone don't fit as they normally would because of proprietary clip ons) and doesn't work well.

    In the end the bike is adequate the way it comes.

    No power/brake/suspension upgrades needed...maybe mirrors and high vis lighting.

    Ninja as in inexpensive commuter/canyon/beach/street bike and the YZ for everything off-road.

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