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Old 12-16-2012, 03:37 PM   #61 (permalink)
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Probably for the better.
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Of the bikes you are discussing I would also go with the 250 or 500 Kawasakis. They are both inexpensive to run and maintain. Moreover, there are WERA classes that they can be run in and I think that at least the EX500 / 500Ninja is in several V classes - historic racing classes in WERA. Parts are cheap as chips.
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Alright so I've decided on a bike. Only problem is, I don't have my M endoresment yet and no truck either. It's been suggested that I just drive it home, but it's about a 45 minute drive on the highway and my riding experience is very limited so that might be a bad idea... I'll keep you all posted!
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Alright so I've decided on a bike. Only problem is, I don't have my M endoresment yet and no truck either. It's been suggested that I just drive it home, but it's about a 45 minute drive on the highway and my riding experience is very limited so that might be a bad idea... I'll keep you all posted!
Maybe offer $50 extra for the seller to deliver to you.

Or rent a small u haul truck and get some straps.

Just a thought.
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Maybe offer $50 extra for the seller to deliver to you.

Or rent a small u haul truck and get some straps.

Just a thought.
Uhaul has some tie down rope you can buy. Will that work or do I need straps?

How should I go about loading? I don't think uhaul provides a loading ramp with their pickup trucks.
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It's best to use ratchet straps. I'm not sure if u haul has ratchet straps or not.

To tie a bike down, there are three points you want to strap.

Both forks.... Below the fairings. 1 strap on each fork.

Then 1 strap through the rear wheel. Getting it tight on the rear wheel takes a little practice. Angle the bike so that the rear tire is facing the hook on the floor. This way the strap will pull the tire directly toward it. If the bike isn't angled the strap will keep pulling the rear of the bike sideways.

Tighten each down gradually until it gets tight. Start on either fork, tighten a little, go to the other fork, tighten a little, go to the rear wheel, tighten a little. Repeat this until everythig it tight.

It's best to run the strap around the fork under the fairing. This is so you dont put a bunch of pressure on the fairing. You can crack it if there is too much pressure.

Basically once you get it tight enough, the bike won't sit on the kick stand.

It will sit straight up.

The inside of the truck should have hooks inside on the floor on both sides. The trailers are the same.

It's cheaper if you use a trailer. But the trucks aren't too expensive either.

The seller may deliver the bike to you. Never hurts to ask. Just offer them a little more.

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straps are better. rope will work.
how are you with knots?

for loading, i have done it by finding wood lying around, bringing a ramp or if there is some one else their, just lifting the bike in.
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A 250 is easy enough to load/unload with 2 reasonably strong people. That's how the guys I bought my 250 from loaded/unloaded it.

I wouldn't use rope. Ratchet straps are all of $15, and you'll find uses for them again and again.
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I have a 03 sv650 shock I will mail to whoever wants it for shipping cost.
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I actually decided on a 500r.

Will the 650 shock fit on a 500? Is it better than the stock 500r shock?
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Good to hear. Post up pics when you get it.
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me and my brother have loaded, and unloaded a ninja 500 on our own. my mother has also loaded a ninja 500 on her own. so it should not be any harder to get home.

as for modifications to it, i suggest you ride it for a while first, do all the maintenance, get a feel for it. then start changing things. that way you will be able to tell the difference and will be able to make more educated choices. besides the 500 is nice right out of the box.
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go to wal-mart, fuck i suggested the place i despise most of all, and pick up some ratchet straps for about $16. google how to tie down a motorcycle so you dont end up on youtube and you are set.
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go to wal-mart, fuck i suggested the place i despise most of all, and pick up some ratchet straps for about $16. google how to tie down a motorcycle so you dont end up on youtube and you are set.


Thanks for the tip. Walmart is right next to the house. If I can't find what I'm looking for there, the home depot is across the street.

I'm hoping to borrow a friend's truck instead of renting the uhaul. At .79 per mile, it could get pretty expensive.
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I think the Ninja 250r is the much better option.
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