Ninja 300/CBR250: are they really "small"?





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Published on May 27, 2013

I go to a bike shop to investigate the claim that the Ninja 300 is a small bike compared to literbikes and so forth and end-up playing a game of "find the Ninja 300".

One experiment would be to teach some first-timers how to ride....on a literbike...preferably a Busa, but whatever I can work out. I'll supply the bike, but I need some absolute first-time noob volunteers. 3 for scientific purposes. Anything from a Gixxer 1k, Busa, ZX14R, ZX10R, could even use a CBR1K in a pinch. But the Busa would be legendary as it epitomizes outrageous power & speed in a big, heavy package. Which technically first-timers shouldn't be able to handle, right? Oh they need to be small. Girls. Need 3 girls who ordinarily would be pointed to a moped the moment they walk into a motorcycle store, who are absolute first-timers, want to learn how to ride, and are willing to learn on a Busa. And can meet me somewhere within a half-day ride of Philly, on a weekend this summer. In a parking-lot where I can teach them how to ride it...just as an experiment. For the sake of science :)

You just need to be tall enough to stand over the bike on both feet, with at least 32" of "clearance" with your legs spread by 2 feet & your knees bent and your feet flat. That's the Busas' seat-height, the Ninja 300s' is 31".

And of course, physically capable of riding a motorcycle legally.

If you can get it around the parking lot on your own, start from a dead-stop, shift and brake, turn it in a circle a few times and stop it where you started without dropping it, I'll call it a win.

...ok I'm seeing some views here, 71 views in a day not bad, but that's not the goal here. The goal is to find some participants...don't have to be a girl, I just would like to find someone who is small enough to make the point. You don't have to be a big, strong guy to learn how to ride starting on a Busa.

You just need good instruction.
Which I will provide.

And admittedly you have to be tall enough to straddle the bike, to at least get both feet on the ground while on it, and otherwise in good enough shape to get a motorcycle license.

I keep coming to the realization that one should not buy a streetbike "as a first bike, to learn how to ride". Most of us cannot afford to sink $6k into a bike (especially a new one, with full insurance, at a young age) "just to learn how to ride it". And having a practical goal in owning and riding a bike still doesn't make it make sense, and certainly one can easily get locked into the platform financially and find it almost impossible to upgrade. If one decides to keep riding. It's not like getting your hair highlighted, you're not going to just go back to the dealer and get it redone until you like it. Before you buy a bike, first, last or anyone in between, you should not only know how to ride fairly well but also have a fairly wide range of experience with bikes so you know what you really want and you know what works for you. At least, to a large degree. Don't buy a bike (certainly not a brand-new Ninja 300) to find all this out...that's an unnecessary and expensive $8k lesson. Which you hope you'll be able to get your money back out of on the used market. Lots of people think that and end-up torching their vehicles.


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