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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-04-2018, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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Another Kawi added to the stable

I picked up a used, 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 500R this weekend. Since selling my CTX last week I was thinking of a small, around-the-town bike to putter on. Then I thought, if I could find something cheap, then I could give it to my nephew who wants to learn to ride.

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It's a beater but I think it will hold up well for a while, at least until my nephew get's good enough for something different.
It needs some work - new chain and sprockets, grommets for the front turn signals, tires, and I'm going to try and clean up the rust. Will look for some used parts for the levers and just an overall good clean-up. Got it for cheap and I rode it 60 miles home. Got it to 95mph (on the speedo, at least) and it still had room for a little more. It's not a burner off the line but I think it will be a great bike to learn on for junior!
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-04-2018, 08:34 AM
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OH YEA

I think he will be happy riding around on that. Nice color.
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I just got rid of an 08 in black. Sharp little bike! Great for around town and short interstate trips. Rode mine from Nashville to Birmingham on interstate 65 with no problems. Carbs get a little sticky if they sit too long. Put in fuel stabilizer when you fill up and you'll have no problems. I have a left over set of Cortech soft saddlebags that fit the bike perfectly if you want them. Shoot me a PM and I'll send for shipping cost only. I don't need them anymore.
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Nice I like it!
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There is also a really good online forum for this bike at: Ex-500.com - The home of the Kawasaki EX500 / Ninja 500R
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Cool starter bike -- basically the same engine as the 2006 Vulcan 500 that I started on -- quite peppy around town.
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Check out the WIKI section of the Ex-500.com - The home of the Kawasaki EX500 / Ninja 500R forum as there is lots of helpful archived info there. My first bike was a Ninja 500.
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I just got rid of an 08 in black. Sharp little bike! Great for around town and short interstate trips. Rode mine from Nashville to Birmingham on interstate 65 with no problems. Carbs get a little sticky if they sit too long. Put in fuel stabilizer when you fill up and you'll have no problems. I have a left over set of Cortech soft saddlebags that fit the bike perfectly if you want them. Shoot me a PM and I'll send for shipping cost only. I don't need them anymore.

Appreciate that, timster! Already have a tank bag for it and figured to let the nephew decide what he wants on it. (You know how finicky those youngin's can be!)

Again, I appreciate the offer!
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If he like the EX500 he will probably like a Ninja 650/Versys 650 as well. Of course a V650 is a great around town bike too.
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Kinda funny when you look at it, it is almost a dead ringer for the original GPZ 900 (the original Ninja, aka the top gun bike).
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Looks good with the lower fairing added to it. See so many of those bikes with the lower fairing missing.

I loved the ergonomics of the '04 Ninja 250 I had. When I got the Ninja 650 I played with many handlebar combinations trying to achieve the same ergonomics but never could which is why I ended up with the Versys 650.
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Back in the day, when I was a young buck and in great shape, I rode a Ninja 250 from Fort Irwin to San Francisco and back. Riding this Ninja 500 home from the seller - 60 miles - NO WAY could I do the San Fran ride today!!!

That leaning-forwards position is very uncomfortable. The constant weight on the arms and wrist is very bothersome. I've ridden cruisers for the last 20+ years, until I delved into these adventure bikes last year. I could never go back to a permanent sport bike!
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Back in the day, when I was a young buck and in great shape, I rode a Ninja 250 from Fort Irwin to San Francisco and back. Riding this Ninja 500 home from the seller - 60 miles - NO WAY could I do the San Fran ride today!!!

That leaning-forwards position is very uncomfortable. The constant weight on the arms and wrist is very bothersome. I've ridden cruisers for the last 20+ years, until I delved into these adventure bikes last year. I could never go back to a permanent sport bike!
That's because you are not supposed to put your weight on the arms. You are supposed to use your core muscles (or what's left of them) to hold yourself up. That is why they are called sport bikes. Knees holding the tank, core engaged, and light on the controls.

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Sucker looks really clean. Enjoy.
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I remember when that bike came out new in 2007 and I wanted one just because I liked the paint color so much.
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Those bikes are a lot of fun! I still miss my '93 sometimes. I put a lot of miles on that bike, carved-up a lot of corners, laid it down a few times, and embarrassed more than a few guys on much bigger/more expensive rides. They can be surprisingly capable...
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