# Ninja 250

I get 330km out of 13 liters. 330 divided by 13 = 25.38kmpl

I get 330km out of 13 liters. 330 divided by 13 = 25.38kmpl [/quote]

Shit, I thought that it was done with 17 liters… indeed, if you say that when you go to the gas station if put only 13 liters out of the 17 that fit there, it means that you only used 13 liters… am I missing anything?

Anyways, I guess that for a fast bike like yours which needs to rev up for getting the best out of it is not a bad mileage. With my TU, which had great low torque, I could get something like 24.5 kmpl in the city, 26 or so when ridding longer distances.

Also, before buying, we could easily rent a Ninja 250 or some similar models. It seems to be quite a popular practice.
After seeing the prices of heavy motor (600cc and above)…i’ve decided to rent it only at the beginning, to try different models and help me decide which one to buy if any.

I will have my driving test >250cc the 9th Dec, but I have no idea yet what to do haha…I didn’t understand everything, I will check with my wife \o/

I get 330km out of 13 liters. 330 divided by 13 = 25.38kmpl [/quote]

Shit, I thought that it was done with 17 liters… indeed, if you say that when you go to the gas station if put only 13 liters out of the 17 that fit there, it means that you only used 13 liters… am I missing anything?

Anyways, I guess that for a fast bike like yours which needs to rev up for getting the best out of it is not a bad mileage. With my TU, which had great low torque, I could get something like 24.5 kmpl in the city, 26 or so when ridding longer distances.[/quote]

That is pretty much what I get on my Quannon. My Quannon is a 13L tank, and the most I’ve gotten out of it so far on one tank is about 330KM on one tank. Even with the fuel low light , you can still go pretty far… On 100NT only, I go to around 60KM, then my warning light kicks on,from there, I can keep driving until 90-95KM before I’m completely out of gas . So … yeah… you can still keep running for a while lol . But my bikes lighter… its only like 133KG so …

I get 330km out of 13 liters. 330 divided by 13 = 25.38kmpl [/quote]

Shit, I thought that it was done with 17 liters… indeed, if you say that when you go to the gas station if put only 13 liters out of the 17 that fit there, it means that you only used 13 liters… am I missing anything?

Anyways, I guess that for a fast bike like yours which needs to rev up for getting the best out of it is not a bad mileage. With my TU, which had great low torque, I could get something like 24.5 kmpl in the city, 26 or so when ridding longer distances.[/quote]

That is pretty much what I get on my Quannon. My Quannon is a 13L tank, and the most I’ve gotten out of it so far on one tank is about 330KM on one tank. Even with the fuel low light , you can still go pretty far… On 100NT only, I go to around 60KM, then my warning light kicks on,from there, I can keep driving until 90-95KM before I’m completely out of gas . So … yeah… you can still keep running for a while lol . But my bikes lighter… its only like 133KG and I weigh 105 KG… So I suppose the weight is a factor to your gas mileage ~~

Ninja 250 has a “wet” weight of 170kg, but I weigh only 78kg … indeed that will be a factor in fuel consumption.

So, I was on a quiet mountain road today and had to stop for some roadworks where an earthmover was moving gravel to repair the road after a landslide. I stopped and waited. The earthmover started reversing towards me, the driver not bothering to look behind. I sounded my horn but he kept coming. I yelled, but he couldn’t hear me over the noise of his engine. So he hit me and down I went. Bike landed heavily on its left side (luckily not the muffler side) … the foot peg sheared clean off, but fortunately for the bike, my leg got trapped underneath so the front fairings took only minimal impact.

I don’t speak Chinese and unsurprisingly, none of the road workers spoke any English, but I communicated for someone to call the police. There was no cell phone reception in the area, so the site foreman drove down the mountain to summon help. The police arrived, and a quick glance at the scene was enough for him to know that the earthmover driver was clearly in the wrong.

The site manager offered me 10,000NT, which I accepted. I drove the 90km back to town without a left foot peg, calling in at Kawasaki on the way home. The guy there said he can weld the foot peg back in place. The front mudguard was shattered from the impact of the earthmover, and a new one will cost 4,500NT. Miraculously, the left fairing is undamaged, and there is no other damage apart from a few small scratches around the headlight which can probable be polished out.

Update: the repairs were all completed today and I have to say I’m very happy with the results. The bill was 5,200NT including a new front mudguard (4,500) and an expert welding job on the footpeg (700). The Kawasaki dealer also touched up the minor scratches free of charge.

I’ve still got 4,800NT left from the accident compensation money - that should just about cover my anguish and suffering at seeing my pride and joy backed into by an earthmoving vehicle

Also, I filled up the bike today and got my best fuel consumption figures yet … 391km out of exactly 13 liters (just over 30kmpl).

Take care man, next time may be the motherfucker is not going to pay more than 1,000…

Had something like that happen at a petrol station last year. SUV backs quite slowly 3 or 4 car lengths into a lights flashing, horn-sounding, obscenity-shouting foreigner in a car, gets a fright (I’d just shaved my head and looked well 'ard ) and takes off.

New dent didn’t matter much though, and no danger of injury. Earth mover/motorcycle is a much more dangerous combo.

Speaking about mileage… I can’t believe but the last time I filled the tank I made 255.4 km with 7.5 liters, which is about 34 km per liter. It’s much better than any other time. The secret? to ride with other people, and to use N gear a lot

Not sure if this has been touched on since I didn’t read all 8 pages but since your In Taiwan Highly consider 2 other bikes

The screaming honda hornet 15000rpm redline 40hp lightweight has the biggest rear tire of all 250s about the same size as the 600cc
Best part- same price secondhand as a secondhand ninja

A Honda NSR 2 stroke 250cc 45hp stock but can achieve 70hp with a 300cc big bore
Best part- same price secondhand as a secondhand ninja

I owned a ninja 250cc before and put 30000kms on it All I got to say is the bike was real and fun but wasn’t real fun and given its 30hp output and price it would be my LAST choice in Taiwan along with the newer CBR 250cc any day of the week.

Parts are still supplied by the factory for the hornet 250cc 4cyl
and there are still plenty of parts floating around for the nsr250cc

^ Thanks for your post. I bought a Ninja 250 back in August and haven’t regretted it for a moment. I’ve put 7,000km on it since then, and I still feel as excited as a child on Christmas morning every time I set off into the mountains for a day ride

Update: Last week, I had some essential work completed at Kaohsiung’s excellent Kawasaki dealership on Jiuru 1st Road. First off, a new RK chain and sprocket, which has made gearchanges much slicker and smoother. Also, after 11,000km, my Sava/Bridgestone tire combo was due for replacement. Getting new tires was rather more difficult than I had anticipated - basically, it turned out that most of my first choices were unavailable, especially for the rear (Bridgestone BT016, Bridgestone S20, Michelin Pilot Sport). I guess that Ninja 250-sized rims are rare in Taiwan, or at least in Kaohsiung, and tire supply is accordingly limited.

The choices I was offered were:

Bridgestone BT003RS, 110/70 front, 140/70 rear. Sticky tires, great grip in the dry, not ideal for commuting as relatively short-lived (4,000 - 5,000km).

Bridgestone S20 110/70 front, Bridgestone BT39 150/70 rear. I didn’t like the fact that this combined a radial front tire and a bias ply rear - everything I had read online advised against doing this.

My third option were some crappy Dunlop tires, cruiser rather than sport style.

… and that was all. So not a lot of choice. I opted for the BT003’s. I tested them out on a 300km ride through the twisties on Sunday, from Kaohsiung north along the 21 then the 3 to Yujing, and followed the 3 around Tsengwen reservoir before taking the 172 then the 175 south, looping around the reservoir and re-emerging onto the 3 at Nanxi. It’s no exaggeration to say they have completely transformed the handling of my bike. The grip is amazing, turning in to bends is a lot easier (the old tires were very flattened off), basically they inspire a lot of confidence while riding hard. It didn’t rain so they haven’t had a wet-weather test yet, but there’s not a lot of tread on them so I’m not expecting miracles.

They are likely to be relatively short-lived compared to my old tires, but they’re so enjoyable that I think it will be worth it.

Any riders in the Tainan - Kaohsiung area?

I’m in Kaohsiung, I don’t ride a Ninja but ride a red plate if thats what you mean.

Thank you for all information.

Yeah, I’m in Tainan on a 250, but not much of a riding community here. Paul what’s it like in KH? Community or solo rides?

I’m friends with a few Taiwanese guys that get together most weekends for rides. As for knowing other foreigners that ride big bikes, I only know one guy.

TK1 you ride a 250 in Tainan? Come by The Artful Dodger any night but Tuesday and say hi. I ride with a few other guys in Tainan.