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post #1 of 11 Old Sep 14th, 2011, 1:29 pm Thread Starter
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Wife and I riding to NC

This will be our first long trip with her riding her 250 Ninja. We're headed for Deals Gap. Wish us luck.

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Good luck. I'll bet she'll be talking more power by the time the rides over. I've done the small cc thing on a long ride. That is work but great memories.
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Good luck. I'll bet she'll be talking more power by the time the rides over. I've done the small cc thing on a long ride. That is work but great memories.
We're already looking for more power, though she loves her little Ninja. Kind of deciding between lowered F800St or lowered CBR600..

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This will be our first long trip with her riding her 250 Ninja. We're headed for Deals Gap. Wish us luck.
That's a long trip for a 250!

Have a great time at the Gap.

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Re: Wife and I riding to NC

I tip my hat to the lady. Yikes! On a 250 for that long ... she'll want your LT after a couple hours.
Hope all goes well and good luck.

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Not to rain on your parade, but in early June, Bob Munden rode a 125cc Honda CB125 from Key West, Florida to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in under 10 days. In fairness, Bob is a very experienced Iron Butt rider, and he specializes in riding long distances on small displacement bikes. Bob completed a BunBurner (1604 miles in under 36 hours) on a 50cc Honda NS50F. That bike is now enshrined in the famed Barber museum.

You can see a complete list of Iron Butt rides, including motorcycle models, such as the Ninja 250, at:

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They change the password once in a while, but I am confident that you l33t h4x0r5 will be able to figure it out.

Note 1: The page of certified Iron Butt rides is a very long text file. It will take a minute or two to load.

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'he specializes in riding long distances on small displacement bikes'
It can be done. I encountered a guy in Canada on the Alcan riding a 50cc moped to Alaska. I was impressed by physical challenges he was enduring.
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Not to rain on your parade, but in early June, Bob Munden rode a 125cc Honda CB125 from Key West, Florida to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in under 10 days. In fairness, Bob is a very experienced Iron Butt rider, and he specializes in riding long distances on small displacement bikes. Bob completed a BunBurner (1604 miles in under 36 hours) on a 50cc Honda NS50F. That bike is now enshrined in the famed Barber museum.

You can see a complete list of Iron Butt rides, including motorcycle models, such as the Ninja 250, at:

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They change the password once in a while, but I am confident that you l33t h4x0r5 will be able to figure it out.

Note 1: The page of certified Iron Butt rides is a very long text file. It will take a minute or two to load.

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Very impressive. I'll tell my wife. It will inspire her. Thanks.

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'he specializes in riding long distances on small displacement bikes'
It can be done. I encountered a guy in Canada on the Alcan riding a 50cc moped to Alaska. I was impressed by physical challenges he was enduring.
Amazing.

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Re: Wife and I riding to NC

The 250 might be a more fun ride on deals gap. I've ridden the LT and it's just not that great when you encounter traffic and such. Which you likely will. Comparing 250s and the LT on an MSF ERC exercise - "Multi radius turns" - the smaller bikes are a lot more fun than the biggies. More cornering clearance, more nimble. Small bikes are a lot of fun in curvy stuff. The ride here may not be as pleasant for her though.... But ya'll should have a great time - at least I hope you do.

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Re: Wife and I riding to NC

Not such a long trip for a 250. Remember in the 60's riding R25 thumpers just as far and even a nice 305 Honda Dream cross country. Just take plenty of time and wish that the speed limit was still 55.
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