Motorcycle

 The Little Ninja That Could…

Kawasaki Ninja 250

 

The motorcycle I ride (pictured above) is a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250r. It’s my first motorcycle ever, which I bought brand new in 2014 for $3800 CAD after getting a rather large cheque for selling my body to science (long story!).

It’s not usually recommended to buy your first bike brand new since you’ll likely drop it a few times (and want to upgrade quickly). However, nearly all the used Ninjas for sale in my area were not selling for very much less than $3800, so I decided to go with the brand new one, which I knew wouldn’t have any mechanical problems.

I named her “Cardinal” and fell in love with her. I still dedicate love songs to her!

My fees associated with motorcycling (license, insurance, registration) end up being around $65.00 CAD a month. My motorcycle currently uses Bridgestone BT45 tires. I also put a tank bag, saddlebags, and a duffel bag on this motorcycle. For details, visit my gear page.

 

So… Why a 250?

Many motorcyclists I meet are puzzled as to why I would tour on a Ninja 250 since it’s not really a touring bike. After hanging out with many motorcyclists, I genuinely feel that there seems to be a “bigger is better” mentality when it comes to motorcycles! 😛

 

ninja 250

My Ninja and me, in perfect harmon-y (hey, that rhymes!)

 

Reasons the Ninja 250 is just fine for touring:

  • It can take you from point A to B, without exploding! 😀
  • The seating position is fairly comfortable (I’m not hunched over).
  • I’ve ridden my Ninja 250 for up to 11 hours in a day, so..
  • It (almost) keeps up just fine on the highway, I promise!
  • I’ve ridden it on gravel, dirt, grass, in the rain, etc.
  • It’s a rather low-maintenance motorcycle.
  • I don’t have any other motorcycles to compare it to, as it’s the only one I’ve owned.
  • There’s room for all the luggage that I need, for months!
  • I rode it from Toronto to Key West, and then to Texas, and survived.
  • Border officers and cops think it’s cute, and don’t hassle me.
  • This couple rode their Ninja 250 (together!) from Texas to Patagonia.
  • This dude did a 26k mile trip (including to Alaska) on his Ninja 250.
  • There are people traveling the world on scooters and bicycles.
  • This guy is traveling the world on a Honda C90!

 

motorcycle travel

I lived out of those bags for 6 months.

 

I LOVE loud cruisers, and would really enjoy a super-sport, but I think that if I was to get another bike, I would be all logical and get a Kawasaki KLR 650. It’s simply more suitable for what I want to do. Then again, I haven’t actually decided to upgrade yet, because there are reasons I like a smaller displacement motorcycle.

 

Reasons I’m Not Upgrading:

  • A larger displacement motorcycle means I need to spend more money on gas.
  • I’ve developed an emotional attachment to this motorcycle and don’t actually want to sell it!
  • I don’t want to go through the hassle and expense of buying another motorcycle and selling this one. I’m basically lazy.
  • Insurance rates (which are expensive in Canada) tend to shoot up for anything larger than a 250cc bike.
  • The Ninja 250 gets me approximately 65 mpg or 27 km per litre! 
  • Yearly vehicle registration is much higher for anything over 400cc.
  • Larger bikes usually require more expensive parts, and more expensive labor.
  • A bigger motorcycle needs more room to park, and more men to lift it when I get clumsy.
  • A faster motorcycle means I’m more likely to do something stupid (like wheelies?) to get myself killed.

 

So there you have it! I love my baby Ninja! Full review and specs here.

However, this bike isn’t really worth shipping to Europe, so if/when I decide to explore Europe, I’ll probably just buy a new one across the pond.

 

sport bike kawasaki

I take pictures of my bike like other people take pictures of their babies.

 

If you’ve traveled on a smaller displacement motorcycle, I would REALLY like to hear from you!

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