I chose this bike because of all the research I did online.
SMART man. 250 is perfect to learn on. anyone who says different or says that you'll "grow out of it" is full of shit.
This bike was originally owned by a female who was pretty short and she added lowering links to the rear. I am 180lbs 5"11 athletic build male .... This is not going to work can anyone help me find a link to how the heck I can raise the bike back up. I have been searching the forums and YouTube with no avail.
try finding a local bike shop. they should know how to get it back to normal. lowering it definitely kills the handling of the bike. it's not like a car in that respect.
2nd this bike has no frame sliders installed, As I said before I am a pretty reserved guy I rather add frame sliders to the bike just in case the bike tips over I don't want to be scratching up my fairings. Any advice onto which is the best brand to get for frame sliders. I seen some on amazon for about $45 tht look decent.
frame sliders (in my opinion) are a double-edged sword. on one hand, they can totally save the day for you in a low-side crash. on the other, they can end up punching a hole in your engine and do more damage than no slider at all. a frame slider doesn't have much chance from a standing drop. it has a much better chance if you wash out at full lean around a curve.
my advice; case covers or case savers. contrary to popular belief, frame sliders are not called "fairing sliders" for a very good reason; they will not save your fairings from damage. if you go down, you can expect to mess up your fairings, no matter what you use. case covers, however, will definitely save the day, keep your oil in the crank case and help get you back home in the event of a minor "off". you will still need to fix your fairings after, but you'll reduce the risk of punching holes in your engine.
3rd besides the bike being lowered it is 100% stock the stock muffler is too quiet for me. I'm young I like loud cars and bikes. Also I want people to hear me coming for added security so I will be on the lookout for an exhaust I like the MGP growler exhaust from what I have heard online.
ride it for awhile longer before you decide on an exhaust. chances are, you'll like the stock one enough to stick with it. loud pipes do not, in fact, save lives. that's an old wive's tale started by harley riders.
keep your eyes open for something inexpensive because buying an exhaust that costs 30% of the value of your entire motorcycle is just silly.
practice, be wary of riding in groups, weigh any advice you get based on the experience of the advisor, wear all your gear EVERY TIME no matter how short the trip (my off was less than 1 mile from my house and 2 minutes into my ride). don't skimp on shit that will save your ass. decent boots, gloves, helmet and jacket are what i consider minimum attire. back and chest protectors and full leathers sound like overkill until you hit something really hard.
oh, almost forgot; WELCOME and stay safe!