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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-27-2012, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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How was your first experience riding with a passenger on your Ninja 250?

I've ridden for a bit over two years, but have never given a ride to a passenger.

How long did it take you guys to get confident riding with a passenger on your bike? Is it something I (and a first-time passenger) can learn in fifteen minutes on an empty parking lot? I've looked up helpful videos on YouTube, but they all use bigger bikes in their tutorials. I'm wondering if it's different on a Ninja 250, it being a relatively small motorcycle.

Also, are there other things to consider that I'm not aware of? Any words of wisdom, or just general advice appreciated.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-27-2012, 05:17 PM
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well im 155ish pounds and i took my gf on my 08 250 after like 3months of riding?(prob around 1k miles or riding) I was hesitant at first but i gave it a shot. It was easier than i thought it was, just take it slow on corners and you should be fine. But everytime i take a different heavier passenger it feels different and my balance feels a little off when i take off and through the first turn or two, but after that i get use to it.

I even went up a pretty steep hill, so dont worry about the power, just make sure ur in a low gear. So my overall advice is take turns slower, and dont be all jitterry and nervous.
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Yeah. Just get used to the weight. Stay easy on the braking. Other than that it wasn't so bad. The dynamics of passenger riding are about the same. The only difference is the bigger bikes have more power. The balance and everything is very similar due to the ninjas set up.

Now don't tattle but I was giving passenger rides when I still had a permit.

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The higher center of gravity is definitely weird to get used to, but if you are comfortable on the bike, it shouldn't be too hard to adjust to.


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I had someone on the back of mine in a few weeks. Looking back at it almost a year later, that probably wasn't a good idea. You're two years in, so take it slow and you'll be fine.

Leave some extra following distance, extra room to brake, and don't take turns too hot. Biggest thing is ensuring they know what to do. Tell them not to fidget at low speeds, head over whichever shoulder is the side you're turning (turning right; head over right shoulder), and to flow with the bike and not fight the lean. It handles a little differently but it's really no big deal. Just remember: "you control the bike, they control you" (msgroup.org). If your passenger fights the lean, they could fuck things up quick in a curve.

Also, make sure they know where to sit . I had a girl on the back of mine on Friday. She was doing well, but something didn't feel right. Then I realized why my nuts were getting smashed. She was sitting on my seat, not the passengers seat. How that happened, I don't know...

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Ninja 250 + giving a fat chick a ride = popping a wheelie the whole time
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ninja 250 + giving a fat chick a ride = popping a wheelie the whole time
= winning

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I wouldn't waste too much time on a parking lot. A quick up and down the street to get a basic feel, then out. You'll adapt faster if you're coping with all the normal things you cope with when you're riding and you'll soon almost forget the passenger's there.

Just give yourself a bit more space and a bit more time.

Remember to increase rear shock pre-load and rear tyre pressure.

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Like said before, make sure they know what to do.

Two of the biggest things I learned when I first rode passengers is that they dont know how to brace themselves when slowing down and also braking is more difficult.

When I ride a passenger I tell them before we leave that they can brace themselves when slowing by putting their hands around me and onto the tank, leaning on me, (and for the more attractive women) putting their hands on my thighs and holding on
If they dont know how to brace themselves the first time you let of the throttle their torso is going to slam into your back.

Also definitely leave more room for breaking. My maiden voyage with a passenger almost ended badly when I was coming to a stop at an intersection with my front wheel turned very slightly and i applied to much front brake. It caused my handle bars to turn completely sideways, stopped us abruptly, and I almost dropped the bike. And with a passenger on it your holding up the weight of the bike and the weight of a passenger. Somehow I managed to go hulk status and lift it back up.
With that said, I now do not use the front brake at all with a passenger once I am under 10 mph.

Also, another good thing to do is try to shift a little sooner so your helmets arnt smacking together through each gear. Also give them a type of signal that they can give you if that for any reason they need you to pull over, perhaps for an emergency.

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Ninja 250 + giving a fat chick a ride = popping a wheelie the whole time
Also, I believe the max weight suggested for the 08+ 250's is 340 lbs. So if you are going to exceed that then you may want to adjust your rear spring tension up a notch or two, since it comes stock set on the softest setting (I think)

This way you dont rub through your rear fender
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