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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-10-2017, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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650 through gate?

Hi all, I'm new here and hoping to get myself a ninja 650.

So I was wondering if those who own the bike night be able to help with a conundrum.

I recently moved to a new place and, I hadn't thought about it, but it has this ridiculous gate which you have to go through to get off the road. The gate is concrete posts either side and the total gap is 30 inches. I really want to keep the bike off the road and if I can get it through the gate I can even keep it undercover.

Does anybody here with the bike have a similar issue, or knows the dimensions well enough to give me a heads up?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-10-2017, 03:17 AM
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Hi and welcome, it's doable even if the opening is a bit narrow, try turning the handlebar and tilting the bike while exiting in an angle.

The bike is light and agile but don't try this alone because it can turn ugly if you are not used to it!
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-11-2017, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Awesome, thanks for the advice, do you happen to know the width from handle bar to handle bar, I'm thinking if it is a real pain I could keep some kind of dolly next to the gate, put the bike on, line it up and push it through....although this could be even more of a hassle....maybe I'll just need to get good at being dexterous with the bike.
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You really don't need to do that, even if you can't fit the bike head on it is possible to do it on an angle and after a while you will be able to do it almost automatically.

I can't help you with the handlebar info unfortunately as I have an aftermarket one fitted.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-11-2017, 06:21 PM
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it's doable at an angle if your careful and used to it. i just measured my handle bar reach and its 29" make sure to flip the mirrors up.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-12-2017, 02:56 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks both, this puts my mind at ease, last thing I wanted is for my new bike not to fit through the gate! and be forced to keep it on the street. I had a feeling it should be OK but wanted to make sure.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-16-2017, 08:52 AM
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If i understood right, you need or would like to take the bike inside a place with a 30'' door width ?.... and so what is the problem ? I think is well enough.

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Ok.... Enough to cross the bike with a dolly mover. The problem is always wheel position when end bars are right located.

My advice if you find hard to take in&out is to place bike in a rear wheel dolly mover and additional for front wheel (blocked front brake)

If your bike has a center stand only one dolly mover is needed, cheaper model in fact.




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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-16-2017, 11:06 AM
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Folding the mirrors every day on an ER means they will end up loose, as they are held in place with loctite and screws only!
I had this same problem when I had my Er-6f, as I have to enter my garden first, before parking the bike in my garage through a widened side door.
Riding up the motorway one morning to work, the left side folded in on me with a whack!

I don't have this problem anymore with my SX, since the mirrors fold like car mirrors, snapping/locating into position and snapping back when folded (I hope that makes sense!?)

Personality helps, but ATTITUDE is everything!

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