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Old 10-08-2010, 02:48 PM   #9911
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Yea but I will be riding the bike too until we can afford a second one lol
If you only need an inch shorter, I would first try picking up a second seat and getting it repadded and covered. I know greatdaytoride.com will mod a seat lower and put in a gel cushion for not much. I had my seat modded by him, but non-lowered and it is pretty good.

Maybe if you search someone has a quick removal seat mod so you can swap more easily. Not that it's hard as is.

Then if you still need to adjust the suspension it will be a less drastic change.
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:13 PM   #9912
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Anyone put bikemaster turn signals on? Sounded like it would be a direct plug in job but its not. I got everything of but it looks like I have to splice and reconnect wires. Plus the bolt at the end of the signal is too wide to fit into the piece of plastic on the back that it attaches to. Any tips?

Ram Cycles also fixed by shifter for me for $10. When I got home, I realized they put it on the wrong side though blah so I have to go back in the morning.
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:20 PM   #9913
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Anyone put bikemaster turn signals on? Sounded like it would be a direct plug in job but its not. I got everything of but it looks like I have to splice and reconnect wires. Plus the bolt at the end of the signal is too wide to fit into the piece of plastic on the back that it attaches to. Any tips?

Ram Cycles also fixed by shifter for me for $10. When I got home, I realized they put it on the wrong side though blah so I have to go back in the morning.
Yes, you'll need to cut and twist or solder the wires together, don't forget + -> +, - -> -. The shifter should be pretty simple as well, do you have a service manual? These are pretty easy things to do so if you want to get into wrenching at all this would be where to start. Let me know if you need help, im over in Rockville.
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:25 PM   #9914
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Yes, you'll need to cut and twist or solder the wires together, don't forget + -> +, - -> -. The shifter should be pretty simple as well, do you have a service manual? These are pretty easy things to do so if you want to get into wrenching at all this would be where to start. Let me know if you need help, im over in Rockville.
What do I do about the bolt thats too big for the plastic backing? I dont know why these stupid signals dont come with instructions. Blah
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:34 PM   #9915
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What do I do about the bolt thats too big for the plastic backing? I dont know why these stupid signals dont come with instructions. Blah
Plastic is easy to cut , make sure you are putting it in correctly first.
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:05 PM   #9916
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Plastic is easy to cut , make sure you are putting it in correctly first.
I bought two sets to see which I liked better. The flush mounts went in no problem. Fit perfectly and were a direct plug so no wire cutting necessary. So I went with those
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Old 10-08-2010, 09:31 PM   #9917
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I'm driving the Focus FINALLY!

Took it to get it final inspected, after I fixed what failed. Got pulled over a block away from the inspection station and got a ticket for expired tags. Told the officer I was on the way to get it inspected, then over to the MVA. She was polite, but had to write the ticket. She said to take the paperwork to court showing that I got it inspected and tagged right after the ticket and the judge will probably let me slide.

Let's hope so!

Oh yeah, it's a helluva lot of fun to drive!
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Old 10-09-2010, 10:46 AM   #9918
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So I got everything fixed except the clutch lever but I can still use that until the replacement comes. Looks like a good day for a ride!
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Old 10-09-2010, 12:32 PM   #9919
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Yea it was. I just dont think she will be able to go out riding with us on a 250 because we get on I270 to go anywhere we want to ride and everything I have read says not to take a 250 on the interstate.
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What kind of pickup do they have from 60-80? At that speed and on I270, you need to be able to speed up effectively to avoid the idiots. Plus, is it ok to be riding the bike at max speed or near max speed for any length of time?
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Thats what Im worried about. Shorter maintenance intervals means more wear and tear is being put on the motor. Her and I have been discussing it a lot and even the 250 sports bikes only save about 50 or more pounds. Its some difference but I dont know if its all that much on a 300-400 lb bike. The 250 cruisers save more weight. She took her course on a nighthawk and liked it. I dont see any for sale around here though. She didnt like the rebel at all so thats out. Just a lot to think about. She may just keep trying on the SV until she gets the hang of it. I think I may look into lowering it for her. Right now, she is on her tip toes holding the bike up (she is 5'4") so I think if we could get both feet flat on the ground that would help a lot. Anyone have any experience lowering the SV?
I weight 240 lbs. and the Ninja 250 carries me down route 50 at 80-90 indicated just fine. Passing and other maneuvers at 60mph take some forethought and time. The motor is designed to spend most of there time at 10,000rpm and above. The valve clearance check interval is a little short at 7500 miles but working on the bike is very easy. Check out http://www.ninjette.org/forums/index.php lots of good info. on that site. Jen is only about 5-4 and she can flat foot it. She has also come very close to dropping it in the driveway just moving it around, but she was able to pick it up. I can't imagine a better bike for a new, small rider and it makes a really nice second bike or me to rail around on.

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Old 10-09-2010, 03:02 PM   #9920
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Lew--

Will anybody be home tomorrow so I can bring your floor jack over?
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