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Very impressive machine! My local dealer threw me the keys and said take it for a ride, so I did. I was wearing my adventure boots so shifting was a little awkward. The bike felt small to me, but that is because all my current bikes are on the large side. I weigh just over 200 in full gear, and am 5'11".

My course consisted of some winding hilly backroads, and some fast two lane with a couple hundred yards of city riding. The bike had plenty of power and was very happy at 4000 RPMs up to 12000 RPMs. To feel any acceleration I needed to be at 8000 RPMs and up. The bike was very stable and handled the curves very well. It also passed vehicles travelling at 55 with little effort though the acceleration did start to slow down when I hit 85 mph. Steering felt very neutral and it handled very well when I was weaving around tar snakes.

The seat was like sitting on a board so definitely not a distance bike. The handlebar position was sporty but not too aggressive. The footpeg position was very sporty.

I believe this bike would be a great bike for a beginner and those experienced riders who are looking to wring a bike out without risking tickets or going into the turns too hot.

Also, the metalflake white looked real nice.
 

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I have truly been considering this, seeing as I've only been riding for a couple months and I would be riding to work, small city rides, and a country fun ride every now and then. Still considering the 650, but I'm also thinking of a small bike until I've got a couple years under my belt. Hmm, so many choices!!!!
 

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Not everyone needs to have a soft plush seat to be comfortable.. every ride a racing bike? if you are in shape, you get used to it...
 

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Not everyone needs to have a soft plush seat to be comfortable.. every ride a racing bike? if you are in shape, you get used to it...
Because on a race bike you are never sitting still on the bike. You don't want a seat to grab and hold you. That said, if you are buying the Ninja 300 for a track bike then the seat is fine. If casual riding it is pretty bad. Don't see many race bikes that have 15,000 miles a year put on them.
 

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Hahaha...... race bikes are comfortable now?
Apparently only if you are in shape they are lol .............. :jerkit:
 

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Very impressive machine! My local dealer threw me the keys and said take it for a ride, so I did. I was wearing my adventure boots so shifting was a little awkward. The bike felt small to me, but that is because all my current bikes are on the large side. I weigh just over 200 in full gear, and am 5'11".

My course consisted of some winding hilly backroads, and some fast two lane with a couple hundred yards of city riding. The bike had plenty of power and was very happy at 4000 RPMs up to 12000 RPMs. To feel any acceleration I needed to be at 8000 RPMs and up. The bike was very stable and handled the curves very well. It also passed vehicles travelling at 55 with little effort though the acceleration did start to slow down when I hit 85 mph. Steering felt very neutral and it handled very well when I was weaving around tar snakes.

The seat was like sitting on a board so definitely not a distance bike. The handlebar position was sporty but not too aggressive. The footpeg position was very sporty.

I believe this bike would be a great bike for a beginner and those experienced riders who are looking to wring a bike out without risking tickets or going into the turns too hot.

Also, the metalflake white looked real nice.
Thanks for review.. I trying to get my girl to get one so I can take it to the track.. that thing looks like it could out turn alot of bikes.. (might need better tires not sure)
I really do want to test ride one..
 

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300 was on my short list except dealer only had white and black and I don't care for either. Given a massive markdown on a new '12 650 in passion red, I had to take that instead (with softer seat for my bony old butt). I do love the lighter weight bikes and there's something thrilling about wringing out a smaller displacement versus a bigger one you rarely get to open up.
 

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Because on a race bike you are never sitting still on the bike. You don't want a seat to grab and hold you. That said, if you are buying the Ninja 300 for a track bike then the seat is fine. If casual riding it is pretty bad. Don't see many race bikes that have 15,000 miles a year put on them.
I meant Road bike as in Bicycle with the tiny little hard as hell seats... I ride a few hundred miles a week on that thing... doesn't hurt at all, why? because i'm in shape and take care of myself. Unless you are an old man your only excuse is your own lazyness and unwillingness to get out and take care of your physical health. The Ninja 250, 300, 650, all their seats are MORE then soft and compliant for any number of miles.
 
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