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Rider Profile: camaroz1985 (Rookie)

Rider Profile: camaroz1985 (Rookie)
Real Name:   Ryan Hetrick
Age:   31
Motorcycle(s):   2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Green
Riding Since:   April 2008
Location:   Bressler, PA
Occupation:   Mechanical Engineer
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Updated 3-12-2009

I started riding April of 2008. I have since put on over 5,000 miles. My daily commute is only 5 miles, so as you can see I have kind of been getting into a more sport touring aspect of riding.

As this is my first bike I don't have anything to compare to, but I think the New 250 makes a pretty good tourer. I have since added a Zero Gravity sport touring windshield, HID headlights (excellent investment for anyone that does any significant amount of riding at night), and am in the process of installing a GPS. I use Nelson-Riggs soft mini sport saddle bags (SSC-140), and a Rapid Transit Recon 19 tank bag.

Future plans include lower gearing (15T front sprocket first, then maybe 43 or 41T rear to follow), and the matching Nelson-Riggs tail bag. Also maybe a different seat, or put a gel insert in the stock seat.

As for gear I have a Teknic Interstate Jacket (as well as a Kawasaki mesh jacket for the summer), Tour Master Flex pants, Joe Rocket Meteor Boots, Shift Racing gloves (both a summer pair, and insulated/waterproof pair), and HJC IS-16 helmet. I have ridden in the rain with this gear (before the Joe Rocket boots and waterproof gloves) for over 200 miles one night, and remained fairly dry, but am looking into getting some dedicated rain gear.
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Last Updated March 12, 2009