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Rider Profile: ilya (Enthusiast)

Rider Profile: ilya (Enthusiast)
Real Name:   ilya
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Motorcycle(s):   2004 ninja 250R [sold]
2004 ninja 500R
Riding Since:   November 2004
Location:   Los Angeles, CA
Occupation:   web developer
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In April 2006 I've sold my 250 and purchased a Ninja 500.

First impressions about Ninja 500
* More pronounced vibration on mirrors, handlebars, footpegs.
* Much more stable and comfortable on concrete paved freeways (e.g. 405).
* Effortless acceleration at freeway speeds.
* 52-55MPG so far.

Modifications on Ninja 500:
* Corbin seat [$250 shipped, used on ebay]
* 16-ounce barend weights from HVMP, Inc. [$60 shipped]
* Johar foam grips [$6]
* Sunline Grand Touring grips [$10] - the best so far. Grippy rubber, barrel-shaped
* Zero Gravity sport touring screen [$60 shipped - factory second]
* Laminar Lip windshield extension (mounted on ZG screen) [$80]
* Renntec sport luggage rack [$100 shipped from UK]
* JCWhitney large topcase (fits 2 helmets) [$60 on ebay]
* Passenger foot pegs from Kawasaki Concours [$12 on ebay]
* MCL risers (http://www.motorcyclelarry.com) [$70]
* 12V acc. socket (connected via junction box) [$10]

Modifications on Ninja 250:
* 15T front sprocket [$15 for sprocket, $10 for 8mm and 24mm sockets]
* JC Whitney motorcycle trunk (affixed to the grab handle) [$50 for trunk, $13 for spare grab handle]
* Progrip grips (recommended) [$8]
* Throttle rocker [$9]
* Motorcycle Larry handlebar risers [$70]
* RAM mount for Etrex Color GPS [$42]
* 12V socket (cig. lighter) [$10]
* Sheepskin butt pad (alaskaleather.com) [$35]
* Kenda K657 130/90H16 rear tire [$48 + $10 installation]
* Kenda K671 100/90H16 front tire [$42 + $10 installation]
* Ninja 500 rear shock [$50]
* 130dB FIAMM horn [~$20 with relay and wiring]


Trips taken on Ninja 250
* Labor Day '05 - to San Francisco along the coast and inland on the way back
* Columbus Day '05 - to Big Sur along the coast, back the same way.
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