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Title: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: oldbike54 on July 15, 2016, 10:05:06 PM
 So all of you tough guy long distance riders , Smithswede rode from Terrell TX to Georgia today on a two fiddy Ninja , 10,000 RPM 's all the way in 95 degree 60 % humidity . 715 miles , WOW !
Sorry Prescott , know how you don't like to toot your own horn , so I will . Take a big  :bow: young fella  :thumb:

 Who says you can't tour on a little bike  :laugh:

 Dusty

Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: poorBob on July 15, 2016, 10:31:12 PM
So all of you tough guy long distance riders , Smithswede rode from Terrell TX to Georgia today on a two fiddy Ninja , 10,000 RPM 's all the way in 95 degree 60 % humidity . 750 miles , WOW !
Sorry Prescott , know how you don't like to toot your own horn , so I will . Take a big  :bow: young fella  :thumb:

 Who says you can't tour on a little bike  :laugh:

 Dusty

That's a long way on a small bike! Hats (helmets) off!
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: power685 on July 15, 2016, 10:41:02 PM
That's one hell of a run. Maybe if I was younger... Maybe
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: Arizona Wayne on July 16, 2016, 12:41:37 AM
I first started touring (60's)on a 250 2 smoke premix Yamaha twin. Then in later years(70's) did it on 350 Yamaha twins.   :tongue:   Last year toured on a 400 MP3 scooter.  This year on  a MuZ 660 single.
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: Texas Turnip on July 16, 2016, 07:01:23 AM
Talk about IronButt rider. Call me candy ass as I have to have coal tar soaked rags on my ankles to keep the sugar ants from getting to my candy ass.

Tex
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: lucydad on July 16, 2016, 07:22:52 AM
I am not worthy to be in The Swede of Smith's presence. 

Says a lot about the little Ninja too.
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: Guzzistajohn on July 16, 2016, 07:31:06 AM
Talk about IronButt rider. Call me candy ass as I have to have coal tar soaked rags on my ankles to keep the sugar ants from getting to my candy ass.

Tex

Good stuff ken!
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: Guzzistajohn on July 16, 2016, 07:32:34 AM
Way to go Prescott you are truly a man among men. You can dive deeper and come up dryer than any man!
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: Guzzistajohn on July 16, 2016, 07:35:08 AM
I first started touring (60's)on a 250 2 smoke premix Yamaha twin. Then in later years(70's) did it on 350 Yamaha twins.   :tongue:   Last year toured on a 400 MP3 scooter.  This year on  a MuZ 660 single.

And you'll ride 79 miles to save 29 cents on a 12 pack!
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: GearheadGrrrl on July 16, 2016, 07:50:35 AM
The new generation Ninjette is a serious bike, a rider finished the last Iron Butt Ride on one, turning 100,000 miles during the ride. He didn't even bother with an auxiliary fuel tank, the Ninjette got such good MPG that he didn't bother. On the same Iron Butt Ride new $30,000 BMWs didn't do as well.
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: Triple Jim on July 16, 2016, 08:02:56 AM
Go Smithswede, that's a bunch of miles in a day!

Since I set up an '05 Ninja 250 for my daughter last year, I've ridden it more than she has, and more than my other motorcycles.  When she's not visiting, I tend to choose the 250 for riding around my local rural roads, often putting over 100 miles on it without realizing it until I check the trip odometer.  Even though it's barely over 300 lbs, it's the smoothest riding and least vibrating bike in the garage, and it's the best handling as well.  It took me 40 years of riding to learn that there isn't always a need for a big, powerful, heavy motorcycle, and that small and light can sometimes be the most fun.  The 65-70 mpg doesn't hurt either.

Here's my little girl burning up the Dragon this spring:

(http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c327/triplejim/travel/Deals%20Gap%202016/ga_ex250_solo_zpssbgsgamt.jpg)
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: oldbike54 on July 16, 2016, 09:59:52 AM
Talk about IronButt rider. Call me candy ass as I have to have coal tar soaked rags on my ankles to keep the sugar ants from getting to my candy ass.

Tex

 Let's be honest , you won't fit on a two fiddy Ninjette  :shocked:

 Dusty
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: ITSec on July 16, 2016, 03:52:24 PM
A worthy accomplishment. A buddy of mine did the IronButt Great Lakes circle on a 250 Rebel a couple years ago - he holds the record for the smallest bike ever to complete the Great Lakes Gold (2450 miles in 50 hours or less).
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: Arizona Wayne on July 16, 2016, 11:48:34 PM
Is he runnin' synthetic or dino oil in dat 250?  I gots ta know.  :grin:
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on July 17, 2016, 12:45:50 AM
  How bad does your crotch hurt after that ride?
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: Tom on July 17, 2016, 12:55:02 AM
My guess....a helluva lot. :grin:
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: oldbike54 on July 17, 2016, 08:44:24 AM
 Yep , now he is doing the turnaround . I would need a week in the hospital after the trip out , our buddy Prescott thinks it all in a day's work  :laugh:

 Dusty
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: Gliderjohn on July 17, 2016, 08:54:38 AM
Well, you know...lawyers just don't feel pain like the rest of us. :grin:
GliderJohn
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: Gooze on July 17, 2016, 09:12:00 AM
That puts my this Thursday's ride on '00 V11S from Florence, SC up to Columbus, OH in perspective (640 miles in 13 hours thru smokies).

In the end, it was some pretty bad weather I had in Kentucky--and my crotch--that put my getting home in danger.

I started riding at 4:40am from Florence and made it all the way back home eventually.

The whole trip was 1,507 miles in 5 days.  BTW, this was a business trip . . .

I take my hat off to him.  And that's from a Finn to a Swede.  Well done.
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: elvisboy77 on July 17, 2016, 10:25:29 AM
I had two of those things, a 2006 and 2007.  Boy, were they fun!  And yes, running in top gear on I-40 in NC spinning north of 12,000 RPM was something to experience.

The carbs were near impossible to keep clean, though.

My employees used to say I looked like an elephant riding a tricycle, so yeah they are small bikes :)
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: PJPR01 on July 17, 2016, 11:21:30 AM
Prescott...allow me to suggest a detour via Houston up to Dallas...that way you can clock a 1000 miler and get an Iron Butt license plate frame to boot!!!

Coming down next weekend??
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: SmithSwede on July 18, 2016, 01:53:58 PM
I got back about 2:30 am this morning.  That was a long 3 day weekend.   It's an impressive little bike--that engine basically screamed at 10,000+ rpm for 27 hours of riding time. 

It was actually fairly comfortable.  Corbin seat with a cheap bead cover.  LD microfiber undergarments.  And lots of moving around, standing up, doing calisthenics on the bike, etc.   

Really only two complaints.   Absolutely no excess power, so no way to do a "banzai pass" around lumbering timber trucks on Alabama back roads.   And while the engine did fine being worked that hard, it's not exactly relaxing to listen to that "angry bee" sound for so long.  It is not like the pleasing Guzzi sound as you motor along.   

Paul, still heading to Houston sometime early August.  Will keep you posted. 
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: Triple Jim on July 18, 2016, 03:41:12 PM
Glad you're home safely, and it's great to hear such a success story about a bike I love almost as much as you do.  I briefly mentioned a guy on the Guzzi board who did over 700 miles in one day on a 250 on the Ninjette forum.

How much gas did you use, around 20 gallons for the round trip maybe?
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: PJPR01 on July 18, 2016, 05:08:37 PM
Sounds good Prescott...the V7 by comparison must feel like a true Ninja at this point compared to the Ninjette!

Will be out of town a few days in August, so let me know once you have your dates set and hopefully I'll be here or back by then.

Did you and Greg align on visiting on V7 related matters somewhere in town or do I need to host Coffee and Croissants at my house? 

 :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: SmithSwede on July 18, 2016, 05:49:06 PM
Jim:

Fuel economy was poor. I averaged about 38 mpg.   I had a big roll-up bag on the back, I mostly sat up in the wind for comfort, and it was pretty windy.   But most of all, I think you aren't going to get good gas mileage if you are constantly at WOT at high engine rpm.  I was riding an indicated 80 to 85 mph most of the time. 

I get much better mileage on the 250 in town.  It's more efficient at 45-55 mph.
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: Triple Jim on July 18, 2016, 06:16:07 PM
Thanks for the MPG report.  I'm surprised, but your explanation makes sense.  My daughter typically gets between 65 and 70 MPG on mine, and I get maybe 60 or slightly more when I run a tankful through it.  But the majority of our miles are done around 55-60 MPH and it's loafing along at around 6,500 rpm.

Have you put a bigger front sprocket on?  The PO changed the stock 14 to a 15 on mine and I think it probably improved things.
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: Arizona Wayne on July 18, 2016, 11:50:02 PM
On my 250 MP3 @ 65 mph I get 70 mpg consistently.   It's top speed is 77 mph, so passing is marginal.   But on my 400 MP3 I average 60 mpg loaded cruising @ 65-70 mph with acceleration to spare.  It's top speed is 90 mph. I'm sure the frontal fairing helps and they are both singles.
Title: Re: 715 miles across the deep South on a two fiddy , in one day.
Post by: elvisboy77 on July 19, 2016, 05:49:52 AM
I never got more than about 40 MPG when I checked it.  Too much throttle!  But I didn't care because it was such a fun bike :)