How does the EX250 handle freeway riding?
The answer is - very well! The EX250 can spend long hours cruising at 85+ mph. As of 2006 there were two club members who had completed the Iron Butt Rally (11,000+ mile ride completed in 11 days) on EX250s. If that doesn't prove this bike's complete highway worthiness, then nothing else will.
- Wind noise - it is the primary cause of driver/rider fatigue on long trips. Wear earplugs.
- Oil consumption - only an issue if you stay over 9000 rpm for long periods of time. Check the oil level frequently and prepare to add some, if need be.
- There are noticeable differences in gas mileage between 65/75/85 mph speeds.
Don't let that punk salesman take you for a ride; listen to experienced EX250 riders:
- The bike will go longer in a day than I can comfortably manage. Now, there may be better bikes for highway riding, there may be better bikes for the twisties, there may be better bikes for touring, but there is NO BIKE I know of that can manage it all anywhere as capably for anywhere near the price.
- I've done a couple of 1500 mile trips this last year: one in 30 hours, the second one took 24 1/2. On that second trip I was riding 75 to 90 for almost 25 hours straight. I weigh over 200 lbs, plus LOTS of gear (full saddlebags, full action packer trunk, plus full tankbag).
- The only reason I don't cruise at 90 plus on the freeway is the fact that I already got pulled over once... I weigh 230 and have huge saddlebags. The Ninja will still pull all that up a 6 percent grade at 80 plus.
- There have been many people who have toured extensively on 250s. The idea that you have to have a big bike is bunk. The need for speed and power are overrated. A 250 cc engine is plenty, especially in a tried and true bike like the Ninja 250. Plus, 60-70 mpg is a serious bonus for long distances.
- Buy the 250 and ride it all day long at highway speeds and have fun. Just check the oil occasionally.