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Old 02-24-2011, 08:41 PM   #20 (permalink)
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My dad had either the last year of GL1100 or first 1200, I used it a few weeks commuting while repairing a car, I got something in the 32 mpg range. It was a 5 spd, no much for aero, I doubt their's much you can do to help them but slow down. I was surpised how high the RPM were. Throttle response was great, mpg not so much.

A 2-3 yo Ninja 250 could be an incredible by to save money, get one for $2000 and 3000 miles could be a great buy, the valves are easy to adjust (screw & tappet), cheap tires, etc... But a modern piece of hardware with FI, modern engineering, modern look, brakes etc.. is beyond saving a few 100 or 1000 dollars if that's what you want.

I had a 2004 Ninja 250 and wouldn't spend $1000 for another one. Didn't care for the bike, the feel, MPG is great, but if I won't ride the bike, it's a waste of money.
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