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Old 03-13-2010, 03:45 AM   #201 (permalink)
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this is an interesting thread. i just have an 09 honda rebel 250 myself, and it gets about 75 mpg. but then again, i ride it pretty hard sometimes. i really like the nija 250, but i dont think my back could take it for very long. i use to have a 750 katana, and that thing killed my back if i was on it for more than 15 minutes. plus, it was horrible on gas. i wonder how much it would improve my mileage if i put a ninja 250 fairing on my rebel? that might be kinda wild looking huh? it would definately be different.

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Old 03-13-2010, 08:57 AM   #202 (permalink)
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this is an interesting thread. i just have an 09 honda rebel 250 myself, and it gets about 75 mpg. but then again, i ride it pretty hard sometimes. i really like the nija 250, but i dont think my back could take it for very long. i use to have a 750 katana, and that thing killed my back if i was on it for more than 15 minutes. plus, it was horrible on gas. i wonder how much it would improve my mileage if i put a ninja 250 fairing on my rebel? that might be kinda wild looking huh? it would definately be different.


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Don't pick it apart, either. I'm already aware that parts of it don't line up, but what do you want for 5 minutes with MSP?
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that actually looks pretty cool. if it was real. still looks cool though.
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:20 PM   #204 (permalink)
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It would be easy enough to do.

If you're interested in getting a sport fairing, find a motorcycle junkyard and take the fairing and bracket mount, and just get a little inventive with attachment methods.

If you already have a fork-mounted headlight bracket, that would be a perfect attachment point for the fairing bracket and new headlight assembly.
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Truth be known you are getting better mileage than the stock 2003 Ninja 250 (72 mpg). If you can get yourself a copy of "Motorcycle Design and Technology" by Gaetano Cocco, Chapter 10 on aerodynamics covers a great deal in a few pages. Keep in mind the cruiser has a longer wheelbase and the seat height is about 3 inches lower a sport bike. The trick will be getting the windscreen to come to shoulder height. A clear touring windscreen from National would fit easily and angled back would reduce drag. The back is even more critical. For 'cheap and easy' get a medium size plastic cooler, mount it on end just behind the rider, and rivet sheet plastic to the hinged lid to form a boat tail. You will likely want a shelf and cargo net inside to store things. Ride that for a while and then decide on gearing changes. Then you can design a full body fairing.
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well, i already have a national cycle windshield. and i also already have a large plastic helmet trunk mounted on the luggage rack. i guess my next step would be the fairing idea. there is a motorcycle salvage yard about 75 miles from here, guess i need to go out there and walk around. thanks for the ideas.
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I'd recommend something a little larger than the fairing from the Ninja 250. I think your cruiser puts you at a slightly wider stance (sit?) than the Ninja's tucked profile does, so the fairing might not fully cover the way you'd want it to.

The Pre-98 Katana's have nice fairings on them, as well as some of Yamaha's larger offerings. IF nothing else, you can always look for a GoldWing, which is a full-faired cruiser.
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The newest models are touting less FE and more top-end power than the earlier models, right? They also have radically redesigned body work, and are slightly heavier...
LESS top-end, more mid-range.
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The Ninja is a twin and the Rebel is a single cyl. Finding a tourer set up would give better coverage and let you keep the upright position. Unlike a bicycle which can be easily adjusted to get a comfortable crouch, a motorcycle must change parts. I've found a variety of plastic locking work boxes by Stanley and Sterling. Look for something 28x18x14 inches. Taper back from the box 8-12 degrees to form the tail. If you are riding in a crouch the box would be shorter and make some side panels to come to the shoulders.
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A Stanley 028001L structural foam box is waterproof and measures 28"L x 12"W x 11"H

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