So I am riding on a nice Saturday afternoon with my son in some rolling Adelaide hills. He has a Honda 250 cbr rr. Now I see lots of kids with these bikes. I found him a mint 2010 4,000km aqua ninja 250 as his first bike. I thought I did well. a few months later he rolls up with what I can only describe as a wrecking yard Frankenstein monster. It even still has that white texta markings on some bits and pieces around the motor. He traded his mint ninja…..on this 1992 pile of questionable nuts and bolts. I dont care that it has ‘street cred’. You dont ditch a mint 2010 bike, not even run in, on a wrecking yard sourced grey import that is 23 years old. That was a year ago. he has got it tuned, put racing tyres on it and taken it to the track a few times. Its still registered, but on this day I decided half way though the ride to stop and swap bikes. Getting off a VT750S and onto a 250 like this, the pegs are way back and I was thinking how am I gonna change gears crouched like this…..unlike the lumpy v twin sound and vibration of my bike, this was like a sewing machine in smoothness, no hesitation in revs and I pull out onto the road. I hang back at 80kph coming to terms with it, absobs bumps with ease, nothing too dramatic that has my alarm bells ringing. Look at tacko and its about 6-7RPM im thinking the redline is 18,000!!! There is no way it could be operating right. I move up to 100kph and the tacho is just slightly higher. Defiantely there is no way this tacho is working if I am doing 100kph and there is double that left over …..on a 23 year old thrashed 250!!! No way. Its like a turbine in smoothness, even despite its dodgy wrecking yard past, and 23 years of who knows how many owners thrashing the shits out of it. I will post a pic if I can and all i can say is that for a 250, this represents how much can be achieved when the best of the best engineers get together to make a bike. I can see why my son didn’t want a ‘commuter bike’……as he calls ninjas. I love the look of the ninjas though.