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My GPX250 - "Grace"

Discussion in 'Showcase' at netrider.net.au started by Samboss260, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. Probably about time that I created one of these threads in here. I have several threads in the New Rider section where I have jotted posts about my experience as a new rider.

    Anyway, here she is.... "Grace".
    2007 Kawasaki GPX 250.
    19,500 kms on her when I bought her, and I purchased her from Springwood Suzuki.
    Runs great and is a very clean bike.

    I love the weight and the seat height, as this is giving me great confidence on the road learning.

    Plans are that I want to put a clear screen on her, as I think it will smarten the front look greatly.

    Grace4.

    Grace1.


     
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  2. i would remove the terrible flame vinyl graphics and keep the screen. Nice bike though, GPX does well.
     
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  3. Exactly the same colour scheme as mine, though can't say I've ever thought it would look better with a clear screen (if anything I'd prefer something darker).

    I'd hold off spending too much money on cosmetic changes. Save it for when you get a bit more competent on the bike and realise just how appalingly bad the factory suspension is on a GPX (in particular the ridiculously soft front springs).
     
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  4. They area good bike to hone your skills on for sure. JD is right about the front springs, they probably can be stiffened up but not worth it for me, I intend to see out the next few months and get something a bit bigger.
     
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  5. Front springs can be stiffened with spacers, but far better to just buy new ones with the spring rate you need. I bought mine from here:
    http://www.sonicsprings.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=29_59&osCsid=a457cc3c2852b2aad591300c1fa8bad9
    Edit: Oh and they also have a calculator to work out what spring rate you need (based on weight and riding style)
    http://www.sonicsprings.com/catalog...e.php?osCsid=a457cc3c2852b2aad591300c1fa8bad9
     
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  6. That's good advice, checked out the site , just wonder what the standard rate is to compare.
     
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  7. Pretty sure it's just 0.44kg/mm. Great for doing 40kph or less around Asian cities, but not so great here.

    Edit: Oh and they also suggest not only increasing the weight of oil, but also the volume (increases dampening by reducing the volume of incompressable air in the forks).
     
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  8. Congratulations on the purchase. However I must ask. Do you like the design of the bike? Is it something you were looking for?
     
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  9. Ok, then even 0.7 which appears to be their lowest, is quite a difference.
     
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  10. I don't mind it. Not a fan of the flames, but the height and weight are great for me. And it's clean, shiny and is very forgiving to learn on.

    So yes, I guess I like it as I wanted a semi or fully faired bike.
     
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  11. I agree. Like, I believe the styling does look 'older'... But it's starting to grow on me :p I've decided I'm just going to ride mine like she is and spend money on the upgrade of a new bike, that I'll have for a long time (I hope) :p Don't see much point in doing up something for a few months... In my opinion anyway.
     
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  12. When I was looking out for my first bike, I did consider the GPX. Didn't quite like the "older" styling though. So, I went with a Spada. Hmm, although the GPX can be easily modernised on the cheap by ripping off the fairings, and chucking in a pot light. However, I'm partial to nakeds :p
     
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  13. Yeah, I know what you mean. I didn't really like the older fairing when I bought it. Well, no, I didn't mind it. But I wasn't exploding large amounts of body fluids, so to speak. The main reason I bought it was for the engine... And I'm glad I did. It'll do me well until I can upgrade... Which is the main reason I didn't mind riding it for a year. And now the look is growing on me anyway :p
     
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  14. I can't see how anyone could not like the styling, especially given it's derived from one of the great Japanese bikes:
    192334d1248798630-kawasaki-gpz900-ninja25th-1.
     
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  15. I think it looks retro cool.
     
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  16. I miss my gpx :( It's an awesome first bike.
    Must say, my 1990 looked identical to an 07, but why mess with a good thing?
     
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  17. You know, I had heaps of comments initially from "wanna be boy racer" friends that were saying it looks old and daggy. But as Kroll mentioned, it has really grown on me and I now love it. Initially I loved it because it was my first bike, but now I do love the red beast that she is. The only things I would change are the screen for a clear one, it it will only cost $80 (that is only a night out on the pi55) and if I had to, get rid of the flames. But in doing that, I would lose some of its originality when I go to onsell. So for now, it stays and I love her !
     
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  18. "Grace", huh?
    Cos you know what happened to the owner of this one, right?
    grace_chopper.
     
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  19. Nah..... Grace was my mum's middle name. She passed away last year, and I just saw it fitting to name the bike Grace or Gracie as I like to call her.

    But yes, I do recall what happened ........"Zed's dead....."
     
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  20. Well geez, don't I feel bad now...
    Sorry Samboss, I had no idea.
     
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