Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: East End Isle of Long, NY
Sure wish Kawi had brought the ER500's here- straight up, bolt-on 17" wheels for a gen 1 is just awesome. It makes penny pinching sense that Kawi used the same rear hub on the gen 2 EX500 and the ER-500, also new gen Ninja 250, Ninja 300... waiting to see a Ninja 400 parts fiche to see if that rear hub is also the same. The 400 doesn't put out any more power than the 500, but it has a 4.5" wheel, i think, so might be different.
Trying to find decent 16" tires is what started me on this swap. The bike came with Kenda cruizer tires, and they really belong on a bigger, heavier bike. The rear Kenda 130/90/16 needs a 3 or 3.5 in rim, and it made the bike feel squirrel-ly. 16" tires are available here, but expensive and usually low tech. Michelin Pilot street tires were $108 with the shipping- i couldn't find one decent 16" tire for that price, let alone a pair.
Rear wheel due on Tues- hope bearings get here by then.
'90 EX-5R w/ 2nd gen forks, Fox shock, aftermarket Ninja 250 wheels, 04 GSXR tail, undertail exhaust w/ Harley mufflers.
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