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Everything you said makes sense and it was a great review, however, regarding the suspension, I owned both the 2012 250r and 650r and I found it was the 250r with the stiff suspension, not the 650r. The 650r suspension was a huge improvement in comfort and stability in the 2012. I can handle stiff suspension, but the 250r was almost squirrely when hitting a bump. Hopefully that's gone. Great videos, especially coming from someone with lots of experience riding. I'm trying to buy one, but my dealer is not cooperating with the white one he has in. He wants $5600 and I want to pay $5400 OTD. Maybe if he hasn't sold it by tomorrow, he'll cave.
 

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Everything you said makes sense and it was a great review, however, regarding the suspension, I owned both the 2012 250r and 650r and I found it was the 250r with the stiff suspension, not the 650r. The 650r suspension was a huge improvement in comfort and stability in the 2012. I can handle stiff suspension, but the 250r was almost squirrely when hitting a bump. Hopefully that's gone. Great videos, especially coming from someone with lots of experience riding. I'm trying to buy one, but my dealer is not cooperating with the white one he has in. He wants $5600 and I want to pay $5400 OTD. Maybe if he hasn't sold it by tomorrow, he'll cave.

Perhaps you had it set stiff...they seem to do that from the factory. The suspension redesign is great it feels incredibly stable and planted. It's between this and the WR250R as the most fun bike I have ever owned

My 600s and 1000s don't compare in the fun department
 

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The light bikes are just more fun. Of course light and powerful is the best. I would like to see a naked version of the 300. ER3 weighing in at 350 lbs. wet in yellow or red.

I am expecting a call tomorrow re the white Ninja 300. Whenever you call or visit my dealer they follow up. It's always the same. After I call or visit, they call me a couple days later and ask me how my experience was. I always say "not so good" cause I didn't get my bike. Then they put me through to the sales manager/owner and I explain how I offered X amount of $ and the salesman said no and how I am planning to go look at the bike at Alamo Cycle Plex in San Antonio. Then he says, "just a minute" and comes back on and asks if I still want the bike for X amount. I say sure and go over and buy the bike. Anyway, I've bought 6 bikes from this same salesman and the sales have all gone just like that.
 

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Someone has reviewed the ABS 300 on YouTube. It's called Pros and Cons....One of the cons he mentioned is the bike not going into gear. He's a newer rider, but not talking about how if you stop in 6th, then try to get to 1st you have all kinds of trouble. What he says is that the bike jumps out of gear and goes back into neutral from 2nd gear and also shifting from 4th to 5th for example it will jump out of 5th and find a new neutral, then jump into 5th. Dang, that doesn't sound good. I asked him if he is kicking the thing into gear thinking maybe he's not forceful enough with the gear-shift foot lever, but he says he is. ?? If this is related to the slipper clutch, we could have a whole bunch of these.
 

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I dont see his problem having anything to do with ABS..

Of my 600 I would get an occasional phantom neutral, but I would blame it on poor shifting on my part.

The only problem at all I have experienced with the 300 is it dying, from going to slow in a higher gear. This bike seems more sensitive to this than the 250R. I dont blame the bike for it though, I am just not used to its personality yet..
 

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In the YouTube comments, the Aussie mentioned that it is probably his technique and that it is mostly going from 1st to 2nd. Haven't well all done that? I mean that's where neutral is afterall and most likely he just wasn't kicking it up into gear with enough oomph as Brother Michigan suggested. He also mentioned the suspension being just so-so and not taking bumps well. That sounds a lot like the 250r to me because that is how it handled for me too, so perhaps suspension is still not so great on the 300. This, if true, is a huge disappointment to me, especially after hearing others say how much improved the suspension is. The vibration he mentioned at higher rpms was not a problem I recall with my 250r though. The 650r idled a little rough in comparison and I suppose you could call that vibration, but it too seemed to ride smooth. I don't recall any fatigue except from the hard 250r seat after a while. A few more reviews and we should have this thing all figured out. LOL
 

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Someone has reviewed the ABS 300 on YouTube. It's called Pros and Cons....One of the cons he mentioned is the bike not going into gear. He's a newer rider, but not talking about how if you stop in 6th, then try to get to 1st you have all kinds of trouble. What he says is that the bike jumps out of gear and goes back into neutral from 2nd gear and also shifting from 4th to 5th for example it will jump out of 5th and find a new neutral, then jump into 5th. Dang, that doesn't sound good. I asked him if he is kicking the thing into gear thinking maybe he's not forceful enough with the gear-shift foot lever, but he says he is. ?? If this is related to the slipper clutch, we could have a whole bunch of these.
In a later video of him, he did an oilchange.
After that his shifting issues were gone.
 
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