what tweaks can i do for some minor to moderate performance boost?

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by a silly bugger, Aug 4, 2004.

  1. Kawasaki 250 ZZR, would like to get a little more grunt out of it, trading
    up to a bigger bike isnt an option due to money limits, so i'm looking for a
    few things that i could have done to boost performance a little, nothing too
    major or expensive obviously, i.e. under $500 mark.

    a silly bugger, Aug 4, 2004
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    corks Guest

    save your money and spent it on a bigger bike

    do a rider training course

    geta good service and tune

    dont bother and save your money

    1 poofteenth extra of SFA is still SFA
    corks, Aug 4, 2004
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    Johnnie5 Guest

    rider training


    smaller front sprocket will give apparent more power
    Johnnie5, Aug 4, 2004
  4. In aus.motorcycles on Wed, 4 Aug 2004 23:35:05 +1000
    Decide *why* you want more go. Is it because you don't win the traffic
    light drags? When you say grunt, do you mean acelleration or top speed?

    If you want to go faster in the twisties, do the Superbike School, under
    $500 and your bike will go much faster.

    If you want more go off the line or more top speed, forget it. There's
    no cheap way to do that. Except maybe a diet. For you, not the bike...

    There isn't much for somethign like that, it's already quite highly
    tuned. Anything there will be, will be way more than $500 as it will
    require engine work or new pipes maybe.

    Make sure the maintenance is spot on - chain exactly right, carbs
    perfect, oil changed frequently. Experiment with tyre pressures.

    To get a noticeable increase in a small engine, you have to work on it.
    Things like polishing, opening the inlets for bigger carbs and tuning
    with more free flowing pipes, different cam. All of those are

    So be honest about why you need more power. Find out if it's you or the
    bike who needs the tuneup. If it's the bike, forget it, so you have to
    tune you up.

    Or forget a highly tuned modern 4 stroke 250, get an old bike, get
    a noticeable increase in power with cheap easy mods, then realise it's
    still not as good as the modern 250...

    Zebee Johnstone, Aug 4, 2004
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    Burnie M Guest

    Go down one tooth on the front sprocket

    Loose some weight
    - seriously
    Burnie M, Aug 4, 2004
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    Dave Ello Guest

    ....lose an "o"...

    - seriously

    Hehe - how the bloody hell are you mate? I'm keen for another weekend spin
    somewhere in the next few weekends. I'm pursuing another fun direction at
    the moment - getting back into my flying lessons. Lisa is delighted -
    almost too much for words. :)

    Anyway, I'm back from Gladstone on Fri night and would love to catch up for
    a flight of another kind somewhere if you're up for it. I'll contact the
    usual suspects.

    Dave ZZR600 => ST2 (stolen) => '03 XX (my lonely 'bird)
    Dave Ello, Aug 5, 2004
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    manson Guest

    Dave Ello wrote:


    '03 XX (my lonely 'bird)

    All you had to do was ask! :)

    CrazyCam (I'd even take Lisa on the back, if required)
    manson, Aug 5, 2004
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    Dave Ello Guest

    Hello Usual Suspect!

    Actually, you're more than welcome to use the beastie during the week while
    I'm up here in Gladdy (goes without saying Cam)! If you like, I'll drop it
    over on Sunday afternoon and can pick it up Friday early evening - anytime.
    Lisa can get herself to your place and be the sweet blonde pillion. :)

    Cheers and will be in touch re: w'end ride.

    Dave Ello, Aug 5, 2004
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    Burnie M Guest

    Would love to but...
    ....booked into a B&B in the Blue Mountains for a Yuletide whatever and
    it would be more than my life was worth.

    How long are you in GS for ?

    Burnie M
    Burnie M, Aug 5, 2004
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    Dave Ello Guest

    Hmmm... I know the story. I'm here Mon-Fri until about Sep-10 then holiday
    overseas for about 6 weeks. After that Lisa and I are heading off on the
    bike for about 2 weeks and then I'll be back here prob until April or
    thereabouts. However, I'll stipulate 2 weeks here in GS and 1 week in Syd
    (fingers crossed).

    Have fun in the mtns. Should be a lot of fun (almost as much as heading to
    Terrigal for b'fast!). :)

    Dave ZZR600 => ST2 (stolen) => '03 XX
    Dave Ello, Aug 5, 2004
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    Skuz Guest

    Have a look at the mods section on http://www.ninja250.info/.

    The site is for the US Ninja 250 which is the Aus GPX 250 with the same
    engine as our ZZR250's.

    Skuz, Aug 5, 2004
  12. On demand acceleration, if that makes sense? Anyway, some great information,
    will look into rider training,
    a silly bugger, Aug 5, 2004
  13. interesting, thanks.
    a silly bugger, Aug 5, 2004
  14. In aus.motorcycles on Fri, 6 Aug 2004 01:19:52 +1000
    Yup. Basically you want more horsepower, and you can't have it.

    So you have to learn how to ride so that you don't need it.

    Look at the situations you find you want it in. What are they? What
    makes you think you need power, what are you trying to gain? When you
    know that, you can look at what alternatives there are in each

    In the twisties, it's almost never lack of power that makes someone

    In traffic, it's usually timing and anticipation that substitutes for
    power. A ZZR can get off the line fine, so if you are losing any other
    contests with cars, then you need to work on your observation and
    planning. And sometimes you need to deal with the fact that you have to
    wait till the next lights to be ahead...

    Zebee Johnstone, Aug 5, 2004
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    Johnnie5 Guest

    to power out of trouble ???

    Johnnie5, Aug 6, 2004
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    Knobdoodle, Aug 7, 2004
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