Review: 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300

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Kate started riding bikes a couple years ago, only to take a forced absence for a while due to injury and the subsequent lake of confidence it caused. What better bike to get her back into riding than the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300? And who better to review a small, confidence-inspiring bike than someone who was looking for exactly that? — Ed.

Photos: Stephen Cayer

Research Full Specs, Pricing and 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Competition.

What’s New
Underneath the aggressive new plastic, the biggest mechanical change between the old 250 (around since 1983) and this 300: an increase in stroke from 41.2 to 49mm ups engine capacity to 296cc. That means power grows from 31 to 39bhp and torque from 16 to 20lb/ft. There’s also ABS and even a slipper clutch, so not only will this new bike be faster, but it’ll be safer and easier to ride too. Oh, and fuel-injection, for reliable running in all conditions.

The slipper clutch may sound less exciting and possibly a bizarre inclusion on such a small, basic motorcycle, but it should be a safety aid too, particularly given that many Ninja 250s find themselves being used on city streets and in a variety of weather conditions. Like other similar devices fitted to many high-performance motorcycles, the Ninja 300′s spreads the clutch plates if back-torque is causing the rear wheel to lock or skid while downshifting. Imagine the benefits for ham-fisted new riders trying to gain confidence while riding in less than ideal conditions. That clutch also gains an assist function, dropping clutch effort by 25 percent, again a boon for new and urban riders.

The frame has been revised for increased rigidity, combining with the wider, 140-section rear tire for a claimed increase in rigidity.

Other than that stroked motor, new clutch, the Ninja 300 is largely identical to the bike it replaces, except on the outside, where its looks now emulate the ZX-10R and ZX-6R.

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300

The Ride
When I bought my first bike a couple years back, I did so on bad advice to get something with at least 500cc. I was living in Manhattan at the time, with very little knowledge of motorcycles and limited funds. So I ended up with a old, borderline basket case. It was awful, but I was hooked.

My cojones to noodle ratio was a bit out of whack, so I soon moved up to a liter bike, before deciding to try motocross. A freak accident on an MX track caused some serious injuries and kept me from riding for a year. Learning to walk again was difficult enough, riding took longer.

I first saw the 300 at it’s Times Square introduction last year and thought it would be perfect for me.

For starters, the seat height is even lower than the 250’s, making stop-and-go traffic way easier for shorties like me. Plus, the sexy new bodywork just looks great. It looks fast.

Riding around with my man, who has a much meaner, more powerful streetfighter, our non-rider friends always think my bike looks faster. And the truth is, is is faster than most other bikes like it, including the Honda CBR250R and the old Ninja 250 it replaces. 47ccs really does add up, making a major difference at highway speeds and allowing me to use the bike to commute between the city and our place Upstate.

There, I live on a mountain surrounded by good, twisty roads. Even my ride to the grocery store feels like a mini TT. In corners, the light, 379lbs curb weight combines with the narrow tires to make it more flick-able than most larger sport bikes.

The brakes are another story though. Having grown accustomed to the powerful dual discs of big sport bikes, I keep longing for their stopping power and feel while riding the little Ninja. On the plus side, the need to allow for longer braking distances has made my riding smoother. Something aided by the slipper clutch. A feature not normally seen on smaller bikes, it makes my hamfisted downshifts fairly seamless and prevents the rear tire from locking up.

Around town, I managed 57mpg, but that fell dramatically any time I really used the engine’s full performance.

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300

What’s Good
- The bigger engine! With 296cc, this liquid-cooled parallel-twin dominates 250s.

- But it still takes regular octane gasoline, saving you money.

- Stiffer frame delivers better feel.

- 30.9 inch seat height is perfect for shorties.

- The slipper clutch really helps make downshifts smoother.

- Gorgeous new bodywork looks anything but budget

- Adjustable mirrors show what’s behind you!

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300

What’s Bad
- Not enough brake feel

- Angular tank causes clashes with crotch.

- ABS is a $300 option. It should be standard.

What Others Say
“The Kawasaki’s brakes left us flummoxed. In past comparisons the 250 Kawasaki rated highly, but the 300’s front stopper left much to be desired.” — Motorcycle-USA

“The new chassis provides more neutral steering feel with no trace of the sensation of falling into corners that I’ve experienced while riding the 250R and Ninja 500. I was also pleased with the enhanced sense of grip and stability that I got from the 140/70-17 IRC rear tire, which is 10mm wider than the 250R’s 130/70-17.” — CycleWorld

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300

The Price
At $4,999 without ABS and $5,299 with, the Ninja 300 sits nicely between the Honda CBR250R and CBR500R, bikes which bookmark its performance.

The Verdict
It’s amazing what Kawsaki’s achieved by applying a few small upgrades to a 30-year old package. A desirable, fun, affordable little sportsbike. Aggressive styling won’t fit all tastes, but if you’re a budding racer, you wont’ find anything better to advance your skills on.

RideApart Rating: 6/10

Gear
Helmet: Arai RX-Q ($531, Worth Considering)
Jacket: Alpinestars Nero (N/A)
Boots: Nike Special Field ($140, Recommended)
Gloves: Icon Pursuit Touchscreen ($85, Highly Recommended)

  • pete bloggs

    It’s a great looking bike and the price is reasonable, I’ve heard people mention that like the 250 though, they still feel people will get bored quickly and want something bigger. What worries me about the bike and the main reason why I haven’t pulled the trigger and bought one is the problems I’ve heard they suffer from:
    1. Fairing gaps which make the bike look poorly put together and cheap
    2. Stalling issues which have led to all 300′s being recalled for a new ECU
    3. ABS issues that people are also getting looked at on recall

    Maybe this is just down to it being the first year the bike has been made, but I’ll be waiting until the 2014 model comes out to make sure there are no issues before I think about buying.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      “You’ll get bored of it” is what people who don’t know how to ride say to make themselves sound smart.

      • Dan

        +1 on this. Those are the guys you pass on the outside.

        • jonoabq

          …late on the inside, after they run wide (safer).

      • Corey Cook

        We’re pretty fortunate here on the west coast, but if you live in a giant flat grid like the Midwest or Florida then I think you will get bored of this pretty quickly. Then again your life is probably pretty boring there too…

        Just saying, our riding experiences and needs here are definitely NOT representative of the whole country.

        • E Brown

          “You’ll get bored” does strike me as a nonsense phrase used by people to indicate they’ve achieved minimal competence. That’s not the time to upgrade, that’s the time learn, to explore your limits and the bike’s, increase your confidence with experience rather than erode it again with something larger and unfamiliar.
          Instead, people move up to something more powerful as soon as they stop wobbling in parking lots. It cracks me up to see so many year-old 250s/300s for sale with 200 miles or so (and “dropped once or twice, but low speed”) – yeah, you’ve clearly got this motorcycling thing down now, having survived a couple of weekends’ worth of miles.

        • motoguru.

          Word. Here in Motown you’re better of with a supermotard.

          • forking

            I live just outside Detroit and have been wanting a supermoto REAL BAD. Around here, roads are torn up, speed limits are low (although most of the city is unpoliced), there’s lots of urban landscape to explore, and there’s the constant chance that you’ll want to get away from a situation FAST.

            I feel like a supermoto best fits Detroit roads, while having enough highway capability for a trip up north to the many, many dirt trails. Saving up now to replace my old metric cruiser!

            • Stuki

              How unpoliced is it? Can you run street races at will without it suddenly becoming policed again? Film it sans permits of any kind?

              Or does unpoliced only mean that the current residents no longer contribute sufficient loot to make even pretending to keep them safe worth the investment? But as soon as someone non destitute (and perhaps armed to handle protection on their own) shows up; weeeellll, let’s bring in the blue and come up with some excuse to confiscate these guys’ stuff……

            • John

              Road Warrior 5 – Apocalypse Detroit.

            • motoguru.

              I had a DR-Z400SM for like 5 years and it was the cats pajamas for ripping around these parts. We used to go “ghetto-crossing” in Detroit all the time before all of my buddies got lame. It was a riot. The last two years I owned it, I only did track days with it, so it went bubye.

        • Stuki

          I can’t eve begin to fathom the purpose of a narrow, low powered sportbike in a place with inclement weather, no hills and turns, and where you cannot even lanesplit. Other than tracking it; in which case I doubt you’ll get bored with any bike. Unless your only track is a drag strip, I guess…..

          • John

            “It makes me look cool”. But then your friends’ bikes are much faster, and you get bored with it.

            • Stuki

              I can understand that, actually. Although terrified may be closer to the truth than bored. In squid riding groups, I suspect a good amount of the motivation for always getting the newest, fastest machinery, is that only the one with the fastest bike actually has any fun riding; while the rest are scared witless of either dying, or being left behind……

        • Benjamin Reynolds

          You make a good point, I had my 250 for two years and while I loved it it had to go. Being from Illinois there just is not any good windy roads to ride, it’s all straight. Out here unless your doing track days you pretty much have to get your thrills from acceleration and the occasional one off turn.

      • John

        That’s just flippant BS. When you’re riding on the freeway and you need more ooph and it just isn’t there, or when you’re tired of riding something that feels like it’s under strain at 85mph for long periods, yeah, you get bored with that.

        • Stuki

          Based on experience with 250s, and by looking at power graphs, I doubt you’ll run out of ooph so easily on the freeway on the 300. On my bolt upright WR250 loaded for the long haul, I do run out of ooph once into the rockies. Vegas-Salt Lake is just not punybike friendly; although when it’s hot enough, the little watercooled 250 aren’t that far behind the gigantic air cooled Electraglides trying to avoid spontaneously combusting up the same hills.

          Where i would assume experienced riders could really get bored with the 300, is on fast, open race tracks. Paying track fees just to essentially steady state cruise along at 20 over the public speed limit on every longer straight, taking a nap while waiting for the next corner to appear, probably isn’t that exciting for someone used to being blasted out of corners on a literbike.

          But on the freeway…..? at least you’re doing something on a small bike. Working the engine a bit. And the bike is light and “twitchy” enough that you get some sensation of speed. I’ve ridden a ‘Busa on the freeway, and that’s gotta be the single most boring freeway bike I’ve ever been on. Just mindlessly idling along in a not so comfortable crouch, constantly looking down at the speedo, just in case you should have drifted into license losing territory without even noticing.

          • John

            To me, having an engine that is “working” is fatiguing. I want a bike that cruises at 80-90mphs effortlessly. My Hawk more powerful than the 300 and it can’t do it. Or running up a steep mountain at 10,000 feet. Talk about gasping for air. I don’t think the proper word is “bored”. I think the point is that the bike will leave you wanting for more.

            • Piglet2010

              Where do you speed gods run at 80-90 mph all day long without losing your license?

              • John

                Southwest and south of the border.

      • John

        BTW, who biffed a new BMW?

      • Jonathan Berndt

        thats a pretty arrogant mentality… i however have learned and stuck with riding my whole life. i got a bike because i wanted one ever since i can remember. i didnt start to ride because it was a trend, or my best friend had one. ive has a few offs and stayed with it and learned from my mistakes.
        i ride a 990 today because its a fantastic handling machine that will also wheelie off of crests in the road in 5th off the throttle, has the ability to pass on the freeway without down shifting, and can put it 4-500 mile days on it and still be able to stand. to assume you are special because you can handle a small bike to its limits assumes that others with larger machines have no such abilities and is a complete condescension. yes i would indeed be bored to death with a 300cc machine after a week.

        • Dan

          I think you’re missing the point here. The question is whether this bike is good enough to keep a new rider entertained and learning for long enough to justify owning one (the answer is undoubtedly yes). The question is NOT whether this bike is the end-all machine for lifetime riders. Of course experts eventually chafe against the limits of the package and yearn for something bigger. But the people who say ‘you’ll outgrow it immediately’ tend not to be great riders themselves and are thinking about whether it will win stoplight drag races or do really long stretches in a straight line (it wont) rather than whether it will perform well at a trackday or on a windy mountain road (it will). There’s a reason the MotoGP guys started on 50s and not 600s.

          Was the 990 your first bike? Probably not.

          • John

            Does it make sense to make a sport bike for newbies?!? No.

            The Ninja 300 is PRECISELY aimed at the kind of people that Wes thinks say “You’ll get bored with that”.

            Because apparently the only way to get people into the sport (or practical transportation device) is to make it look like suicide on wheels. As if people really want to buy a slow sport bike. Does labeling a bike “Ninja” seem like the most adult and responsible way to market a bike to beginners?

            My first bike was a dirt bike, the safe way to learn how to ride. Unless you’re riding a BMW 800GS and wind up in the hospital. My 3rd bike was a 500cc Ascot V-twin with shaft drive that was plenty good fun.

            Aside from that, a flip comment doesn’t deserve an overt insult on a reader, because that is just as retarded as destroying a new BMW and lecturing everyone else about skill.

            • Stuki

              There is more to riding a first bike than simply learning to ride a bigger bike. Dirt bikes aren’t particularly comfortable if any kind of freeway travel is concerned. Nor, unless lowered to the point where Jesse James could market them as a dirt hardtail, particularly confidence inspiring for short people in stop and go scenarios.

              For actual use as a go anywhere mount, at speeds ranging from gridlock Manhattan, to extended stretches of 90mph in Utah, to the occasional track day or riding school, to twisty canyons; what’s wrong with a bike like this 300? (Aside from the brakes, it seems…..)

              It’s nice and all that riding schools, track days and some clue that there is more to riding a bike fast than loud pipes has gained foothold in the riding community, but being too uptight about it is just being too uptight.

              My first bike was a 900 sportbike, after I learned on an FJ1100 with a 250lbs fat guy sitting on the back smoking cigarettes with his BMW helmet flipped up, and doing everything he could to move and lean in random directions, bitching about how slow I was; and that I needed to stop being so timid in traffic, lest I got run over. Probably not ideal, but the 900 was dirt cheap (salvaged) and sold by a neighbor; and the 1100 was the only bike owned by the only guy I knew who had a bike. Still, I’ve never dropped a bike on a paved surface. And I can guarantee you, I cannot ride this 300 to anywhere near it’s potential as far as speed goes anywhere but a straight line. But I bet you I could still have plenty of fun on it. And I suspect it would be much better suited for most exclusive on pavement riding than my WR250.

            • CruisingTroll

              “My first bike was a dirt bike, the safe way to learn how to ride.”
              Not practical for MANY potential riders who live in urban areas.

              • Stuki

                I still wonder how the article author, who “lived in Manhattan at the time”, managed to get herself into MX……

                • CruisingTroll

                  No idea, perhaps she will enlighten us. That she did so takes nothing away from what I said.
                  “MANY”.

          • Stuki

            I always thought MotoGp guys started on 50s because they were, like, 5 years old? And could almost fit in one cylinder on a 600 :)

    • Sam Malapas

      If you’re actually willing to wind this thing out to redline, the power is more than enough. The fairing gap, I never noticed. The bike doesn’t look any cheaper than any other Japanese bike IMO. They all look cheaper to me equally. The stalling thing is a non issue with the ECU fix, but even then it rarely happens, and when it did, only when the engine was cold. Mine doesn’t have ABS but I don’t even think it needs ABS. It needs better brake pads and maybe some better lines. My other bike is a Ducati 848 EVO and I didn’t get bored of the Ninja. The brakes need serious help though.

      • appliance5000

        It may need better pads etc. but ABS is there for a different reason.

        • Sam Malapas

          Yes that’s true and I agree with what you’re saying, but I still feel the bike doesn’t really need ABS. It’s a nice to have, I just wouldn’t say “Definitely get the ABS” especially since it’s a budget minded product.

          • Mark D

            Its more for beginners, who are very prone to “panic grabbing” the front brake at the first sign of emergencies. ABS will help keep them upright, which is a good thing.

            • Sam Malapas

              ROFL nice pic. That’s true. I guess one upside of having the brakes not perform well is that currently even if you go for a handful, it’s very very hard to lock it up.

            • Stuki

              From what I gather, rather than beginners locking the front; more accidents happen because, sans ABS, beginners (as well as those more experienced), are too scared of “panic grabbing” and locking the front, and instead end up braking far too lightly; plowing into stuff they could otherwise have stopped comfortably short of. With ABS they have enough practice to have faith in, they can instead simply grab the brakes full force, and let the electronics figure out how to minimize stopping distance.

              • Mark D

                Newbies find all sorts of creative and innovative ways of fucking up and crashing.

      • Piglet2010

        Well, the 300 has to run better when cold than a pre-gen Ninjette.

        And I do not wind out my pre-gen to red-line, rather I pre-load the shifter and let it hit the rev-limiter instead. And I start my downshifts at about 11K rpm – JP43 said I had good rpm management (about the only thing I do well at the track).

  • kevin

    These are going to be awesome when they start popping up on the used market next season when people decide to upgrade. I don’t know that I’d suggest to a friend looking for a first bike that he spend 5 grand to buy one brand new given that he or she is bound to drop it a couple times and all that, but a gently used one for 3 would be great. Just my thoughts..

  • Pawel

    You’ll get bored of it.

  • Mark D

    Those brakes should tighten up with good sintered, HH brake pads. Maybe a stainless steel braided brake line, too.

    • Matt C

      Plus, the word from some Kawi forums is that the front brake feel improves dramatically after they are thoroughly bled.

  • HellomynameisAG

    that first pic? you either really into metal, or you are being attacked by a hawk, or you are extremely camera shy for a person that got bucked off the horse and then got back on…

  • Stephen Miller

    $300 for ABS sounds like a bargain to me…

  • Devin Byrnes

    What’s with the 6/10 rating. The CBR250R got a 10/10, this bike was spoken of very highly in this article but it is only given a six? Having a hard time understanding your rating system.

    Can anyone comment on how a taller person (say 6′) would fit this motorcycle. There are several references to the tester being fairly wee in the inseam. The old 250 fit big guys better than the 500, it was weird.

    • Andy Scott

      Trying to understand this too…I’ll probably be buying this or a 250r in the near future for my wife, who is now learning to ride on a 125.

    • kawatwo

      Yeah that 6/10 has to be a mistake. I know how fun the 250 was as I have had several. The 300 must be super fun.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      5/10 is average. The Ninja is a 30 year old platform that needs better brakes, better suspension, a modern frame and a modern engine.

      • kawatwo

        True, if your comparing it to a GSXR-1000. This is a beginner bike and should be graded on that curve? In that role it is the best in it’s class. That should rate it more than 6 IMHO. Sport Rider rated it higher than the CBR500 in a comparo. It’s your site though so you can make the scale :)

      • Stuki

        Is the suspension and frame notably worse than the new Honda 500s? Motorcyclist seemed to think otherwise, claiming the 500s were mushier than the 300.

        The peculiar US tradition of no testrides on motorbikes retailing for less than midsize sedans is really annoying………

      • Joe Bielski

        That’s what I kept thinking. It’s got a new shiny body and bigger engine, but it’s the same chassis from 19 freaking 86…. Never the less, the 250 Ninjas have always been great bikes, but I’d like to see an updated chassis :(

    • John

      It’s okay, there was some Chinese thing that got 20/10. Assume everything that gets written here is biased.

  • jonoabq

    Wow , $300 for ABS? The factory/dealer wanted $1,000 for ABS on my current ride (I said no thanks), for $300 I’d have probably (ok, certainly) got it. Overall it looks like a great ride, with a few personal tweaks here and there I’d guess that you could address the brake issue. Not sure what you can do about the crusher gas tank aside from a custom seat though.

  • Patricio Henriquez

    My first bike was a CB250. Bought it for $2k and sold it for $2k after putting 2000 miles on it. Insurance was something like $150 a year.

    So regardless of whether you do end up getting bored of the smaller bike I think it is worth doing since there is essentially zero risk – financial risk anyway.

  • Blixa

    Nice write-up!

  • MightyBobo

    I’m curious how tall the reviewer is (saying “shorty” isn’t particularly descriptive…)

  • LS650

    I’m a bit surprised by all the “you’ll get bored” comments. I owned a Ninja 250 for a couple of years, and only sold it when I needed to move across the country for a new job. I always found it a fun bike to ride, but hey what do I know? I’ve only been riding street bikes for 21 years…

    • Stuki

      I don’t get how people “get bored with it” either. Unless all they do is track days on high speed tracks. Or drag strips. I can see finding it less than ideally practical or comfortable for many uses, or even find it somewhat less exciting than a 600 or 1000 in many settings, but bored?

      IMHO, the least “boring”, but perhaps also least practical, bike of all, for day to day riding, has got to be that 50cc two stroke sportbike that Aprilia sold for a few years. Never got to ride it, but all those I’ve talked to who did, echo the same sentiment: you’re basically full on street racing from the moment you pull out of your driveway, until you arrive at your destination. Never holding back at all, even in school zones. And conducting impromptu onramp to offramp races between gridlocked cars down the 405 during rush hour; going flat out at 50mph with a howling 2stroke soundtrack. From what I gather, the only boring thing about them, is watching them sit in the garage and refuse to start; which is supposedly their natural state of being when owned by anyone who is not a full time mechanic with access to a full shop……….

      • Piglet2010

        Anyone bored with a Ninjette needs to come visit me and we will ride gravel, dirt “B” roads, snow in the winter – see if they like doing that on a “Busa or R1. ;)

    • Mykola

      I occasionally miss my old EX250F. It was really a great bike, fully capable once you accept that you can go 10k+ in certain regular situations. The Muzzy exhaust helped me with that one. Actually, I recall it also desperately needed the EX500 shock swap before it could handle passengers, but other than that it was perfectly fine.

  • Dennis Hightower

    All props to Kate, but I was (still am) really interested in what the other RA staff thinks of this bike…the same staff that reviews other bikes…to add perspective. RA and HFL have been heavily promoting small bikes. Here’s one that looks awesome on paper, but is kind of getting short shrift.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      We’ll be bringing you an expert review of the Ninja 300 shortly.

  • Stuki

    Keep an old bike around, whether it’s your first or not. Just for those times when you go somewhere where you’d otherwise be queazy about leaving the bike due to theft. It sucks having to take the car, just because you have no bike you’d dare leave on the street or beach overnight with only a disc lock. And at least in SF and LA, a brand new literbike or Harley likely needs armed guards to survive a night on the street. They’re that “fragile.”

    • Mark D

      The Tenderloin might as well be the Bermuda Triangle.

  • mustangGT90210

    I had a GS500 for my first put. Put 9k miles on it in the first year, then sold it and bought a gix750. Love the power, and all, but somehow I still don’t have much attachment to it. Not sure if it’s because I feel like I should be able to ride it better, or because I haven’t practically restored it from the dead like the GS

  • Robert R.

    I bought a Ninja 300 ABS for my wife nine months ago when she was taking the MSF beginning rider course. She has since put more than 4,500 miles on the bike, including a two-day ride from Washington State to Monterey, CA to attend this year’s MotoGP race. The Ninja 300 is the perfect bike for a novice rider. My wife prefers the Ninja to our Porsche Cayman for commuting to work on days when it isn’t raining. On days when my wife does drive to work, she will often sneak in a fun ride on the Ninja after she gets home. Children in the back seats of cars wave at her; customers at Starbucks walk up and ask all kinds of questions; and women riding pillion on other bikes stare enviously as my wife rides past on her own bike. We have upgraded the Ninja with a Yoshimura slip-on exhaust, better foot pegs, bar ends, Pirelli Rosso II tires and a short license plate holder. I don’t think my wife will ever part with her “buddy,” regardless of what bikes we purchase in the future.

  • Piglet2010

    I find the Ninja 300 to be a disappointing – the bike really needs to be put on a diet. I think I will be keeping my pre-gen Ninjette and spending the money on suspension upgrades instead, while tolerating having to let it idle at 5500 rpm on full choke until the coolant warms up.

    Also, this class of bike should come with stock or at least optional sliders – or is profit from tip-over repairs part of the design brief?

  • Piglet2010

    Learning to ride on a dirt bike may not be practical especially for
    those whose parents are not going to buy them a dirt bike. Many people
    are not going to learn to ride a motorcycle out of necessity until they
    are 18 or older.

    Or maybe these people should just sod off as
    being unworthy, as should anyone not skilled enough to ride a
    super-sport as his first bike?

    • John

      Just making a point. My daughter is going to get bored with her bike that has training wheels. I’m sure the 300 is fun, but I’m also sure it will leave most people wanting more. And that was the point.

  • Stuki

    I just don’t think bored is the right term to use. Other than fro freeway and endless straights, I can’t understand getting “bored” even with one of those new Groms.

    May more experienced riders find they want something better suited to their riding? I’m sure! But being “bored” on a 100mph+ bike on the street? Heck, most people spend their traveling lives in a cage. And their evenings in front of some flickering idiot box, going 0 mph and getting stupider, more thoroughly indoctrinated and more apathetic by the minute…..

    • John

      I didn’t read it as truly bored, but outgrow? Sure. I got what was meant and didn’t get bogged down with petty insults.

    • Piglet2010

      Hey, I have fun riding an Elite 110. But at times a little more power would be nice, such as when one is going uphill WFO at 45 mph with a moton (conflation of motorist and moron) in a SUV following too closely.

      • Stuki

        I’ve done freeway stretches on a fully loaded bicycle, and while it’s not something I’d recommend, “boring” is not the word that comes to mind……

        • Piglet2010

          I have ridden a bicycle quite a bit on urban arterials in rush hour traffic – just have to take the lane as needed, as being a “gutter bunny” will get you sideswiped or hit in the back of the head by a mirror.

          I have ridden a little bit on the freeway on the Elite (here it is legal as long as it can maintain 40 mph), but I stay in the right lane and am ready to duck to the shoulder if a cager is coming up too fast behind me.