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Old 09-14-2010, 09:16 AM   #21
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Your the second person I seen post that. I need to read up on them. I just want low maintenance and good mpg cause I have a 2hr drive Mon-Fri for work and the truck is killin me on fuel cost
VFR is a comfy bike as well. Plus it has enough powa to hang with most unskilled riders on the street. Nifty single sided swing arm. I get 38mpg in heavy bumper to bumper traffic. I get 40-42mpg riding hard on open roads, and have gotten as much as 46mpg doing 70mph cruising long distance. You can get hard bags, and it is comfortable for touring. Cheaper insurance (sport touring) and the V4 is nearly as bulletproof as you can find.
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:38 AM   #22
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If you feel the need to blast past sports cars on the freeway, the Ninja 250 is not for you. If you will be embarrassed to answer honestly when someone asks you what size bike you are riding, the Ninja 250 is not for you.

If you want low purchase price, insurance savings, reliability, comfort and 60+ miles per gallon, then you should own the Ninja 250. I should also mention how much fun it is to show the "fast guys" what this slow little bike will do in the corners.
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:53 PM   #23
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I recently went from a liter bike to a 500cc supermoto. It is way slower than the liter bike but I like it much more for riding around town. I've ridden a few 250s and with a few mods I thought they were great for riding around town. They are easily maneuverable. The bigger bikes may be faster, but you have to have some room to use the power. On surface streets and in an urban environment you will get to your destination faster on a smaller bike.
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:57 PM   #24
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Ive been thinking about the supermotos recently also, Be nice to just jump curbs and go through grass if traffic is at a stop
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:58 PM   #25
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i went from 929 on the street to a ruckus and a 400 supermoto....and have honestly found myself more comfortable on both....as they move well with the traffic (on the roads suited for it).

i think a 250 would be an awesome all over town bike.
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:58 PM   #26
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Ive been thinking about the supermotos recently also, Be nice to just jump curbs and go through grass if traffic is at a stop
i've exited the freeway several time through ditches and down a curb on my SM when 610 was backed up at 18th.
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Old 09-14-2010, 01:46 PM   #27
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Let's see. When weather permits I commute to and from work/school on my' 09 250r. I keep up with traffic just fine and still have power to move out of the way if I need to. My MPG is about 55-63 mpg (yesterday's fill-up was 60 mpg) depending on how fast/late I am getting where I need to go.

I'm always having people ask me, "what is that?" when I'm next to the bike or "what do you ride?" when they see me carrying my helmet. I always smile when I respond.
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Old 09-14-2010, 02:26 PM   #28
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i would feel really uncomfortable riding a 250 in traffic.

i run into way too many situations on the highway where im riding along and begin approaching someone in my lane that is going slower than everyone else and i need to change lanes. The gap is closing obviously because traffic around him is moving faster - if i had a 250 i would be forced to slow down and wait, then make a lane change into faster moving traffic. that is bad. The heavier the traffic gets, the smaller the escape windows are and the quicker your bike has to respond. a 250 is going to make it hard to maneuver forward and backward satisfactorily in traffic. I have my z1000 and its gravy, i just look somewhere and it magically transports me there like Aladdin's flying carpet.

I would have to really really change my riding style to ride a 250, not because i ride fast, but because i cant use the same tactics to navigate the lanes without a huge head start to accumulate speed.
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^^ interesting point, but i hope ur method doesn't get u into trouble my man.

I've been in those situations before, and being on a bike, u obviously wanna slide into those spots/ moving lanes easily. But u gotta watch for those fools 2 lanes over, trying to do the same, merging into the same spot u r looking to be in. That vision of someone blindsiding me cause they don't see u / ur moving too quickly freaks me out.

oh well. tis the ways of the highway.
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Old 09-14-2010, 05:17 PM   #30
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SV650 is a great bike, great for city riding, really easy and comfy to ride.
i know it's not a 250 that you are asking about, but i figured you might want to look into that option.
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600s annoy me because of the lack of power. I would burn a 250 on the side of the road after about 5 minutes. I swear, I was about to throw a KLR650 in a ditch and walk home. That thing was a DOG! The SV annoyed me to the point that I didnt care for riding much. Buy a new liter bike. Plenty of power and still gets WAY better gas mileage than the truck!
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Old 09-14-2010, 05:50 PM   #32
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^^^ You think 600's have lack of power lol. You must be doing it wrong.
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Old 09-14-2010, 05:54 PM   #33
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Ride a liter bike, then switch to a 600. You'll be spurring it, hoping it will wake up.
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Cali went from a busa to a 250. i dont think you can make a jump much bigger than that...
104 top 'indicated' speed w full gear. 95 'indicated' 2 up w a passenger weighing about 160lbs while leading a forest ride.

On a 790mile/12hr trip I averaged 69.5mpg.

On BT003RS tires I average front: 7kmls and 15% to go and Rear: 7kmls w three track days(2 @ TWS (Texas World Speedway), 1 @ GSS.) W 1.5quart oil level, I do oil changes regularly. EVERYTHING on my bike is cheap. Total build to date including full coverage insurance, bike, registration and all mods: $3500.

Insurance: $375/year full coverage including rental/theft/300/100/uninsured.

Power? Yes it lacks, but it always ways much less and other then straight line riding, its the rider that makes the bike keep up w everyone else out there. You do have to plan ahead, pick your battles when passing traffic etc. But watching how everyone rides and makes decisions AFTER something happens, everyone can learn from it.

Mine gets more 'what is it' looks then any other bike I get AND more comments. I cant go anywhere without someone commenting they like it.

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I always said I'd never be good enough to outride a 250... To this day w 10yrs, however many track days, approx 25kmls a year, rain/snow/sun I cannot. Its enough bike for me and I came off dragging knees/timing covers on a busa.
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Ive been thinking about the supermotos recently also, Be nice to just jump curbs and go through grass if traffic is at a stop
It is nice and way more fun than a sportbike around town. You start looking at the road differently because you can go anywhere. When I take it to work I take a shortcut through this grassy knoll at a church, go up a grass hill and catch some air into the parking lot. It is fun as . And the one I have at least is fast as . It will wheelie off the throttle in third.
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i see alot of supermoto's commuting around where i work, around the richmond and bw area.
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If it was all or mostly surface streets I'd motard my off...

Get a clean, cheap older bike. I rock the fark out of my '96 Seca XJ600.

It's clean enough that I am not embarrased and I have less then
$1000 (way less) into it.

If I get 40K out of it like I did the last one it has more then paid for itself.

50ish hp, aircooled, comfortable, solid 50 mpg, cheap tires, 10K for a front
5k on a rear (lots of commuting).

If this thing blows up tommorrow I'd do a older EX250 no problem.

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Then that bike is not running properly. I can do over 90 riding 2 up and over 100 riding single.
Dang that is awesome. My race 250 will only go 100 with me on it. I believe Raya got it up to 105 on the front straight at TWS (Texas World Speedway) but she weighs about 20 pounds less than me.
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