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Old 09-23-2010, 10:41 AM   #1
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2002 Buell Blast 492cc vs. 2004 Kawasaki Ninja 250R?

I'm in search of a commuter bike, for economical traveling for work... from alief to galleria. My budget is 1500, i have found both of these in my budget... but which bike would you recommend?
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Old 09-23-2010, 10:47 AM   #2
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Old 09-23-2010, 10:53 AM   #3
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Ninja all the way. It will be more reliable.

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Old 09-23-2010, 10:59 AM   #4
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The Kawi, hands down. I rode a friend's blast when it was brand new and it had no guts at all. It was fun to ride at first but it got OLD really fast.
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If you are keeping the VFR, I would say the blast. I think owning a piece one that will never be made again would be cool. If you are getting rid of the VFR, I would say the Kawasaki. Not only for the reasons mentioned, but for service and parts in the future.
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:02 AM   #6
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which of them has the better mpg, top speed, hp/0-60, and would be more stable @ high speeds?

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If you are keeping the VFR, I would say the blast. I think owning a piece one that will never be made again would be cool. If you are getting rid of the VFR, I would say the Kawasaki. Not only for the reasons mentioned, but for service and parts in the future.
I no longer have the VFR, i sold it 3 months ago...
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I have looked at some cheap Blasts, only to use as a project. That pitiful engine would not last long!

Ninjettes are reliable. Everyone that has had one has always been happy with it.
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Its not even a contest really... ninja. End of story.

I like to root for the underdog, but in this instance i'm afraid the ninja wins. You will be sorry if you get the blast.
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:19 PM   #11
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For an economical commuter bike with great gas mileage and reliability go with the Ninja. No contest. I commute a few days a week on my ninja and have no problems keeping up with traffic and I'm still getting good mpg. I have had zero issues with the bike so far. Another good alternative if you can find one is the Hyosung 250R similar to Cali's (stickers for added moar HP).
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I had a blast for all of 4 days...WHAT A POS...Unstable at 60 MPH, rough as , and unstable feeling...I took a loss on it and traded it in for a new SV650S and never looked back.

Get a Ninja or a SV650 I'd say.
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Old 09-23-2010, 01:34 PM   #14
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What's everyone's opinion on the Hyosung GT250R?
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Old 09-23-2010, 01:40 PM   #15
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I wasn't going to go so far earlier as to say it, but the blast is a POS
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The 250 seems to be pretty rock solid, i used it for MSF class, easyyyy ride but, i'm sure you know, lacking power at highway speeds.

I've been super happy with my 500, got it for $3000, w/ 700 miles on it. But if you gotta stick to that budget, best of luck getting a decent one for $1500. thats pretty cheap though....
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Ninja over Hyosung. I had a comet 250 hyosung and an old style Ninja 250 and the Ninja was much more stable, made more high rpm power, and had better fit and finish. But a Hyosung is still a really good bike, maybe like 40,000% better than a B-last, 5% worse than the Ninja. SV650's rock, just sayin. Find one of those cheap and never look back.
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I never owned a blast so I wouldnt know how it rides. I have ridden a 250 for 6 months and loved every second of it...

The one down side is having to do valve adjustment every 5-7k miles depending on how you use it. If you are comfortable on working on the bike by yourself then it woundt be a problem.
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If the decision is solely between those to bikes its the Ninja for sure. We use the blasts as the training bike in our Rider's Edge program, and they are very finicky with idle and foul plugs like nobody's business. However, they are tough little bikes and have great brakes. Never in a million years though would I want to ride a blast on the street!! then again I wouldn't buy a ninja either.
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