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Old 01-02-2011, 05:55 PM   #1
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Thinking about a commuter bike

I was thinking about getting a commuter bike. While riding the Duc everyday isn't exactly torture, I would prefer something a bit smoother and less prone to having Harley riders come up to inform me that my bike is broken.

I was looking at Hondas new offering in the CBR250R. While I understand Kawasaki and their 250 may be found cheaper in a used format, I don't really dig the pretensions towards a sports bike.

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You want something comfortable, good power that has a very broad range (lots of toque) and low/cheap maintanance.

SV's with top box would be high on my list. There was one in the classifieds not to long ago.
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I was thinking about getting a commuter bike. While riding the Duc everyday isn't exactly torture, I would prefer something a bit smoother and less prone to having Harley riders come up to inform me that my bike is broken.

I was looking at Hondas new offering in the CBR250R. While I understand Kawasaki and their 250 may be found cheaper in a used format, I don't really dig the pretensions towards a sports bike.

Opinions and input welcome.
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You might consider something bigger if your commute puts you on an interstate or beltway. Oh and definitely look for something with a hard tail box for putting a lunch and work stuff in. GIVI makes some really nice hard boxes you can attach to rear passenger seats with some creativity.
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Duc clutches are dry and tend to make quite a bit of noise.
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Seriously, a Triumph Speed Triple is pretty good in traffic / stop and go & no dry clutch.

Personally, I like the dry clutch sound.
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by "commuter" im assuming you mean inexpensive and good on milage? at least, thats how i look at commuters anyway. anywho, id go with the ninja 250. you just cant be the price, milage, and resale value. you arent gonna have tons of fun on it, but thats what you got the Duc for.
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tru dat. but after riding both the 250 and the 500, the 500 just seemed pointless. twice the displacement, but felt like a whole 2 hp gain.



and yes, i rode the out of it. i was trying to keep up with my own gixxer on it. ask Trini.
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tru dat. but after riding both the 250 and the 500, the 500 just seemed pointless. twice the displacement, but felt like a whole 2 hp gain.



and yes, i rode the out of it. i was trying to keep up with my own gixxer on it. ask Trini.
shouldnt have been to hard
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I would love a commuter bike too...my problem is I cant leave it stock so my "commuter" turns out to be an expensive, loud, gas guzzler

Id like to get a speed triple but in order to throw my soft saddle bags on the back I would have to get a new Arrow low mount exhuast for it so the stock undertail exhuast wont burn m bags...see what i mean
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I would love a commuter bike too...my problem is I cant leave it stock so my "commuter" turns out to be an expensive, loud, gas guzzler

Id like to get a speed triple but in order to throw my soft saddle bags on the back I would have to get a new Arrow low mount exhuast for it so the stock undertail exhuast wont burn m bags...see what i mean
OR you could just get a commuter, and not another toy.
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Commuter bikes need:

  • Good torque
  • Good mid-range power
  • Good economy
  • Good comfort
You have 4 style choices:

  • Dual Purpose
  • Standard/Street
  • Sport
  • Cruiser
In all honesty, for commuting i would not recommend a 250, there's simply not enough highway power to maintain a safe and controlled traffic area around you. My choice was the Z1000 I currently own but in hindsight the best option is the SV650 as the Z1000 is overpowered for commuting and sacrifices economy (~35mpg). The SV650 has an excellent torque band and usable power at highway speeds and gets much better mileage(~48mpg).

I don't know much about the dual sports but would imagine that a 250 would be insufficent as well, if you want that style get something bigger but at that point you might as well just go into the standard/street motorcycle category.

I commute on my wife's Ninja 250 and really have to pay attention to traffic more than usual because i don't have the power to get ahead like i do on my Z1000, which is kinda just like "hmm i wanna be right ther-*POOF*".. on the 250 its like ...", this car is 30ft back there and gaining slowly so i cant change lanes."

I used to commute on a M50 Boulevard (cruiser) too and i did not like it. Riding forward controls every day is not comfortable.

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tru dat. but after riding both the 250 and the 500, the 500 just seemed pointless. twice the displacement, but felt like a whole 2 hp gain.



and yes, i rode the out of it. i was trying to keep up with my own gixxer on it. ask Trini.
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0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) 7.72 sec
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