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Old 02-22-2011, 02:37 AM   #1
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Thoughts on a ninja 250r

I've been out of the bike scene for some time now and now I am really itching to get back in since it would save me tons on gas money. I've been keeping my eyes out for some for a 600cc bike or maybe even a 1L bike but after seeing switch's little ninja 250 post it got me wondering. The 250s were always a blast to ride and wringing the out of it on the track would be fun not to mention parts and tires are cheap for the 250. It would be weird though coming from 600cc bike to a 250cc.

What are your thoughts?
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:48 AM   #2
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PROS:
extremely efficient
looks ALOT better than the old 250's
super super super cheap insurance
and would be a awesome track ho and commuter


CONS:
No cool points will be given at PP1.
Might be a bit hard for you to adjust to a 250cc bike if you are used to supersports.


honestly I think the new ninja is a great bike, I say go for it!
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:22 AM   #3
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cant go wrong with the new ninja 250's I love mine and lol @ no cool points. I still keep up with them np and I daily commute to work and school with mine. It's so easy to maintain and gets about ~67-72 mpg.

I haven't tracked it yet but I'm looking forward to that very soon since the weather is getting better. If you get it you can't go wrong it's even cheap/easy to resell or keep.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:36 AM   #4
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:38 AM   #5
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PROS:
extremely efficient
looks ALOT better than the old 250's
super super super cheap insurance
and would be a awesome track ho and commuter


CONS:
No cool points will be given at PP1.
Might be a bit hard for you to adjust to a 250cc bike if you are used to supersports.


honestly I think the new ninja is a great bike, I say go for it!
He hit the nail on the head. +1 on an awesome track bike.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:40 AM   #6
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No way in I could take that step back.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:48 AM   #7
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Mine was the one of the funnest bikes I've had yet, coming off a busa then a 600...

but it was a Hyosung 250, ironically for sale shortly... lol
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:00 AM   #8
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:14 AM   #9
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LOl awesome track bike? ok.
I've never ridden one but would think it would be a blast on the track.

That said, if you have experience on a bigger bike then a 250 for the street might get old fast.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:36 AM   #10
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the only problem with the 250r is the lack of power. But, it really does a pretty good job of making up for that with its ergo's, light weight, and handling ability.

If you're riding agressive you have to hang it up at 9k+ and whine the out of it but it responds pretty well in that range, keep up the speed and it eats the corners real well. I bought one for my wife and ride it more than my other bikes. Very fun to ride! It will teach you alot.

It would be crazy fun on a tight track like GSS.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:58 AM   #11
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LOl awesome track bike? ok.
Ok, im feeling froggy.. :-) Why don't you explain to us why it would not/could not be an 'awesome track bike'?
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:58 AM   #12
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With over 150,000 miles of riding on just the 600cc SS bikes I still have fun riding my 250.

Its not a step back it's just part of the whole experience of riding. Many very experienced riders out there own and ride them often. Engine size isnt a measure of skill or a badge of experience.
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:07 AM   #13
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I was dead set on getting one, no1 really had them in stock or wanted to sell me one at the dealer. On craigslist they didn't last to long. From the reviews I read and from 1 rider its an all around great bike. A friend of mine's father rides an old 250 admits there is a lack of power compared to his sons bike but would not sell it unless for another 250. Easy to ride, cheap on gas, insurance and parts. Easy to work on and most importantly the wife doesn't mind it. "Its not how fast you can go but how long you can maintain that same speed under any condition"
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:08 PM   #14
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FYI, in the newest Cycle World mag they test the Ninja 250 vs the CBR 250. The article's not online yet.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:53 PM   #15
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If gas prices get to 5.00 dollars a gallon may not be a bad idea.
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i had one for sale for a while... im keeping it now. 60 mpg ftw and i wont get in too much trouble with it

i actually enjoy riding the 250 over my tl1kr. just a bit more, not a lot more lol.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:03 PM   #17
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ive been thinking of picking one up for daily and track use
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Gas mileage on a 1L is barely comparable to a car, a 600 is only slightly better. And the maintenance costs and upkeep of both are prohibitive if you are really looking for a bike to "save you money".

However, the 250 is a great choice getting nearly 70 mpg and having VERY low maintenance costs.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:58 PM   #19
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Gas mileage on a 1L is barely comparable to a car, a 600 is only slightly better. And the maintenance costs and upkeep of both are prohibitive if you are really looking for a bike to "save you money".

However, the 250 is a great choice getting nearly 70 mpg and having VERY low maintenance costs.
Huh???

The average car is getting in the 20s MPG range, trucks/large SUVs much less. If you are getting that kind of mileage consistantly with a L bike, it might time to have it looked at by a shop. Something must be amiss.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:33 PM   #20
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i race a 250. its stupid fun.
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