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Old 11-02-2011, 02:54 PM   #1
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Has anyone ridden one? If so, how does it compare to the ninja 250? I'm not sure about it, since it's only got 1 engine cylinder. But it's on the showroom floor, ready to come home today, and the dealership still has no clue when their ninjas are coming in...
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:57 PM   #2
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There is a poster on here who rides one (though I can't remember his screen-name). The fit and finish are outstanding, and he seemed to have no complaints about the ride. Also, you can get ABS on it to help with those outrageous insurance premiums.
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:58 PM   #3
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Its fuel injected which is the big thing it has over the kawi. You have to put some fuel stabilizer in the Kawi if its not going to be run for a week or longer. I think the Honda is also slightly more refined.
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:08 PM   #4
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In the last two rounds of the CMRA season, the baby Honda dominated the Superstock E Class. At TWS (Texas World Speedway), the little booger was running 1-2 seconds faster than the ninja 250.

Gofast353 just got one for his kid, he may be able to give some input on the bike.
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:09 PM   #5
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Fair enough. On the Honda, is freeway driving a legitimate concern, from what you guys know? I understand a lot of people just use that as an excuse to get something faster, but... Like I said, that single cylinder worries me.
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:11 PM   #6
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If you get one, "Hauser" here on the board sells em at Stubbs Cycles. He can answer pretty much anything you can throw at him.
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:21 PM   #7
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Fair enough. On the Honda, is freeway driving a legitimate concern, from what you guys know? I understand a lot of people just use that as an excuse to get something faster, but... Like I said, that single cylinder worries me.
The ninja has something like four or five mph on the honda on the absolute top end. That really won't make much of a difference because each is well into speeding ticket range on the freeway at that point.

I have read that the honda is much easier around town because it has accessible torque almost off idle. From experience, the ninja needs its neck wrung to have any sort of pep.
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If you get one, "Hauser" here on the board sells em at Stubbs Cycles. He can answer pretty much anything you can throw at him.
and MH peeps get some love on new bike purchases....
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Fair enough. On the Honda, is freeway driving a legitimate concern, from what you guys know? I understand a lot of people just use that as an excuse to get something faster, but... Like I said, that single cylinder worries me.
I think freeway driving on just about any 250 is going to be a little "high strung".
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I think freeway driving on just about any 250 is going to be a little "high strung".
I rode a ninja on a twisties ride for several hundred miles, about 100 of them on 45.. lol

Wasnt bad at all. Dunno why everyone freaks out about a 250 on the highway
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Not sure if I saw this on here but this http://www.cbr250.net/forum/honda-cb...e-journey.html was a pretty good read on the performance of the cbr 250.
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I rode a ninja on a twisties ride for several hundred miles, about 100 of them on 45.. lol

Wasnt bad at all. Dunno why everyone freaks out about a 250 on the highway
I've just heard you need to really wring them out to go anywhere once you get to freeway speeds.
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Jay will be racing one next season in the CMRA. We just got ours home last Friday, so he has not really been able to ride it much, other than up and down the street, but has already noticed the torque of the bike being much greater than the Ninja 250. The single cylinder is a bit of a concern for me also, as far as longevity of the motor in a race scenario. If the bike was being used for a daily driver, I would not give it a second thought. We are in the process of race prepping ours, and can give you a more detailed overview in late January.
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:33 PM   #14
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well, they wont win any highway races, but you wont have any problem doing freeway speeds.
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:12 PM   #16
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I went to stubbs, they were selling the CBR250 for much higher than MSRP ($3999). If I remember correctly, 30% higher + TTL. I didn't even bother going there after that. I hate the whole salesmen game. Just put a freaking price tag on it and sell it like a normal product.
They make two different models. One has ABS, and it is higher priced than the standard model by $500.
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:22 PM   #18
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if everyone's comparison between the ninja and cbr are correct i'll give some input on my 08 ninja250. top speed ~100-105mph pretty much red line limited. needs to be spinning at least 5k rpm for reasonable pick up (pretty diffuclt to have the motor spinning less than that). at 50mph, the tach is at 6k rpm in top gear.

if you do your own maintenance, go to a dealer and ask about maintenance items like air filter access and oil filter+drain plug+sight glass access. also if it has a regular screw on oil filter or if is the cartridge type like the ninja250. my cbr600rr needs a few pieces of plastic removed to get to the oil filter (added hassle).

i haven't noticed any carb issues with my ninja, but i also ride it at least 4 times a week every week.
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Doesn't the CBR 250 offer ABS breaks too? Good choice for a new rider.
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Carbs are really overrated as a negative. I never had any problems with cold starts on the ninja250, and my FI monster can be troublesome if the temperature is less than 75 degrees.
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