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Old 03-23-2012, 02:01 PM   #1
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250 for the track

I have not made up my mind for sure that I am going to do it, but I am thinking about picking up a 250 and making a track bike out of it ...
I know nothing about either bike or good years or bad years...
but am thinking of either a ninja 250 which seem to be the most popular or a cbr.. do not know the advantage and disadvantages of either... those of you who know... give me some opinions...
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the new 08+ ninjettes look nice lol i thought about picking up a wrecked one and turning it track myself. can offer no input though
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I would go with the CBR250 if I had the money but the 08 and up ninja 250's can be had for cheap. Will be a fun bike for sure. I wish I had a 250 to ride track with.
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ok, why would you go for the cbr if money were not a consideration
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I despise the Ninja 250. (Yes, I know there is one in my garage) The thought of having to go more than 50 yards in a straight line is just too much for me to stomach. I mean you could use its shadow as a means to measure your lap times.
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I despise the Ninja 250. (Yes, I know there is one in my garage) The thought of having to go more than 50 yards in a straight line is just too much for me to stomach. I mean you could use its shadow as a means to measure your lap times.
I am doing that on my 600 now, with a 250 I would at least have an excuse
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The cbr is more narrow, feels lighter to me, and FI. + its a honda.
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FFFFFFIIIIII, that is enough for me but Mr.P tells me that is the bike to have as it is a better bike performance wize.
I think I remember reading that on paper the CBR is slower. I have yet to ride a CBR but think the 250 is a fun bike to ride.
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I am doing that on my 600 now, with a 250 I would at least have an excuse
I say ride one, if you haven't, before you make up your mind. I'm sure Ana would let you take hers for a spin before we make an endurance bike out of it.
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Did the 250 endurance race last year with a couple other members on the board.
All ninja's if I remember correctly.
That was a hoot.
I'd love to have one for the smaller tracks.
Some of the faster guys were running 1:05's out there.
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Did the 250 endurance race last year with a couple other members on the board.
All ninja's if I remember correctly.
That was a hoot.
I'd love to have one for the smaller tracks.
Some of the faster guys were running 1:05's out there.
There in lies the problem. If everyone had one and the track was small, they might be fun. Taking a minute to go down the front straight at TWS (Texas World Speedway), not fun. I mean it is slow even on a Hawk or SV, but at least still bearable.
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fuel injection is the major advantage of the CBR and a slightly better frame but the ninja is cheap as and theres tons of parts around ... ur going to be retardedly slow on either basically full throttle the whole times so you might as well beat up a carburated piece of ... im pretty sure i could replace all the motor oil in my ninja with orange juice and it would still run fine
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at the end of the day youre basically buying a glorified scooter so you might as well get something cheap and used
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Keep an eye out for a one already built. A mate of mine picked one up for $2500 ready to race.

I personally had a great time in the LW class last time out at GSS. I actually ditched the SV for the afternoon to ride the Ninjette. If you can't have fun on a 250 on a tight track, you're doing it wrong.
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Keep an eye out for a one already built. A mate of mine picked one up for $2500 ready to race.

I personally had a great time in the LW class last time out at GSS. I actually ditched the SV for the afternoon to ride the Ninjette. If you can't have fun on a 250 on a tight track, you're doing it wrong.
yep, something like that is what I had in mind.. not in any hurry, just starting to think about it...there were a couple floating around at the end of last season but I was not really thinking about it at the time...and part of my decision will depend on that in arizona and how he behaves this year.
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I really like the 650R with the race plastics on it and it has a little more power but the higher price tag as well. Excuse the link....

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Cbr 250 with the fi is nice and it feels slightly lighter than the ninja. I prefer honda over all, but I feel that the ninja, having ridden one last week, has a better feel as far as track worthy. Cbr's riding position is more up right and is hard to stay low unless you train your self to. The ninja's wheel base is a few inches longer and the seat and pegs are further back so your leaning forward a little more. Parts for the cbr is growing more now in the u.s. but worldwide is pretty good. Racetech now has suspension for it. Cbr has more torque but less top end. I've had ninja's pull me at 85mph on a staright. Carbs I know nothing about so i liked that aspect of the cbr. And also the cbr has one size wider rear tire. If I were not a Honda faithful, I'd go with the ninja for the track. But I love the H and wings too much. I myself may be picking up another cbr 250 since they totaled mine. But if you do get the cbr, I have a set of rear set brackets from yoshi that arrived two days after I wrecked still in the box...

Have you thought about the hyosung 250r?
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I'll say it again, sprinting and endurancing a ninja 250 was stupid fun (and cheap). I picked up mine for $2500, every performance mod already done to it. unlike my big bike, I felt like I knew what I was doing (and I felt faaast!). you could not step off that bike and not have a stupid grin in your Dave. Something about passing bigger bikes in corners felt so, right. Ride one, and go check out the ones racing. Good stuff.
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I had a Ninja I rode on the street for a while. It was fun but not really my thing. It made me faster alright, it taught me that if I slow down for this turn too much this is going to be really boring after the exit so you better haul through the turn to compensate for how much the straight is going to suck. It's so hilariously light and low you can flip it on a dime, makes it very confident when having to make quick changes and dial in late.

I kinda wish I had one to play with on the track but i doubt it would be something I'd really be all over.
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