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Old 07-06-2012, 04:21 PM   #1
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Ninja 250 vs CBR250?

What's your opinion on the better bike(new)? CBR is about $500 cheaper and looks as if it gets better mpg. Looks better IMO. Do they have any problems?

Debating on which one I like better. Kinda want me a 250. Since driving an hour twice daily for work, 71mpg sounds very enticing vs. my 11mpg truck !!

I've never seen a CBR250 in person and haven't really heard discussion about them.
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:39 PM   #2
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There was a 250cc shootout in one of the recent MC rags. They compared the CBR250, Ninja 250 and the Hyosung 250.

Here is a link: http://www.motorcycle.com/shoot-outs...out-90422.html

If I had to choose between the three: Ninja IF you can tune carbs otherwise the CBR. BTW that $500 difference is probably ABS - Wise money.
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:46 PM   #3
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CBR for the win
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:50 PM   #4
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If straight commuting, than the CBR250. You will probably get better gas mileage with the CBR250 being it is fuel injected hence the price difference.

It has very good low end which is nice and loses steam in the upper RPMs. The Ninja has a crappy low end and nice top end. I cruise about 75-80ish to work and has a lot of buzz at 10k. Before all the mods to the bike, I got roughly 55 mpg with a good romping on it stock. Now I get roughly 45 mpg romping it during my commute.

I can't speak for the cbr250 since I never got to ride one.
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:54 PM   #5
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had a ninja 500, same setup as the 250, just the bigger motor--awesome first bike, and great gas saver, too
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:03 PM   #6
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Thanks for the article!! It seems as if you can't go wrong with either bike. Being that the Honda is cheaper, gets better gas mpg, and is fuel-injected that seems to catch my eye more.

How much more "get-up" does the kawasaki have over the cbr on the highway? Is it that noticable of a difference? The article kinda made the cbr sounds as if it was a terd on the highway but pretty quick in the city.
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I had the ninja and thought it was a on the highway Personally I like the look of the ninjette over the cbr though
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I had the ninja and thought it was a on the highway Personally I like the look of the ninjette over the cbr though
how much of a ? it can still get up and get past the average vehicles right? dont wanna something that a pickup truck can outrun on the highway
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You can still do a solid 80-85, but down shifting to pass another vehicle wont be an option anymore which I didnt like.
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how much of a ? it can still get up and get past the average vehicles right? dont wanna something that a pickup truck can outrun on the highway
I don't know how you ride but I do fine riding on the highways. I don't have any problems passing cars or trucks. Just don't expect to flick your wrist and be gunning past a vehicle like on a SS. This is after all, a 250.
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:19 PM   #11
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I'd pick CBR if for no other reason than fuel injection. Pretty much zero warm up time, with single button push to start every time. And for a commuter or beginner, add ABS, and no contest.

However, if you did want the ninja, since I'm sure there's used models for half the price of a new cbr or ninja, I'd look into rejetting the carbs so the thing doesn't run so lean. That'll help the cold-starting a lot too.
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:23 PM   #12
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I don't know how you ride but I do fine riding on the highways. I don't have any problems passing cars or trucks. Just don't expect to flick your wrist and be gunning past a vehicle like on a SS. This is after all, a 250.
Riding Hwy 90 one day on the way out to New Braunfels, we were riding into a stiff headwind and the Ninjette in the group was maxing out at about 75 mph. And he can normally top 90+.
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:41 PM   #13
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What's wrong with the 40ish mpg R6 you already have? It'll take alot of riding the new 250 to come out ahead of riding the R6.
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:13 PM   #14
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Dude, ABS AND FUEL INJECTION!!!!! The baby ninja looks better, but the Honda wins in my opinion, I had the ninjette before the honda was available.
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Don't get a 250 for the MPG. There are middle weights that make better commuters and get pretty darn close in fuel economy. Ninja 650, ER6N, GS500, GSX650, and FZ6 all make great commuters. You can find them barely used for not much more than the 250s.

I do like the idea of a 250 runabout. If I were to get one though, it would be the new CRF250L. LC 250 single FI dual sport.
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I rode my cousins 2011 cbr 250 ... it feels like a dirt bike .. Fun to whip around in city but that highway was tossing me around ... Plus u can't really get a good tuck .... Not a bad commuting bike in city.... Highway is a lil nerve wrenching but eh ... Test drive one first
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To tell u the truth ... I dont think I can go to a 250 from a 600 .... I have the same mpg truck u have and the kind of mpg my zx6r gets is fine with me
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Don't get a 250 for the MPG. There are middle weights that make better commuters and get pretty darn close in fuel economy. Ninja 650, ER6N, GS500, GSX650, and FZ6 all make great commuters. You can find them barely used for not much more than the 250s.
This is a good suggestion
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