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Old 09-07-2012, 10:03 AM   #21
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Ooo, I didn't know the Repsol scheme was available for the CBR250, I have gotten tired of Honda's across-the-board maroon and silver layout.

Personally I don't see why Kwak went with a 300 when a 400 was right there and bridges a gap better between the 250 and 600. At least in my opinion, the gap from 250 to 300 seems to small, and I doubt that riders nowadays would upgrade in such small increments. So, build a 250, a 250R with upgraded suspension and maybe a tuned engine, then a 400 and up to a 600/600R from there.
All that being said, I gotta agree w/ Lucydad, I never had a problem with the 45hp and gobs of torque from my XLH883, either commuting, touring, or weekend blasting. Moar torques please!
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:11 AM   #22
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:11 AM   #23
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That is a VERY nice looking bike. Fuel injection and optional ABS? Awesome!
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:42 AM   #24
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One generation behind the 650r in the looks department... I was wondering when it was gonna happen.

The reason behind no 400.... they DO make a Ninja 400r.... but it's an overweight underpowered 650r. Where as a Ninja 300 is now an underweight overpowered Ninja 250. Well, I guess the weights don't really change... but it's the power to weight that does. The 250 chassis feels much better, so why underpower a larger chassis?
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If only it were a 2 stroke

It's closer than you might think. Quite a few companies are developing street legal DI 2-stroke engines. There is an article in one of the latest moto-mags about it.

For 4-strokes, I'd rather they keep the 250's, since many parts of the world have regulations and tax laws that restrict cc's. 250cc is a popular cut-off. For places that don't have such restrictions, 400-500cc is a much better range for an inexpensive versatile mid-range fun machine.
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It's closer than you might think. Quite a few companies are developing street legal DI 2-stroke engines. There is an article in one of the latest moto-mags about it.

For 4-strokes, I'd rather they keep the 250's, since many parts of the world have regulations and tax laws that restrict cc's. 250cc is a popular cut-off. For places that don't have such restrictions, 400-500cc is a much better range for an inexpensive versatile mid-range fun machine.
I've been talking about DI 2 strokes for almost ten years now...I hope they hurry up and deliver the goods!
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like the idea...i think itll def attract some noobs. wonder what the top speed is on that thing..?
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Soon to be followed by the Honda CBR400... then the Yamaha FZ400R... Kawasaki Ninja 500... Suzuki GS550...

Hey, it'll be the 80's all over again.
I LIKE THIS
if the bikes didnt strive to look *HURR DURR RAEC BIEK* it would be much better
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i can dig it, i still love the 80's look tho...... older ones still are teh coolz
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:18 PM   #31
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This new Ninja 300 could be perfect for my brother in Montana. He stands five foot one, and if the Ninja could be lowered a bit, it would work. He has a Buell Blast and the HD dealer won't service it any longer.

Give me torque baby! My Guzzi small block flies above 5000 rpm, and will cruise at ninety no problem, and still has plenty of room for more. It is a much more enjoyable and fun ride than my old Kawa EX 500 although that bike was excellent, but buzzy above 70 mph. Full faired bikes in windy Ft Bend County sail like a boat, not my naked Guzzi.

I think the Green Machine is on the right track here, ABS too, very smart.
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Old 09-08-2012, 02:20 PM   #32
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Looks fantastic. And after my recent hassles w. a carbureted bike & ethanol, it's only FI engines for me from now on.
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:46 PM   #34
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:26 PM   #35
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:47 PM   #36
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It's cool that they are looking at the 300 market. All you see is 250's, 600's, 1000's etc.

By 2025 the U.S. is planning for cars to be 54mpg. The motorcycle industry will probably follow suit.
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One thing I remember about riding the ninjette EX was the "unstable feeling" when taking Crabb River turns at full speed. Feels to me like the rear end feels like it needs more down-force or something.

Riding the 600 on the other hand feels so "planted" that it makes it easier to "push the limits" - although I never was able to do so.

I may just pull the trigger on this one.
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:30 AM   #39
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:43 AM   #40
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Soon to be followed by the Honda CBR400... then the Yamaha FZ400R... Kawasaki Ninja 500... Suzuki GS550...

Hey, it'll be the 80's all over again.
HEY that's not a bad bad thing. Maybe we'll get a few standards out of this or more retro looking sport bikes. Heh...i know wishful thinking.
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