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Old 08-31-2013, 12:02 PM   #1
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newbie riders bike difference

Posing a question to all the newbie riders who just got their beginner bikers. How do you like riding the ninja 250 vs the cbr 250 as a beginner bike? I sat on both and I prefer how the honda feels to me. I would like some honest feedback on both bikes.
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:02 PM   #2
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I never had a 250. Started with a 500, and moved up from there. A 250 would have been very small for me though. I say take the saftey course and buy a bigger bike.
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:57 PM   #7
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:02 PM   #8
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So, you recommend a YZGSXBR1200RR?

To the OP, it's not as popular, but look for a good used EX500 or SV650 as a possible starter bike. Easy to ride and can be upgraded along the way in the suspension department as you get faster.

If you are solid picking only the CBR250 or Ninja 250/300, I think they are BOTH great choices. Hard to go wrong with either. If you felt more comfortable on the Honda, I'd grab it.
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If CBR is more comfortable, go with it. However, think about how long you plan on keeping the bike and resale value of both. Ninjas seem like they come and go more frequently than CBRs do on craigslist.

Me - I started on a GSX-R750. Been riding for about 3 months now. The throttle is extremely sensitive, at least in my opinion, and I can see how someone would go flying if they had no self-restraint or if they were in panick mode. Definitely NOT recommended for majority of folks out there. , the bike still scares me sometimes.

I'm sure learning on a 250 would have been the better option since it's so light and nimble. I can understand what they mean when they say that you will appreciate and respect the bike's power more if you had started on a 250.

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Old 08-31-2013, 02:32 PM   #11
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I started off on a 600 way back in the day and never had any issues at all. I say no matter what size bike you get your going to start off the same way , which is slow and cautious at first until you get comfortable with the bike and how it handles and brakes etc. . Either way its your money and your choice on what you buy

And also as I always say ......... if its got or tires its going to cost you
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:52 PM   #12
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The cbr250 is a comfy bike vs the ninja 250. Gets way better mileage due to the fuel injection and the low end grunt. If you feel good on the cbr250 then get it.

Some people get bikes because they like how it looks and the coolness factor but dislike how they feel on it. Each bike's ergonomics are different so go with what feels for you.

If you plan on keeping the bike for a while and don't mind the slow acceleration factor 250 is a good option. If you want better grunt, get an sv650 or even a 650r.
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Ninja 250 is more user friendly easier oil changes, very comfortable, more power compared to honda 250, amd very reliable, but like someone said they are both great my friend has a cbr250 repsol looks amazing but id always take my ninja over the cbr any day then, cbr is a lot cheaper though.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:28 PM   #15
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:21 PM   #16
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Thanks yall for the honest feedback. @blinkstafoo182, I actually thought about the cbr 500r but I'm still feel more comfortable on the cbr 250 because its a lighter bike and if I ever have to lay it down one day. I rather due it on something light vs something heavy.
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I have a 650 2013 ninja. Love it. 5'10 190. I hear a lot of people get 250cc bikes and then out grow them quick. I'm want a faster bike now, but I also know I need more time on my 650 before I upgrade. Maybe a few more years. The more you learn on your bike the more you know you have so much more to learn. Just pick a safe bike and have fun and be safe at all times.
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:19 PM   #19
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I never understood why people try to talk beginners out of 250's. Definitely one of the best beginner bikes, and they hold their value! You probably want even lose any money if you buy a used one and keep it a year or so.

Other than that a EX500 would be a good choice, or an SV obviously, you don't need a bike to "grow into" that's retarded.


and yeah that new CB500 would be an awesome starter, and they are pretty cheap new.
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:43 PM   #20
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I tried the CBR250R and I just couldn't like it as much as I tried. It seems very disconnected from the performance side of things. The ergonomics leave a lot to be desired. Lastly, and this is just me nitpicking on this last point here. It's called a CBR but looks like a VFR. WTF?

The 08-12 Ninja 250R feels much more sporty and while the instruments are simpler than the CBR. They work and to me that all that matters. It rides very well. Superb machine considering the money and that it is an entry level.
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