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Old 01-16-2008, 06:02 PM   #1
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Some more noobish ?'s about 250cc bikes

I'm really liking the Ninja 250R thats supposed to come out next month. I have never really owned a bike, so I had some general questions regarding a 250cc bike. Would a bike with a motor of such be able to easily travel on a highway such as 59 at 70-75 MPH, or would it be struggling/stressing around those speeds? I've noticed most cars drive on average at those speeds on highways and I'd like to keep up with the flow of traffic without stressing the motor too much. I'm not planning on getting on the highway anytime soon, but I do know that with some practice and experience, I'll be able to take it to the highway sooner or later
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top speed I want to say is 90-110, could be wrong. People ride em on the highway all day long. Quarter miles times are in the 14's I believe... faster than most cars.
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I'm really liking the Ninja 250R thats supposed to come out next month. I have never really owned a bike, so I had some general questions regarding a 250cc bike. Would a bike with a motor of such be able to easily travel on a highway such as 59 at 70-75 MPH, or would it be struggling/stressing around those speeds? I've noticed most cars drive on average at those speeds on highways and I'd like to keep up with the flow of traffic without stressing the motor too much. I'm not planning on getting on the highway anytime soon, but I do know that with some practice and experience, I'll be able to take it to the highway sooner or later
i never rode a 250 but im pretty sure they can get up to 100
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top speed I want to say is 90-110, could be wrong.
If that would be its top speed, would it be stressing the motor too much to drive at around the 70-75 mph I asked about? By stressing, I mean constantly making the motor make its maximum output for long periods (highway driving)
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may I ask why a 250?? (although the re-design looks awesome). anyways, just wondering, not tryin to hate or anything......back to the topic. The guy who taught me how to ride used to own a 250 back in HS. His gf stayed in Bellaire and he lived in Kingwood and so he rode that thing almost everyday to see her.

long story short: you'll be fine on 59 with one and it won't stress the motor cause you're not close to the redline at 70-75mph
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my wife had a 250... runs fine on the highway... hers topped out at 95 with my big on it. got like 55 - 60 mpg. great starter bikes.
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stress on engine will be light.

It wont win any highway battle with a 600, but you get the idea.

My 500 does highway speeds EASILY.
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stress on engine will be light.

It wont win any highway battle with a 600, but you get the idea.

My 500 does highway speeds EASILY.
now a 500 might be a better bike to start with IMO
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may I ask why a 250?? (although the re-design looks awesome). anyways, just wondering, not tryin to hate or anything......back to the topic. The guy who taught me how to ride used to own a 250 back in HS. His gf stayed in Bellaire and he lived in Kingwood and so he rode that thing almost everyday to see her.

long story short: you'll be fine on 59 with one and it won't stress the motor cause you're not close to the redline at 70-75mph
i know you're not hating.....but why not a 250?

it's an excellent beginner bike, and resell on those things are WAY better than any 600cc sportbike. you'll learn a lot, and not lose a lot when you're done with it.

i was planning on racing one of those new 250r's soon as they start making aftermarket parts for it. i think it's a great bike and can't wait to own one.
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we have a couple ninja 250's and we were 2 up doing 90 mph no problem.
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now a 500 might be a better bike to start with IMO
Its a ball of fun. However, seeing the new 250's we might trade it in on a new 250....
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may I ask why a 250?? (although the re-design looks awesome). anyways, just wondering, not tryin to hate or anything......back to the topic. The guy who taught me how to ride used to own a 250 back in HS. His gf stayed in Bellaire and he lived in Kingwood and so he rode that thing almost everyday to see her.

long story short: you'll be fine on 59 with one and it won't stress the motor cause you're not close to the redline at 70-75mph
The reason I want a 250 in general is because I feel it'll help me learn the basics and I'd feel a lot more comfortable on that bike compared to a 600cc or other larger bike. For some reason, the larger bikes tend to intimidate me. I feel if I have a smaller displacement bike, I'd be more aware about my surroundings, thus be safer. I'd have more of my attention to important things and less on being scared and paranoid. Keep in mind, the only bike I ever rode was the 125cc cruser in the MSF course
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i know you're not hating.....but why not a 250?

it's an excellent beginner bike, and resell on those things are WAY better than any 600cc sportbike. you'll learn a lot, and not lose a lot when you're done with it.

i was planning on racing one of those new 250r's soon as they start making aftermarket parts for it. i think it's a great bike and can't wait to own one.
I was just wonderin why people choose the bikes they do. Is it b/c it's what everyone is telling him or personal choice. There's so many choices for bikes and I just wanted to know his reasoning. It was more of a Social Dynamics question than anything, I didn't have any negative intentions behind it

sorry if it seemed that way
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The reason I want a 250 in general is because I feel it'll help me learn the basics and I'd feel a lot more comfortable on that bike compared to a 600cc or other larger bike. For some reason, the larger bikes tend to intimidate me. I feel if I have a smaller displacement bike, I'd be more aware about my surroundings, thus be safer. I'd have more of my attention to important things and less on being scared and paranoid. Keep in mind, the only bike I ever rode was the 125cc cruser in the MSF course
hey man more power to you. That shows maturity and responsibility. I feel the same way, I didn't start riding on a 600cc bike. I crawled before I walked. I just wanted to know ur reasons behind it. you'll def love the lightness of the bike and get a feel for what being on 2 wheels is like
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I was just wonderin why people choose the bikes they do. Is it b/c it's what everyone is telling him or personal choice. There's so many choices for bikes and I just wanted to know his reasoning. It was more of a Social Dynamics question than anything, I didn't have any negative intentions behind it

sorry if it seemed that way

No need to be sorry, completly understand your intension behind the question

Plus I like the way the bike looks
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I was just wonderin why people choose the bikes they do. Is it b/c it's what everyone is telling him or personal choice. There's so many choices for bikes and I just wanted to know his reasoning. It was more of a Social Dynamics question than anything, I didn't have any negative intentions behind it

sorry if it seemed that way
Nope, he nor I took it that way
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the new 250's DO loko sick, Hopefully they follow thru and give the 500's a change as well.
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the new 250's DO loko sick, Hopefully they follow thru and give the 500's a change as well.
I remember I saw a preview pic of the new 250 awhile back w/out reading any text and I couldn't believe that it was a 250 when I finally read the article.
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Nope, he nor I took it that way

Actually, I change my mind. He's an .

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A 250 is a great starter bike. Would I get a 2008 250 as a 1st bike? Heck no!!!

Get a used one and get some miles under your belt then sell that hooker for what you paid for it.

Remember it's your first bike not your last.
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