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Old 04-17-2012, 12:18 PM   #1
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Is a 250 that bad as a commuter?

I ride my 250 to school and to work everyday and I'm on the freeway for 20-30 minutes long without traffic. The motor runs soo high, I'm at like 8k-9k rpms throughout. Not only that, the exhaust that came with it is super annoying at those rpms too. Even following my own bike from my car I got annoyed lmao.

I hear from a lot of people that the 250 isn't a really good commuter especially in Houston, what are ya'lls reason why?

I just feel like my baby is working so hard for so long.

I was thinking of just selling it for 3k and buying an sv650 or ninja 650 or something.
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Its like a mo ped, its not made to go fast. Its a from Point A to point B transportation. Who cares what others think. Its your bike and get what you want. If you feel you need some more power, then you need a bigger bike.
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All my friends who ride bikes on a daily basis tell me to make damned sure I don't get a small bike. They tell me that I will get run over. I have yet to buy my first street bike, but I am currently looking for a busa. Maybe if you weigh in at 90 lb a 250 or small bike is good for you?

I understand the general consensus here is to start out on a 250 to get the hang of a bike before stepping it up, but damnit I think I've had dirt bikes that are faster than these 250's lol
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your friends are tards, i'm a largish fella and ran thru the galleria for 2 yrs w/ my 250

instructor friend of mine who's 300 lbs is ran 9k in 1 yr w/ his
skinny friend of mine has had his 250 for like 8-9yrs
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I've got 60+MPG outta a 500 before lol
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All my friends who ride bikes on a daily basis tell me to make damned sure I don't get a small bike. They tell me that I will get run over. I have yet to buy my first street bike, but I am currently looking for a busa. Maybe if you weigh in at 90 lb a 250 or small bike is good for you?

I understand the general consensus here is to start out on a 250 to get the hang of a bike before stepping it up, but damnit I think I've had dirt bikes that are faster than these 250's lol
You can be run over on a bigger bike too, if you don't know what you are doing... To the OP, it's been awhile since I sold my 250 so I don't remember where the redline starts on that thing. I'd say if it's not anywhere near it than you are fine. If you feel like you are ready to move up anyways, than do so.
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Redlines at 13k. They are fine for regular roads freeways can be iffy though.

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250's good through traffic cause it's easier to maneuver. My 250 was daily drive for a year. If your affriad of working it too hard, don't. Going on longs rides for hours at a time, I was redlining the whole time trying to keep with bigger cc's and it never blew up. Unless the engine's overheating, then you have a problem. If not, ride that mother as hard as you want(safely of course). My cbr is slower than a ninja and I know well enough how it sucks at 80(ish). But all in all, the engine won't break unless you neglect it
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i commuted on one for a while. I didn't mind it but the lack of power isnt inspiring when you find yourself needing it to merge or get ahead of or around someone quickly. Ideally you want to stay in the left most lane on the highway and that can be hard if traffic is moving at inconsistent speeds, it takes much more time to go from 50 - 80 on the 250 versus bigger displacement bikes.

I liked my Kawi Z1000 and Suz M-50 better for commuting. The MPG was really great though, spent like 15 - 20 bucks a week on gas. I spend 70/wk in my truck.
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the 250 is faster then 80-90% of veh. on the road, and def. faster then most of these monster trucks you fella's are so fond of. but a 250 isn;t quick enough....lol

personnally i believe most of the naysayers have never ridden a 250 let alone wrung it's neck...
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the 250 is faster then 80-90% of veh. on the road, and def. faster then most of these monster trucks you fella's are so fond of. but a 250 isn;t quick enough....lol

personnally i believe most of the naysayers have never ridden a 250 let alone wrung it's neck...
Hey watch it, those monster trucks are high performance machines. They frequently like to race me in my Camaro or on the bike.
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the 250 is faster then 80-90% of veh. on the road, and def. faster then most of these monster trucks you fella's are so fond of. but a 250 isn;t quick enough....lol

personnally i believe most of the naysayers have never ridden a 250 let alone wrung it's neck...
I owned it for plenty enough time to evaluate. It lacks at highway speeds in variable traffic situations you find yourself in daily. Otherwise it's fine.
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the 250 is faster then 80-90% of veh. on the road, and def. faster then most of these monster trucks you fella's are so fond of. but a 250 isn;t quick enough....lol

personnally i believe most of the naysayers have never ridden a 250 let alone wrung it's neck...
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i've owned and ridden the 250....it's a gutless that is faster than about 50% of the vehicles on the road. as for wringing it out...I almost blew it up a few times cause I needed more of what it didn't have.... power. but that is also why it's a good starter bike.
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I had a 600 Katana for as very short while. No way I would commute on a 260 if the Katana was too slow
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I owned it for plenty enough time to evaluate. It lacks at highway speeds in variable traffic situations you find yourself in daily. Otherwise it's fine.
my 240lb disagrees, and so does me 300lb msf inst. buddy.
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