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Old 12-09-2011, 10:59 PM   #21
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SV 650. It's more powerful, without being a super sport, and it's fun to ride! Plus, I got mine ('03) for $2300 and they're often around that price. My SV has close to 60k miles on it and it starts the first time, every time!

The only drawback is that it's naked - if you're really wanting a super sport, then you're going to have to pay for it. Luckily, if you DO buy a 250, it will be fun to ride and when you're ready to upgrade it will have maintained its value.

Buy used.
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Old 12-10-2011, 04:37 AM   #22
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Yeah the 250 is slow. I commute with the 250 but I'm a tall and skinny at over a buck fifty. I don't mind being slow and it does really well for Houston traffic. No such thing as speed induced tunnel vision on the 250. Gett something bigger like 650 or just keep on looking for a 600. Deals come and go so just be patient.
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:13 AM   #23
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you think you'll fit on any SS bike and not looked scrunched up, lol

and bigger cc's don't mean the bike is any bigger physically other then engine size.
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:32 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by Snarky View Post
I bet you a lot more of the dead riders in Houston were riding liter+ bikes rather than 250s. Just saying.

I had an XT225. Thumper with 17 hp? I used to drive it 45 minutes from Lake Jackson to Houston, at about 60 mph. I drove I45, US59, I10, I610 and US290, pretty much all of them! Yes, it was slow and a right lane rider. However, Houston traffic is so friggin slow anyways, once you got to the city it wasn't a problem. I see a lot of 250 parallel twins around town, I don't think they are having too much problem keeping up with anything outside the left lane.
Im not the guy who recommended the litrebike, but theres plenty in between that and a 250.
on a 250 theres just no top end, and thats what you need on the freeway when impatient cagers are riding your .
you may hate jerry sandusky but at least he drove slow through school zones
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:10 AM   #25
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I rode a 250 for about a year both commuting and for fun on the weekends. I'm 5' 10" 175 and while the bike wasn't fast, it was faster than a car off a light and more than capable on the freeway. It also had a very comfortable riding position.

For day to day use the only thing it couldn't do was a quick pass on the freeway. At freeway speeds the acceleration didn't permit diving into an opening in traffic. On the weekends the only things it couldn't do were 100+ mph or safely making a quick pass on a two lane road. For a new rider these are not really handicaps. In fact they still would not be handicaps for me, with more than a year's worth of experience.

I upgraded because I had the money and because I wanted the sound of an air cooled v-twin and the looks of a ducati. My upgrade had little to do with performance. After a year with the 250 I know I still had room to push the bike. I didn't go with a larger ducati because I know my limits and the M696 offered the looks and sound I wanted with the performance that was appropriate.
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:42 PM   #26
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very interesting..thanks for the input people. gonna think this over some more...
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Old 12-10-2011, 01:18 PM   #27
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Looking into the gs500, sv650, ninja 250... They are all over for sure.

Or just get a BUSA... lots of people ride them as first bikes.

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