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Old 09-19-2011, 01:27 PM   #1396
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Very nice picture - any chance of another one from the other side, so we get to see how it looks with that Two Brothers pipe?


This is AFTER I shut the can up with 1 1/2" bar sink strainer. The 2Bros is LOUD. Way louder than a 4 with the can on it. Unbelievably feckin' loud!

Now the sound level is between the stocker and the 2 Bros.

All that being said, this is my 'commuter' bike that I've been having fun on. Avg'ing 93mpg (Imperial), best tank has been 99.5! It's a hoot to ride. My FJR would feel like an orphan if it weren't for the fact that it gets the nod for long trips.
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:03 AM   #1397
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That pipe makes the bike look so much better.
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:01 PM   #1398
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Hello. I'm a new rider. I have been looking at the CBR250 for some time. I've also considered a ninja 250/500. I had just about made my mind up on a used 2002 ninja 500 ($1,600) w 13,000 miles. The CBR250's have been hard to find here. The dealership wanted about $5,000 out the door for one. Now a local dealer has a used CBR for $3,000 with only 1,000 miles. That seems like a good deal to me. I'm worried I'll regret getting a 250cc. I'm not concerned with going to 0-60 in 3 seconds, but I'm worried about cruising at 70 mph on the interstate. I'm looking for a cheap commuter that I can have a little fun with on the weekends. My commute to work is mostly 55-60 mph. Fuel injection is a big plus for me too. Thanks for any advice.
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:11 PM   #1399
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Well, there's reviews and information here and all over the internet about the new Honda CBR250R, and the Ninja 250. Here's a review on the Honda from Motorcycle Daily. As for the Ninja 250, you can read up on it here and be sure to check the new rider area of the FAQ as well. As for the performance, I have no problem doing 70+ on the interstate so I'd imagine the performance of the Honda CBR250 would be almost as good as well.
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:31 PM   #1400
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Thanks. I've read many reviews on these bikes. Every review that I could find in fact, but since I lack real world experience I'm looking for advice from fellow adv riders. If money was no issue I would probably get a versys or a 650r. I don't want to have to tuck on the highway to do 65-70 mph on the highway. I like a upright seating position. I'm sure I would enjoy any of these bikes.
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:39 PM   #1401
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Get the Ninja 500. Good price and good bike. The 250s will all do 70 mph, but it's tiring and there's not much left for hills, wind, or passing,
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:47 PM   #1402
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I have a Ninja 500, and it is a great bike. It is not fuel injected, but it hasn't been a problem either (I live at 400 feet above sea level). It can cruise at 70 no problem, has power to pass and go up hills at that speed. Does not have enough power to have me concerned about twisting too much throttle. Gets 48 mpg average for me, although I do not try to baby it to get good mileage. There are guys out there claiming to get 55 mpg, and few of them I believe knowing their daily commute. This bike was, and still is my first bike. I have no complaints with it.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:59 AM   #1403
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Hello. I'm a new rider. I have been looking at the CBR250 for some time. I've also considered a ninja 250/500. I had just about made my mind up on a used 2002 ninja 500 ($1,600) w 13,000 miles. The CBR250's have been hard to find here. The dealership wanted about $5,000 out the door for one. Now a local dealer has a used CBR for $3,000 with only 1,000 miles. That seems like a good deal to me. I'm worried I'll regret getting a 250cc. I'm not concerned with going to 0-60 in 3 seconds, but I'm worried about cruising at 70 mph on the interstate. I'm looking for a cheap commuter that I can have a little fun with on the weekends. My commute to work is mostly 55-60 mph. Fuel injection is a big plus for me too. Thanks for any advice.
As my daughter would say, 'I don't know how to respond to that.' But this is the 250 folder, so of course the 250 is a better bike for you. It's worth the extra coin. I get 66mpg and pin it liberally.

The 250 costs more if you crash it and a lot of new riders do. Works great for my 38 mile RT or 100-300 mile jaunts. I drive it mostly between 45-85. It will go 70 easy with you sitting upright.

Are you good with getting tires, brakes, chain sprockets, tune up, etc, for the 13000 mile bike? I mean, what do you really care which bike you should get? I like sitting on the 250 more, I'm sure the 500 is a good little pig. The 250 will go through the twistys better and move around the parking lot with ease. Close your eyes, which one do you really want?
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Old 09-21-2011, 06:25 PM   #1404
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Thanks for your advice. I'm going to check out the ninja this weekend. If I go back into that show room one more time I'm going to get that CBR. It's calling my name. It has everything I'm looking for, plus a 250 will be good to learn on and perhaps keep long term. The only bike I ever owned was a 750 nighthawk that I only had for a few months. I should have kept it. Love those nighthawks! I wish one would pop up on craigslist around here. They seem to be hard to come by lately.
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:19 PM   #1405
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Anybody notice this on Honda's website: http://powersports.honda.com/md250h-nsf250r.aspx

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Old 09-28-2011, 07:05 AM   #1406
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I just bought a black CBR250R last night. I am picking it up today. It has a Two Brothers pipe on it. I will try and post pics soon.
I am thinking about replacing parts of the fairing with the silver colored parts that came on the red CBR. Has anyone done this or would know what the cost might be?
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:51 AM   #1407
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I just bought a black CBR250R last night. I am picking it up today. It has a Two Brothers pipe on it. I will try and post pics soon.
I am thinking about replacing parts of the fairing with the silver colored parts that came on the red CBR. Has anyone done this or would know what the cost might be?

Those silver parts have been in my sights also. Hadn't thought about replacing them though, was just going to refinish them. If they are available in red and with the cost of paint materials these days it might just be cheaper to replace than to paint.

Thanks for expanding my narrow view. I'll look into today if time allows and report back.
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:59 AM   #1408
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This is AFTER I shut the can up with 1 1/2" bar sink strainer. The 2Bros is LOUD. Way louder than a 4 with the can on it. Unbelievably feckin' loud!

Now the sound level is between the stocker and the 2 Bros.

All that being said, this is my 'commuter' bike that I've been having fun on. Avg'ing 93mpg (Imperial), best tank has been 99.5! It's a hoot to ride. My FJR would feel like an orphan if it weren't for the fact that it gets the nod for long trips.

What is the length of the muffler on your bike? IIRC they have three different length cans so I'm curious which yours is to use as a gauge.
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:46 AM   #1409
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Hands down, that is the coolest 250cc single ever.

When I was a kid, this was the kind of stuff we only dreamed about. Oh brave new world!
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:25 PM   #1410
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Anyone doing any serious commuting on the CBR250R yet? I have but a Passport C70 for now and a maybe job (not to jinx it or anything!) that would be 29 miles each way, 5 days a week, at peak commute times, congested 4 lane California freeway, with the SF-Oakland Bay Bridge, which can be very windy at times. The traffic would be from a parking lot, to a crawl, to 35-50, to sometimes 65-70.

I am concerned about, in equal measure, 1. wind. 2. being seen. (sitting high is good, so the CBR isn't great in that regard) 3. non-snatchy throttle, narrow bike for lane splitting (which I know the bike is.

Any other information is appreciated too.
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