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Old 03-12-2012, 02:11 PM   #1
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CBR250 with a trunk

I'm thinking of moving down in CC's for my daily commuter. Right now I have a Triumph Speed Triple, which is an awesome bike to putz around, but a bit too thirsty for every day commuting. Not only that, but she is on an older side, and daily grind slowly results in pretty expensive maintenance and repairs.

I'm looking at the new CBR250 for this task. Its getting really good reviews on the handling, and awesome MPG. Its super light, so easy to squeeze and flick between cars in a traffic jam. Insurance will be pennies, and if I decide to sell it later down the road, 250 always sell like hot cakes.

One problem with the CBR though. Since its more in a "Crotch Rocket" territory, I think it would look ridiculous with a trunk on the back of it. I'm waiting for a full riding suit from Teiz, which I will use for commuting. I do not however want to take the suit TO the office. The ideal set up would be to take it off right next to the bike, stuff it into the trunk, lock it and just go to the office in my street clothes. The suit is bulky, so it will need a good sized trunk to fit in.

Has anybody seen or mounted a big trunk on a small 250 cbr, old or new. I tried searching google for pics, but it didnt come up with anything. Does cbr even have mounting points for a tail rack?

Maybe someone can recommend another option of storing the suit on a bike, other than a trunk? I park in NYC, so security is a concern. Even if I chain the suit to the bike, I wouldn't want it exposed, just lying on a bike. So maybe something like a duffle bag? But then, how would I secure it? A chain through the sleeves of a suit, fold it all together into a duffle bag and hen run the chain through the bike and lock it? Has anybody done something similar?

Any ideas would be very very welcome.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:37 PM   #2
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Just to get things started, here is a tailcase rack for the CBR250R:
http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/7309/858/

EDIT: Just found this:


That is a Kappa 46L topcase on CBR250R
http://www.cbr250.net/forum/cbr250-p...se-givi-3.html

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Old 03-12-2012, 03:19 PM   #3
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CBR is really a commuter, do-it-all bike so I don't think it will look ridiculous with a top box - no more so than any other bike anyway. Personally I hate top boxes, I think they look awful! Wouldn't it be easier and safer to take the suit with you to the office? You're in NYC, in your climate surely it is not unusual to come to work in some sort of warm clothes that need to be taken off and hung somewhere for the day? You could put it inside one of those bags used for storing suits (of the office, not riding kind) if you are worried it doesn't look sufficiently 'business-like'...

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Old 03-12-2012, 04:15 PM   #4
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I am an 5'11" 225 lb size 2XL guy with a 46L Givi top case. My jacket is too bulky to fit inside. I can't imagine how a full armored riding suit would go in.

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Old 03-12-2012, 07:57 PM   #5
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I'm looking at the new CBR250 for this task. Its getting really good reviews on the handling, and awesome MPG. Its super light, so easy to squeeze and flick between cars in a traffic jam. Insurance will be pennies, and if I decide to sell it later down the road, 250 always sell like hot cakes.
I just had one out for a test ride. It is a lot of fun. I could definitely use one for my daily commute.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:23 PM   #6
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[QUOTE=Vulfy;18199707
Has anybody seen or mounted a big trunk on a small 250 cbr, old or new. I tried searching google for pics, but it didnt come up with anything. Does cbr even have mounting points for a tail rack?
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Theirs a few of them at www.cbr250.net

I've got a V46 on my FJR but I personally wouldn't mount one on my CBR. That's just me though.

I would spring the bucks for a set of Givi sidecases if they make a decent mount for them. it actually looks good with the cases!



BTW, love my little 'WeeBR'. 90+mpg in mixed commuting. Best tank of over 100mpg. Oil change with a filter costs less than $10. Psychic handling.. it's great. I save my FJR for the LD stuff and just enjoying running the snot out of the little bugger - it just comes back for more.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:38 PM   #7
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Thank you all for replies.

@NONo443 thanks for the pic. Yeah.... thats definitely not going to work for me. Top cases are out.

Side cases have two major flaws. One, they are not big enough for the suit. And two, they increase the width of the bike and thus negate any advantages of a light, small zipper in a traffic jam.

A while back, I bought a set of soft side cases for my old CB750 night hawk. They were great, but squeezing between cars was always a chore.

I think I'll just get either a duffle bag or something similar, and one of those "bikini" covers. Will chain the suit in a bag to the bike, and then cover it up with the cover, away from prying eyes.

As far as coming into the office in a suit. Yes, thats what I'm doing right now with my pants and a jacket. But with this combo its pretty simple, I hang the jacket on my chair, and fold pants into my backpack. At this point, people even sort of got used to me pulling off my overpants, to reveal jeans. First few times I got a few odd stares while doing that.
I'm not being bashful of my attire, but with a suit, it will be just too cumbersome.

Gotta figure it out.

And yes, I'm very excited about the new CBR's. Had an old ratty NightHawk 250 a few years back. As small that bike was, it was a blast to throw around town. Loved it so much, that later got its bigger brother, Nighthawk 750, which was a great bike as well. Extremely boring to look at, but felt great on the road.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:50 PM   #8
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Old 03-13-2012, 12:03 AM   #9
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Check out Road warriors page 5, Honda CBR 250, page 105, item 1571, shows a 250 CBR with a top case. Made the rack up at a local welding shop here in Chiang Mai for about $3.00, top case goes for about $30.00 over here.

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Old 12-14-2013, 08:26 AM   #12
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Completed upgrading the reflectors on my DIY top case mod:
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Old 12-14-2013, 09:00 AM   #13
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Ninja 300 has everything the CBR has, + about 14 more HP. That is a 50l CooCase. Love it.


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Old 12-14-2013, 11:21 AM   #14
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The CBR250R has everything the Ninja 300 has, plus 14 more mpg and Honda reliability. That's my 182 liter Action Packer trunk, love it. Waterproof and lockable. Cost me $80. Being able to shop at Costco on my way home from work, priceless.
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