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Old 09-09-2014, 07:22 PM   #1
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Have you seen the new EBR designed 250 ?

One of the new line of bikes with significant design input by EBR are now coming out by the Indian motorcycle company Hero.

English video... http://youtu.be/XbHvO7yerL0

I am in the market for a 250 machine, if this thing hits with a price close to $ 4000 I am in, I will park it next to my Big Uly...

Show pictues ..

http://www.autocarindia.com/auto-rev...-373080,2.aspx

These are a fun class of bike to ride.

On my blog page is a road test I just did of the CBR250R, Great little machine !

This new Hero is rated at 31 hp, the Honda is I think 24 hp ....

What do you Honda CBR guys think and what do you Ninja 250/300 guys think ?
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:24 PM   #2
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Oh ! I forgot to mention they are coming here... With a rumored 5 year warranty...
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:27 PM   #3
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Old 09-10-2014, 03:18 AM   #4
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With the RC390 coming state side none of the other small bikes are appealing.

That's the one to beat.
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:26 AM   #5
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Good to see the expanded choice in a segment that for many years only had the Ninja 250. I bought one of the first stateside Honda CBR250R and now have 18k trouble free miles. Last three fill ups were 88, 88 and 90 mpg. I think it's just now breaking in :).

These small bikes provide plenty of street performance. The Honda is great as well for just slow dawdles with cheap maintenance and insurance.
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:48 AM   #6
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More choice is always welcome but personally I detest underseat exhaust and I deeply mistrust Indian manufacturing so I think I'll pass on this one.
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:36 AM   #7
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I think it looks pretty nice. Time will tell how it measures up to the rest. I laughed at the 0-60 in 2.7sec. It does say 60Km/hr but still made me laugh.
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:37 AM   #8
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With the RC390 coming state side none of the other small bikes are appealing.

That's the one to beat.
Not if it isn't here. Nobody knows when the RC390 will hit the US.
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:57 AM   #9
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With the RC390 coming state side none of the other small bikes are appealing.

That's the one to beat.
I agree.
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:24 AM   #10
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Always taking a chance on a new model. If it proves reliable over time maybe but if it's priced near the Honda, I'd go with the CBR. If it comes in substantially below the Honda I'd take a look.
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:41 AM   #11
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I've owned a Pre-Gen Ninja 250 (Kanuck/Euro spec ZZ-R250) and have ridden most of the other 250cc machines available here in Canada ... including the CBR250 (both with and without ABS) ... and this 250cc Thumper from India does not excite me too much ... the quarter-litre Bikes already available from HondKawaZuki won't be challenged by this IMHO ... now a 250cc in-line 4-cyl screamer like in the vein of the old Honda CBR250RR ... now that'd be something to take notice of!
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Old 09-10-2014, 02:32 PM   #12
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The 300/250 market is primarily for two groups of people. Learners and commuters.

Most people with half a brain will shy away from a temperamental KTM for commuting purposes (especially one built in India). So that leaves learning. But if you're learning, might as well buy the cheapest bike you can.

I suspect that the KTM won't be doing to well in the U.S.
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Old 09-10-2014, 03:20 PM   #13
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At 225#, I would like to have a little more displacement to move me along and 120 and 160 tires. I don't feel confident there is enough rubber on the road with those skinny ones. It's a perception if anything but it would certainly allow a better choice of sticky rubber if they were a larger size. I like the stickiest tires available hence Dunlop Q3s on all my bikes, except the HD of course.
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:26 PM   #14
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The problem is the world has developed "motorcycle bigitis" where nothing under 1,000 cc is worth consideration.

In my 45+ years of riding and racing, I have come to appreciate bikes of all kinds, but nothing beats the sheer fun of wringing the neck of a small displacement bike. I love the sound of my 250 at 13K rpm. And I learned a lot about technique riding it.

I am a Buell fan and am pleased that EBR helped develop the bike. An EBR insider says the 31 hp claim is "conservative". I certainly will have a look at one when they finally get here, but it is in competition for my money with Honda, and the CBR-300, which has awesome build quality.

The KTM has raised my eyebrow, but some early reports suggest quality issues. And to be honest it is built in India by Bajaj. It sure looks nice in the pictures, and has good power, but lacks important features like adjustable suspension (which really puts the suspension in the same ballpark as the competition).

Time will tell. Being distributed by EBR goes a long way in my book. You can bet you will have strong support. The AIM show is coming soon, and EBR will be there. Bet they have all the new Hero bikes there too for a look-see, and I'm going. Even more interesting is the "Hastur" prototype. Anyways, don't prematurely scoff at the Hixxer. It might just be a fine little bike.
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:33 PM   #15
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The 300/250 market is primarily for two groups of people. Learners and commuters.

Most people with half a brain will shy away from a temperamental KTM for commuting purposes (especially one built in India). So that leaves learning. But if you're learning, might as well buy the cheapest bike you can.

I suspect that the KTM won't be doing to well in the U.S.
Rumor has it...The Hero will Be the cheapest of whats availible here now.
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