Honda CBR250R.

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Paulvt1, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. Treadless

    Treadless seeking adventure

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    Have you tried this? [​IMG]

    I've heard reports of chain life of 25k and more. I personally haven't put that kind of mileage on my chained bikes but I do like the lack of mess with the product.
  2. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Doh! I get it now, thanks!! I haven't found any advantage to wringing it to redline in 1st, it's takes so long to get there that it seems better to shift by 8500 in all gears. The stopwatch might say otherwise, but I get impatient waiting for redline and just shift it.



    Not that one specifically, but various other anti-fling delayed viscosity wax chain lubes. I tried a dry moly by Zep for awhile, but it seemed to get drier over time.

    I've never heard of a 25k 520 chain, 530 yes, 520 no.
  3. sendler

    sendler Been here awhile

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    I use the DuPont chain wax. 15.056 miles and the chain hasn't stretched. Probably time for a new tire I have already sitting in my basement now that the weather is turning really bad. I did shim my cush drive and that helped with some chain noise.
  4. dlmarquez

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    hello all, I am going to be getting back into motorcycling again after a 20 year hiatus.
    I had a Yamaha SRX600 for several years..it was my last an favorite of all bikes.
    The CBR reminds me in many ways of it although it is obviously much smaller in displacement.
    I am 6'1" 200 lbs with size 12 1/2 shoes, 35" inseam and i am wondering how this little thumper will feel after a couple hours in the saddle
    any input from similarly sized riders would be appreciated.
    I am not going to be carrying a passenger, but I will be doing some loaded traveling
    thanks in advance
    dave
  5. sendler

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    It's pretty small and low on power for a big guy but has more room around the tank than the Ninja250/ 300. You would be a good candidate for the NC700X if you want fuel economy. Or the Vstrom if you want more power.
  6. LoJack

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    I'm 5' 11" and 170# (though I carry 20#'s of books on my back for 100 miles daily) and feel pretty good, though I sometimes wish I could stretch out a touch. You might benefit from some lower pegs. There are a few aftermarket made for the bike, and I saw on cbr250.net someone put some Buel pegs on for a quarter the price without too much fuss. I'm thinking of doing the same.

    Runnin' on empty:

    I made it a touch over 38 miles on reserve today, the farthest so far. There seemed to be just a splash left in the tank when I got home. There was even a head wind, so I wonder how far I could take it?
  7. dlmarquez

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    unfortunately, neither appeals to me in the least. my list of appealing bikes is very short: Moto Guzzi V7, Honda CBR 250R, used SR500, used GB500, used SRX600
  8. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Everything else on your list has double the HP of the CBR. I'm about the same size as you and bought this bike for the mpg's and no other reason. You see that the V7 is new for 2013?

    On another note, the chain is done, gave it the last adjustment out to the red zone on the gauge.
  9. rs42sport

    rs42sport Been here awhile

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    Was it a good chain?? Have about 2 months left of good riding weather til it snows, I wonder how it would handle colder temps like 15f... I test rode both the cbr and that crf 250l and I liked the ds a little better only wished it had a bigger gas tank
  10. sendler

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    My original chain is still good after 15,000 miles. It has never needed an adjustment and I ride through salty melt water two months of the year.
  11. Bugz

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    So you're not only burning a shitload of fuel but also chaines huh :deal How are your tires holding up?

    15k miles out of a chain is not exceptionally good but pretty reasonable for a bike. I think you can get quite a bit more out of them. Heard of people getting 25-30K miles out of their chaines with scotoilers and stuff.

    J/K. Just out of curiousity which intervals you use to lubricate the chain? I'm nowhere near your milage yet. 7500 km for me (Use CBR only for fun, not commuting).

    ~Bugz
  12. dlmarquez

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    Yes, I realize all the other bikes I like are larger, but that is simply due to the fact that there simply are no other bikes in the 250-500cc range.
    I would really like the Suzuki TU250 if it was a TU350.
    The CBR has enough zip to satisfy me I think, and I love the idea of averaging over 65mpg.
    I manage to get over 25mpg in my company van, and that is an accomplishment
  13. scooterspirit

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    My chain is toast, a while ago, now at 13K miles. I could have used wd40 at that rate, thinking about trying ATF for chain lube. The recommended adjustment seems too tight for my weight, every time I adjust it, it just gets longer again. Tires only last about 6.5k miles with sport demons.
  14. larryboy

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    Twice daily, I wanted to try maintaining a chain really good to see if it would last longer. It didn't.

    It was the stock chain, DID O-ring. It completely fell apart, 1/4" slop in some of the pins. I actually didn't trust it to get me home last night, luckily there is a Honda shop down the street from work. They had a better DID v-ring, I don't really like DID chains, but it's all they carry.

    Funny story..I asked for a discount on the chain, he asked if it was because I was a nice guy or something, I said it was because I was sitting on a stool in his store instead of ordering from somebody else online for a good deal...he laughed and took ten bucks off.:lol3

    I'm not gonna lube this chain, wear it out, then new sprockets and a Regina Z-ring.

    Oh yeah, back tire is about done. New tires get here today, spoon 'em on Saturday and give those ugly silver rims a coat of black.
  15. Bugz

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    I can imagine overlubricating isn't good either since it will attract more dust then. In dry weather I do it about every 500-600 km. Not because there isn't grease on it anymore then but because I feel I should put it on.....Honda recommends 800 km in dry weather I think oO. I'm using Forte (red?) grease I think. Seems to lubricate really well. Takes a bit more time to put it on though

    I've heard that changing the front sprocket every 4000 miles will make your chain live quite a bit longer though I'm not really sure why it should since mine still looks pretty new. New front sprocket is cheap anyway so I guess it wouldn't hurt. Nice story :rofl:roflon the discount ,



    @Scooterspirit
    6.5k miles with sportdemons :eek1That makes the CBR suddenly a lot more expensive to run lol....I hope to get at least 15 000 miles out of the stock tyres.

    I guess they stick pretty good though? How do they peform in the wet?
  16. sendler

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    If you are willing to accept the top speed performance of the CBR which may limit you to 80 mph and 60 mpgUS if you are not very aero then it is the best deal on the road for the money. A taller seat can give your knees more room and allow you to cheat back a little farther onto the front edge of the passenger seat. Honda is announcing a CBR500R next month but you would never be able to buy one for another year. Used Ninja650's are everywhere for $3000. Not a great bike but not bad as a commuter for a larger rider (if you raise the seat height) that runs out of power on a 250.
  17. Bugz

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    My friend just bought a 650 ninja 2009 model (I think it's the current model). I havn't ridden on it but I was suprised by the 'visual' build quality. Construction of the bike looked decent to me, at least not worse than the CBR250

    What don't you like about it?

    Not planning on getting on of them. Just don't like kawa as a brand. And I like decent fuel consumption :evilStill got quite a bit of road trips and a SS1000 planend on the 250 :evil. And I really like the NC 700
  18. larryboy

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    I used a dry moly on one end of the commute, doesn't attract dirt and a delayed viscosity wax like chain lube on the other side...also doesn't attract dirt.

    YMMV
  19. sendler

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    2012 is the newest model Ninja650 and has further improvements to the bodywork and vibration. My 07 has notchy shifting, steering isn't as dialed in or quick, low seat height/ highish pegs, ect. They are ok and I can get 63 mpgUS but the riding dynamics of the steering and shifting are better on other bikes.
  20. Bugz

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    Ah, I see.

    I guess you have to take it really easy to get 63 mpg out of it?

    http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2012/10/meet-the-cbr500-family/

    Looking forward to the reviews of these new babies! Might be something for you Larry?