Honda CBR250R.

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

  1. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    That's thanks to the 7K RPM redline those things have...

    The mags said "it's not a big deal..." yes it is. Motorcycles are supposed to rev!!! :lol3

    The 500 is an actual motorcycle engine, not a car engine chopped in half, so it should be good for around 10K RPM. I'm sure you'll like it more than the NC700.
  2. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    I'm still interested in the 250. I keep coming back to it when I think "commuter tool"
  3. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    For a 50 mile commute day I think it'd be about perfect. I do 175 a day and the 250 ain't cutting it, especially since the mpg's aren't there.

    I'm seriously considering selling three or four bikes and buying a Goldwing, I really like the new bagger, but it should have cruise control for 20k. If I reduce my overall motorcycle fleet the mpg's just don't matter anymore. :lol3
  4. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    I tried to follow that guide and it's not practical for my gigantic 3XL hands. :rofl

    My way that I wrote up above is better, leaves the tank in place and gives enough room that dropping a shim becomes a non-issue. I don't worry about finding TDC either, just bump it around when the valve cover is off and get the lobes away from the rocker arms, plus they overtightened the plastic plugs on the engine for barring the engine over, I can't get them out.
  5. scooterspirit

    scooterspirit Ilovekitty

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    I couldn't make 175 miles everyday on this little bike. Works really good for my 50 mile round trip and I can't justify anything else for running around town.

    Top speed really kills the mpg on the 250, but my stints on the highway aren't nearly what yours are, still get over 60mpg US. I like that new Goldwing, for other people with lots of money. :lol3
  6. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    If I look for a new bike that can commute for 300,000 miles without a rebuild only one bike comes up in my mind...Goldwing and it might go further.:wink:
  7. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    Many Goldwing guys are dumping the wing for a Burgman or Silverwing scooter.
  8. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    Wings are great. When I'm old, I might get one :-)
    My commute is 100 miles a day round trip. About 25 miles are interstate at 75mph. The rest is 55ish and some stop n go downtown.
    Why the 250 would work for me:
    It can do the 80mph I would need in the rare occasion I need it.
    I want a light bike. Stop n Go sucks with a heavy bike.
    It needs to be cheap as I'll be leaving it in a parking garage while I'm working.
  9. scooterspirit

    scooterspirit Ilovekitty

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    This is how dumb I am: I put on the new chain on the old sprockets, because I'm just that cheap. Took it for a test ride, but felt some vibration in the bars above 55mph. Sure enough it wasn't really running smooth on the old ones. So I put on the new sprockets- cheapskates always pay twice :evil

    The rear sprocket was a pain to get off, mostly because the the bolt heads are allen set. Had to use an impact driver, maybe you're not supposed to, but that is the only way I could get most of them off. Parts were $132.

    With all the new Honda bikes, people should still seriously consider the cbr250, inexpensive to buy and maintain, fun to ride and easy to push around the woodshed.
  10. Navin

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    Those were the ones that looked fine 2 pages back, right? :1drink
  11. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Evidently 42 is the new old...I'm a Goldwing convert, this thing is fantastic and is giving me mid-40 mpg numbers.

    That's close enough to my worst tanks on the 250 that it's outta here.

    I gave the little bike every chance I could think of and it's not cutting it for me. New rear tire shows up today, gonna give her a good cleaning and sell it.

    Looks like it might be worth $2800-$3200 or so?

    Navin, should I throw a new chain and sprockets on it for ultimate test ride smoothness? :wink:

    Just adjusted the valves and changed oil/filter.
  12. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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  13. scooterspirit

    scooterspirit Ilovekitty

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    >>What was it that turned you off, the power, overall size?

    Let's just say it's everything a Goldwing is not.

    Great news Larry, congrats. If you want good money for the 250, turn it into a 'street fighter.'

    I am still thinking of getting the nc700, so I can get better mileage. Heheheh:deal
  14. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    You're just the sprocket police in here? :freaky

    Lack of power is the bottom line. I battle wind and hills every damn day, the poor little thing couldn't hold 65 mph in 6th into the wind on a lot of days. This kills mpg's which was the point of my 250 owner experiment.

    Yeah, my dirt bike advrider friends couldn't believe it when I bought a cruiser in 2009 and now my 250 friends shake their heads in disbelief that I have a Goldwing now. :rofl

    My recent fleet was;

    XR650R
    TY350
    CB550 with a YZ490 engine
    Bandit 600 with CR500 suspension
    CBR250R
    950 V-Star
    1150GS with carbs and an XR650R front end

    :huh

    I'm trimming that down to the Goldwing, TY350 and the Bandit, I went a little crazy there for awhile. :eek1


    Thanks scooter!! I'd look at the 500x if I were you, I just don't see the 700x working for us high speed riders looking for mpg's. Or just give up and ride in comfort like me. :deal
  15. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Somebody has to keep the penny pinchers in line, you'd think this was a KLR thread! :lol3

    I think you might have kept a 300 if you had tried that. The power difference is enough to qualify the Kawi as a "real" motorcycle, where the old Ninja 250/CBR are fine, "for a 250", if ya know what I mean. Fun to ride but not really enough steam to make it an all arounder, every day, every purpose street bike.
  16. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    It wasn't available at the time and I'm not a big Kawi fan. I think that even if this CBR250R had a 500 engine with 50 HP I'd be stuck with a chassis that is just too small for me. I've enjoyed playing with the little bike, but it's brutal to ride 175 miles per day on such a little bike.
  17. LoJack

    LoJack Long timer

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    Geez, if I had to ride 175 every day to get where I had to go and back, I'd be wringing it's little neck, too. With my 100 mile commute, I'm happy with it, but any more, and I'd want something a little roomier and more powerful, too.
  18. L.B.S.

    L.B.S. Long timer

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    ...you're the guy who claims NC700X's only get 48 mpg, in "real world" numbers, and yet yer wing gets mid 40's? :huh

    LOLOL :lol3
  19. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Actually the 700x is 42-48 mpg from real world reports that I've read. Had a good wind day on the 'wing the other day and got 42 mpg, that's about the norm for any bike I've ever owned. Got 37 mpg two-up on our first tank with the Goldwing, I imagine that will be pretty normal for two-up riding...was surprised by the 42 tank...within 4 mpg of my worst tank on the CBR250R and I was comfortable the whole damn time.

    :kat
  20. straightrod

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    ^ Sometimes it just comes down to comfort.