Honda CBR250R.

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

  1. L.B.S.

    L.B.S. Long timer

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    That's one bike I've never ridden, but always wanted to bask in the luxo-comfort of a 'Wing, just to see. :D

    I'm still not convinced your reading glasses are on rightside up for those dismal NCX figures, but hopefully, it's not something either you or I would ever lose sleep over :lol3
  2. oldenuf

    oldenuf Been here awhile

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    Last summer off in some of the best riding country of the eastern Oregon mountains, met up with a rider on her CBR250R. She absolutely loved it, reported was a motorcycle she really enjoyed to the fullest. Riding a bit with her showed that she knew how to ride, using the tires to the edge. I'm sure it helped that she was all of 5 feet tall and probably weighed 100 lbs. I know lots of owners are much larger, but when I look over these CBR250's I feel they are made for physically smaller riders.

    Art
  3. beat

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    that is bad, my car even gets 50mpg
  4. RockinTheRVA

    RockinTheRVA Been here awhile

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    Just picked up a CBR250R yesterday! I rode it 110 miles home, and I got a good idea for both suburban and interstate feel.

    Initial thoughts: (owned 5 different Ninja 250's 1st and 2nd Gen)

    Fuel Injection - This bike came to life immediately and was ready to go. The throttle response is smooth and immediate.

    Torque - For my 60MPH or less commuting needs this bike is very enjoyable to ride. I don't have to rev it like I did my Ninja 250 to get it going.

    Fit-Finish - Looks and feels much more solid than either gen Ninja 250. A nice smooth gearbox compliments this.

    Comfort - At 5'9" this bike fits me perfectly ergonomically. I rode 110 miles with no back pain. The included Corbin seat on mine was fantastic, no rear end fatigue.

    Safety - ABS is something I've wanted after owning a BMW. I've never had a sticky situation due to braking, but I'll be the first to admit I'm not perfect.

    Suspension - Not quite as firm as the Ninja 250, but very stable and willing for spirited riding. A little more comfortable when not riding aggressively.

    For my commuting and weekend ride needs, this bike rocks. I'd rather not hold it at 7.5K+ for extended interstate rides(even though it's certainly capable and is very stable), but it's perfect for those 55+ mph backroads. I'd love to take this on a lonnng fun day ride up to the mountains. Awesome bike, I definitely see what the hype is about.

    Prospective owners, feel free to ask any comparison questions...I've owned 250's, supersport 600's, Honda 919, FZ6, K1200R, etc.
  5. sprocketjock

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    You hit the nail on the head RVA. We brought my fiances Repsol edition home last weekend, and the 2 miles I've put on it around the block you summarized perfectly. I'm 5'9'' and she's 5'8'' so the bikes ergonomics are perfect. I agree the front could be a bit more firm, I may investigate in stiffer springs down the road. So far I've put a fender eliminator, bar end mirror, and flush mount turn signals on and it really cleaned the lines up on it. Makes it look phenomenal. Have a new Leo Vince slip on in the mail for it to. :D Awesome bike! Can't wait to take it through the twisty's.
  6. 7point62fmj

    7point62fmj n00b

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    shhh..
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    I have heated grips now and I drive to about 28ish degrees as long as it is dry. My average drive time is about an hour and a half round trip to work and back total. I live an hour from Omaha and use it for anything I need there that I can pick up and fit in the bags/ back pack or on the rack. I have daughters I plan to be taking camping this year on the bike as well as they already ride pillion with me on the losses hills scenic bypass. <o:p></o:p>
    As someone who is still pretty new with motorcycles I have to say that I am blissfully unaware on what I should not be doing with this bike.<o:p></o:p>
  7. Navin

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    7point, that's great. I'm glad it ticks all the right boxes for you. Tell me, how much LESS power could you live with in the CBR250?

    I've had a few Ninja 250s, a bunch of Honda MB5s, a DT50LC, a few 100-175cc 2t dualsports and have ridden them like yourself. A 25ish HP bike, or less, is great fun. I just don't find it quite up to the task of an every day, every ride, ony bike kinda bike. I find that power bracket fine as a spare bike. Right around 40 HP seems to bring it right into a full time slot, more power than you actually need just about all the time, but not so much you can't actually use all of it often. My RD400 and EX500 were like that too. Just a little too much, not like hey, that's just too much! :lol3
  8. scooterspirit

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    That cbr500 looks like a snoozer to me. But you get the same mileage on the kawi300. Mine's paid for, I'm cheap, I'm keeping the one I got.

    I remember when larry was here, that was the height of 250 culture, a 170 mile commute. Now he rides a gold wing, ah well...:freaky
  9. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

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    You can get away with cold weather driving for a long time. But ice is terrible stuff when it gets you. Sometimes it works too fast for anyone's reflexes. Sometimes it doesn't even look like ice. And the cold makes coping with any difficulties far more difficult. A bike with a short wheelbase and average center of mass can go down like a mousetrap.
  10. 7point62fmj

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    I dont know but I know a guy who has done more with a cbr125 then most larger biker owners I know of or even I could ever hope to do but to answer your question, I guess it would all depend on how much more riding skills would I have to aquaire to make a smaller HP bike move well, in lieu of just being able to make up those deficiency by twisting the wrist.
    It does not check all the boxes for me, I mean lets be honest how many of us only want just one bike.:evil
    On the other there is more torque on the cbr through ALL of its own entire RPM band then with the ninja 250 (not much) so dont beat on the HP drum too much. This is important when it comes to the need to shift and rev while driving in the city or at sub 70mph speeds.
  11. 7point62fmj

    7point62fmj n00b

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    Yep ice is the only thing I hate more then heavy fog. I have had to drive home with sleet pinging off my wind screen..not fun.
    I enjoy driving in the light to moderit rain but I live kind of out in the boonies so I dont have to mess with cars throwing crap on me.
  12. Navin

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    I wasn't specifically talking HP, just power in general. I'm a Ninja 300 rider right now. It, IMO, breaks thru the "too little power" line to be a viable all arounder. I've had the Ninja 250s too, they couldn't pull that same duty for me. Like I said before about the CBR, great, for a 250. Long history with tiddlers myself, there are some things skill cannot overcome though. :lol3
  13. LoJack

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    28 degrees, eh? I gotta finish wiring my heated grips then. I was struggling with the cold at 35 degrees. 100 miles round trip through farm country, I was getting cold even using my gerbings jacket by September last year and had to switch to four wheels sometime in October.

    Considering our highs are still in the 30's at best with a few feet of snow, I have a little time to finish it up yet. Can't freaking wait.
  14. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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  15. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Well, I looked around and I'm finding new '12 models for $3700. It seems my $3450 is too high. It has the most miles of any CBR250R is the USA, so I gave it the lowest price of any...$2850.

    What do you guys think?

    Any lower than that and I may as well keep it for a spare.
  16. Navin

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    Want me to talk to a guy about building a 300-350 kit out of it? :evil
  17. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    No, I have an RZ350 engine sitting here. :wink:
  18. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    That engine deserves better & you know it. :lol3
  19. Reconstructed

    Reconstructed Been here awhile

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    My two cents worth, I am thinking seriously about picking up a used 11 model with 2800 miles for $2700. That is from the local stealership. You have ten times the mileage, and are asking quite a bit more. I would never consider buying a bike that has around thirty thousand miles when for another six or seven hundred I can get a new one.

    I would either drop the price to $2500 tops, or keep it.

    Just sayin.

    BTW, your input, as well as the input of others in this thread have heavily influenced my decision to pick up one of these in the near future.

    Edit: ok, maybe not ten times the mileage, but 23,000 is a lot more than the one I am looking at.
  20. NateLePain

    NateLePain Long timer

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    Saw this today at my local Honda dealer and it is absolutely a great looking 250. Just awesome.

    nlp

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