Honda CBR250R.

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

  1. ZZ-R Rider

    ZZ-R Rider Captain Fantastic

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    Yes, the CBR250R gets significantly better fuel-mileage than it's main competition here in North America, the Kawi EX250 (in all of it's variants).

    Other things I remember noticing while testing the CBR ... I mentioned it seemed solid ... my Kawasaki's plastic bodywork tends to rattle when going over sharp bumps or wash-board pavement; seems much more "flimsy" compared to the Honda.

    The Honda also has a taller seat-height than my ZZ-R ... couldn't quite flat-foot the Honda which would make backing it up a bit more daunting on slightly off-camber pavement!
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    scooterspirit Ilovekitty

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    That sport touring looks pretty good, better than the Honda add on. But what is install like on that, not a 15 minute job?
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    3 hours and 15 minutes more like it for the first time you change the windscreen. After that, you will be an expert.
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    Hmm, still considering the add on then, I guess. Do we really need anymore experts? :D
    That link and the photo don't work, maybe it's not quite ready.
    That bike doesn't show any mirrors on it.[​IMG]
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    Might actually all be photoshop at this point. There is a step by step instructional thread on the windshield replacement at cbr250.net
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    Well, it might still happen. If this screen is as effective as the ZG on your ninja, then it may be hard to resist. Do you think it will improve your mileage any?

    I worry that mileage may be worse than stock over 60mph. But with that touring screen, the front does start to more resemble a raindrop, so maybe it will be an overall improvement. My typical commute is less than 25miles one way, so the stock screen has been pretty good for me. But, with my tank bag, my full tuck is about the top of that touring screen anyway :lol3
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    Thos ZG windscreens are definitely being built. Eventually. Fuel economy will drop slightly with the larger screen as will visibility in the rain if you are looking through it. But the quietness would be worth it on non rainy days. Too bad it is such an ordeal to change the screen or I would switch back and forth According to the weather. I can change the screen on the Ninja250 in 60 seconds.
  10. EdM

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    I've been trying to decide on a new motorcycle for quite some time. I'm very interested in the CBR and the Suzuki TU250. I do think the CBR may be a slightly better choice (a little more HP, cast wheels, some wind protection) but I had the opportunity to sit on both at a dealership and felt quite comfortable on the TU but less so on the CBR. I was somewhat surprised as the reported seat height is essentially the same. I'm 6' with a 32" inseam.

    Keep in mind this was based on less than a minute of seat time and no actual riding.

    This has me wondering if I'm being too critical. Did most of you quickly become acclimated to the CBR? My prior bikes were all "standards". I know aftermarket seats are available but was hoping to avoid that.

    Appreciate any opinions.

    Ned
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    How much will you ride on the interstate? The CBR will kill the TU.
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    what's the question?[​IMG]
  13. NJ-Brett

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    I was on the interstate with my TU250 yesterday, and had no problems running 85 mph.
    The cbr has a lot more power, but I find the TU no limitation in any riding I do.
    Almost 10,000 miles on my TU and its still the most fun bike I ever had.

    I am in South Jersey and its flat and sea level, but go over to PA often and its a hoot in the hills.
    I also do 2 up with the wife very often and the TU handles it very well, in suspension and power, as well as comfort.
    The standard upgrades are one tooth up on the front sprocket and one size up on both tires.
    80 mpg seems normal, 75 in the winter, up to 85 in the summer.
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    Both are good bikes I guess. Along with the Ninja250. I like the fuel closed loop fuel injection of the CBR250R and the $4100 price.
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    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    Saw one up close today; the rider had a GPR slip-on and it sounded surprisingly good.

    He was pretty happy with the bike, said he got 80-100mpg (imperial) and had bought the bike for low running costs in general.

    I was pretty impressed with the look of it tbh, it seemed larger than I remember from the showroom.
  16. Switchblade315

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    i ride a 01 Yamaha FZ-1 and my friend got a CBR250 last summer. I just got to go try it out a few weeks ago. I was very suprised just how good it felt and how much like the FZ it was in ridability. 5th gear roll ons from 30mph where no problem, it was light and flickable, the ride was nice and it soaked up the bumps almost as well as my much heaver FZ. Yes the loss of 3 250cc cylinders was very noticeable but the power was nice for a 250. with a pipe and air box mod to get the extra 7hp it would be all you need for a commuter bike, and with a set of higher bars I'd ride it on longer trips with no worries about power. I'm 6"2' and have had lower back surgery so the bars where just low enough to aggravate that. for me the bars being an inch and a half higher the bike would be a perfect fit. And he's getting 78mpg running the crap out of it.

    That's my review on one. if i had the money I'd have one in my collection.
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    Extra 2 hp / 10% would the most that is available with just bolt on mods.
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    hummm he was saying it was more then that. and 2 hp is easy to get out of anything. regardless I liked the bike and would buy one myself if I had the cash.
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    2 hp is easy to get out of anything that makes 100 hp to begin with. Putting another 10% on top of a 22 hp engine is about it. One of the racers posted his dyno showing +3 hp with a full FMF exhaust, pod air filter, and a fuel controller. You can get about 9% without a remap by adding a loud slip on and removing the noise snorkel from the airbox lid. Check TwoBros for before and after dynos.
  20. EdM

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    I appreciate the replies.

    Based on what I've read I'm quite sure the stock bike would have sufficient power for my needs/riding style.

    I'm just a little concerned about comfort - but I have no delusions of taking a cross country jaunt on one (well actually I have such delusions but that is just what they are!).

    Ned