My friend is 6'2''. He has a pregen Ninja. He greatly prefers the seating of my CBR and says he's cramped knee wise. The pregen Ninjas feel cramped even for me, and I'm only 5'9''.
Still a great bike though.
Inseam is smaller on the old Ninjas. 29'' or 29.5'' I think? It just feels a lot smaller. It's a bit lighter though.
And cheaper....a lot cheaper.
I will say that the pregen Ninjas have a "meh" suspension. The forks bottom out under hard braking. The suspension is just a tad too soft for my tastes. Other than that, they are pretty bulletproof bikes. You really have to rev them though.
I'm SO glad I don't have "junk" to get squished. lol. Cause there are a lot of speed bumps in the neighborhood and at school. Sounds like a fair assessment to me. At least it's honest and not straight trashing the CBR. I've met some ppl at school who ride Ninja250's and they kinda stick their nose up to my CBR. They say it doesn't have power etc. I don't care but it was kinda crappy for them to be like that. That's why they're MOTO douchebags anyways though. The Ninja only has a tiny bit more horsepower anyways right? I've never ridden one so I wouldn't know.
They say it doesn't have power etc. I don't care but it was kinda crappy for them to be like that.
Next time they say that you can tell them that the CBR has way more power everywhere from idle to 9,000 rpm. It is only above 9,000 that the Ninjas make more power. Twisting the throttle on a Ninja250 at 4,000 is kind of like not even twisting the throttle. And good luck riding one into traffic when it is 45F out. The Carbs are so cold blooded.
Yes, they are tiny. He really wanted a cheaper bike to learn on. We did some digging and found a very well kept pregen on CL. Owner was a bit older and had done well to take care of it.
They are also way too cold-blooded for my taste. The CBR this winter was a delight. I was out on 18 degree days w/o any problem at all.(Yay for no snow here this winter)
Don't listen to them, they don't know wth they're talking about. Bashing another bike w/o knowing anything about it is stupid and immature. For general street riding, I think the CBR does a much better job. You really have to rev the Ninjas to get power out of them.
I rode a 2008 Ninja 250R for 2 years before trading it for a 2011 CBR250R. It's all about the low-end torque for me. My Ninja would hesitate and stutter during accelleration until the revs were up there. With the CBR250R it's pure responsive power from a dead stop. The torque corrects bad lines entering turns easily and makes for a lot smoother shifting.
FI and low maintainence were a big draw for me also. The big surprise was that after riding the CBR for a while I'm finding I prefer the personality of the CBR's single cylinder to that of the Ninja's twin.
I really don't care that the Ninja was a slightly faster bike. In real-world riding it can't hold a candle to the smooth power delivery of the CBR.
I think riding more than 45 miles might clear up a couple of the issues with the differences. As far as breaks, both bikes have a 60mph stopping distance within inches of each other. I have a 2011 CBR and my best friend has a 2011 Ninja 250. I agree that when sitting forward on the seat the ninja is easier to grip the tank with your knees (I'm 6'1") but I can't sit back in the seat at all on the Ninja, I have to sit all the way forward, where on my CBR I switch between sitting more forward/upright or back and more lean/tucked, I can't do that on the Ninja.