Having a hard time upgrading. Help a fellow rider out please!
Hello CBR250 Forums!
The dilemma is simple.
I ride the CBR250, its my first bike. I'm 21, 150lbs male & (believe it or not) a Safe & Responsible rider. I have been riding the CBR250 for a year now, and I am ready to upgrade. I have my MSF Certification & My license, I have read "A twist of the wrist" and apply it daily to my riding. I feel as though I can handle myself better then most men my age, and I have a good sense of what I can/can't handle.
I am very interested in the CBR600 (Clear choice, right?)
though I am put off by the aggressive bars & position.
Having sat on a CBR600 I liked the way it felt, but will I be as
uncomfortable as I hear? I want a bike that will be overall SOLID, not just really fast & very uncomfortable.
Would a CBR600 be too uncomfortable for me? (Ergonomically)
If so, I am also very interested in the Kawasaki Ninja 650.
Please give me suggestions, I am aware that I am still a "New" rider by most standards, but I have a great ability to handle my current machine. I know I can handle more power. Advice? Feel free to put me in my place if need be.
Honestly, you sound like you would be able to handle either machine. I think you just need to go ride each (cbr600 and ninja 650) and see how each of them feel, that will be your biggest help. I haven't had either, but I'll relay the pros and cons of each from what I've read. The Ninja 650 will be more comfortable than the 600, but comfort is a relative term, and you may be fine with the 600's position. The 650 should have cheaper insurance and get better gas mileage if either of those are concerns of yours.
I personally like the "crouched" style of the 600's and lay my chest on a tank bag during long trips, no discomfort at all. In the end, it will most likely come down to how you feel on the bike if the aforementioned costs are of little concern. On a side note, have you looked at the CBR500?
I upgraded to a 2012 600rr back in August after riding the cbr250r for a year and I haven't regretted it yet. Of course the ergos are more aggressive and way less comfortable than the 250 but the bike isn't designed for comfort. The seat is even less comfortable than that on the 250.
That being said everyone says they are mature and responsible for their age but at the end of the day your just gonna buy what you want so go check out each bike, the ninja650 and mid sized cbr and see which one fits what your looking for best.