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Question Who upgraded to CBR 300 or 500?

Who here has upgraded from a CBR 250 to a CBR 300 or CBR 500?

I'm curious. Im going to buy a larger bike at some point for greater passing ability on the highway. I love my CBR 250 and am still learning on it but I know I'll upgrade at some point.

For those who started with the 250 what did you think going to the 300 or 500? Anyone ridden the 300 or 500? What did you think? How do they compare? I could see myself riding a CBR 600r as well. Any input on any of these bikes would be cool. Feel free to post your thoughts on the subject.
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FWIW. I own a CBR250 and a CBR500, and have ridden the CBR300...and have owned a few earlier CBR600R's. Buy the 500. It is a great "real world" motorcycle and a major step up in power from the 250. Comfortable, good handling, lots of low rpm torque and a very smooth motor.....and excellent fuel economy.
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I don't think the CBR300 is that much of an "upgrade". It's still a thumper with almost identical specs ergonomically as the CBR250, but with a few more ponies.
So many more choices in the 500 line with a naked and an ADV bike as well as the CBR500R.
Any of the 500s would be a much more noticeable upgrade than the 300 and from everything I've read it's parallel twin is very refined and smooth as silk.
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I think the CBR650F is an interesting "next bike" for a 250 rider.
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Yeah, there really isn't enough of a difference between the 250R and 300R to call it much of an 'upgrade'. The CBR500R would definitely be a step up, as would the CBR650F.

Since you're talking about doing this '"at some point", the current rumors are that Honda will be coming out with a new 300 - 350cc class sport bike in the next year. So you might want to see what comes of that.
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I managed to stick to 250 cc sized bikes for 50+ years, but, old age made me look hard at the CB500XA as a replacement for my NX250. I do enjoy the easy to find tire size and type as well as the ABS.

In terms of riding: 400-450 miles days were a breeze; comfort was increased; passing was less risky (my 250 had 26 hp when new, but acceleration slowed way down after about 80 mph); etc. I'm glad that I did it.

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Since you're talking about doing this '"at some point", the current rumors are that Honda will be coming out with a new 300 - 350cc class sport bike in the next year. So you might want to see what comes of that.
Would that be the "oft rumored" CBR350RR you're talking about, Mike?
I wish we'd get something a little more solid than rumors and photoshops from the other side of the world about that one.
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Would that be the "oft rumored" CBR350RR you're talking about, Mike?
I wish we'd get something a little more solid than rumors and photoshops from the other side of the world about that one.
You realize that its not just "rumors" and Honda had officially unveiled the concept at Tokyo Motor Show last year?
The bike is due for a Indo/Thai launch by the end of this year. Parts are already sourced from vendors and you can already see what the headlight looks like for it. Next month its scheduled to be running a pre-production test so if it all goes as per plan you might see it in flesh as early as October 2016.
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Who here has upgraded from a CBR 250 to a CBR 300 or CBR 500?

I'm curious. Im going to buy a larger bike at some point for greater passing ability on the highway. I love my CBR 250 and am still learning on it but I know I'll upgrade at some point.

For those who started with the 250 what did you think going to the 300 or 500? Anyone ridden the 300 or 500? What did you think? How do they compare? I could see myself riding a CBR 600r as well. Any input on any of these bikes would be cool. Feel free to post your thoughts on the subject.
Just got a ctx700, amazing bike.
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2017 Suzuki SV650A looks interesting as an intermediate, step-up bike.
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