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Ok guys I finally picked up a bike this evening, a 2012 250r (non abs) with only 4100 miles. First thing I want to do is clip ons, Not sure if woodcraft or vortex would be best. I have always used vortex but see a lot of people going for woodcraft now, if I do the vortex do I want the "7 degree" ones?? My second thing I want to add is the back spools but I see it comes in a kit, has anyone tried this brand? (CNC Swingarm Spool Adapters Honda CBR250R (2011-2013) Black - Mad Hornets) I am impressed with this bike so far! and cant wait to put some miles on her. Thanks in advance

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My second thing I want to add is the back spools but I see it comes in a kit, has anyone tried the cnc brand? (CNC Swingarm Spool Adapters Honda CBR250R (2011-2013) Black - Mad Hornets)
CNC is not a "brand"... rather CNC stands for Computer Numeric Control, which is a machine tool industry term for the current type of machine tool control. Before CNC there was NC, or Numeric Control. Before NC came into being machine tools were controlled by the operator, by hand.

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CNC is not a "brand"... rather CNC stands for Computer Numeric Control, which is a machine tool industry term for the current type of machine tool control. Before CNC there was NC, or Numeric Control. Before NC came into being machine tools were controlled by the operator, by hand.
haha yea I thought about that after I typed it, I was not fast enough to edit it before being called out. I am unfamiliar with that site though they appear to have some quality items.

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I hadn't heard of Mad Hornets either before your post.

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Ok guys I finally picked up a bike this evening, a 2012 250r (non abs) with only 4100 miles. First thing I want to do is clip ons, Not sure if woodcraft or vortex would be best. I have always used vortex but see a lot of people going for woodcraft now, if I do the vortex do I want the "7 degree" ones?? My second thing I want to add is the back spools but I see it comes in a kit, has anyone tried this brand? (CNC Swingarm Spool Adapters Honda CBR250R (2011-2013) Black - Mad Hornets) I am impressed with this bike so far! and cant wait to put some miles on her. Thanks in advance
No you dont want the 7 degree Vortex as they are too low for the 250R unless you want to turn your right hand throttle housing 90 degrees so that the throttle cables are clear of the top of the fairing but then your starter button will be on the bottom out of reach.
Better off with the woodcrafts, I had them on my 250R and they are a nice product.
The vortex fit the 300R but that bike has a lower cut of fairing.

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Personally, I'd go with Woodcraft.
I got one of the first new-gen Ninja 250Rs off the truck a few years ago and volunteered to bring my bike to Woodcraft's shop nearby in Winchendon, MA so they could measure it for clip-ons they wanted to produce for it.
I got to meet the guys and check out their shop while they took my bars apart and did all their measurements.
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Perfect! thank you guys. Now what about spool adapters since the swing arm is not set up to take just a spool its self.

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Perfect! thank you guys. Now what about spool adapters since the swing arm is not set up to take just a spool its self.
There are a ton of previous discussions on the matter of spools in the site's archives. I know because I just recently accessed them all looking for the best fit for my bike.
There are pros and cons for each brand and "fitment" is a bigger issue than you'd suspect.
I'd use the "search" function at the top of the page and input terms like "swingarm spools" or "track stands" until you can read what's already been discussed.
It's a much more complicated subject than can be fully answered by a few posts in this thread and getting as much detailed info as you can from actual past buyers and users is really vital for making a decision on what's best for your situation.
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thank you for that, I will search it. What did you go for ?

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thank you for that, I will search it. What did you go for ?
What I really WANTED were the Yoshimura ones. However, that was before I read the threads and discovered that the mounts and hooks are sold separately and run about $150 in total. Plus they weren't exactly getting rave reviews. The other brands were also a little pricey.
As it happens, I already have a set of T-Rex track stands and like them a lot. It turns out that the T-Rex spool kit was not only the lowest cost, but worked well with the stands I already had and seemed the simplest to install. Also, I wanted red spools and you can buy just the spools in different colors other than the black ones the kit comes with for less than $20.
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