Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Brookfield, MA
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Well, I think a lot of new owners pamper their bikes way too much if this forum is any indication. I'd never heard of Seafoam before joining this forum and the frequent debates about regular gas vs premium in a bike that's clearly designed to use regular gas have always perplexed me. It also constantly amazes me how many people with brand new bikes are chomping at the bit to add numerous performance "mods" before they've even logged their first 1000 miles. I mean jeez, if you wanted the performance of a 650cc motorcycle why didn't you just buy one in the first place?
My previous bike was a Ninja250R that was purchased after a laundry list of performance mods were done to it by a local gearhead who was basically attempting to wring every last ounce of performance out of it's 250cc twin cylinder engine possible, he spent hundreds of dollars on pod filters, full exhaust replacement, carb refinements and dyno tuning after every mod performed. While it was quite the little screamer of a bike, I found that all those mods increased maintenance duties tenfold and only made any small variation in performance a cause for concern. The darn thing was just too much work to maintain for it's comparatively small increase in overall performance.
The CBR250R, on the other hand, has always struck me as a bike that was designed about as well as a 250 could be from the get-go. I vowed to keep things as stock as possible and not succumb to trying to make it something it's not. It's about as "bulletproof" and maintenence-free as a small displacement bike can be. From day one it has met or exceeded my expectations and perfectly suits my riding style much better than the heavily modded Ninja250R that was trying to be something it wasn't really designed to be. After a particularly close call with an errant deer in the road that left me with deer snot on my jacket sleeve (it was REALLY close) I added a louder slip-on exhaust to help announce my presence to the animal world, but that's been the extent of my mods to the bike.
It's been so incredibly reliable and predictable since I purchased it in 2011 that this sudden onset of something being a bit "off" in the throttle response and MPG was instantly noticeable, but it also leads me to believe that once it's found the cause will be inexpensive and simple to rectify. Still hoping it's just a case of allowing the additive to work fully, but I certainly appreciate all your input on the matter. Joining this forum was the second best decision I've made after dumping the Ninja and buying my CBR250R.