Join Date: Dec 2014
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I sold my 2013 CBR250R ABS. I really enjoyed that bike. It's light and fun.
In its place I now have a 2013 Ninja 1000 ABS and a 2013 Triumph Thunderbird 1600 ABS.
The Ninja is a really fun bike with lots of power in every gear. The riding position is sport-touring, not super bike. One thing I learned very fast is that I had gained some very bad habits riding the CBR250. I was always cranking the throttle wide open and up/down shifting like crazy. You just don't ride like that on a liter bike, it's like a rocket. You'll be going 100 MPH in a flash. Gotta handle it nice and easy.
The Thunderbird looks and sounds great. The original owner had outfitted it beautifully. It's extremely comfortable and the 1600 CC engine has very good power. It handles really well considering the thing weighs nearly 800 pounds. I must admit it still scares me a bit riding it. I guess I'm afraid to lay it down and wreck the beautiful paint and chrome. And who knows if I will be able to pick it back up.
It's weird switching between them, I keep putting my feet in the wrong place, and the handling difference is pretty big. I like them both a lot though, for different reasons. I'm feeling a bit snug in the garage though so I may sell the Ninja. Or maybe I should sell the lawn tractor, it's less fun.