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Location: Kentucky, USA
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If you want to go Yamaha and lack of ABS is not a concern...perhaps seriously consider a YZF-R3 with an immediate change to better rubber included in the budget up front. The increase in power is substantial and would address the highway running concerns.
I think the Fizz Naught Seven is a great bike and surprisingly light weight for a 700cc, with a big bump in power over the CBR and the R3. The main reason to go for that power, however, is not highway riding but two-lane passing power. There is a certain comfort in flicking the right wrist and rocketing safely past a rolling roadblock in the shortest possible span of time.
CBR250R: 26 HP, 337 lbs / 153 kg, wheelbase 53.9 in / 1369mm, rake 2 deg, trail 3.9 in / 98.6mm
YZF-R3: 37 HP, 368 lbs / 167 kg, wheelbase 54.3 in / 1379mm, rake 25 deg, trail 3.7 in / 94mm
FZ-07: 66 HP, 379 lbs / 172 kg, wheelbase 55.0 in / 1397mm, rake 24.8 deg, trail 3.5 in / 88.9mm