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I just got my motorcycle license and I have been debating which bike to get... I am debating between a new cbr 250 or a new ninja.. or maybe a used cbr600 around the 3000-3500 price range... any suggestions?

I used to have an 07 S2000, which i miss a lot... so i wanted to get a bike for that feeling again. I am currently in a 2011 G37S 6MT.
 

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can you elaborate? year, miles, etc
Don't think he was being serious... lol

Bottom line: If you're looking to buy brand new the CBR250r has more technology, gets better mileage, and is cheaper than the Ninja 250r. In the US you can get the CBR250r with ABS for the price of a regular Ninja 250r (not special edition, and the only difference between the special edition ninja and the regular ninja is the color of the fairings, color of the dash, and the sticker that says special edition).

I wouldn't recommend buying a used 600 as your first bike for the following reasons:
- Too much bike with too much power for a new rider (in my opinion)
- Most of the 600cc sport bikes out there have been ridden hard and you would be surprised how many people overlook regular maintenance procedures
- There's a chance for hidden damage (as with most used bikes regardless of the size or category)
 

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The Ninja and the CBR have different personalities, and each does better in some areas than the other. You need to do some research and also think about what kind of riding you want to do.

My suggestion is DO NOT purchase a 600 Super Sport of any kind as your first bike. Not even a SV 650...

Take a MSF course before you buy anything.

Either the CBR250R or Ninja 250 will be a good choice as a first bike.


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Don't think he was being serious... lol

Bottom line: If you're looking to buy brand new the CBR250r has more technology, gets better mileage, and is cheaper than the Ninja 250r. In the US you can get the CBR250r with ABS for the price of a regular Ninja 250r (not special edition, and the only difference between the special edition ninja and the regular ninja is the color of the fairings, color of the dash, and the sticker that says special edition).

I wouldn't recommend buying a used 600 as your first bike for the following reasons:
- Too much bike with too much power for a new rider (in my opinion)
- Most of the 600cc sport bikes out there have been ridden hard and you would be surprised how many people overlook regular maintenance procedures
- There's a chance for hidden damage (as with most used bikes regardless of the size or category)
Thank you for your insight.
The S2K was light, fast, and open top made it amazing. I want a bike to relive the s2k feeling. The G37S 6MT is fast but its heavy.

What year CBR do you think i can get used for around 3k?
Im leaning towards the 250R new but 4k is kinda over my budget.
 

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Thank you for your insight.
The S2K was light, fast, and open top made it amazing. I want a bike to relive the s2k feeling. The G37S 6MT is fast but its heavy.

What year CBR do you think i can get used for around 3k?
Im leaning towards the 250R new but 4k is kinda over my budget.
When you say 250R are you talking about the CBR or the ninja? If you're talking about the ninja you can get an 09 with under 3K miles for 3k easily. If you're talking about the CBR, you can find used ones for around 3k, it is just a matter of what's available in your area our how far you're willing to drive to get one. Oh and Honda only started making this CBR in 2011 so that's the year model you would be getting.

There are a couple of bikes that people are selling on these forums. Maybe one of them is in your area.
 

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When you say 250R are you talking about the CBR or the ninja? If you're talking about the ninja you can get an 09 with under 3K miles for 3k easily. If you're talking about the CBR, you can find used ones for around 3k, it is just a matter of what's available in your area our how far you're willing to drive to get one. Oh and Honda only started making this CBR in 2011 so that's the year model you would be getting.

There are a couple of bikes that people are selling on these forums. Maybe one of them is in your area.
I meant CBR250R sorry. I am highly considering a Ninja but more towards the Honda.
 

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Can't go wrong with either as a first bike (but I'm partial to the Honda).. :)

You will definitely find more selection of used Ninjas since 2011 is the first year for the Honda. However, the price difference won't be that much.
 

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One of the biggest selling points to me was that the honda is fuel injected and the kaw. is still carburated ( booo ) Friend has the kaw and complaines it spits, sputters, and runs like **** until it warms up. Carbs are old school. Cant even buy a car anymore with a carburator on it. There a thing of the past.
 

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One of the biggest selling points to me was that the honda is fuel injected and the kaw. is still carburated ( booo ) Friend has the kaw and complaines it spits, sputters, and runs like **** until it warms up. Carbs are old school. Cant even buy a car anymore with a carburator on it. There a thing of the past.
That maybe ture but there also major down to EFI usely cost lot more to find and fix.
Yes I agree Kaw should get off there butt in fact where Yamaha and Suzuki Sprotbike in a 250/300cc?.
 

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Both

I have both. The Ninja can be made into a better toy with pipes, intake and jet kit. But then it will get 45mpgUS at best. The Honda is the better all around bike to rack up miles on. Better ergonomics and 30% better on gas, fuel injection is great for cold starts. I never ride my Ninja anymore.
 

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Either Ninja or cbr250. Both fun bikes and both begginer friendly. IMHO I would never buy a previously owned bike as I have no idea if it has gone down,or has been regularily maintained...unless I knew the previous owner. Just my opinion:rolleyes:
 

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That maybe ture but there also major down to EFI usely cost lot more to find and fix.
Yes I agree Kaw should get off there butt in fact where Yamaha and Suzuki Sprotbike in a 250/300cc?.
Thats true im sure, but I have never had any problems with any of my fuel injected bikes and ive had many of them. Come to think of it the same is true as far as all the cars I have had also. But I trade off quite often
 

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It basically boils down to how you want to ride and the type of riding that you will be doing. If it's a daily commuter for mostly city roads and a little freeway, the 250's are fine, either the cbr or ninja. As far as technology, the CBR wins. But with the added hp of the ninjette, you will have more top speed on the highways.

Going back to getting a 600cc and up bike, if you are physically able to handle a heavier bike then it is by all means ok. However, there is always the temptation to ride it beyond your riding skills which makes it very dangerous.

You can ask any veteran rider and they will tell you that it is more fun to ride a slow bike fast than to ride a fast bike slow.

Just make sure you decide based on your needs and not based on your ego.
 

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It basically boils down to how you want to ride and the type of riding that you will be doing. If it's a daily commuter for mostly city roads and a little freeway, the 250's are fine, either the cbr or ninja. As far as technology, the CBR wins. But with the added hp of the ninjette, you will have more top speed on the highways.

Going back to getting a 600cc and up bike, if you are physically able to handle a heavier bike then it is by all means ok. However, there is always the temptation to ride it beyond your riding skills which makes it very dangerous.

You can ask any veteran rider and they will tell you that it is more fun to ride a slow bike fast than to ride a fast bike slow.

Just make sure you decide based on your needs and not based on your ego.
"by all means ok"? - I totally disagree with that.

Your physical size doesn't have much to do with your skill level or ability to "handle" a 600 Super Sport or similar.
 

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"by all means ok"? - I totally disagree with that.

Your physical size doesn't have much to do with your skill level or ability to "handle" a 600 Super Sport or similar.
I was not referring to "physical size" but rather to physical ability which includes everything, even skills and state of mind. Thus, the word "able" in my sentence.
 
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