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I got a call yesterday afternoon at 14:20 that my black non-ABS CBR250R was in and ready for me to pick up. I quickly arraigned to get out of work and get someone to drive my car home from the dealership.





Just after 18:00 I was on my way home. 36 miles on secondary roads trying to vary my speed as much as possible. I'm 6 foot, 195 lbs. and a 34" inseam. I have plenty of room in the saddle and don't feel cramped at all. As you can see from the photo below I have no problem flat-footing both feet. I think a 30" inseam would be about the shortest one could have and still go flat-footed. With my 30 mile commute to work, I should be through the break-in period in a week or two.



This is going to be a FUN RIDE! :D


 

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I'm used to a Shadow Spirit 750, so this is quite a change.

It rips through the gears really fast. Especially when trying to keep the revs below 6-7K.

The torque makes it feel very quick for a 250. It is a bit groggy in 6th at around 55-60 mph, but 5th is just a click away. Once I get through the break-in and can take her up to redline I'm sure it will feel even better. I've never ridden a larger sport bike, so I can't judge it against that. But I feel that this will have plenty of pep to haul my rearend around while having a good time. And if I'm getting 70+ mpg then I won't even think about it being underpowered.


 

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Sounds really good. My CM450c doesn't pull well in 6th. If I want to pass while blowing along at 60-75 I must downshift to have any decent acceleration. It red lines at 10k as well. 10.5K on the CBR.
 

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Thats good to hear. My last bikes have been a Kawasaki ZR7, Suzuki Volusia 800 (dead in the garage) and a 883 Sportster. Theres a part of me worried about going down in size. But if youre not disappointed goin from the Shadow to the CBR that makes me happy. Great pics by the way.
 

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RVOKNIO! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and photos. Those are some of the best shots of "Sinister" black that we have seen. And glad to hear, at 6' you are not feeling cramped.........
 

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Thanks everyone!

I've found that scooting all the way back in the seat is the most relaxing position.
I can tuck in and the strain to my neck, trying to look through my eyebrows, is pretty mild.
Sliding forward right up to the tank is still comfortable, but everything is bent and tucked in a bit more.
When I lay down on the tank is this position it feels like my eyes are right over the front axle. :eek:
And my neck is not at all happy in this position. Short spurts only in this position for me.

The only thing I'm not too fond of is the location of the mirrors.
Sitting back in the seat I am looking at my wrists to shoulder. I have to tuck my elbow in to my side to see anything behind me.
Sliding forward forces me to tuck everything in and the view gets better automatically.
I'll have to play around with the mirrors to see if I can make the view better for both positions.


 

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Thanks everyone!

I've found that scooting all the way back in the seat is the most relaxing position.
I can tuck in and the strain to my neck, trying to look through my eyebrows, is pretty mild.
Sliding forward right up to the tank is still comfortable, but everything is bent and tucked in a bit more.
When I lay down on the tank is this position it feels like my eyes are right over the front axle. :eek:
And my neck is not at all happy in this position. Short spurts only in this position for me.

The only thing I'm not too fond of is the location of the mirrors.
Sitting back in the seat I am looking at my wrists to shoulder. I have to tuck my elbow in to my side to see anything behind me.
Sliding forward forces me to tuck everything in and the view gets better automatically.
I'll have to play around with the mirrors to see if I can make the view better for both positions.



totally agree!!!

i have to get out of my own way when looking in the mirrors, i'm adjusting them at every stop light and havent found anything good yet!
 

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On the mirrors issue....I have found with my bikes that I've had to compromise between the mirrors because of the exact issue you guys are discussing...so I set up the left mirror to see the lane next to me relatively close up...and I set the right mirror so it sees farther back...this allows me to have full coverage of what is going on behind me as well as what is coming up to my left or what is normally the passing lane.....
 

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good stuff xplor

when im driving in my car im one of those who uses the rear view every couple seconds... its funny cuz i keep finding myself looking where a rear view would be...
 
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