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Hey all,

I'm thinking about purchasing the CBR as my commuter and wanted to get some input from experienced riders. I currently ride a Ducati GT1000 and looking to buy a commuter and a bike for my wife to ride occasionally. She has her endorsement, but currently doesn't have a bike. We purchased one shortly after she fished the MSF course and she literally rode it ONCE, so we sold it as I hate to see a bike sitting around.

I've been considering other bikes such as an older CBR600, F4i, etc. Experienced riders, are you happy with the CBR250R?

Thanks in advance and look forward to using this forum to make my decision in the near future.

Cheers.
 

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Motorcycles have been my main form of transportation for the last 26 years so I think I may be qualified to answer this.

If what you want is a commuter, something that gets phenomenal gas mileage and is just powerful enough to handle traffic, this is the bike for you. Think late 80's, early 90's Honda Civic Hatchback and you'll have a good idea of how quick & fast the bike is. 0-60 in 8.5 seconds so it's a little bit quicker and a tad faster than a civic :)

My last bike was an 05 Buell XB12S. After mods it put 100 hp to the rear wheel.
The CBR250R puts about 22 hp to the rear wheel. There is no real way to compare the two but I can say with complete honesty that I enjoy this 250 just as much as I enjoyed the Buell. Doing 65 mph on this bike gives me the same sensation I got doing 95+ on the Buell.
I can ride it like I stole it and all the while stay within, mostly within (*grin*) legal speed limits. And still average over 70 mpg to boot!!

At traffic lights I always get the drop on every one when the light turns green. The handling is very decent. It's light & nimble. She'll cruise all day at 75 mph at 8K rpm with a little oomph left in reserve.

The only thing I would change on this bike (if I had the $$$) would be the suspension. While good, there's untapped potential in this bike. With a setup from Racetech this bike could possibly handle better than the Buell in the twisties. This is not a statement to be taken lightly. The Buell is the best handling twisty roads machine I've ever ridden and I'm saying this 250 with upgraded suspension could be better.

Did I mention how light it is? It's like pushing a bicycle.
Its light weight and low seat height makes parking it sideways on a hill (like in S.F.) an easy task. The fuel injection is spot on. The tranny is excellent.
This is the first bike that I've ever been able to do clutchless upshifts on.
Preload the shifter, quickly close the throttle a little bit and it just snicks up a cog smooth as silk. If I tried that with the Buell I'd leave a trail of tranny parts all over the road :D

So to sum it up: Plenty of power for 'sensible' riding. good handling, Un-freaking-believable gas mileage and a hoot to ride.

Short Answer: I am very happy with my CBR250R.
 

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I agree with herm, I like my big bikes, but for the local commutes, the small bikes are the shizzle.
 

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Thank you

Motorcycles have been my main form of transportation for the last 26 years so I think I may be qualified to answer this.

If what you want is a commuter, something that gets phenomenal gas mileage and is just powerful enough to handle traffic, this is the bike for you. Think late 80's, early 90's Honda Civic Hatchback and you'll have a good idea of how quick & fast the bike is. 0-60 in 8.5 seconds so it's a little bit quicker and a tad faster than a civic :)

My last bike was an 05 Buell XB12S. After mods it put 100 hp to the rear wheel.
The CBR250R puts about 22 hp to the rear wheel. There is no real way to compare the two but I can say with complete honesty that I enjoy this 250 just as much as I enjoyed the Buell. Doing 65 mph on this bike gives me the same sensation I got doing 95+ on the Buell.
I can ride it like I stole it and all the while stay within, mostly within (*grin*) legal speed limits. And still average over 70 mpg to boot!!

At traffic lights I always get the drop on every one when the light turns green. The handling is very decent. It's light & nimble. She'll cruise all day at 75 mph at 8K rpm with a little oomph left in reserve.

The only thing I would change on this bike (if I had the $$$) would be the suspension. While good, there's untapped potential in this bike. With a setup from Racetech this bike could possibly handle better than the Buell in the twisties. This is not a statement to be taken lightly. The Buell is the best handling twisty roads machine I've ever ridden and I'm saying this 250 with upgraded suspension could be better.

Did I mention how light it is? It's like pushing a bicycle.
Its light weight and low seat height makes parking it sideways on a hill (like in S.F.) an easy task. The fuel injection is spot on. The tranny is excellent.
This is the first bike that I've ever been able to do clutchless upshifts on.
Preload the shifter, quickly close the throttle a little bit and it just snicks up a cog smooth as silk. If I tried that with the Buell I'd leave a trail of tranny parts all over the road :D

So to sum it up: Plenty of power for 'sensible' riding. good handling, Un-freaking-believable gas mileage and a hoot to ride.

Short Answer: I am very happy with my CBR250R.
Thank you very much for a great input. I'm definitely leaning towards the CBR. :D
 

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My 250 got a punctured front tire so I'm commuting on my Speed Triple until I get the Honda fixed up. The Triumph is no heavy weight and is a good handler to boot but the 250 is an order of magnitude more agile because of it's lower weight and shorter wheelbase which is a big plus in urban riding.. The 250 is just plain more fun in the tight stuff city or country..
 

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Some bikes have much more character. Some bikes are much faster. Some bikes garner much more attention. There are always trade offs. This bike is has an incredible fun factor (atleast if you have a few hills and some curves here and there). Add to that the low price of this bike and it is a no brainer. I have seen new bikes depreciate more on the showroom floor than this bike cost. My local Vespa dealer has new 2009?, $14,000.00 Aprilia Tuanos (nice bikes) on sale for $7800. Tempting....yes. But I must love the CBR because I'm really not that tempted.
 

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........The tranny is excellent.
This is the first bike that I've ever been able to do clutchless upshifts on.
Preload the shifter, quickly close the throttle a little bit and it just snicks up a cog smooth as silk. If I tried that with the Buell I'd leave a trail of tranny parts all over the road :D

So to sum it up: Plenty of power for 'sensible' riding. good handling, Un-freaking-believable gas mileage and a hoot to ride.

Short Answer: I am very happy with my CBR250R.

I thought I was the only one crazy enough to try something link this. I shift my Subie up and down w/out the clutch, and I couldn't help trying it on the CBR250R. It is even smoother than my VT750DC was.

This bike is a wonderful commuter. And it's a ton of fun to just take out and ride for the heck of it! :)
 

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The only thing I would change on this bike (if I had the $$$) would be the suspension. While good, there's untapped potential in this bike. With a setup from Racetech this bike could possibly handle better than the Buell in the twisties. This is not a statement to be taken lightly. The Buell is the best handling twisty roads machine I've ever ridden and I'm saying this 250 with upgraded suspension could be better.



Metalstorm, did you get a message from me regarding race tech?
 

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Old ex Duke Darmah rider here. Endorse everything said above. I got mine for the commuter role...and occasional weekend blast, and it's all true...its an awesome bike.
If I had to say the most surprising thing (other than the incredible fuel economy), it would be its torquey mini thumper motor in the city/metro areas....no need to wring its neck to get ahead of the pack at the lights...but if you want to...that little 250cc loves it!
 

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I've been riding for many years. My last motorcycle was an SV650 and the salesman who sold me the cbr said I would not like the performance after having owned an SV. He was wrong. What is wonderful about the CBR is how easy it is to ride. This is a boon for new riders but means that experienced riders can jump on and flog it for all it is worth. I do agree though that the suspension (while plusher than the ninja 250 around town) needs some work for more spirited or track use.
 
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