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Is it a REAL sports bike?

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. . . now that I've got your attention, I'll explain myself.When I chose the cbr250r and made the commitment to buy, I wasn't really in the market for a sport bike. I might have just bought a bigger scooter. There was other logic in play.

I had come to the conclusion that as fun as the metro was to ride around town at some point I would ride myself into a situation that I couldn't ride out of. I needed something with a higher top speed and acceleration. All the new scooters (at least the ones that are any good) are pricey. Some casual research brought me to the conclusion that if I wanted to keep riding and do it more safely and economically a motorcycle might be a better ride. Well, OK, nobody had to twist my arm to switch to riding motorcycles. Bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, I love riding them all.
Since I've ridden many motorcycles but never owned my own I had to give this some thought; this is the first that I have owned if you don't count the rusting hulk of a 400cc Suzuki dirt bike that I bought to make a chopper when I was 17 years old (another story, another time). I'm really just getting back to it so hopping on a 600cc bike is probably not a good idea. That's how I stumbled across this Honda. I was already riding Honda and like their products. They had other scooters but again, the price and the engine size (though I would have gone for a "Super"-Metro if they put this 250cc fuel-injected engine in it; that would be a great scooter). Other small motorcycle offerings were not numerous at least for street bikes. I didn't care for the looks or seat height of the dual-sport style bikes and I have nothing against cruisers (but am not their biggest fan). There are not a lot of what used to be called a 'standard' motorcycle anymore probably because they all suffer from sportbike styling and engineering.

Anyway, the thing I noticed about many of the reviews and comparisons that put CBR250r against Ninja 250 or the Hyosung was the statement a lot of the reviewers were making about CBR250R '...not being a REAL sport bike'. Hmmm, It kinda looks like one to me . . . and they do race them. I saw this often enough that I think one of them said it and the rest started parroting (No, my journalists wouldn't do that . . . they read every word of the boohk and watch every minute of the movie).

I think it's a sport bike . . a small one but still a sport bike. It suits me just fine. But I'll put it to the panel. Is CBR250R a real sport bike?
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when the journo says 'not a sports bike'
the comparisons are with other bikes designed
and made within certain power to weight ratios
braking capacities, suspension and so on,
more similar to a racing motorcycle..
high power at high revs etc etc..

hondas would be termed 'RR'..
on the other hand, this honda shares
such as clipon bars, single seat design,
a sports style fairing, with sufficient
power to weight, gearing, tire size,
weight etc to be considered 'sport'
style, even tho built to a high
enough standard and design
it is nevertheless also targetted
towards novice riders, commuters
and others capable of recognising
a very nice lightweight, well balanced
tight motorcycle with ergonomics
suggestive of a sporting riding
style yet with high fuel economy
and so on [such as me, a re-entry
motorcyclist raised on hondas]..

also, as this excellent forum shows,
many cbr250r owners upgrade their
bikes when tires need changing,
perhaps suspension and so on..

[i just installed yoshimura rear set
step plates to slighly raise and move
rearward the footpegs, and replaced
the stock beep beep horn with
another more like a buick]
so this bike like typical road hondas
can be upgraded and modified
to suit you, and your pocket..
unlike recognised high end sports
bikes where the bike comes with
all the costly bits and pieces..

as to your attitude and past bikes etc,
without doubt you will enjoy this
great little honda motorcycle..
it destroys traffic [safety feature]
handles confidently and well
within its design parameters..
has long service intevals,
top fuel economy, easy on
tires, chains, yet can be
and is described as "fun"
by many owners...

its wheel diameter [compared to
scooters] is large enough to go
over instead of into, potholes..

to me just sitting on it
feels like preparing to ride,
rather than like, just go somewhere..
i ride mine 2 - 4 times per day in
more or less suburban commute type
situations, with some nice roads,
and look forward to it
every time...

so a words a word, but 'sport'
as a descriptor seem appropriate
and relevant to this contented
cbr250r owner :)
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