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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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Cheap to maintain, great gas mileage, low insurance costs, parts are cheap, more of an upright riding position, can handle bigger riders like myself and most of all wont break the bank :)
. . . all the things that contributed to my decision (except for the bigger rider part, I have short legs and I'm still on my toes at a stop).

It is fun to ride.

Only thing I can think of on style is I would have appreciated some lower profile turn signals. I've already knocked one off once. I appreciate the break-away mounts, would have been nicer if they were closer in to begin with.
Just to add my 2 cents to this discussion, I think it is a sport bike, since you get a sensation like you're going fast, redlining through most of the gears, even riding in the streets. Going through all those gears with the engine screaming sure seems sporty, even if you're only going like 50mph.
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SPORT BIKE YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D you can make the suspension work like a sport bike (Race Tech for one) MOTO3 type bakes (GALFER is one ) a little motor work say from Jett Tuning (or other shops) exhaust,DYNOJET power cammader V ,last TIRES :eek: WOW YOU NOW HAVE A SPORT BIKE that will get 70mpg ans put a big smile :D on your face.

^What a whole lot of wasted money that you should be spending on the most important part of any motorcycle-
The Nut hehind the handlebars.

You'll learn one day.
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"The Nut hehind the handlebars."

the nice thing is if takes all of us NUT's to make the world go round :D and this NUT and some others I know are having a lot of FUNNNNNNNNNNNN :eek: with our CBR250R/A's :rolleyes:
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