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Why do you want a CBR250R?

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What is it about the CBR250R that has you wanting one? For me, being an owner of a Honda CBR1000RR already, I want to keep it in the family and I've always had good luck with Honda products. Not to mention the single cylinder should provide more torque than the Ninja 250, which is what I really want on the streets anyway.
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But some people say the small CC bikes are bikes some get bored of really quickly. I hope the CBR250R isn't like that. Any experienced CBR250R riders wanna give me some hope?
You're far more likely to get bored with a bike that can't be ridden to its full potential. I've owned a number of touring bikes (Goldwing, 1200GS, Harley Road Glide) but only used them for commuting. They were being wasted in the capacity. I've owned two CBR600RRs - excellent track bikes but a not at all fun to ride in stop and go traffic and their handling and performance capabilities can't be (legally) taken advantage of on a public road.

On the other hand, the CBR250 is a user friendly bike that inspires confidence -even with newer riders and yet on a public road, will handle (if not out-accelerate) pretty much any cage - and you'll have fun doing it. And even if you get bored, look at the going prices of used Ninja 250s and you'll see that the CBR stands a good chance of maintaining decent resale value - so it's a win/win.

There's a lot of truth in the old saying, "It's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow."

Disclaimer: I've test ridden the CBR but I do not currently own on. Yet.
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I read your mini-review but want more TowJam. With your experience, I think you would be a good one to ask about a comparison. I'm mostly worried this bike will feel too underpowered. I like to ride back country roads. I found a Suzuki DR650SE for the same price and may get it instead. Any thoughts? I have plenty of riding experience just can't find a demo ride on a CBR250R and the DR650 is a good 3 hour drive away.
With the exception of the two CBR600RRs, I've never owned a bike under 1000 CCs - so I'm a little spoiled when it comes to roll-on acceleration - especially when entering freeway or trying to maneuver through D/FW's asinine freeway traffic. (Of course, the 600s had absolutely no problem with this either.) With this in mind, the test ride of the 250 was a little bit concerning. As I mentioned in my mini-review, I really wasn't pushing the bike when I got on the freeway since it was not a demo unit and in typical commuting traffic, it should be excellent. However, if someone spends the majority of their time on freeways (at >65mph), they definitely should test ride before putting money down. It's not that the CBR isn't capable, it's just that it has a significantly sluggish feel compared to larger displacement bikes.

FWIW, I've ridden a wee-strom and there's no comparison to how much stronger it feels than the CBR. On the other hand, the DSE feels MUCH heavier and nowhere near as "limber".

Just my $.02 (and worth almost every penny)
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