At times a small light maneuverable bike is the ticket. One of my favorite by-gone bikes was a Kawasaki KZ440. It had a short wheelbase (shorter than the CBR250R) and tons of cornering clearance. It could be slung around tight corners with ease and a big margin of safety. I'd been toying with the idea of a Ninja 250 for a while but when the announcement of the CBR250R came out my mind was made up to go for the CBR. Like a few others that I see here I have other 100+ HP bikes (CBR1100XX and Triumph Speed Triple). I see no reason to try and 'hop up' the CBR250 engine (suspension upgrades may be another story).. As someone wisely pointed out and I agree "if you want more power, just buy a bigger bike"