- Aug 29, 2011
- Poway California
- 2012 Ford Mustang V6 Performance
Bullshit. Just last weekend I did a trip with a friend who has that exact bike. He had no problems matching my 120 - 130 kph cruising speed, and had enough reserves to go up to 150 when needed.I was told that a 250 would have a hard time maintaining freeway speeds
Yes, it?s a CBX200. Are they even available in the USA?Would a (what is that? Honda CBX 200?) be better than a Ninja 250 for a first timer who will be using it mostly for commute and a little back road fun on weekends? I'll probably be on that bike for a while. As I'll be in a University, I'll have just enough money for ramen, let alone an engine upgrade.
To decide which is most comfortable? What are the other candidates? It sounds like the Honda is down on power from the Kawasaki, but will last longer. I'm leaning a bit towards the Honda, as it'll probably be my only bike for a few years until I get out of college.Sit on both (or more generally: all the candidates), then decide.
Basically. You have to fit comfortably on your bike or you'll never ride safely. Whether a bike is for you or not depends very much on your height and how long your legs and arms are.To decide which is most comfortable?
I didn't say you couldn't use a 250 on the highway, only that it was less than ideal. You can get a 250 up to 90 on the freeway but it takes a very long time and it isn't going to be happy about it. Passing power just isn't there, and that's not safe at all IMHO.I was told that a 250 would have a hard time maintaining freeway speeds, but I did some research. While your on your California motorcycle learners permit, you aren't allowed to go on the freeway. I was looking more at a 500 because it would handle freeway speeds better, but I won't even be going on the freeway for a while. Anyone know what 250 would be good?
...As for the whole "girly bike" thing, I guess none of you guys have the testicular fortitude to admit that there are women out there who could ride you off the road on smaller bikes and have no problem handling powerful motorcycles. I rode with a lady who was rocking a 999 once and I would have needed an airplane to keep up.
Oh, and didn't Elena Meyers just top 200 mph on a borrowed Suzuki MotoGP bike?
Girls can ride, many ride fast. Some I know ride track days, races, in the dirt, around town, etc and can probably kick our combined asses. So let's put the machismo away and respect the female riders out there.
I didn't say that it couldn't either. So, if I'll be using it on the freeway, a 500 would be safer? Should it be something with a 500cc engine then?I didn't say you couldn't use a 250 on the highway, only that it was less than ideal. You can get a 250 up to 90 on the freeway but it takes a very long time and it isn't going to be happy about it. Passing power just isn't there, and that's not safe at all IMHO.
The downside to a 250, as I see it, is that you would get tired of it and get exasperated by the overall lack of top end power (as most people do) pretty quickly and then need to sell it on after the six month initial period. If you get a 500, you can keep it for a while and thereby avoid more effort and expense. There's another issue with the Ninja 250 most people are pushing - the engine tends to disintegrate by about 50-60,000 miles. The Honda 250s don't do that, but they're also not in such a high state of tune either.Would it be a better first bike though? Or should I start on a 250?