” However, friends of mine have indicated that the 250 is “fast enough to get into trouble, but not fast enough to get out of trouble.” (Note: I am 6′ tall, 145 lbs) Are they correct? Is a 250 going to put me in more danger? “
Most motorcycles collisions are frontal impacts. The non-collision crashes consist of one or both of your wheels loosing traction. So out of those crashes, tell me which ones of those you would want to “accelerated yourself out of trouble.” Neither of course, you’re going to want your motorcycle to stop faster… (Examples= Collision: Brake faster before you hit whatever is in front of you. Non-Collision: Going too fast into a turn? Brake faster before you lean to turn.” Now ask yourself, “does braking make a lot more sense than accelerating?”
Since you weigh 145lb, and the ninja 250 weighs about 300lbs stocked, you’re gonna stop a lot faster than with a 400lb bike. That’s only if you know how to stop the bike. Learning how to stop a bike on a 250cc is more forgiving than a 600cc bike.
Don’t get me wrong, you can start higher bike. Just take the time to practice and get to know the bike. And don’t use the senario where you ticked off some guy on the freeway and he’s trying to run you over and your bike can’t get you out of his way, cause that’s your fault to begin with…
Ride Safe, See you out on the road.