Ninja 250 or Beull Blast
June 25, 2008 at 9:16 pm #1598
Ok guys I like both bikes. I like the LOOKS of sports bikes but DONT like the forward leaning you have to do(pressure on wrists) that most sports bikes have but looks like the Ninja out of them all have the most “upright” position as does the Blast. This will be just to save gas and get good MPG…while being a learner bike im not planning on “upgrading” as I want this FOR the MPG. so its one of those I actually DO plan on keeping. So im looking for reliability and whats going to be the cheaper on maintainance. As I said I like both looks wise. id be buying used most likely. im leaning to the Blast as it seems pretty decent as far as low maintainance and has no farring to damage if dumped. Both get around 70 MPG..I had also looked at the Vulcan 500 but that got more like 50 or so MPG from what i read….let me know thoughts on these 2 (or 3 if my MPG figure is wrong on the Vulcan and it can get 60+MPG)June 26, 2008 at 1:27 am #7845
Blast never needs its valves adjusted, nor its chain oiled (since it has a belt).
If cost is the sole factor, blast is the way to go imo.
But really, you can’t go wrong with either bike.
Oh, and the ninja doesn’t put weight on your wrists. Or at least, far less than a bicycle.June 26, 2008 at 5:24 am #7866DanielGuest
Not to rob your topic or anything but, I had this same exact question. I’m 6’1″ 190 pounds. I want a bike that I don’t feel cramped on. Also, I’ll be living in the California Central Valley soon (Hanford/Fresno area) so it’ll be pretty flat riding for the most part. I want something that I can strap the wife to and ride out to the coast if I want but she’s tiny so i dunno if that’ll be a problem. I plan to eventually move up to a xz-6r or xb9sx. What’s ur pick out of these two or any other bike.June 26, 2008 at 4:23 pm #7885shagglesParticipant
Personally I’d go for the Blast.June 26, 2008 at 8:33 pm #7901
BTW, what are you guys getting in REAL world MPG for these 2 bikes? Ive heard between 60-70 MPG? I had a “motorcycle guy” tell me that the Ninja will probably get that being a 250 but there was no way that the Buell would get that being a 500….I dont know as I dont know anyone with either bike I saw on the website info write up that the blast can get near 70>>>>//??? so what gives guys any real world MPG figures?June 26, 2008 at 9:23 pm #7903
A friend has a Blast, she says she gets 60mpg.
The lowest I’ve gotten is 58. My personal best was 87mpg (for a 300km fill up).
As a general rule I get between 60 and 70mpg on my ZZR-250 (same engine as the Ninja 250, just tuned for a bit more top end power).June 27, 2008 at 4:29 am #7942AndrewGuest
Hows the riding position on the Blast? How close to standard is it?June 27, 2008 at 11:16 am #7954
it is a very standard riding position. The pegs are right below you and the bars are pretty high. Maybe a slight lean forward, not sure (some of that will depend on arm length). There is no weight on your wrists.
However, there are aftermarket bars that are lower and more forward. My friend has these and she loves them. She says it totally transforms the bike.June 27, 2008 at 12:38 pm #7955
Yeah, after sitting on one its upright, pretty much how I wanted. I tried my Brother in laws(forgive if i get the letters wrong ) Suzuki GSX-R 600 and it was not a riding position id like too hunched over for me..seems like it would be uncomfortable for a longer ride.June 27, 2008 at 9:47 pm #7985acidpopeParticipant
600’s are generally all sport and no touring, so they can get uncomfortable on longer rides. You can also refer to GSX-R bikes as “gixxer” and it will make you look like you know more than you really do.June 28, 2008 at 1:57 am #7993
lol thats what he calls it but being a noob id just nod and say…um ok lol.August 4, 2008 at 6:59 am #9852aragonGuest
The blast will get 70 mpg, the reason is that is it a single. I have blast and know several others all whom get this mpg. If your getting less than that your idle is too rich. The blast has a lot more torque therefore it is a lot of easier to commute around in traffic.August 4, 2008 at 1:10 pm #9858BuddParticipant
Last fillup I got 73 mpg on the ninja. It seems like every tank of gas a eak a few more MPG out of it though. I guess some of that is my riding style improving.
“I am the best there is at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-WolverineAugust 4, 2008 at 1:14 pm #9859RobbieJParticipant
I can only speak from my experience and I went with the Ninja 500. I can cruise very comfortably on the highways and still have a couple more gears to help save gas milage. It’s got plenty of power but, hasn’t intimidated me, yet. I don’t care for the way the Blast looks, personally. I was considering the Ninja 250 but, the 500 is a bit more bike and I know it won’t have any problem with the wife on the back. Also, I ride around town mostly upright and I don’t have any problem with the riding position. I am 6’1″ and around 185lbs, if that helps. So far, I’ve had it a couple of weeks and I don’t regret buying it, whatsoever.August 4, 2008 at 1:24 pm #9860AndrewParticipant
I’m also considering both of these bikes. I don’t care for the tiny plastic bra thing in front of the odometer/tachometer on the Blast though. Looks stupid to me. I may be able to get a good deal on a new ’07 Ninja 250 but that year has the flames on the paintwork that don’t look good IMO. Decisions, decisions. Also still mulling over a 250 cruiser to start on but I think it may be easier to leave the cruiser till I have more experience.
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