Ninja 250R Or Ninja 650R
May 7, 2009 at 3:39 pm #2791
I read the article about why a beginner should go for a 250 CC Bike.
But Iam not really a beginner, I have some experience in riding bikes (150CC) back a few years back in India.
Also iam 5.11 and 250 Pounds.
Based on the reviews, even though Ninja 250R might be the better bet. I have a feeling that i might outgrow of it very soon. That made me thinking for the 650R?!!?
Any Commnets/Suggestions are welcome.May 7, 2009 at 3:50 pm #18229megaspazParticipant
heck, one day you’ll outgrow that 650r… why not just move straight to a hayabusa or zx-14r?
just kidding. The 650r should make a decent first bike with the same caveats regarding the sv650. Either choice you’re thinking would be fine especially if you’re already comfortable riding on 2 wheels.May 7, 2009 at 5:45 pm #18234Clay DowlingParticipant
That’s definitely where you should go.May 8, 2009 at 7:17 pm #18282
“The 650r should make a decent first bike with the same caveats regarding the sv650”
I did not get this part! Am i missing anything?May 8, 2009 at 8:47 pm #18286briderdtParticipant
A 650 in any skin is a whole-lotta-bike. I went into an SV650 as my first ever motorcycle experience (even before taking the MSF class). I’d read a lot here, and still decided that I was up to the task. I had a LOT of road experience on road bicycles (raced for a lot of years), so I had the traffic situational awareness down, it was just a matter of dealing with the bike itself. But still, that throttle controls a pretty powerful beast, and if it’s allowed to run, it will. The Ninja 650 is the same. Some 7 months into it, I still find it a hand full at times.May 10, 2009 at 8:15 pm #18314Big Sky GirlParticipant
Is there are reason you aren’t looking at the Ninja 500? I looked at all three of those bikes, and just bought the 500. I had a little experience too. Wanted a larger one like the 650 for that same story ‘you’ll out grow anything smaller’ but read that those who start smaller generally become faster, better riders more quickly. The 250 was a little small for the amount of freeway riding, and mountain passes I’ll be using, so I went for the 500. Plenty of power. Lots of them around, so I got a great deal, and small enough that I’m not scared of it or nervous of the weight.
Big Sky GirlMay 15, 2009 at 4:17 am #18547
Nothing against 500 – 500 Would just be fine, Choosing 650R is more for the looks..
Anyways, I just got a Used 2007 Ninja 650R. Excited, Will be riding it tomorrow.
Will post how i feel on the 650 in a week.
CheersMay 15, 2009 at 3:34 pm #18563bigguybbrParticipant
Displacement is just a number. The style of motor is what makes a difference. While my girlfriend’s s40 may have a displacement of 652cc maying it larger than my 600cc FZ6R, they are DRASTICALLY different. Her machine is running a single cylinder “Thumper” putting out 31HP and 33.6 FT.LB of torque making peak power at 5,200 rpm, while my smaller inline 4 cylinder puts out 78hp and 44.2 ft.lbs of torque making peak power at 10,000 rpm. Big difference?
Think about the GSX-R600 that a ton of new riders on this site think is ok to start on. It may only have a 599cc displacement, but it’s inline 4 churns out about 109hp, and has a top speed of about 160mph!!!!!! Only slightly slower than the top speed of a Shelby GT500 (with the governer removed, otherwise the GSX is faster) or a Challenger SRT-8 (top speed of 170mph) However, it would beat both in a 1/4 drag with a time of around 11 seconds for the Suzuki, 12.5 for the Shelby, and the Challenger in last at 13.8. Still sound like something that screams beginner?
So don’t focus on displacement as a means of determining whether or not a bike is too much for you as it is a poor indicator. Look at the output of what that motor can do rather than how much space it takes up.May 18, 2009 at 4:39 am #18640tac ninjaParticipant
When you talk about your first street bike the new 08 or 09 ninja 250 is the bike you want! It looks better then most bikes on the street and the price is so low you can buy one brand new with out much work. It is very light with a low seat height so it handles great and a new rider can jump right on it.
Most people will not say anything bad about the bike other then the fact its only a 250cc bike which means it is slow…Well how fast does a new rider need to be going? The bike can go over 115mph!!! How fast does that loud pipe honda civic go? A person just starting off or someone that will just be riding around town you really dont need anything faster then that. With the low speed limit’s going faster the 115mph could cost you alot. The bike is made to ride on high rpm’s so as a new rider gets more time on the bike they can feel free to open it up and feel the peak power that comes when the bike is over 10k rpms.
0-60 in 5secs is very fast for most cars on the road so it funny when they say this bike is slow.
Overall i just would have to say if your going to start to learn how to ride and your worried about getting a bike to small and not wanting it after a few months go take a look at the new 09 ninja 250 and you will be shocked at how nice the bike looks. You can save your money while you learn on a very kool bike then later on down the road you can buy a 1000cc bike and ride around in 3rd gear all the time:-) for now go have some fun.
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