Is 250 enough for the freeway?

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  1. jeffreyliu838

    jeffreyliu838 New Member

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    I wanna get a bike to save some gas so my first thought was a 250, but my buddy said that a 250 would have trouble staying at 70 mph. Is this true? I'd probably end up over an hour each day on the freeway. My original choice was 250 ninja, but if that's too weak, I'm thinking a gs500 or a cbr f2 or f3.

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    A properly running Ninja 250 will do right around 100 flat. It won't have any issues on the freeway, although it will be a little buzzy - regearing will solve that issue though.

    If you're doing a lot of freeway a 500 might make more sense though, EX or GS.
     
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    I had a 250 for about 7 months before I got a 600 and it'll get up to highway speed but i didn't overtake much bc my bike didn't have enough power to drop gears and go. But for cruising/cummuting, it'll be fine.
     
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    Ex500 isn't available in ca :(

    So GS500 > CBR f3 > CBR f2?
     
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    I have a '09 Ninja 250R. Buy a cheap chinabike, and yea, it'll have trouble staying at highway speeds. My Ninja has NO PROBLEM at 60, 70, and even 80mph. I haven't regeared it yet, but will be next year (see my 100mpg quest thread). A couple months ago, I put a ZX6R muffler on it and rejetted the carbs. The power difference is noticable, and it really feels like the RPMs could be brought down on the highway with no loss in passing power.
     
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    personally, I'd get the 500 because I'm bigger and fit better on it than a 250.

    but a 250 will be able to maintain 70mph on the freeway.

    does someone have one you can take for a 20 min test ride on the freeway to see for yourself?
     
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    In light of 7960's post:

    How much experience on a bike do you have?
    How tall and heavy are you?
     
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    I don't have too much experience. I've taken a motorcycle class, gotten my permit, and ridden a friend's zx6r around the block a few times, but that's it

    I'm 5 8, 145 lbs. Not very big.

    I don't think I can afford the newer 250's, unless you guys can convince me to buy a bike that's been downed before.

    Thanks.
     
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    250 would be ok at cruising buy 500 for a lil more passing power would be nice
     
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    A friend who's owned a gs500 told me that they feel "loose" whatever that means and that he'd recommend the older cbr's over gs500's. What do you guys think?
     
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    then don't get a newer 250.

    at your size, a 250 will be plenty. I'm 6'3" / 230lbs and looked like a gorilla when I rode one for MSF...I just plain didn't fit on it. find one, take it for a spin, HAVE IT INSPECTED CAREFULLY, and if it all looks good, get it.
     
  12. PcH

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    There's a CA version of the EX500 I'm pretty sure

    Your friend is a fucking idiot, I love my EX500
     
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    there are plenty of used ex500s in CA.
     
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    i have a ninja 250. getting to 70 takes some work but if the freeway isnt too busy you can maintain it at that speed and a little higher.
     
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    Not ex500... Gs500. The suzuki bike.

    I took a look on cl again, and there are like..5 used ex500's... I was looking for ninja 500 before, so I guess that's why.

    So no love for cbr's?
     
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    a twin is lighter and has a friendlier powerband
     
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    Subie Driver Eye see what you did there.

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    I used to have a 200cc scooter, and it could do 75, but while it could do freeway speeds (interstates are 65 around here), it wasn't a comfortable 75. All I was able to do was keep up with traffic, but I had nothing extra for making an easy pass, and I was pretty much riding on the redline the whole time I was on the freeway. I'd suggest something bigger than a 250 if you will be spending a significant part of your ride on the freeway. By the way, I sold my scooter and bought an 84 Honda Magna 1100, much easier to ride on the freeway!
     
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    a 250cc can do about 95mph on the highway.

    exactly how was your "scooter" geared?
     
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    the old ninja 250 we had for elfling would top out at like 95. doing 75 wasnt bad, it was as fast as your average civic/colorola/crappy good mpg commuter car
     
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    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    SV650 is nice too.
     
  22. PcH

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    I know. They are very similar bikes.
     
  23. BoomBoomBoy

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    A 250cc will do the job, but an hour a day is a long time to spend on the freeway. Is the traffic start and stop, or flowing. If it's start and stop, I'd say a 250cc is fine, but on a continuous basis I'd take the comfort of a bigger bike if you can afford it.
     
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    Subie Driver Eye see what you did there.

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    It was a 2005 Piaggio BV200 with a CVT, but I don't know what the upper and lower gear ratios on it where. It was a single cylinder, not a lot of torque or HP anywhere in the rev range. Worked great for around town or on highways, but not great on the interstate. Looked exactly like this:

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    Anyways, good ride to learn on and get comfortable in traffic, but I definitely outgrew it faster than the depreciation dropped the value. Paid $5000 for it new in '05, sold it for $2200 in '07. But got my V65 Magna for $2500, so it all worked out fine.
     
  25. Mint

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    250 will be fine for what your needs are.
    If fuel consumption is your primary goal its also your best choice.

    However,a 500 will be much more "better suited" for the freeway than the 250.
     

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