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Old 12-18-2010, 10:24 PM   #1
 
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Honda CBR250R

What do ya think? Looks like a nice bike to me. Same retail price as Rebel, $3999........Fuel injected, 4 valve, water cooled, etc.....

I probably would have bought one if I didn't get a Suzuki GS500 first.

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Old 12-18-2010, 11:24 PM   #2
 
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It's on my Christmas wish list. The ABS equipped model.
How do I get my wife to play along.....I don't know.
A Rebel and a CBR250R are a nice pair, hope they get along!
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Old 12-18-2010, 11:33 PM   #3
 
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Am seriously thinking about getting one. In red, no ABS. Will make a nice mate for the baby Ninja.
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Old 12-19-2010, 07:28 AM   #4
 
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Am seriously thinking about getting one. In red, no ABS. Will make a nice mate for the baby Ninja.
Obviously Honda is going after that Ninja 250 market. One might argue which is the better bike.

ABS braking is interesting option, but $1000, ouch!

I never rode with ABS in car or motorcycle so I don't know what I am missing. Is it that good? I never had a "panic" stop situation on the bike (yet) so I don't see the need. Once you get to $5000 for a 250 bike, some "bigger" bikes begin to look interesting. (I paid $4200 OTD for my 500, new)

$5000 plus tax, license and prep fees = around $6K.

A nice used Rebel with low miles can be had in the $2000+ range!!!


Fuel injection is the big breakthrough in my opinion for a 250 bike. (My understanding is that carb bikes will have trouble meeting USA standards. The GS500 for example are still really 09 models being sold as 2011's so they are grandfathered in.)

If I had unlimited $$$ I would cetainly see that the CBR and the CMX would go well together!

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Old 12-19-2010, 09:33 AM   #5
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ABS braking is interesting option, but $1000, ouch!

I never rode with ABS in car or motorcycle so I don't know what I am missing. Is it that good? I never had a "panic" stop situation on the bike (yet) so I don't see the need. Cookie
I've watched some videos on motorcycle brakeing with ABS. An expert rider (which 99% of us are not) can actually stop a tiny bit sooner with standard brakes than the average Joe with ABS. But the moment you lock up the front wheel, you're probaly going to see a high side fall, with the potential for serious damage to the rider and bike. So I would say ABS is a nice option to have. You'll never know if you needed it or not, because it will let you grab a handful of front brake in a panic situation and stop the bike very quickly without dumping you.
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Old 12-19-2010, 11:24 AM   #6
 
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My Sprint has ABS. Its great, I was kicking butt at the panic stops in the sportbike riders course. Instructor was impressed until he heard the brakes turning off and on superfast the last time when I really got on it and he realized it had ABS. You don't even notice the ABS at all until a panic stop of some sort. Its just nice to have, and if it saves me just once its already paid for itself.
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:32 PM   #7
 
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If they announce a 2011 Rebel with fuel injection, ABS, cast wheels, larger fuel tank, digital speedo, fuel gauge, tach gauge etc. I am buying that instead...
what are the chances?
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:51 PM   #8
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I'm thinking slim to none with all those features. But if they did, I would want one too!
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I would skip on the digital speedo tho. but thats just me
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:16 PM   #10
 
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Three of my bike have ABS (all BMW's). I 'used' it once on one of the GS's, car at the head of the line (I was the fourth one back) hit a deer that had just jumped over the guardrail. Dark, damp, bike slowed with no skidding and I managed to swerve around the flailing doe (and broken Neon parts) instead of hitting her in the belly. i do know that based on panic braking (out on a deserted road practicing) the rear tire would have let loose on the Rebel.

The down side of it is the maintenance. It sucks. Doing a brake bleed on an ABS system is one of the most time consuming and tedious jobs. I don't know how Honda will set their system up on this bike, but I just don't see spending the extra $$ for it.

Having ABS on my car is a wonderful thing, especially when I'm on compacted snow/ice or slush. Kind of fun in the winter to start down my driveway, get up to about 15 mph and hit the brakes. Depending on how slick the snow is, the car will either track straight and stop, or start sliding sideways. If I slide, i may consider going out and tossing some dirt onto the snow/ice.
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