Im 5’10, 140 LBS. Its my first street bike but i ride dirt bikes a bit, i dont jump em though. I was gonna go with the 250 but then i heard it doesnt have that much power and would out grow it real quick and should go with the 650 but i dont wanna take out a loan for that much for the 650. but im takin a loan out for the 250. Which should i get?
Answer by Mr. Smartypants
The 250 is really designed as a trainer. If you ride dirt bikes, you aren’t really starting from scratch. You already know how to ride, you just have to learn how to ride on the street, in traffic. That’s not inconsiderable, but it’s a lot less than having to learn to ride also.
The 250 really doesn’t cruise at highway speeds. I know it will go 80 mph (on a good day with the wind behind you) but it’s not designed to cruise above 50 or so. It’s all the motorcycle you will ever need up to 50 mph or so. In fact, a few decades ago people routinely crossed the continent on 250s, back when highways were 45 mph.
So it really depends on how you see yourself riding. If you plan on only one or two exits on the freeway once in a while, the 250 is adequate. If you see yourself ‘touring’ or going long distances at 60-70 mph, you need at least 500cc, and 650 would be better.
The Ninja 650 R is a fine all-around, general-purpose bike. It’s powerful enough to cruise on the freeway, plus it handles well enough to be a lot of fun. The only problem with it is that it’s a side-by-side twin, a very primitive design by modern standards.
The SV 650 is even better, it has that very elegant 90-degree V-twin with the counterbalancer that gives you the best of both worlds, the simplicity and ‘character’ of a twin but not the vibration.
But I think you’d be happy with either of them.
Answer by Vanessa
650R you will be greatly disappointed with a 250 after the first month. If you were short like me then I would say a 250 (I’m 4’11″ female of course) but I still learned on a 2005 CBR 600 F4i wasn’t easy but you could handle it if you know how to ride already! Look on craigslist for a used bike only 2 or 3 years old in your area. Do not buy a bike that looks like it was crashed!!!! I would only buy used bikes because I hate having to take out a loan for a toy.
Answer by threeinone1806
I have been riding sport bikes for about 18 yrs. I started with a 600cc. I quickly grew out of the 600cc bike. I think that you will ride the 250 for a yr, then want to sell it and get a bigger bike. Plus that 250 is SLOW. After about 2 yrs I went with a R-1 which is all I need for being in the mountains. Kawasaki has always made great all around bikes. No doubt in my mind the Ninja 650r out of these bikes. Have fun and stay safe!!