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post #1 of 18 Old 08-13-2015, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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thinking about upgrading from 250

Hey guys I would like your opinion. Im looking to upgrade from a 250 to a 500-650cc bike but after searching for hours online im still at a loss. Things to consider... I do like that my 2012 ninja 250 gets 55 mpg and yes I know that will drop with bigger bikes but that plays a factor, also durability is another cause I commute 75 miles a day. I was leaning toward the 07-09 cbr 600rr cause I was told they are decently durable and grt average 40ish. What do you guys think?

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So here is my opinion. When you switch to a 600rr you enter a totally different realm of bikes. Sport bikes and super sports are definitely not the same in performance, riding position, comfort, and mpg. If your commuting 70 miles a day the 600rr is okay but not nearly as comfortable as say the 650. I wouldn't waste my time on a 500. This being said a Yamaha fz1 (1000cc) has less performance than the 600rr (600cc). The 500 def has more
Power than the 250 but not much as it should considering. Gas mileage on a bike largely is affected by the twist of the wrist. On my zx10 I can get 40 mpg or if I romp on it get down to
20 mpg. Again I'd look toward a 650 which you can easily put bags on it. If you want to get rid of the sport bike type a klr650 isn't a bad choice either but it's way different. Now makes a few really good bikes as well for what your looking for

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I completely agree mpg is greatly effected by the twist of the wrist and I by no means run the hell out of my bikes for that matter. BUT from what im getting that you said that even a 1000cc bike can get 40mpg if treated, for the lack of a better description, like a grandma. I also heard that the sv650 was a decent choice. Reason im asking is cause ive never messed with any bike other than a 250. I did find a decent gsxr1000 for 2800 but im not sure I would be comfortable jumping from a 250 to a 1000

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If it is just for commuting and riding around town, I say a Ninja 650R is a good bike. Upright seating, comfortable saddle and 40+MPG. You could it saddle bags or top case.

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True if you ride it like a grandma it can get 40 ish just keep in mind grandmas riding a 1000 is still balls out on a 250. I'm definitely not saying go with a 1000 by any means Just saying that cc of the motor does not mean performance. Again the sv650 is a sport not a super sport and in all aspects is one of the best all around bikes ever made. I would have no problem telling you to go that way but also Im saying the Kawasaki 650 is a great bike as well just a little less performance as the sv650 which sits lower and is still upright sitting but more performance oriented between the two

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Byte and BKRAVEN, I tip my hat to you. Sound advice as usual. Thanks

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Oh one other question if ya dont mind. If I do end up looking at a ninja 650 or sv650, what would you say would be a good mileage on one or would it just depend on how someone rode it?

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Honestly I can't tell you mileage cuz I I drive everything like I stole it and only
Time I worry about gas mileage is when the light comes on and I don't know where a gas station is. But I'd say they around 35 mpg

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Hehe sorry, I meant if I find either with lets say 13,000 miles on it.. is that still considerable or does it depend on how someone rode it

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Hard question to answer. I ride
My bikes extremely hard but they are so well maintained its ridiculous. Each bike
Is its own case. Just look it over carefully

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