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Old 02-16-2011, 12:30 PM   #1
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:06 PM   #2
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The answer to one of the most-oft asked questions on this site!

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Old 02-16-2011, 03:15 PM   #3
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Interesting write-up. Always nice to know they discuss which bikes might be best based on rider size. Sounds like Hyosung might have actually won, had it not been for the cheap tires and notchy shifting.
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:20 PM   #4
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Interesting write-up. Always nice to know they discuss which bikes might be best based on rider size. Sounds like Hyosung might have actually won, had it not been for the cheap tires and notchy shifting.
Yeah, the Hyosung V-Twin motor produces good power. It'd be great to test one with higher-end rubber to see how it behaves.
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:18 PM   #5
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Hyundai used to build really crummy cars. Only those who are not paying attention think that now. Hyosung will come along.

No real reason to explain it, but I have such a curiosity about what a PCIII, Hotcams set and a full exhaust would do for that Honda. It has a slick engine design. Getting 30hp out of a 250 single is child's play. The Yamaha WR enduro manages to do so no problem.

A hotted up version of the Honda could be a lot of fun for ripping around the city. HRC Power Up kit anyone?

Nice writeup guys. This segment is where new riders are grown.
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:40 AM   #6
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I'm sure Soichiro Honda would be very pleased to see the new 250 CBR. It appears to meet a lot of the principles he built the company on: leading-edge technology, extremely good value for the price, and a quality product that competes and wins against established market leaders. It annoys me the kid is still 4 years out from being street-legal, otherwise I could buy him one and then sneak out on it at night when he's asleep! I'm really looking forward to seeing this bike at the dealership.

Too bad the Yo-Sung is cheesy; it's a nice looking bike.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:00 AM   #7
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Is there a review of the Cleveland CycleWerks 250cc motorbikes forthcoming?
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:28 AM   #8
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Is there a review of the Cleveland CycleWerks 250cc motorbikes forthcoming?
First we heard of it. Do you have an inside line?
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:43 AM   #9
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KD- Lifan motors. Rebadged or not the fact is the bikes are not too different than Jonnhy Peg bikes. The website is cheese. The descriptions and tech info is weak. If they'd like to make a splash I suggest a better web design and the company should be seeking out MO and others to review the bikes. Also, it wouldn't hurt for them to have a factory warranty that is two years.
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My wife used to have a Ninja 250, and a good friend learned to ride on the new honda 250. I never had a chance to ride them in the city just on back roads and the freeway, but I think you guys hit those bikes right on the nail head. For canyon carving I'd take the ninja in a heartbeat, it's faster, seemed to handle about the same, and it's easy to keep the bike up in it's rev range in that environment. If I was to ride in the city a lot, the Honda would make sense, since that single pulls from idle reasonably (and has a ridiculously low 1st). Have to say I'm not as aghast at the carbs as you guys are, at least I know how to fiddle with those (must be old!).
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