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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-29-2004, 03:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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Exclamation Help me choose plz!

Ok here is my concern, I am looking to buy brand new bike and its either going to be the ZZR250 or the 500R from the dealer. I love the look of the ZZR250 100 times better then the 500R Color is better too. But As far as power I know the ZZR250 is slower by about 2 seconds 1/4 mile well thats what I read.

Anyhow because the 500R is $600 CDN more then the ZZR250 wouldn't it be better to get the ZZR250 and use that extra $600 in mods like exhaust or some other performance mod to make more power then the 500R stock would?

What do you guys think? Here are the 2 bikes I like the black ZZR250. But if I was to get the 500R i would get the silver one. Have a look!

http://www.kawasaki.ca/touring/ZZ-R250/#

http://www.kawasaki.ca/sportbike/500R/
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Both are suitable for a beginning rider, so the question then becomes: Which one do you want? Have you seen both in person? Have you sat on them to get a feel for comfort?

Have you taken the MSF, or Canadian equivalent?

It will do you little good to buy a bike based on strangers on the internet giving you their preferences.

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-29-2004, 08:22 AM
 
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my I like the look of the 500 better. Depending on your learing curve, you may quickly get board of the power of a 250, Not in the truns and what not but on a stright away. My 89XR250 drit bike is more then I would ever need in the woods. But out on the road It will top out at about 70 MPH.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-29-2004, 09:15 AM
 
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I have the ex500 in navy and plan to do some painting soon! Having said that, I love the bike. For a $600 price difference you're much better off with the added power. The 250 can be a bit of a dog, and isn't the greatest on the highway.

Besides, if you have any doubts about the "look" of an ex500, check out what you can do:

http://www.classicbikes.com/2003-april-paulo-ex500.jpg


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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-29-2004, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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shyryder where in ontario are you abouts? maybe we can ride together once I get my bike. Hopefully I should be riding in a few weeks. I just got all my gear are you can read the above post.
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I would say that shyrider has aimed at the correct bike for you being the 500. That bike will be good for a season plus & you will still be learning a lot besides able to hit the hwys with it & keep the power down for even on the hwys the bike can cruise all day, well above the speed limits.
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You know what...screw what everyone is telling you and get your hands on Dodge's concept bike. DOesn't that thing have a viper engine on it, along with 4 wheels all with independant suspension? Supposedly, the top speed is unknown, and I wouldn't doubt it.

http://www.thecarconnection.com/index.asp?article=5669

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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-29-2004, 11:47 PM
 
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LoL,

Dont get the 250.

Get the EX500, you can always change the look.

I will admit the zzr250 looks better

What about a ZZR600? or a suzuki SV650?
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You know what...screw what everyone is telling you and get your hands on Dodge's concept bike. DOesn't that thing have a viper engine on it, along with 4 wheels all with independant suspension? Supposedly, the top speed is unknown, and I wouldn't doubt it.

http://www.thecarconnection.com/index.asp?article=5669
4 wheels = car.....not bike.

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4 wheels = car.....not bike.
SO the Goldwing with the 2 trainee wheels on the back is not a bike?

Go for the 500, the 250 will be outgrown after one season or less of riding. SV650 is also a good option and not a lot of plastic to crack up and you would not outgrow it for a long time.
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