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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Doing some research

I'm thinking of trading my Ninja 300 commuter for a CBR500R. It's done exceptionally well for city commuting but I did a 1300 mile road trip on it and it didn't have enough oomph over 80 when I wanted to pass cars. Since the 500 does just as well, if not better, with fuel mileage according the fuelly and threads here, I think this might make a good trade.

About me: been riding 11 years next month, current bikes are in my sig, I ride track on occasion but not a racer, I commute almost daily, and I've done several cross country road trips, all on sport bikes. I aspire to do a road trip to Anchorage from New Orleans in a year or 2.

I've loved many bikes but still looking for my dream bike.

And yes, I use car oil in all of my bikes (Rotella T6, Mobil 1 synthetic) and plug my tires when they get a nail and in 11 years never had an issue with either


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Here are some pics of my bikes
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Here is a pic of the RR with matte clear plastidip and when I dipped the Ducati pearl white with a red stripe
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Assuming a new bike, the new 2017 Ninja 650 will be out in a few months. It weights the same and seat height the same (reported). Compare it with 2016 CBR500R.
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I would regard the CBR500R as a commuter type machine with a very sporty appearance. I've had mine only a brief time and have a total of about 2 hrs ride time. The bike has a more upright seating position which I wasn't fully expecting. Power band is broad, good low end torque. Smooth running machine And, Honda is still building great bikes, IMO.



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beautiful bikes.

I'm looking at used, actually. There's one about an hour from me but it's boring ol' black. I like the white\red\blue or even the matte black. I'm willing to fly anywhere in the continental U.S. to get it, including Alaska as I love road trips.

Also, I want to keep the price around $3,500, which I've seen some 14's go for. I can get $2,800 for my Ninja easily, so that would help offset the price of the CBR. For an Alaskan road trip, I'd gladly pay more for a newer model just for the experience, however.

The only reason I'm considering this move is the power issue.

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If I'm not mistaken, the Ninja 300 and the cb500 are very similar on the top end although the Ninja 300 needs to do it with more revs.
The cb500 starts to run out of breath above 80-85 mph but the revs are much lower.

The CB series is a great bike. Many people here have other more powerful bikes and enjoy the 500 just as much. Me included.
I think you need to demo one as the performance difference is not all that much between it and the little Ninja.

As another poster mentioned, there is an updated 650 coming out from Kawasaki. Maybe you should wait. I owned a 2009 650 Versys. It's rated at 60 HP and would tromp my cb500F in any speed test. Plus it's extremely reliable.
The cb500 gets 60-70 MPG. My 650 Versys got 52-57 MPG even riding aggressively and maybe nearly 60 mellow riding.

I'm not trying to talk you out of a CB but if you're looking for more power than the Ninja 300 take a demo ride first.
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Well, there's a '13 on Providence RI Craiglist for $2750, with ABS. It's red and been up for sale for a long time.

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If I'm not mistaken, the Ninja 300 and the cb500 are very similar on the top end although the Ninja 300 needs to do it with more revs.
The cb500 starts to run out of breath above 80-85 mph but the revs are much lower.

The CB series is a great bike. Many people here have other more powerful bikes and enjoy the 500 just as much. Me included.
I think you need to demo one as the performance difference is not all that much between it and the little Ninja.

As another poster mentioned, there is an updated 650 coming out from Kawasaki. Maybe you should wait. I owned a 2009 650 Versys. It's rated at 60 HP and would tromp my cb500F in any speed test. Plus it's extremely reliable.
The cb500 gets 60-70 MPG. My 650 Versys got 52-57 MPG even riding aggressively and maybe nearly 60 mellow riding.

I'm not trying to talk you out of a CB but if you're looking for more power than the Ninja 300 take a demo ride first.
I'm like that with my 300. of my 3 bikes, it gets the most use. it's a fun little toy.

ok, i'll give one a test ride. The Ninja 650 is more expensive and has a rep for not having that great of a suspension. I'd have to try that one as well. what I'm looking for is flickability that's comparable to the 300, reliable, more power on the highway, and excellent fuel mileage. I don't want to lose any of the perks that the 300 offers.

thanks for the advice.

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Well, there's a '13 on Providence RI Craiglist for $2750, with ABS. It's red and been up for sale for a long time.
i checked it out. Almost seems too good to be true. Plus, that pic looks like it was taken on the Miami strip. Not saying it's impossible that the guy road the bike that far, but when it's only 1 pic, little info, low price, I get a little suspicious.

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