the extra torque of the 500 defitnetly noticeable over the the ninja 300. i went on my first big ride with a group from a aussie based forum and i was behind a new ninja 300 with a exhuast thru the twisties and it made alot of noise but didnt really go anywhere, as soon as i opened up my throttle i was right on his a$$. they might have a higher rev range but defitnetly down on torque, i can tell u guys that for a fact.My Requirements were as followed:
1) Good looking
2) Fast enough for motorway without having to rev the guts out of it
4) Reasonable price
It was a toss up between the CBR500 and the Ninja 300
I just trust the engine more on a Honda and I think the extra torque and bigger engine will make the CBR500 more easy going at motorway speeds than the Ninja 300.
There's not been a lot of choice in recent years between the 250cc 25hp bikes and the 600cc super sports 100+hp bikes. It's about time the gap was filled and Honda have made a good start with these three bikes.
cbr250r - 25hp 366lb
cbr500r - 47hp 432lb
cbr600r - 105hp 410lb
ninja650 72hp 460lb i would think the ninja is more of a performance upgrade without the insane rip your arms off speed of the supersports. 47hp and 432lb just too heavy and not enough power.
the thought of riding one of those upper end bikes. (like the Triumph Street Triple R) scare me a little. 105hp 400lb bike...eek. but the 72hp ninja fast enough without being as scary.
but, that said. I am still open to being convinced that the specs of the 500 (47hp 8.5k redline) do not mean much in the real world. I would prefer to stay with Honda so is why i am here. Since i do like my cbr250, i am hoping the 500 is enough.
and not to make this too long winded. but when i think of my last bike. 39hp 8.5k redline. 450ish lb. high torque motor. that thing was pretty darn fast. fast enough for me. so maybe the 500 is "it" for me.