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Old 12th January 2007, 11:13 AM
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ive had a cbr250 for the past 6 months, but i dont feel safe on it (leaning over the tank, leaning into corners), i know your never gona feel safe on a bike, but are sports bikes just not for some people?

has anyone has a similar experience and changed to a different type of bike and found it suited them better?
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Old 12th January 2007, 11:43 AM
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I have acbr and i find it super. I feela as though i know the limitations of the bike(now that i've battlax front and rear on her). I went for a wee spin on a friends dominator though and found it great- real easy to steer, nice high view of the road, a little bit more torque than the cbr however, when i strated pusing her i backed off because i had no clue as to what the front end was doing. I was so far away from the front and didn't find it particularly reassuring, at least on the cbr i'm sitting over it.
really, if you dont feel safe on the cbr, maybe wait until you get a new set of tires or until less-wet weather (if ever) comes.
Its true to each his own, maybe you shold try grab a spin on a mtes trailie or even....a custom
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Old 12th January 2007, 11:49 AM
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If this is you first bike, then maybe it's lack of experience on confidence with the bike. If you are an experienced rider, but just don't like the riding position, then try something else lika a bandit or super four. If you prefer to sit upright, then you could look a the likes of a deauville or perhaps a cruiser
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Old 12th January 2007, 12:01 PM
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As BB said, have you ever tried a cruiser type bike? You still lean the bike into corners, it's part of the fun.
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Old 12th January 2007, 12:04 PM
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I started off with a cbr250, moved on to a gt650r after that and I loved them, even had my eyes on a cbr600 after the 2 years is up, but after a few issues with the gt, a friend found a bmw f650 for me, and I cant see myself going back to a sports bike anytime soon
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Old 12th January 2007, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by zooleire
ive had a cbr250 for the past 6 months, but i dont feel safe on it (leaning over the tank, leaning into corners), i know your never gona feel safe on a bike, but are sports bikes just not for some people?

has anyone has a similar experience and changed to a different type of bike and found it suited them better?

Weather has been crap for the past few months, but in regard to your post I'd be inclined to blame tires or suspension or something. A sportsbike on a good surface with decent grip should be (and is) very confidence inspiring.
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Old 12th January 2007, 01:13 PM
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ya ya see whats it's like in the summer
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Old 12th January 2007, 01:40 PM
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definitely wait till summer, on crap roads u cant throw it around and actually learn the limitations
and i always feel perfectly safe on my bike, so that is somethin that will come too
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Old 12th January 2007, 01:58 PM
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to answer the direct question:
yes - sports bikes just aren't for some people

they have much sharper handling that the likes of a trailie, a commuter, or a cruiser.. might be know harm to get a spin on a bros, a super4 or a varadero so that at least you'll be able to form your own opinion.

bloke's right though - this time of year will be unsettling for a new biker, the roads are in sh*te.
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Old 12th January 2007, 09:39 PM
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At least try a trailie. At any speed under 60kmph they blow away any sportsbike for sharp turning. Part of the reason is that your wrists are relaxed, whereas they're under stress on a sportsbike due to the stupid riding position. You can change direction quicker. A sportsbike encourages you to lean into a corner, a trailie encourages opposite lean. Opposite lean is preferable to leaning in a low speeds because you change your position easier, especially if either of the tyres begin to slide. Mistakes are easier to correct.

There are plenty more reasons why trailies handle better than sportbikes at low speed: skinny tyres, massive steering lock, ability to move your weight easily fore and aft, high centre of gravity, low rev torque.

I went from a vfr to a small trailie, and never looked back.
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Old 13th January 2007, 12:34 AM
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My first bike was 250rr and I loved it...
Suspension is a bit hard but they are OK bikes...
I`d say U just need to do few more miles on it and U`ll B
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Old 13th January 2007, 01:09 AM
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i had an accident back in october and i guess it kinda through my confidence a bit, i was gona get a Varadero back in the summer when moving up from the scooter, kinda wish i had now, as the riding position on the cbr does put a lot of pressure on my wrists and i work as a programmer all day is thats gona lead to problems down the line

are there many trailies that you can get on a provisional license??
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Old 13th January 2007, 01:52 AM
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Ned, mate, what fucking drugs are you on....
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Old 13th January 2007, 01:59 AM
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I moved from cruiser (about 5 years on cruisers) to super fours, handling is so much better and ive tried a couple of other naked bikes too, really good handling, arent cruisers designd for long straight american type roads? nakeds for town type roads? and tyres and suspension settings would affect handling too wouldnt they? + handle bars, sitting position ect.....alcahol consumption
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Old 13th January 2007, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by RoxtarAl
Ned, mate, what fucking drugs are you on....
Nah, I've kicked the speed drug thing. Back to real bikes. You should try it.
(Peace man, each to his own )
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Old 13th January 2007, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by zooleire

are there many trailies that you can get on a provisional license??
Dunno what the provisional scene is. When I started you could ride a full power 250 (about 25hp). Look at the Varadero 125. Is there still a Yamaha TDR 125?
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Old 13th January 2007, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Ned Flanders
At least try a trailie. At any speed under 60kmph they blow away any sportsbike for sharp turning. Part of the reason is that your wrists are relaxed, whereas they're under stress on a sportsbike due to the stupid riding position. You can change direction quicker. A sportsbike encourages you to lean into a corner, a trailie encourages opposite lean. Opposite lean is preferable to leaning in a low speeds because you change your position easier, especially if either of the tyres begin to slide. Mistakes are easier to correct.

There are plenty more reasons why trailies handle better than sportbikes at low speed: skinny tyres, massive steering lock, ability to move your weight easily fore and aft, high centre of gravity, low rev torque.

I went from a vfr to a small trailie, and never looked back.
Amen to that.
And you can always borrow a Fireblade for a spin in the Summer.
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