Author Topic: What's the minimum bike size recomended for Highway?  (Read 1414 times)

March 17, 2015, 03:46 PM #0

Hez16 Offline

  • Regular Member
  • Posts: 45
  • Join Date: Jul 2014
    Location: Winnipeg
  • Real Name: Tyler
  • Vehicle: 14 Sentra
  • Reputation Power: 3
  • Hez16 has no influence.
From everything I've read 125cc would be too small. Would a 250 be comfortable enough or would you guys recommend 500? I would prefer to stick under 500cc for insurance costs and easier riding. I'm just looking to get some opinions from experienced riders. Thanks!

Looking into sport bikes as well.

    Top Tier Imports

    What's the minimum bike size recomended for Highway?
    « on: March 17, 2015, 03:46 PM »

    March 17, 2015, 10:04 PM #1

    99blackSE Offline

    • Regular Member
    • Posts: 707
    • Join Date: May 2012
      Location: Winnipeg
    • Vehicle: Two wheels, wrecked wheels, four wheels.
    • Reputation Power: 16
    • 99blackSE has no influence.
    Most newer 250s will do highway without any trouble.  I rode my WR highway quite a bit, although it was geared a little.  I've even heard of TW200s out on the highway although that involved a lot of care.  The main thing is you have to plan your passing very carefully. I'm going back to a 250 for commuting, can't beat the mileage and insurance combo.
    2005 Grand Prix GTP Comp G
    2001 Silverado Z71 - workhorse
    2011 CBR 250RA

      March 17, 2015, 10:07 PM #2

      Riley Offline

      • Posts: 4,701
      • Join Date: May 2014
      • Real Name: Riley
      • Vehicle: '15 Fiesta ST, '00 MX5 S/C
      • Reputation Power: 120
      • Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!
      I've not had any issues on my CBR500 on the highway and the fuel economy isn't that much lower than a 250. Same insurance class as a 250 too.
      #keepingitstock

        March 17, 2015, 10:29 PM #3

        Murphenur Offline

        • Posts: 640
        • Join Date: Apr 2012
          Location: winnipeg
        • Real Name: Chris
        • Vehicle: 2007 Audi S6
        • Reputation Power: 13
        • Murphenur has no influence.
        Done the ride for Dad on my CX500 twice now (out to Gimli and back) and while it's tough it's doable.  Passing is not the easiest but bike will do 110km/h with ease.  If I had a windshield that would help too.

        the modern 250/300cc entry level sport bikes (Honda CBR250/KTM Duke 390/Kawasaki Ninja 300) all come to mind depending on your budget but are all decent on the highway.
        1995 Mercedes E320 Wagon

        2007 Audi S6

        1959 Mercedes Benz 180D

        1980 Honda CX 500 Cafe

        Sponsored by your mom and dad

        scrapesloths

          March 18, 2015, 12:27 PM #4

          Hez16 Offline

          • Regular Member
          • Posts: 45
          • Join Date: Jul 2014
            Location: Winnipeg
          • Real Name: Tyler
          • Vehicle: 14 Sentra
          • Reputation Power: 3
          • Hez16 has no influence.
          Originally posted by Murphenur
          Done the ride for Dad on my CX500 twice now (out to Gimli and back) and while it's tough it's doable.  Passing is not the easiest but bike will do 110km/h with ease.  If I had a windshield that would help too.

          the modern 250/300cc entry level sport bikes (Honda CBR250/KTM Duke 390/Kawasaki Ninja 300) all come to mind depending on your budget but are all decent on the highway.

          So basically bikes 10 and newer? Or what's the approximate range we're looking at for modern? Thanks for all the answers by the way, it's greatly appreciated!

            March 20, 2015, 08:36 PM #5

            Murphenur Offline

            • Posts: 640
            • Join Date: Apr 2012
              Location: winnipeg
            • Real Name: Chris
            • Vehicle: 2007 Audi S6
            • Reputation Power: 13
            • Murphenur has no influence.
            I would say modern is fuel injected... lol.  But 2007 and up maybe?
            1995 Mercedes E320 Wagon

            2007 Audi S6

            1959 Mercedes Benz 180D

            1980 Honda CX 500 Cafe

            Sponsored by your mom and dad

            scrapesloths

              March 21, 2015, 07:56 AM #6

              99blackSE Offline

              • Regular Member
              • Posts: 707
              • Join Date: May 2012
                Location: Winnipeg
              • Vehicle: Two wheels, wrecked wheels, four wheels.
              • Reputation Power: 16
              • 99blackSE has no influence.
              You'd have to do some research.  Sometimes you're paying for what is basically a 10-15 year old machine.  E.g. GS500F, Ninja 250.  Modern I would say is anything fuel injected possibly with ABS, so the CBR250, Ninja 300, etc.
              2005 Grand Prix GTP Comp G
              2001 Silverado Z71 - workhorse
              2011 CBR 250RA

                March 22, 2015, 06:37 PM #7

                boostfreak Offline

                • Regular Member
                • Posts: 3,085
                • Join Date: Nov 2014
                  Location: Jail
                • Real Name: Dave
                • Vehicle: Meatball
                • Reputation Power: 38
                • boostfreak is working their way up.boostfreak is working their way up.boostfreak is working their way up.
                Biggest question is how much do you weigh. If you're a bigger guy, stick to a 500.

                If you're not, a 250 will work fine. If you're sticking to a budget, I wouldn't hesitate buying something older and carbureted. The late model carb'd bikes like Ninja 250s are basically as trouble free as EFI, just learn how to use a choke.
                BNRJAMZ
                '13 Fiat 500 Turbo
                Originally posted by: Igor
                i don't know why you would want to say its an sti, especially around people that know what they are looking at. like buddy, its a wrx, who cares. personally i find it insulting that he calls it an sti

                  March 23, 2015, 12:43 PM #8

                  s-low Offline

                  • Regular Member
                  • Posts: 856
                  • Join Date: May 2012
                    Location: Manitoba
                  • Real Name: Josh Cunningham
                  • Vehicle: 14 F150, 10 Edge, 03 Accord, 09 V Star 950T
                  • Reputation Power: 11
                  • s-low has no influence.
                  I'm over 200 pounds and commuted daily on a shadow 600 and found it way too small. My commute is 1 hour of highway each way and is a major trucking route, passing a semi on the highway on a windy way was sketchy as hell. Bike had enough power to do it just wasn't heavy enough to stay in the lane unless you really fought it. I've also taken my brothers drz400 on the commute twice and probably would never do that again. Personal preference.

                    March 23, 2015, 07:01 PM #9

                    Hez16 Offline

                    • Regular Member
                    • Posts: 45
                    • Join Date: Jul 2014
                      Location: Winnipeg
                    • Real Name: Tyler
                    • Vehicle: 14 Sentra
                    • Reputation Power: 3
                    • Hez16 has no influence.
                    I weigh 170, from everything I've read a 250 or higher would be accommodating. I'll have to take a few different bikes for a spin to really find that out but I really appreciate you guys taking the time to answer this question. Thanks all!

                      April 07, 2015, 12:59 PM #10

                      dippedwinnipeg Offline

                      • Regular Member
                      • Posts: 70
                      • Join Date: Apr 2014
                        Location: The Peg
                      • Vehicle: Jeep Wrangler JK
                      • Reputation Power: 4
                      • dippedwinnipeg has no influence.
                      If you're doing mostly highway commuting, I wouldn't recommend a 250... It's a good city commuter bike but you will get tired of the lack of power very quickly. I would definitely recommend a 500. I've owned the kawy ninja 250, then bought a 500 after a month. So you just have to ask yourself, if you are commuting daily on the highway, 500 will definitely suit you best. Hopes this help, best of luck!
                      Contact info:
                      Website:www.dippedwinnipeg.ca
                      Email:info@dippedwinnipeg.ca
                      Facebook:www.facebook.com/dippedwinnipeg.ca (PLEASE LIKE US!!!!!)

                      Thanks,
                      Dipped Winnipeg

                        April 07, 2015, 01:35 PM #11

                        Riley Offline

                        • Posts: 4,701
                        • Join Date: May 2014
                        • Real Name: Riley
                        • Vehicle: '15 Fiesta ST, '00 MX5 S/C
                        • Reputation Power: 120
                        • Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!Riley is awe-inspiring!
                        Originally posted by Hez16
                        I weigh 170, from everything I've read a 250 or higher would be accommodating. I'll have to take a few different bikes for a spin to really find that out but I really appreciate you guys taking the time to answer this question. Thanks all!
                        Fyi, I might be selling my CBR500RA in the next couple months
                        #keepingitstock

                          Top Tier Imports

                          What's the minimum bike size recomended for Highway?
                          « Reply #11 on: April 07, 2015, 01:35 PM »