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Alan said :-
Greetings Ren. Am I getting confused or do you have a CBF 125 and a CBF 250 as well as the CB500X. Also which of these 3 would you say was the best all rounder, the CBF 250, Sharon's Kwacker 250 or the 300 Ninja. When I pass my test I want something big enough to go 2 up on for medium touring but with decent fuel economy so I am not really looking for anything above 400cc.
07/12/2016 00:41:02 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Alan. I presently own a CBF125 and a CB500X. I used to own a CBF250.

Best all rounder? The Kawasaki Z250SL is a fabulous funky bike and I love it BUT if you want to go 2-up (with pillion) then it'll be close to blooming useless! The rear seat is nothing more than small pad.

The 300 Ninja's rear seat isn't much better from what I can recall.

The CBF250 has a much more plush regular seat. One thing I did notice is the rear and front footpegs are close together, I often would clash my feet into Sharon's unless she had her toes on the peg and not the arch of her foot. Finding good CBF250s is getting harder these days. Watch out for any with poor tickover - worn valve seats due to poor servicing.

I'd take a look at the MT03. I haven't ridden that 2-up but the rear seat looks more substantial. It's a lovely thing to ride too with accessible usable power. There's a review on here.

Economy wise the CBF250 would give me around 80mpg. Sharon's Z250SL between 90 to 100 mpg. I can't comment on the Kwak 300 or Yammy MT03. While Sharon's 250 is great on fuel my CB500X is giving me every bit as much economy as the CBF250, sometimes a bit more (80-90mpg). It also has plenty of space for 2-up.

I guess it depends on your budget!
07/12/2016 14:17:57 UTC
Ross said :-
Hi Alan, you could do worse than checking out the Suzuki Inazuma...it has a sensible, full size pillion seat, good economy and you can pick up secondhand ones for not much money. It may be down on power though, depending on your expectations/needs!
08/12/2016 18:10:20 UTC
Alan said :-
Thanks Ross, will have a look at them as well.
08/12/2016 23:18:40 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Yeah good call Ross, I'd overlooked the Inazuma. They have the big bike feel and spacious seating. I'm told they're good on fuel too.
10/12/2016 06:43:18 UTC

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