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Video: Honda CBR250R tackles the class of 33bhp

You're under 21 and have passed your test - what are you going to ride? The law says you must spend two whole years on a 33bhp-limited bike before you rip out the washers, throw them in the river and ride off unfettered. That leaves you with three choices: limit a bigger bike (that you can de-restrict later), de-restrict your smaller...

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Apr 10

Posts: 245

Andyvfr1 says:

Im a young person!

I have a full time job, my current bike (k5 gsxr 600) pretty much saps all my expendable money but tbh, biking is all i do so i decided it was a reasonable spend since the rest of my cash gets wasted anyway. Id say im on a reasonable wage and this is about the best bike i could afford to own and look after properly, no way is an under 21 (probably a student aswell) going to afford a brand new anything unless theyve got rich mummy and daddy.

This test would have been so much better if it had things in it like 400's, sv650's, er6's e.t.c, budget bikes. The 250's for restricted licenses are great but theyre impossible to insure, i checked out a ninja 250 for the missus and it was mroe than twice as expensive to insure as an sv650 which is by far a better bike!

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Apr 10

Posts: 245

Andyvfr1 says:

As far as this group goes though

The rs125 is by far the pick of the bunch!


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Aug 04

Posts: 3

al_zhiemer says:

A Really Fair Test??

Nice video, well done the concept-except the matching of the machines.  Of course all the riders prefer a bigger frame and perhaps the stronger torque.  Plus they do not look like they have not completed their required 33hp time.  As no one watching would know they were on a detuned bike.  They might notice how nice and non agressive they were - such nice young men :)

Having said that I wish states in the US had the same requirement-it would save a lot of problems down the road.  If for nothing else but the fact it forces you to learn to ride, rather than rely on power and strong brakes to get you out of situations.

When my son started riding I started him off on a stadard honda 250 shadow, and he moved up after we determined he was one of the lucky one to have the inbuilt nature of a motorcyclest and the good sense to arrive alive.


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Aug 07

Posts: 12

rs3 mille says:

are people really that thick????

there are loads of varietys and cc's of bike you can use how many do you want them to test?, this was an example of a sports bike vs a built for the job 250, a sit up bike and an youths sports bike all with 33bhp , if you read the description they were examples , its not about how new it is(because most young uns as we know can't afford it)  what it costs etc...... its just to give you an idea! people cry because its not what they wanted testing or they don't understand the theory behind what they have done!its about choices!!!!!

if people think the ninja 250 is miles better than a cbr250 and would have faired better!!! you obviously own one!!!

i personally think its a stupid law and dangerous!

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Mar 10

Posts: 35


I ride a Honda CBF250 - cheap less than 33bhp, great engine, 90mpg, 80mph - wouldn't change it for anything... yet... Only been riding a year. Only down sides are it's turned out to be very unreliable and coming off a roundabout in 3rd gear at about 30mph there's just no power. Still disappointed MCN can't manage microphones that pick up something other than wind noise btw.

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Nov 09

Posts: 88

ginganz13 says:

Another reason

To bail on that shithole called Britain and move to New Zealand. Unrestricted 250's on a learners - no compulsory insurance. Empty roads. No Royal family or bloody soccer. Brilliant road/street racing. Christmas in summer. 3 hour flight to Philip Island.



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