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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-05-2008, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Buell Blast vs. Ninja 250r?

Can someone tell me the cons and pros of both of these?
Which one is better for a beginner?

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-15-2008, 11:23 AM
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I have a 2005 Blast and I really like it. Especially the 70 mpg! I don't know much about the Ninja, so I cannot help you there. However, you may want to check out what the insurance will cost for each bike. The Blast was really inexpensive to insure. It seemed that anything named "Ninja" was much more expensive. It may not be the case for the 250. Insurance cost was definitely a factor in my purchase.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-11-2008, 10:13 AM
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I really don't like my Blast, the Ninja may be a smoother ride, it can't vibrate any more than a Blast.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-04-2008, 11:41 AM
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Cool compare

To me there is no comparison,a new bike is new,should not have any problems with either one.Buell looks better,my opinion.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-18-2009, 04:02 PM
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First thing is that you will grow out of the ninja pretty fast. The 250 doesn't allow you a very large learning curve. Given you will be able to turn around and sell this bike later, but finding a buyer for a 250 maybe difficult.

The Blast has a 500cc (rounding up ) and has a bit larger learning curve that will help you advance as a rider (key point). Again you will eventually grow out of this bike but instead of running out and buying one or two months you might keep the Blast around for at least a season or two.

These bikes also have two completely different riding positions. You constantly hear about new riders laying down the sportier kinds of bikes (Ninja) due to the aggressive nature and design. One of the things I like about the Buell Blast is how centered it feels when you are on it. A Ninja just feels like it wants to lay over which in part is its design to aggressively attack corners.

I recommend the Buell personally. Very little maintenance and a lot can be done yourself. Really... forget about what people on Ducatti's will think of you and just find a bike that you feel comfortable with.

It's all about the ride...
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-19-2009, 08:32 AM
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I've been wanting a ninja since they updated it last year, but i just cant bring myself to trading my blast in on a smaller bike
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-05-2009, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by xtagnastyx View Post
I've been wanting a ninja since they updated it last year, but i just cant bring myself to trading my blast in on a smaller bike
Have you ridden the new Ninja 250? If so, how did it compare to the Blast? I'm about to get a Blast for cheap, but really hope I can still upgrade to the 250. After giving the Blast a test ride, it's hard for me to imagine a bike that wouldn't be an upgrade, but I've never actually ridden on a 250.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-12-2009, 05:41 AM
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Thumbs up Ninja 250 v. Buell Blast

In theory, they both do things differently with some similar results. The Ninja makes it's "power" though RPM. The Blast makes it's power through displacement. The Blast will then generate more low end torque than the Ninja, but once you wind up the Ninja, it'll keep up just fine. The overall power (as I remember the Ninja) seems pretty similar.

About 4 yrs ago, my wife and I took a trip to KY to visit her sister. Her sister and her sisters boyfriend both rode and had bikes, so we decided to take a little trip two-up. "They" rode his VFR and my wife and I were two-up on her sisters Ninja 250. It really got into corners easy and if I remember correctly, two-up, the Ninja had a bit more cornering clearance (although the Blast doesn't really have any problems there either). The only trouble with the Ninja is that I had to keep the R's up - WAY up! There was a total lack of power in the low end so entering turns I had to really work the gears to keep the motor near the power band.

We just bought my wife an '07 Blast yesterday. We tested it two-up (I'm a bit heavier than I was a few years ago ... 'been workin out ... ). The performance of the Blast was much more comparable to the Ninja than I thought it would be. The biggest difference was in the power band. The Blast's was right there. Much less effort to get through corners.

The moral of the story is ... they're both excellent starter bikes. I think both look good. I just think you'd get tired of having to work the Ninja 250 so hard. When I presented my wife yesterday with the option to go with a Ninja 250 vs. Blast, she chose the Blast without hesitation. Then again, what does she know. She married me (poor girl).
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-18-2009, 08:14 AM
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I think I can give a fairly good advice being that I own both of these MC.

I started on the Ninja because I am a short gal and I needed a shorter bike without too much power as my 1st bike. The ninja looks good, it drives nice, parts are easily available for it, easy to work on too with the canter stand. Some people prefer liquid cool bikes and so I guess this could be a plus as well for the Ninja. It proved to be very reliable since begining on the market 20 some yrs ago. Basically you cant go really wrong with the Ninja.

On the other hand, after passing my MSF on it I sold it to get my Buell Blast. why you must ask? I fell in love with the Blast, period! I never felt that way about my Ninja but this is subjective and a very personal opinion.

the Blast is just a better bike for ME. it sits just a little bit lower, which is good for me, it is a 500cc so a little bit more bike but it wont go any faster than the Ninja or at least no enough to justify to exchange but then this is not why I bought the buell. The buell VIBRATES like there is no tomorrow but it doesn't really bother me, it is worse at lower RPM but it runs like a dream after 45-50 mph. I think the bike sounds awesome! the Ninja has that very high pitch sport bike sound that I dont really care for. The gears on the Blast, are a noisier, specially the 1st one when leaving from a stop. I'd say that the Buell is somehow of a rougher bike, as oppose to the Ninja which I think is more delicate, if that makes sense. A more basic machine is maybe what I should say.

I also like that the Buell fairing are not painted, they are made with a DuPont material called Syrlun, which is used to make golf balls, so the color is pigmented, not put ON it. It will never fade or peel and it there are scratched, you can just buff them out and it will look brand new.
The Buell is a naked bike, not as much heat coming off of it as the Ninja that is a full fairing bike, that also makes it less expensive(Blast) to fix in case of a drop. The Buell goes through back tires and oil more than the Ninja but it has a kevlar belt instead of a chain, no adjustments need for the Buell. The buell comes with an automatic choke so no need to mess around with that on a chilly morning, start her up, it will warm up just fine and be ready to go right after you're done putting on your helmet and gloves

they both get very similar gas mileage too, 60-70 mpg. Insurances were pretty much the same for both bikes but then I am a 38 yrs old female so it is cheap for me...LOL
You can buy them used for about the same price . The Ninja will probably resell faster than the Buell.

in conclusion, both are great bikes, excellent to start on and then some. Best advice is to go sit on both and see how it feels, the Ninja as a more sport bike sitting position but nothing extreme, the Buell is what's called a "standard" bike so you sit upright, how comfortable the bike will be for you will be the best indicator of which bike you should get.

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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-03-2011, 12:29 AM
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Blast is a good beginner's bike ..Though 250r is a far better motorcycle for beginners but not good for kids.Handling is same for both but 250 has much more lean angle before scraping...Both has same HP,but blast has good torque and half the RPM than Ninja..Blast is fun and smooth bike.At speeds it handles smooth but at idle it is bit shaky..Blast has Comfortable seat in two height options,easiest oil changes ,phenomenal brakes..Whereas Ninja is super light weight, smooth handling both when ideal and speedy..

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