Buell Blast vs Ninja 250 — Ninja250Wiki

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The Ninja 250 is listed in the ranks of the ‘beginner although we know that not strictly for kids. Another marketed at new riders is the Buell . Here’s how some of our club compare the two bikes.

All of these either own or have owned a and an EX250 at one time.

Remember, are opinions. Some people Harley-Davidsons; others like What you like is up to you.

The 250 is a far motorcycle, although the Blast is a beginner’s bike.

Transmission: 250 is Blast is clunkEEEEEE.

Handling: both handle about the but the 250 has much more lean before scraping.

Engine: 250 has been around since Blast engine has been since 2000 and is half a engine. On the flip side, are far more upgrades for Blast than 250s.

Vibration: The wins this hands (much more) but that is to be it is a thumper.

Acceleration: The Blast this off the line, but once the 250 into its power range it go faster.

RPM: The Blast at about 6500 rpm, and the 250 at 14,000. I would redline the pulling out of my driveway and, than that, would it leaned into a turn on the throttle. Not good.

Top End: 95-99 mph and the 250 105-ish. (Don’t do at home.)

Overall build quality: go with the 250 on this one. The has chintzy plastic and funky and LOOKS like a beginners The 250 pretty much looks a small rice rocket, to me at

Final thoughts: Nod goes to the However. the Blast was designed for beginning riders and excels in role, MAYBE better the 250. That could be well either way.

I that the 250 can grow with a as their skill levels where a Blast would Evidence of this is that are numerous track ready and a 250 racing series in California. like that for Blasts.

If ALL you is a strictly beginning motorcycle, either will serve you You’d be able to keep the 250 longer than the Blast as skills improve.

I am uniquely to answer this question, as I a Ninja 250 and my wife has a Buell . I have ridden both in conditions and speeds and took my MSF on the We got to the MSF class without having her a bike and took the class on the Day by day, my wife grew fond of the little Blast.

She get her feet flat on the ground the lower seat option. Her could operate the controls. She was not to reach the handlebars. The seat was We liked the fact it had no plastic to when it tipped over than mirrors and turn and the like).

We liked its simplicity — cylinder, air cooled, no chain to valves self-adjusting.

Anyway, the rundown: The Blast is a FUN bike. It has the HP as the Ninja 250, but about the torque, and at half the RPM that the makes peak torque. makes it very nice to around city streets. It has of get up and go all the way to freeway speeds, and its top speed is about 98 mph, according to the forum members.

It has a funky and a smooth, responsive throttle (as as you don’t lug it). It’s Harley. noisy, kinda for the displacement, but it’s comfortable and fun to at (I think).

Yeah, it shakes a lot at but it smooths out nicely at speed. It GREAT, and I was never worried leaning it over at any time, the class or now. Very although 80 pounds heavier the Ninja. Phenomenal brakes: progressive and predictable.

The plastic shake around a lot off idle, but has fallen off yet.

The Ninja is refined and more of a screamer. the Buell gets it done low-end grunt, the Ninja it done with rpm-derived The Ninja’s front fork is springy and makes good stops a little more to learn, but nothing a few days in the can’t cure. The Ninja is lighter — easier to around, etc.

But they feel the same while riding and handle much the same (well, in words). Good stability at and great manners in the turns.




No to break in tipovers

Simple, (except for a few things which seems to have sorted out in the models)

Easy to work on


Comfortable seat in two options.

Hand controls are to operate

No choke to deal (auto fuel enricher)


Easiest oil changes ever done. Pull a off a couple of hoses and swap the filter which hangs there.



(but only a problem maneuvering around the garage)

through rear tires because of the torque


Odd dry sump oil system — you can check the oil when the engine is

Runs out of breath at higher rpm


No tach

No wind protection is available)

Mean vibration at but you get used to it

No center stand


Super lightweight I can pick it up and push it around the if it’s in the way.


High redline engine

Tach, windshield, pop up hooks, helmet lock, lock

Center stand

neutral finder


front fork

Weaker than the Buell

Not much low end especially if your valves are adjusted

Small friction on clutch compared to the Buell

A new (before they were cost about $1000 than a new Ninja 250. since the Blast has a bigger insurance MAY cost more. before you buy.

If you had to pick one, which would you

Buell Blast

The Ninja 250. It feels a more complete bike, has amenities, is just about as and costs a fair bit less.

owned a Ninja 250 for about two My wife has a Blast that had for about 2 years. I’ve ridden the Blast 10 times is my primary motorcycle).


Less being blown by crosswinds, probably due to less

More comfortable seating

Plastic bodywork is color-impregnated, not so scratches and damage are easily out.

Seems more

Belt drive equals about zero maintenance; no about chain issues/lube,

Spin-on oil filter is a cinch to

Automatic choke — one thing to do.

Less bodywork to remove you want to do your own work.

$$$ if you drop it, due to less expensive

Better in-city cruiser.

stock suspension, not due to the Blast a great suspension, but due to the Kawi an abnormally crappy one. is way more front end dive braking on the Ninja, for instance, is annoying.

Advantage Ninja

Way looking in my opinion, if you care that kind of thing

at highway speeds (65+)

engine — Blast has torque from a stop but powerband and runs out of breath at revs

This message — have yet to find a group with nearly the and info of the 250 Club

Has center — none on the Blast

Has — none on the Blast

highway cruiser

Less — Blast has fairly vibey feel at idle

6 gearbox

Better resale I notice that used 250s don’t last and used Blasts rot on eBay, etc.

Again, One

The Blast was one of the short bikes that I for my wife. I put about 1500-2000 on it riding it around the local but was somewhat disillusioned with it due to of lean angle and a low rpm limit. It is enough that 1st gear is a waste.

It was also the first bike I scraped pegs all the way through a

I would be bouncing off the rev limiter out of my driveway, which at the time was a short driveway. Leaning any sort of extended turn rolling on the throttle) would in hitting the rev limiter. On the positive the Blast is very much the 250 in that you don’t have to about spinning up the rear, means you can lean into a and pretty much grab a full of throttle with no ill

As long as the entry speed too high (or the rider wigs and it up) you have the turn made. traits for a beginner bike.


Of course, these are opinions a Ninja 250 board. You will certainly find different on a Buell board. One of our members Bad Weather Bikers as the best forum around.

Super people, too.

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