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Old 04-08-2011, 08:33 AM   #1
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I was going to either trade/sell my Yamaha FZ6 to get the wife a Ninja 250 until I found out yesterday that Honda is going to have a 250 out in May. I'm pretty pumped that we can have matching Honda ponies (along w/my CBR1k) in the garage, although hers will have ABS if I can get my hands on one. I am also disappointed in myself that I didn't find this out until yesterday lol.

Anyone else looking at getting one?
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:51 AM   #2
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Aren't they around four k msrp
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Man I'm a Honda man all the way. But the new cbr 250 has got nothing on the ninja 250. if your gonna go 250 the kawi is the best choice.
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I am a kawi fan, but its nice to have a little competition........c9a8875d bac2 4da0 84f9 9aeb7b57d181
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:08 AM   #5
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but ofcoarse if you want the one that will last the longest. go with HONDA
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nice lil bike
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Current issue of SportRider has a 250 comparison you might want to check out, with the Honda, the Kawi, and the Hyosung.

I like Hondas too, but I always seem to find myself buying more Kawasakis...
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well i like my current Honda but I sure do miss the ninja
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hmmmm,
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Kawasaki held together the longest????



I think "care and attention" will help any vehicle last longer.

Kawasaki IMO is just more bang for the buck!
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Yes and so are the Ninjas

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but ofcoarse if you want the one that will last the longest. go with HONDA
Doesn't this make the Honda better (you mentioned Kawi was the best)


The attached pics don't include an all-black one to compare w/the all-black Ninja. I don't like the Honda exhaust which ironically looks like the exhaust on a Kawi z1000, just not in gold.

We'll check them both out. It will ultimately come down to comfort for her as she is 5'1 and will get what she feels best on. I've owned both brands but currently have a Honda, so she may read into that as it's better. We'll see.

As for the bang for buck, Honda is usually 200-500 dollars more but yields that much or more when selling/trading, sooo........I'm inclined to go w/Honda being a better long-term value. Additionally FWIW , I bought my CBR from a dealership in Baton Rouge that sells Honda, Kawi, and Yamaha and the 3 mechanics who help prep my bike (it was a slow day) said the Honda requires the least amount of maintenance.
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Doesn't this make the Honda better (you mentioned Kawi was the best)


The attached pics don't include an all-black one to compare w/the all-black Ninja. I don't like the Honda exhaust which ironically looks like the exhaust on a Kawi z1000, just not in gold.

We'll check them both out. It will ultimately come down to comfort for her as she is 5'1 and will get what she feels best on. I've owned both brands but currently have a Honda, so she may read into that as it's better. We'll see.

As for the bang for buck, Honda is usually 200-500 dollars more but yields that much or more when selling/trading, sooo........I'm inclined to go w/Honda being a better long-term value. Additionally FWIW , I bought my CBR from a dealership in Baton Rouge that sells Honda, Kawi, and Yamaha and the 3 mechanics who help prep my bike (it was a slow day) said the Honda requires the least amount of maintenance.
We have several on order... However because of the current situation in japan, Im told we will be lucky if we get 6... PM me your email, and il give you the heads up when they come in.
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Doesn't this make the Honda better (you mentioned Kawi was the best)

... It will ultimately come down to comfort for her as she is 5'1 and will get what she feels best on.
In the end you and you wife will decide what is better. If it is all about the resale, then maybe Honda is the choice. The SportRider comparison went with the Kawi because it made more power and was more "fun" to ride. Personally, I go with "fun" first with motorcycles, because if you really want a return on your money, buy stocks and bonds, not motorcycles.

The SportRider article also had riding impressions from three new riders, and if I recall, one or more of them liked the Honda best, so what a sportbike magazine reviewer likes may not be what the typical purchaser of an entry level bike wants...

Good luck! Between a Honda and a Kawi 250 I don't think you can go wrong.
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:31 PM   #14
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In the end you and you wife will decide what is better. If it is all about the resale, then maybe Honda is the choice. The SportRider comparison went with the Kawi because it made more power and was more "fun" to ride. Personally, I go with "fun" first with motorcycles, because if you really want a return on your money, buy stocks and bonds, not motorcycles.

The SportRider article also had riding impressions from three new riders, and if I recall, one or more of them liked the Honda best, so what a sportbike magazine reviewer likes may not be what the typical purchaser of an entry level bike wants...

Good luck! Between a Honda and a Kawi 250 I don't think you can go wrong.
Totally right on the investment comment though I was talking cost w/the poster. I still haven't checked out the article yet but will do so now
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I want to try the new Honda 250. I have ridden a few Ninja 250's and although not screaming fast, I had a lot of fun while wringing their neck. I think a lot of people forget about that aspect of riding.

A small discplacement, well set up bike can be a freaking blast to ride under the right conditions. It's been said many times by others as well, but there is little that is more satisfying than riding a "slow" bike fast.

I think that is why I always loved my (3) Hawk GT's and really enjoyed my VFR400R I had for a while.

I think Honda did well with the looks and specs. I will be curious to see how the bike will develop with the expected suspension improvements and few HP improvements that are bound to develop aftermarket.
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kawi 250's beat out the honda 250's. they've been around longer, more info available, and of course lots of parts. heard or read somewhere that the hondas have some issues getting over 80, or something similar. i forget.

honda is paying contingency if you podium races on them. we have yet to see one grid up, CMRA grids.
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kawi 250's beat out the honda 250's. they've been around longer, more info available, and of course lots of parts. heard or read somewhere that the hondas have some issues getting over 80, or something similar. i forget.

honda is paying contingency if you podium races on them. we have yet to see one grid up, CMRA grids.
I didn't think they were available yet. It figures the Ninja 250 would be better, it's been run for a while. I was saying that I am curious to see what develops. Might be interesting after a little development.
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I didn't think they were available yet. It figures the Ninja 250 would be better, it's been run for a while. I was saying that I am curious to see what develops. Might be interesting after a little development.
I think it will be interesting to see how the Honda does, especially after some time and aftermarket development. What might hold the Honda back is the fact that it's a thumper, and a single just might be better for easy crusing and fuel economy, but the Kawasaki twin's free revving nature makes it more fun at the track. Hope to see some out at GSS...
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I was under the impression that Kawi planned on introducing FI soon?
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