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Old 07-18-2012, 08:02 AM   #1
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250 ninja Vs cbr250

what are your thoughts?
I have read the reviews and heard a few opinions, but nothing that really convinced me one way or the other.
Still toying with the idea of a 250 for light weight at GSS.
The price of the bikes is basicallly the same.
The reviews I have read give the ninja a slight edge as a track bike, but give the honda the nod for around town use...
the reviews say the honda handles a little better and accelerates in town better (lower rpm at take off) than the ninja, but the ninja gets the nod as being the faster of the two and has quicker response above 60 mph...
The honda gets the nod for being fuel injected over the ninja having carbs.
The ABS is of no concern to me, so even if i get the honda i will not get the abs version, i don't want the added weight or the extra 500 bucks.
have not for sure decided to pull the trigger, but i think i am going to go look at them and see what i think.
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:06 AM   #2
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I would take the CBR. The Ninja may be a tad faster, but that is in stock form. Who says a little work wont have the CBR in the lead. The FI makes me think it can be modded and tuned to easily beat the ninja. I would also want the CBR for the handling aspect.
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:22 AM   #3
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the cbr is narrower and smaller in general. I know there a few people who track them on the site, they should chime in.

track parts are a-plenty for the ninja but they are getting better for the cbr. I would give the cbr +1 for being FI and a honda.
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:28 AM   #4
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I just checked on the price for insurance if i street the thing... it is next to nothing.. i spend more taking my wife out to dinner than a year on insurance on these things...(that is added onto my policy with my other bikes, no clue what it would be if it were my only bike, but still cheap)
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:49 AM   #5
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At the time when i bought my ninja 250 about three years ago the honda was not available. I can tell you that i probably would have gone with the honda had it been an option - basically the same price as you indicated with FI and Honda reputation.

Cant speak to the track aspects cause it just use it to putt around the neighborhood but...

I dont think you can really go wrong with either option - i love my little 2fitty
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:44 AM   #6
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:46 AM   #7
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The cbr250 would be awesome to track at gss or any tight small track. Anything bigger then the 250. Gearing changes would help out though.

Here's what was posted on a few cbr250 vs ninja 250 threads Mr Obedwan Kinobi:

You are more than welcome to come ride my 250 at gss but it's not quite set up for track since it's my go-to commuter bike.
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You are more than welcome to come ride my 250 at gss but it's not quite set up for track since it's my go-to commuter bike.
nice... "rent-a-ride" @ GSS coming soon!
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some of my friends here in carolina each have the ninja and the cbr, and the ninja is a dog compared to the cbr. The cbr handles better, is more forgiving, and feels faster. not entirely sure as they dont track them, but when i ride the CBR, the -dyno makes me smile more. maybe this helped?? sorry, i tried...
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I would note, that at least in the CMRA, the No.1 Mini Endurance team is selling its CBR and will finish the season on a Ninja. If you want a race prepped CBR, check out the CMRA board "for sale" section.

Draw your own conclusions from the fact that a team with an ex AMA racer who can ride anything fast is finishing the season on a Ninja. Talking to CBR riders, it has more grunt out of the corners, but can't keep up with the Ninja's top end, and as a Ninja rider, that seems to be the case to me because no CBR has run away from me because of motor this year. It seems, at least in the CMRA mini class, that the top end may be more important that torque in winning races.
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