Kawasaki Ninja 250R Wins Sport Rider Magazine’s 250cc Comparison Test

The staff at Sport Rider magazine set-out to determine once and for all who makes
the best entry level sportbike. After extensive testing, with six different riders and the
top-three 250cc sportbikes, they named the Kawasaki Ninja 250R as the overall winner
against Honda’s CBR250R and Hyosung’s GT250R. Here’s what the editors at
Sport Rider had to say about the 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 250R:
“Faster than the others.”
“Stable chassis, crisp brakes.”
“Even more impressive is the rock-solid reliability of an engine… …that redlines at 13,000
rpm; the micro-Ninja has been raced literally from its inception, and the bike was chosen as
the spec bike for the European Junior Cup racing series…”
“At (censored) mph, you can pretty much stick a fork in the Honda, while the Hyosung is
wheezing pretty heavily; meanwhile, the little micro-Ninja is still purring along contently at
10,250rpm, with plenty more in its pocket.”
“Speaking of purring along, the Kawasaki is noticeably smoother during highway cruising
than the other two.”
“The Kawasaki just feels more “performance oriented” in terms of engine and suspension
characteristics.”
“The Kawasaki’s stronger engine and slightly lower seat height just make it a better allaround pick for me.”
“…with the largest tank capacity, more than 200 miles between fill-ups is the norm.”
“…the Kawasaki remains relatively unflustered in the faster corners while the CBR and
Hyosung start to wallow and wander about.”
“…the Ninja was the unanimous favorite of all our testers (beginners included), with a crisp
(front brake) response that wasn’t too grabby for novices while still providing excellent
power, feedback, and modulation.”
“What puts the Ninja 250R slightly above the Honda is the fact that while it has the ease
and user-friendly operation a beginner needs for an easy learning environment, the
Kawasaki also has enough performance to keep that rider busy learning for much longer.”

You can see the complete results of this comparo in the May, 2011
issue of Sport Rider.
For more information on Kawasaki’s product line-up, visit www.kawasaki.com.

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