See photos of the 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 250R in this sportbike comparison. Read the full story in our 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Comparison.
- The Kawasaki Ninja 250R faces off against the Honda CBR250R.
- Up until 2011, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R has been the only lightweight street legal sportbike avaliable in the U.S.
- We prefered the Kawasaki's conventional manual braking systems as opposed to the linked ABS system employed as an $500 option on the Honda.
- This entry-level Ninja, which has been a top seller for Kawasaki for decades, remains almost totally unchanged for 2011, the exception being the customary BNG (Bold New Graphics) treatment.
- The 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 250R retails for $4999.
- The Ninja 250R doesn’t quite as high-tech looking dash as the CBR but it does work. We do wish there was a coolant gauge however.
- Besides new styling and some internal engine tweaks for 2008, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R has featured the same basic architecture since its inception in 1983.
- The Ninja’s only noted downfall on the freeway was a high-frequency buzz. Though the Honda Single vibrates more throughout the range,
- The ’11 Honda CBR250R and Kawasaki Ninja 250R faceoff in MotorcycleUSA’s 250 Sportbike Shootout.
- the 2011 MotoUSA 250 Sportbike Shootout
- Easy and confidence inspiring handling is what the Ninja 250R is all about.
- Both come equipped with IRC Road Winner tires, which aren’t horrible, but if you plan to take one to a trackday we highly recommend changing out the rubber for something a bit stickier.
- We prefer the traditional independent front and rear hydraulic disc brake set-up on the Kawasaki to the linked ABS system on the Honda.
- The ’11 Honda CBR250R and Kawasaki Ninja 250R share the same $4999 base MSRP.
- Overall ergonomics are somewhat similar to the Honda, both seats sitting 30.5 inches off the ground with an easy reach to the raised up clip-ons and pegs not overly cramped.
- The Kawasaki averaged 49.1 mpg over our term of usage while the Honda is some 15 mpg superior
- 2011 Honda CBR250R vs. Kawasaki Ninja 250R dyno graph courtesy of Mickey Cohen Motorsports.
- 250 sportbikes are a great way to get into sport motorcycling.