New riders are popping up all the time. In the motorcycle manufacturing world, it is a coveted market. These precious new customers are looking for a beginning bike, and their first experience could direct them into one company’s reign for their entire motorcycle riding career.
For years, the only beginner bike around that was an acceptable
option was Kawasaki’s Ninja 300. You rode that as a first bike, or
nothing. Then finally in 2011, mighty Honda decided to step up and take
their best shot and challenge them with their debut model of the
CBR250R. It was not a bad bike, and they certainly showed their
innovation and ability to compete, but it still was not comparable to
the Ninja 300.
Fast forward two years to 2013, and here we are with yet another year
newer model from each company. As stated before, there is fierce
competition to pull these new riders in, and these two top dogs are
relentless when pulling out all the stops this year. Here at Apache Motorcycles, we are going to compare some of the basic features of the two models.
To get into the meat of it, the comparison of the highs and lows of
each is what people really care about. The Honda CBR250R has very nimble
handling, which comes in handy during low-speed maneuvering and
traffic; perfect for a commute. Has great gas mileage, and the seat is
much more comfortable than the Ninja 300. Some of the low points include
the 250 single engine making the bike feel pretty slow. Also, it does
not have the great extras like the Ninja 300 does, like the slipper
Now as for the Ninja 300, some of the strong points of the 2013 model
include the 300 twin engine, making it feel much faster than the 250
single engine. The slipper clutch on an entry-level bike is a perfect
add-on, and the new engine delivers less of a buzz, making it feel more
refined. As for the lows, the seat is very uncomfortable for long rides,
and can get frustrating. The front brake lacks a lot of the bite of the
Honda model, and overall the bike can run more expensive than the
oft-wanted under $5K price tag.
Although Honda is constantly improving year after year, overall, the
2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 is still superior to the 2013 Honda CBR250R when
it comes down to the basic features.