Well this is going to be an eventful year for the 200cc-250cc motorcycle segment in India. Already some big players in the market and some are seriously contemplating of entering into this highly competitive segment. For those who are planning to buy a motorcycle in 200-250cc category it’s important that they should compare these motorcycles so that they can make a right choice.

I am giving below a small comparison which I feel may help you in making up your mind. I am choosing Honda CBR 250R, Kawasaki Ninja 250R, and yet to be showcased in India the 2012 Hyosung GT 250R.

Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Let’s start with my personal favorite the Kawasaki “Kawacker” Ninja 250r. This was the first and the till date the true 250cc sports motorcycle in India. It’s till date a genuine entry level sports motorcycle in India and in the entire world. It’s been compared with many 250cc motorcycles around the world and it has shown them the door with its impeccable and unmatched performance. In India the biggest thing that goes against this motorcycle is its price tag.

Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Kawasaki Ninja 250R

You can call it a smallest or the baby Ninja but it’s not a baby by any means. Its 249cc parallel twin power plant churns out 33 bhp @ 11000rpm and a 22 Nm of torque @ 8200 rpm which makes it a rocket on the road. To cool this monster off it houses an all new liquid cooling Desno radiator. With a 17 liter fuel tank and a mileage of around 35-40 km/l (depends on whether you are riding on a highway or a city) it can make a brilliant package of performance and economy.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

When it comes to the speed it’s a rocket and no 250 cc motorcycle can match it. It can attain a speed of 0-60 in just 3.1 seconds and 0-100 km/h in meager 8.1 seconds. With a top speed of around 170 km/h it’s a speed demon. The handling is superb and it takes the corners with an ease. It’s a true entry level super sports motorcycle for those who what to graduate to bigger little class super sports motorcycles. Most of the time guys feel that their motorcycle needs to be faster as they are not happy with 140-145 km/h speed of their 250cc motorcycle. The best part about Ninja 250R is that you got enough speed (170 km/h) in its power plant that you almost never grow over it which is a common thing when you ride other 250cc motorcycles. Thanks to its dual throttle valves it responds very well across the rev range.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

It’s not only a speed demon but a demon that is a stunner to look at. It looks great in all colors but its flagship green color is the best.  It’s beautifully crafted sporty looks with beautifully styled front faring and dual lamp headlights, makes it even desirable. What I would like to be changed is its dated speedometer and an ABS as standard. It’s all analog and nothing is digital that is a standard in almost all the 200-250cc segment motorcycles. The instrument cluster is comprised of speedometer, trip-meter, tachometer and fuel gauge, turn indicators, high beam, low fuel, low oil, high oil temperature, choked air filter, and low battery indicators. The overall package is a true super sports machine that’s made to ignite your senses. The only thing that goes against this gorgeous speed demon is its price tag.

Honda CBR250R

Honda CBR250R

Honda CBR250R

As they say Honda can never go wrong and they have proved it yet again with their CBR250R. This is an excellent machine that is the combination of all the important ingredients that makes a motorcycle a great success. Honda CBR250R motorcycle is available in two variants the standard and the one with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), of course the price is higher for the ABS version and I believe that its always better to go for the ABS model. The riding position is very comfortable and coupled with superb engine performance makes the riding very enjoyable. It’s good at taking corners but not as good as the Ninja 250R

Honda CBR250R

Honda CBR250R

Its houses a very efficient liquid cooled SI 249.6cc single cylinder power plant that churns out good 25 bhp @ 8500 rpm and a peak torque of 22.9 NM @ 7000 rpm. In a flat out run its decent torque can help it competing with Ninja 250R at the initial few seconds but in no time it will lose the battle as Ninja’s torque is well distributed throughout the rpms. Like Ninja it’s a 6 speed transmission motorcycle which gives it an edge while on long drives. It scores on Ninja when it comes to the speedometer. It’s beautiful and futuristic looking digital speedometer looks much better than the dated speedometer of the Ninja. Also the ABS is an added feature of Honda CBR250R which is missing in the Ninja.

Honda CBR250R

Honda CBR250R

It comes with a special stainless steel black color coated silencer gives it a unique look from the side and closely resembles the one on VFR 1200F. Honda CBR250R closely resembles the VRF1200F. Overall Honda CBR250R is a great package of price, performance and practicality. It’s for sure the true contender of the crown of the king of 250cc segment.

 

Hyosung GT250R

Hyosung GT250R

Hyosung GT250R

Hyosung and Garware Motors have not seen much success in India so far and are struggling with the sales of the motorcycles. But they are still upbeat about their motorcycles and there is news about their 250cc motorcycle to be launched in India very soon at an attractive price. They must have a mouth watering price if they want to make it big in this highly competitive 250 cc segment as Bajaj Pulsar 200NS and KTM Duke 200 launches are round the corner and these two brands come with the advantage of great pricing a great technology and the unbeatable Bajaj Auto service network.

Hyosung GT250R

Hyosung GT250R

Hyosung GT 250R is expected to be oil cooled DOHC 8-valve 75° V-twin 249cc power plant that will produce around 27 bhp of peak power. It will be a fuel injected motorcycle with 5 gears and around 17 liter fuel capacity. It will be dawning a genuine sport motorcycle looks like the bigger Hyosung GT 650R. It’s known to be a fast machine but with so much competition around the corner it’s going to be the pricing that’s going to be the key to its success.

 Verdict

Looking at the most important aspect the price and also comparing other aspects of performance, reliability after sales services, and brand value and of course value for money Honda CBR250R is my first choice and Ninja the second. But if we exclude the price then nothing can beat the Ninja 250R. As I said earlier price is going to be the deciding factor in this segment and KTM Duke 200 and Pulsar 200NS around the corner it’s better to wait for 3-4 months more before you make your decision on which one to buy.

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2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250 Specifications

* Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin

* Displacement: 249cc

* Bore x stroke: 62.0 x 41.2mm

* Compression ratio: 11.6:1

* Cooling: Liquid

* Carburetion: Keihin CVK30 x 2

* Ignition: TCBI with digital advance

* Transmission: Six-speed

* Final drive: O-ring chain

* Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel

* Wheelbase: 55.1 in.

* Rake / trail: 26 degrees / 3.2 in.

* Front suspension / wheel travel: 37mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.7 in.

* Rear suspension / wheel travel: Bottom-link Uni-Trak® with 5-way adjustable preload / 5.1 in.

* Front tire: 110/70-17

* Rear tire: 130/70-17

* Front brake: Single 290mm hydraulic petal disc with two-piston caliper

* Rear brake: Single 220mm petal disc with two-piston caliper

* Overall length: 82.1 in.

* Overall width: 28.1 in.

* Overall height: 43.7 in.

* Seat height: 30.5 in.

 

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Honda CBR250R Technical Specifications

* 249cc Liquid Cooled 4 Stroke DOHC Single Cylinder Engine

* Programmed fuel injection system (PGM-FI)

* Displacement: 249 cm3

* Bore × Stroke: 76.0 × 55.0mm

* Compression ratio: 10.7

* Self-starter

* Ignition type: Full-transistor battery ignition

* Clutch type: Wet multi-plate with coil springs

* Transmission: Constant mesh 6-speed return

* Tire size Front: 110/70-17M/C and Rear: 140/70-17M/C

* Brake Front and Rear: Hydraulic disk

* Suspension Front: Telescopic and Rear: Swing arm (Pro-link suspension system)

* Minimum turning radius: 2.5m

* Fuel tank capacity: 13 Litres

* Length: 2035mm

* Width: 720mm

* Height: 1125mm

* Wheelbase: 1370mm

* Ground clearance: 145mm

* Seat height: 780mm

* Curb weight: 161 Kg (STD) and 165 Kg (ABS)

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Hyosung GT250R Technical Specifications (Tentative as actual can only be known once the Motorcycle is launched in March or April, 2012)

* Engine Type: Air / Oil cooled DOHC 8-valve 75° V-twin

* Displacement: 249cc

* Compression Ratio: 10.2 : 1

* Maximum Power: 26.28HP / @10000RPM

* Cylinder Bore: 57

* Stoke: 48.8

* Starting: Self Start

* Fuel Efficiency: 40 km/l

* Fuel Capacity: 17 litres

* Fuel Reserve: 3 litres

* Fuel Type: Petrol

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