Which Motor Bike Is Best - Honda CBR250R Vs Ninja 250R

Honda launched a new sports motorbike in March 2011 in India. It is a fantastic motor bike by the name of Honda CBR250R at a price tag of 1.43 lakhs INR for base model without anti-lock braking system and 1.63 lakhs for top model with anti-lock braking system. Honda CBR250R is an SOHC single cylinder unit with class leading power and torque. Considering that one has to shell out more than 1 lakhs INR for a puny 150cc R15 and close to 1 lakh INR for the not so exciting Hero Honda Karizma ZMR, and at the other end, one has to spend 3 lakhs for the Ninja 250R, Honda CBR bike from Honda has finally changed the biking scenario in India dramatically and also according to me, Honda CBR250R is the best sports motor bike in India in 1.5 lakhs price range.

Honda CBR250R - price in India- 1.43 to 1.63
Honda CBR250R - price in India- 1.43 to 1.63 | Source

Apart from pricing, the major difference between Honda CBR250R and Kawasaki Ninja 250R is engine configuration. In principal, an equally potent product can come a little cheaper but not at half the price. Honda has taken its best single cylinder bike engine as base in CBR whereas Ninja has taken a twin-cylinder engine for its 250R bike. In theory, CBR should have less power due to being single cylinder, but in real world, the difference is not much as Ninja 250R makes 33 BHP and 22 Newton meter of torque whereas CBR250R is making 30 BHP and 18 Newton meter of torque. In fact, the difference in performance is even narrower as CBR is lighter of the two. Then Honda CBR has the edge over Ninja 250R in terms of instrumentation.

Ninja 250R has older generation analog meters whereas CBR250R has fifth generation digital instrumentation. Another important point is that the Honda CBR250R Thailand specification makes 30 BHP which is down by around 1 to 2 BHP when this bike comes to Indian market. So that is why it is better to say that if we get 4 BHP less at half the price and the brand image of owning a Honda which is second to none in the world of bikes and the reliability and best in class handling factor associated with all the Hondas, then one should definitely go for the Honda CBR250R which is the best sports motorbike in India in this price range. It is really a value for money bike.

Kawasaki Ninja 250R - INR 3 lakhs
Kawasaki Ninja 250R - INR 3 lakhs | Source

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rorshak sobchak 5 years ago

Those Bikes look so fun!! :)


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

These bikes are total fun Rorshak Sobchak. What a fun username. I like it.


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sarkarinaukria 5 years ago from india

i have p220 and i love it! :)


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks for your comment sarkarinaukria.


Tommy Bell 5 years ago

I wish the Cbr was half the price in America too...


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

I have not checked it out Tommy. What is the price of CBR in America? Is it at the same price as Ninja? If it is, then how come Honda can sell CBRs at half the price of Ninja's in India. I need to find answers to these questions. Thanks for your comment Tommy. I am inclined to write a new hub on these bikes now.


Tommy Bell 5 years ago

The Ninja and the Cbr both cost $4000... With ABS the CBR is 4500. I think shipping costs of the CBR raise the price for America but I am not sure. Also I would like to say I enjoyed this article greatly and thank you for posting it!


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot for posting this information Tommy. I am amazed to know that Ninja is priced at 4000 US dollars in America whereas in India, it is selling at approximately $6500 (3 lakhs INR). Now my point is again proven here. For Indian sports bike lovers, Honda CBR is the best option till now.


Garcia20Fast 5 years ago

I've got my CBR250R ABS here in America. Total Shipping with plates installed, inspection,and full fluids it was just under $5000. Totally worth the extra cost over the Ninja. I rode both bikes and definently like the Honda much better: smoother, more comfortable, seems very close speedwise, and much more technology. Just an all around better bike, in my opinion.


Tommy Bell 5 years ago

That's surprising that the Ninja would be cost more in an area where the 250cc and below choices are far greater than a place where the Ninja has been basicaly the only choice for Americans. I think even at the same price I would still choose the CBR.


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

@Garcia20Fast, it is interesting to learn that you have experienced the fun of both bikes, Ninja and CBR. Thanks for the exact information on pricing and shipping costs.

@Tommy Bell, yes buddy that's what I was thinking since yesterday. I am glad that most people are in favor of CBR which I like the most.

Plus friends I am going to publish a new hub on July 1, 2011 for the Hubpages Share A Like Contest. The hub name is which is the best bike to attract girls in college. This is a fun hub specifically written for my social media friends. I would highly appreciate if you like that hub on FB as I have compared both these bikes Honda CBR and Ninja 250R from technical viewpoints plus giving my advice to college boys who want to find and date the most beautiful girls. Cheers.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Who cares which one is better? I WANT BOTH!!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I'm sort of scared of motorcycles. Yes, I iz skeered!

I don't let fear bother me too much though, and the prices at the pump have about convinced me that I need a bike.

I'm thinking that I want a Honda Rebel, cause I'm a Rebel Without A Clue, and the little one cylinder Rebel, I'm told, is what someone who's never rode a bike before needs to start out on.


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot Simone Smith and Wesman Todd Shaw for your visit and comments. Plus Simone, I have a lot of ideas for the social media content but I am having very less time to write articles. Totally consumed with multiple things.


sudeep 4 years ago

i want to buy a ninja 250r

is ninja 250r give a mileage around 30 to 40 in cites

which is more good cbr or nija in terms of mileage


Vishal 4 years ago

Pulser less range is best bike


hakim 4 years ago

in Malaysia we got both price are nearly same although it was imported from our neighbour Thailand.CBR without abs cost MYR 18k++ while Ninja cost MYR 20k++ ...i will feel so lucky if we got the cbr half price ninja..T_T


Lord 4 years ago

Here in Thailand the CBR is less expensive than the Ninja.

Having tried both I think the ninja worth more that's just plain simple.

One is a toy the other is a bike :)


Roshan 4 years ago

wooo woo.., guys if u want n sports bike ..,den d price average shouldn't matter.., just feel d power..,


subham 4 years ago

i think ninja is the best


Sreekar 4 years ago

I & my bro bought the both bikes I think ninja is the best than ducati999


@tul 4 years ago

always ninjaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.......


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soni2006 2 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

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