Throttle: 2011 Honda CBR 250R vs 2010/11 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

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2011 Honda CBR 250R vs 2010/11 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Come April, 2011, and there would be a war for a throne which was being commanded by the Kawasaki Ninja 250R for the past more than one year. The challenger. the new for the calendar year 2011, Honda CBR 250R. But will the Honda CBR 250R have enough steam to de-throne the mighty Ninja which has had an experience of more than 20 years of being the best in the class?

Well, let’s have a look at how the specs for both the bikes compare up

Three major differences between the engines of both the machines are –

The Bore x Stroke ratio

The Compression ratio

Peak Power output

Peak Torque output

The Bore x Stroke Ratio

As can be very clearly seen that with a Bore x Stroke ratio of 76 x 55 mm (1.381:1) the Honda CBR 250R engine is slightly lower than that of the Kawasaki Ninja 250R at 62 x 41.2 mm (1.504:1), which means that the peak torque of the Honda CBR 250R would be coming at slightly lower rpms than the Kawasaki Ninja 250R. A quick look at the peak torque figures proves the point, as the CBR 250R develops it’s peak torque at 8000 rpms and the Ninja 250R develops it’s peak torque at 8200 rpms.

The Compression Ratio

The Kawasaki Ninja 250R with a compression ratio of 11.6:1, gains over the Honda CBR 250R which has a compression ratio 10.7:1. This means that the Ninja 250R has better thermal efficiency and is able to extract more mechanical energy from a given mass of air-fuel mixture. This translates into the fact that the Ninja 250R would be able to build speeds quicker than the CBR 250R.

Honda CBR 250 R ABS
Honda CBR 250 R ABS

Peak Power Output

Clearly, with it’s Parallel Twin configuration and higher compression ratio, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R wins over the Honda CBR 250R by a handsome margin. But here we need to consider the fact that even though running on a single cylinder mill, the Honda is generating a very healthy power number, but the Ninja clearly zips ahead by numbers. Just imagine what fun it would have been to ride the Honda CBR 250RR, producing 40 HP at 14500 rpm, with Transverse four cylinder DOHC motor ( with some contemporary styling of-course )!!

Peak Torque

Even though a single cylinder motor, the CBR 250R with 22.9 Nm Torque at 8000 rpm generates marginally more torque than the Ninja 250R with 22 Nm Torque at 8200 rpm. So, clearly the CBR is higher on torque than the Ninja with it’s configuration.

So, apart from the engine, the most visible and prominent difference between the Kawasaki Ninja 250R and the Honda CBR 250R is the presence of optional C-ABS on the later. This, from my point of view is a great feature to have in any motorcycle and going by the reviews I’ve heard from people owning the Honda CBR 1000RR Fireblade with the C-ABS feature, this thing works like magic and is very confidence inspiring. So, price factor apart, anyone who decides to go for the Honda CBR 250R, must go for the C-ABS version of the bike, it’s worth every extra penny shelled out.


So, what’s the result of the comparison? Well, it’s very evident that the Kawasaki Ninja 250R is the more radical of the two and is more performance oriented. The Honda CBR 250R is more on the relaxed touring side and is actually a deflection from it’s CBR tag genome.

For 2011, the Honda CBR 250R definitely looks refreshing and the given the price tag and the fact that it would be manufactured in India, the bike would definitely find it’s share of moolah domestically, and might also succeed in making inroads into the market share of the Kawasaki Ninja 250R, but the big question lies in the realization of the fact that will 26.4 HP be able to satiate the performance apatite the presence of a very succulent 33 PS? Well, India is a very sentimental country, you never know what’s next 🙂

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