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Launch of Kawasaki arrives to try to overcome the leading Honda. Ninja shows sportsmanship and CBR has proposed more versatile.

Having a sports bike can still be a distant dream for many people, models with high capacity top-line costing over $ 24,000. However, the arrival of calls made ​​small sports segment more accessible. A pioneer in Brazil this niche, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R has just evolve into Ninja 300, presented in mid-November and goes on sale this month, from $ 8651.00. The G1 model compared with its main rival, the Honda CBR 250R, which costs U.S. $7930 in the standard version.

Honda also launched in the country this year, in May, and now leads the sales of this niche. Both have the same style, however, follow opposite ways. CBR 250R Ninja and start from the idea of having sporty look, similar to the great "sport" of their brands like Ninja ZX-10R and CBR 1000 RR. But from there, the designs are quite different. While Honda seeks versatility, Ninjinha, how the bike from Kawasaki is usually called in Brazil, have more grip "racing".

This was already one of the main features of the previous version of the Ninja, Kawasaki that will keep sales up in June 2013 for $6727.00 - before the charge was $7478.00, but the athletic skills were even more latent in 300. Besides whole new look, it brings more powerful engine and technical advents such as assisted clutch and sliding, which prevents the rear wheel skid in sharp reductions marches.

Both the Ninja as a rival have ABS brakes as an option, and, at first, the item raises the price for $9613.00 while the Honda motorcycle with this device sells for 9132.00. According to the National Federation of Motor Vehicle Distributors (Fenabrave), CBR 250R sells about 600 units / month, while the Ninja 250R, former bestseller this niche in Brazil, emplaca an average of 250 units per month in 2012.

The venue for evaluating CBR 250R and Ninja 300, both versions without ABS, it was a closed circuit, in Piracicaba, São Paulo. With ups and downs, curves high and low speed, the terrain was ideal to note the different workings of the engines. The main difference between the models is exactly there: while the CBR uses a single cylinder engine (1 piston), the Ninjinha is equipped with propeller-twin (2 pistons).

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Both are equipped with 4-stroke liquid cooling and electronic fuel injection. Honda prioritizes power at low revs, with 26.4 horsepower and 2.34 kgm of torque, while the Kawasaki "speaks" at high RPM, generating 39 hp and 2.8 lb.-ft. of torque - see details on the chips techniques. In practice, the new generation of Ninja won important points in yield compared to its predecessor.

The new engine of 296 cc of 39 yields Ninja 300 horsepower, 33 hp formerly the Ninja 250R. Despite having grown cavalry, gain more sense on the runway was the higher torque, the Ninja 250R was 2.24 Nm of torque, while the new model features 2.8 Nm. With this advent, there was improvement in performance at low and medium spins, one of the main complaints from former users.

Even better in this sense, the vividness of the engine is still in high spins. In contrast, the "mono" CBR ensures more traction at low speeds, in addition to not ask for changing gears all the time, as in Ninja. However, as speed and acceleration increase, Kawasaki shows more energy.

The Ninja-twin is the most linear and very fun, though it requires more skill biker, you have to always keep the turns up there, brings more excitement, especially on the track. The smoothness of the engine allowed the Kawasaki remove the rubber pedals that existed on the Ninja 250R, leaving it more invoked. Honda already has a rubberized pedals and your engine vibrates more, besides losing income at high speeds. Clearly, he has a priority lower consumption of fuel, which should offset the smaller tank Honda (13 liters) to the front of Kawasaki (17 liters).

Propellant of CBR is more "tamable" and prioritizes
lower fuel consumption

While brands do not disclose the average consumer, it is possible to assume more fuel economy in CBR, since the Ninja makes you have to (and want) more speed to best utilize the engine. To avoid spending too much fuel, the Ninjinha panel displays a warning "ECO", which tells the driver when the engine is at a more economical speed range. sets agreed
Apart from the differences in concept and operation of the engines, the bikes behave closer the rest of the questions. Both have pretty solid behavior with appropriate chassis to the claims, but always with the Ninja seeking more sporty, while the CBR 250R is more versatile. Although motorcycles are input devices have found before only in bigger bikes.

ABS brakes are optional on both, but Honda has combined braking system which distributes the power between the front and rear axles. The bikes had not evaluated the device, but the G1 has rolled with the CBR 250R and C-ABS estimated that the system works well and, even more abrupt braking, the wheels leaves no crashes and keeps the bike stable.

Regarding the set of brakes, the bikes have similar packages and effective, with simple discs front and rear. Both the Ninja and the CBR, are well sized for the bikes. However, it was noted a little more equipment Kawasaki forcefulness in which, instead of round discs, has the type "daisy" - the cutouts leave the lighter.

Still on the speed decreases, the clutch sliding Ninja minimizes engine brake and prevents the rear wheel crossbar. On the track, the effectiveness of the system was clear: while the Kawasaki could make cuts without worrying marches in late line with the Honda had to be more careful. The clutch assisted, hydraulic system that lets your drive 25% lighter, says Kawasaki, has good effect, but the drive at Honda is also quite soft.

In the case of suspensions, Honda showed more comfort to pass uneven surfaces, while Ninja curves for extra firmness is faster. In part, this occurs by way of the front suspension of the CBR, which is longer than the rival.

Compared to the previous generation, there was an improvement in Kawasaki, which was more enjoyable when driving on stretches pitted. Besides the suspension nicest, Honda also takes subtle advantage in terms of ergonomics. Arms and legs are more relaxed when they are conducting the CBR 250R.
Already a Ninja 300 remained practically unchanged compared to its predecessor: in it, the pilot is in more aggressive position. A 300 tire makes you faster, but it is far from the discomfort of a superesportiva.

Fun, but expensive
At the test track was possible to prove that the two models actually meet the proposed sports bikes being input. They have nice visuals and flashy, and may be confused with the larger displacement motorcycles, particularly the Ninja 300. The finish is fair and, despite the pretense of supersports, too simple. When looking at the controls on the handles is clear that we talk about bikes input.

Adjustments for clutch and brake levers front are not present in the models, which leaves a little to be desired by their aspirations "racing", however, it is noteworthy that the default setting is good. Each in their own way, both bikes guarantee good fun to pilot, but are expensive, especially Ninja. However, the lack of benefit options medium displacement bikes in the country in a range between $6000 and $ 10000.

At the moment, the Ninja 300 is mounted in Manaus, in the factory Kawasaki, and parts come from Thailand. The Asian country is the same place of origin of the CBR, however, the model is already assembled there. During its launch, Honda has not hidden that can nationalize the CBR 250R. This could bring more competitiveness and lowest price to the product. A possible CBR cheaper perhaps requiring the Ninja to have its price reduced.

Although Kawasaki does not confirm, when stocks are exhausted the Ninja 250R, the possibility of a 300 getting cheaper, since while they coexist prices closer could generate "cannibalization."

As is traditional in its line, the representative of the Honda has more restrained behavior and its versatility is greater than the Ninja. To be the bike everyday has a better cost-benefit and is ideal for novice riders more.

However, in a matter of performance Kawasaki Ninja 300 beats rival and cavalry extra engine makes all the difference. The presence of slipper-clutch or slip clutch, makes being in the top level. In the city the device can not make a difference, but for a more radical riding is a good thing. Although expensive, can be a gateway to the world of sports and surpasses Honda in comparison.
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