New Honda CBR250R v Kawasaki Ninja 250R: is this the best they can do?

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Here we see how the new Honda CBR250R stacks up against the popular Kawasaki Ninja 250R.

There’s no doubting the style of the two bikes – the Honda in particular looks superb with its VFR1200F and Fireblade-style fairing. But is this good enough?

As MCN’s Phil West points out in next week’s paper (out Wednesday December 15), the new CBR250R makes no more power than  a 30-year-old CB250RS, which was powered by a single cylinder motor from an old trail bike.

What do you reckon? Should these beginners’ bikes be making more power? Or is 26bhp enough? 

New Honda CBR250R Kawasaki Ninja 250R
Price £4000 (estimate) £4099
Engine 249cc single cylinder 249cc twin cylinder
Power 26bhp 32bhp
Torque 19ftlb 16ftlb
Weight 162kg 169kg