One-cylinder, twin-cylinder, quarter of liter: here technical data of the engines of our competitors of the day. This news “more or less 250 Cm3” could meet well with success with the arrival of the new European license A2.
Recent Honda CBR250R defies the news Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Suzuki GW 250 Inazuma. A fight with the aspic for a victory especially side heart.
Why the 250 Cm3 did meet a little success in France since the Seventies? Primarily for trade names often displayed with rates close to those of the higher cubic capacities for definitely less performances. And then, when one passed the license on one 500 Cm3, one of this catagory will not go down again for the first purchase.
However, the motorcycles cubing around the 250 Cm3 could return in force. Initially because the total economic situation undoubtedly will cause to drop the average shopping cart as say the manufacturers in their commercial meetings.
Moreover, one 250 Cm3 could be less expensive than an average rolled from its consumption and its maintenance. Here thus why, today, we chose to oppose three of them claiming about this new wave: Honda CBR250R vis-a-vis the news Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Suzuki GW 250 Inazuma.
Honda CBR250R: Spirit is you there
Honda CBR250R was launched in 2011, at the same moment as the Honda CBR125R and the Honda CBR600F, two sisters by blood. Rather pretty in its dress HRC replica, it includes the lines of the VFR more 1200 F, at least for its optics of headlight, the drawing of its careenage as well as its back well equipped with quite practical side handles.
Of the three motorcycles from this comparative 250, it is undoubtedly smallest, most compact… and lightest also, with 161.2 kilos checked all full facts. It is enough to separate it of the long side crutch which maintains it too right to realize it. Honda CBR250R thus weighs 12 kilos less than Kawasaki Ninja 300 and all the same 23.2 kilos less than Suzuki GW 250 Inazuma on our balance!
The fans of mechanics will recall whereas Honda takes along a cylinder less than the others. But this architecture engine does not always allow a radical saving in weight. That also concerns the choice of materials or the global design. Moreover, it is enough to throw an eye on the fork of 37 mm of Honda to realize it; one clearly approaches the standard of the 125 Cm3!
Nimblest of the batch
This gauge has at least the advantage of facilitating the catch in hands. The Honda CBR250R is easiest to lead of the three motorcycles of this match 250. Simple position, obvious and soft orders, proportioning of the accelerator, the selector; the unit is obvious to encircle. Downtown, the CBR is almost as shown with its ease as very urban Suzuki 250 Inazuma.
Honda directs well and places itself at the millimeter in circulation to go up the files. The CBR250R presents in the least flexible engine against part: in sixth, he claims 3,500 tr/min of mini mode to take off without knocking, against 2000 tr/min for the two competitor twin-cylinders. OK: one never passes the sixth downtown… Thus let us not exaggerate anything, even if it is the Hondas’ mechanics which requires more to knit selector to advance and to form part of this flood of circulation.
This engine has a beach of useless vast than the two other engines – it again begins less low and climbs less in the turns, hardly beyond 8500 tr/min – whereas the Ninja flies away up to 11000 tr/min; For as much, it does not miss a pep’ S and dominates Suzuki with starting as out of top speed or recoveries, even if it cannot anything against Kawasaki Ninja 300, surprising swiftness (and due, to see our measurement with the bench).
But Honda has other arguments, starting with its agility and stability with any test. The short CBR250R has an excellent frame indeed: it preserves the directional stability at bottom of it while being shown nimblest. In short, one has enjoyed well with his handlebar on the small roads than on board Suzuki, more middle-class and less precise, whereas Kawasaki has moved away for a few minutes.
Mono which does not miss approval
And it is finally there the regret felt on board Honda. Very balanced, slowing down well, like often with regard to Honda, moreover the Honda CBR250R could have developed 10 horses without harming its dynamic qualities. With a kit tracks, it could be amusingly sacrament. It is said it will be caught up on the chapter of comfort… but not.
The saddle of Honda is firmest of the three and its suspensions miss is really fondant on the small shocks. To approach a back of donkey requires to be tightened slightly on its legs to compensate for the driest damping of our three motorcycles. With final, Honda CBR250R plays the card of the sportsmanship and the homogeneity with lower costs. Sold 3,990 €, it remains very accessible and will be economic with employment.
Kawasaki Ninja 300: more Ninja that tortoise!
Revealed before the hour on Asian sites before being officially announced, Kawasaki Ninja 300 created the buzz. During its first test, it had left besides us a good impression, thanks to a voluntary motorization. But it is not all.
Posed at sides of both others, she protests high and strong for its membership of sporting with its typified color Ninja and its head of fork which points out really the Kawasaki ZX- 6R.
Les contours are successful and typed in the eye of Bertrand. The ergonomics of Kawasaki Ninja 300 is a typified sport than that of Honda, with a higher saddle and half-handlebars which generate slightly more support. A size of 1.65 m is minimum to feel at ease on its board. On the others, the lower gauges will still find their brand.
On its side, its declined parallel twin-cylinder of Kawasaki Ninja 250, let’s escape a sonority which points out range ER-6. The orders are soft, in particular the clutch, but the selection speeds is shown less smooth than on the two others.
Let us add to that a less obvious turning radius to exploit and Kawasaki Ninja 300 becomes the least easy in urban environment.
44 horses to cut the road
With first frank acceleration, one seizes instantaneously that Kawasaki draws a Net favors of its engine. More powerful as of the mid–modes, it offers a lengthening-piece that the others cannot assert. Of our three motorcycles, only Kawasaki Ninja 300 “draws on the arms”.
In fact, out of engine, Kawasaki Ninja 300 eclipses the two others, all the more the model placed at our disposal which, curiously, delivered 5 horses moreover than the officially announced power. Less flexible than the extremist smooth Suzuki, hardly less sharp with starting than Honda, Ninja 300 thus dominates the assembly in recoveries with all the modes.
And side behavior, Kawasaki Ninja 300 is shown very reassuring. She benefits from a very good directional stability, of a correct agility, she slows down sufficiently. All in all, it is shown less nimble than the Honda sylph, who circles in the sinuous one and rocks even more quickly on the angle, but Kawasaki does not suffer from a defect of particular behavior.
Better, its saddle and its suspensions make it possible to consider the long ones stroll without back thought, more comfortably than on Honda.
“A true” motorcycle vis-a-vis two grosses 125
With final, Kawasaki Ninja 300 shows that one can make a success of a small-engine car with simple solutions technique, but being relevant. Driving approval and the performances get feelings which hit the bull’s eye: contrary to two others, it almost never gives the feeling to be under-motorized. With Ninja 300, one naturally borrows the way to left of the motorways of the world, and it is a real advantage, not quantifiable in our notation.
Thus, the green one is shown merrier with control. Sold 4,999 € or 5,599 € with ABS, she requires a more consequent investment, but it on cost seems justified compared to both others. But from here a few months, Kawasaki Ninja 300 will find on its road another Honda differently more aggressive: the CBR500R will be approved A2 and proposed with 5,900 € with ABS…
Kawasaki Ninja 300
Suzuki Inazuma 250: Most urban…
Last innovation for the year 2013 of our comparative motorcycle 250, small Suzuki Inazuma arrives in concession in this month of December 2012. With this GW 250, one changes crenel: vis-a-vis the sporting careened CBR and Ninja, she plays the card of the roadster “naked”. Whereas its competitors of the day leaned the bust more ahead, Suzuki Inazuma 250 proposes a more relaxed ergonomics with its raised handlebar.
From the start, one discovers a motorcycle of a bulkier gauge, with the broad and long saddle, and in a word, most accessible for the passenger. Unquestionably, Suzuki GW 250 give airs large cubes: design way Suzuki B-King 1300, exhaust doubles left, plastic preparing imitating an aluminum framework… All this implements weigh heavy, and Suzuki does not acknowledge less than 184.4 kilos on the balance, like some 600 Cm3! On the other hand, Suzuki Inazuma 250 proposes some refinements that the others do not have: a central crutch with handle of lifting, the most complete instrument panel, a space for the theft protection device out of U, under the saddle which appears more tenant able than on the others… of the notable arguments to the daily newspaper.
… And most comfortable
And it is noted very quickly that Suzuki Inazuma 250 sets all on urban approval with the daily newspaper. In addition to its resting general ergonomics, its driving unit/transmission is also shown smoothest of the band.
No jolt with the recovery, its small twin agrees to go down to 1500 tr/min on the higher reports without sign from reprobation whereas the two others require more driving mode. The selection speeds is exemplary with Suzuki, the very flexible ordering of clutch, and to crown the whole, thick saddle bringing an unimaginable comfort on the two others.
Admittedly, Suzuki trails a few kilos moreover, if one leads it without comparing it directly with the others, which does not shock. In short, downtown or to roll the every day, one is delighted by this good nature, somewhat placid but which is made forget.
It misses only one engine!
Imperial downtown, one can easily find the limits of his engine on the road. With the attack of A6, A5 or A13, the problem remains the same one: with the Suzuki GW 250 Inazuma one frankly does not dare to venture too long on the way of left, because the first come minivan will dazzle you headlight flashes… Inazuma clearly misses resource vis-a-vis the two others.
It cannot even hold the aspiration of Kawasaki (it is true particularly forms some concerning this specimen of press), which accelerates too extremely for Suzuki even beyond 130 km/h.
Suzuki GW Inazuma 250
Then one comforts oneself with his approval of control. On the small roads, it’s very flexible and the suspensions are not more precise and let foresee a character “pumping” in turn, but the attack is not the favorite game of Inazuma.
Its trick, it is to stroll open visor in search of minor quiet roads and of the cordial bar which is well. Sold 3,999 €, Inazuma is halfway to two other side price. Downtown and/or to roll the every day, it is undoubtedly the nicest choice.