At once Indian customers needed to import sportsbikes and high-end cruisers from other countries. Now the strategy has been changed a lot. Indian two-wheeler industry marked aggressive growth in the past 2 decades. Presently, the Indian bi-wheeler market is almost set to capture the top two-wheeler market title from China.
Recognizing the fact, many premium motorcycle manufacturers are jumping to the industry. This makes no scarcity of sports and high-end machines. The quarter liter motorcycle class is regarded as the best selling premium motorcycle class in India. Now, let's checkout the powerful babies.
Visual aspect is the first and major criteria that tempts one to own a sportsbike. And look means a lot to them. So many guys buy sports machines to display themselves, and they are looking forward for something dashing. It's for sure a sporty looking motorcycle that looks unique can certainly make paid other's attention. And comparing these motorcycles, what do you think riders? Which is looking more aggressive? Yup! The one and only Kawasaki Ninja 300. It's something more than awe-inspiring. I must say that no one comes even closer to it. Its aggressive new dual headlamps, windscreen, mass-forward minimalist-tail design concept, turn indicators attached to side panels, split seat, new curved 2-into-1 header design stylish exhaust, new 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels and other designs which are inspired from Ninja flagship always provide advantage over any motorcycle in the same category.
Just because of the Ninja 300, you may miss one stuff. That's Hyosung GT250R. It look awesome from far distance. It's massive and lengthy too. You never feel it like an entry level sportsbike. Yup! It obviously looks like a mid-size class sports motorcycle.
Followed by the GT250R, Honda CBR 250R, and KTM Duke 390 are ranked respectively.
Being the next level of entry level sports bikes, all these motorcycles display interesting features to bag customers. We can see new generation stylish instrument clusters, incredible headlights, LED tail lamps, split seats, and sporty alloy wheels in these bikes. Still, there are something that make the bikes really unique.
The twin front discs, dual twin piston fully floating brake calipers, and vertical dual headlights of the GT250R are really advantages over its rivals. This helps the riders in terms of both look and safety. At the same time the Duke 390 comes with ABS as standard, which makes it certainly a great pack. Meanwhile, the CBR 250R has a top-end variant Repsol too. It's equipped with ABS and a stunning MotoGP rivalry graphics.
Still, it can't be said which is the best considering the features. It might be the GT250R, or it could be the CBR 250R, or the Duke 390. The selection of a motorcycle is not limited to its features. Because, a motorbike is considered something beyond it. So, scroll down to know the best in the class.
Engine, Performance, Power and Top Speed
The Ninja 300 comes with a 296cc, Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin engine, which is capable to deliver a max power of 39 PS @ 11000 rpm and a max torque of 27.0 Nm @ 10000 rpm. The bike moves to a top speed of 177 kmph, which is the class leading number.
While, the CBR 250R is powered by a 249.6cc, Liquid cooled, 4 stroke, DOHC 4 Valve, SI engine, which generates a gorgeous power of 25 bhp @ 8500 rpm and a stunning torque of 22.9 Nm @ 7000 rpm. Its top speed is 165 kmph.
On the other hand the GT 250R is wedded with a 249cc, Air / Oil cooled DOHC 8-valve 75Â° V-twin engine. It has a max output of 28 bhp at 10000 rpm and a max torque of 22 Nm at 8000 rpm. The top speed is 175 kmph.
Last but not least, the Duke 390 owns a massive heart, 373.2cc, Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition, liquid-cooled engine. And it delivers a whooping power of 43.5 Ps @ 9000 Rpm and a tremendous torque of 35 Nm @ 7000 Rpm. It has a top speed of 160 kmph.
Analyzing these numbers, we can easily understand that the Ninja 300 is the best. Still, there is some close clash between Ninja and Duke in terms of power and torque. However, Kawasaki manages it by adding more rpm. Moreover, it has aerodynamic body works which balance the bike at high speeds and allow the rider to go fast and even faster. Although, the Duke is powered by the biggest engine in the class, it has limits for speed since it's a naked motorcycle. The Hyosung machine also comes somewhat closer to it. But, the rider needs to bear the scream of the GT250R at high speeds. So is the CBR 250R.
So if you consider performance, I tell you none can come even closer to the Ninja baby.
Handling and Riding Comfort
If you're a looking for a motorcycle that can be gone through roads and can be used for daily commuting, the Duke 390 might be the best in this class. Having naked body and streetriding-ergonomics, it can easily be pulled through any corners. You can wheel, nose, and do stunts with it. The bike will take you to the best if you prefer both on and off-roading. The bike is also equipped with ABS and it is surprisingly standard. So may take your bike to the high speeds, because you're secured. Still, there is something which irritates. That is the seat. It is not soft enough. So you may feel hard to make long rides.
The CBR machines are known for their great ergonomics. So is the CBR 250R. It has a cool ergonomics which allows the rider to rest and ride. You feel very comfortable with the seating position of the CBR 250R. It's like something between a racing and a sportsbike. Having equipped with wider tyres, corners are fine too. Its telescopic fork and pro-link rear suspension are doing great job to absorb shocks.
The GT250R looks great. It's bigger and massive. But, Hyosung couldn't convert that aggressiveness to its riding maneuverability. Its ergonomics is totally different from other machines. Having a low and forward position with foot pegs kept to the extreme rear end, and with a high-forward seating position, it looks like something is made for only racing track. It's certainly a headache for daily commuters. If you intend to ride only on highways at top speeds, this might be a good option, otherwise it may hurt you. Moreover, though it's compromised of dual discs at front, it feels really hard to stop the machine from the top speeds comparing the others.
The Ninja 300 has been given a great ergonomics, which is suitable for both city and highway rides. You'll certainly wonder for the riding pleasure you get from this motorbike. Something like on a race track is what you will feel once you're on the Ninja 300. Sometimes you may fear regarding the power of the machine. Because, it's so powerful and might be hard to be controlled by a beginner. So he needs to learn about the performance of the bike first. Then after few rides I'm damn sure that, he will never choose any other bike than the Ninja 300 in the same class. Its braking is so superb. It has wider tyres, and petal discs to act suddenly.
All are world class motorcycles. So a minimum quality is assured. Still, some stuffs and usage of low quality materials rank some bikes below. Hyosung needs to learn to use good quality plastics rather than cheap ones. It is displayed in the instrument cluster. You feel great when you see the GT250R from far away. But, when you get closer, you will certainly realize the low quality stuffs the firm has used. The Duke 390 has also used cheap quality plastics. But, it is acceptable. Because, it's priced only around Rs. 2 lakh on road and it's compromised of ABS too! Meanwhile, the other motorcycles are from recognized Japanese brands. So it is for sure that they will keep up their standard to keep up the brand value the companies have earned since their birth.
This is the place where all customers settle down. It's only the pricing that determines the success of a motorcycle. Unfortunately, Ninja 300 fails in it. It tags Rs. 3.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which seems to be unaffordable for masses. Alright, it's packed with greater maneuverability and performance. But, Kawasaki should have thought of selling motorcycles in the Indian market, which is donned budget commuter class motorcycles. Meanwhile, KTM has done a superb job here. They have priced the machine quiet brilliantly. It tags just Rs. 2 lakh on road Delhi, which is of course unbelievable! Don't get shocked any more that ABS is also packed with it. At the same time, the GT250R, which is not even closer to the totality of its rivals, is priced Rs. 2.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Well, the CBR 250R has got a decent price tag and starts at Rs. 1.57 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
No more words! It's the Ninja 300. It absolutely wins the race pulling its rivals far away. Still, there is a little hope for others. The Duke 390; it's a naked streetrider, priced very cheaply and is equipped with ABS too. On the other hand, we have stunning Repsol Edition from Honda. It is very limited and will make you noticed wherever you go with it. Last but not least, the South Korean machine, the GT250R. Though it contains many disabilities, the bi-wheeler has enough puffs in case to be the show-stopper on highways.
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