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March 4, 2019, 01:29 PM

I think you should DEFINITELY go with the smaller bike like the 300 vs Ducati 748. Having goofed off on the 250, 300 and 400....

250 will be your cheapest bet and many parts swap over to the 300. They even make a FI conversion for the 08-12 Ninja 250 (not cheap) and Bazzaz quick shifter fits. An honest 5 to 10 mph difference between the 250 and 300 depending on config.

300 picked up some lbs over the 250 but may be the overall best bang for the buck.

400 vs 300? No comparision. 400 doesn't have the low end lag. 400 weighs LESS. 400 has shorter wheelbase. And the 8 mph or so higher top speed. Light guy on a 400 can keep up if not beat a bigger guy on a Ninja 650 if for no other reason than shorter wheelbase and less mass. If you are a bigger guy you can fit a little better on the 300 FWIW.

Ninja 250 vs some bigger bikes at Laguna....


Gemini Motorcycles (Sterling, VA)

ZX14: 222 mph
ZX12: 229.6 mph
ZX10: 202.8 mph

ZX9: 177.6 mph
ZX6R: 180.8 mph
EX650: 130.7 mph

EX300: 114.7 mph
EX250: 122.4 mph
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