I want to get a 250cc bike. I still need to get a driver’s license, and I understand that one needs to hold a license for 1 year before getting something bigger than a “white plate”.
I am interested in getting people’s opinions on comparing the Honda Hornet 250 and the Kawasaki Ninja 250. I know many people might say “just get the Honda CB 400” or even a red plate. I understand the logic and argument behind that, but for the sake of this discussion let’s keep the topic on white plates only.
I think the biggest deterrent people have for these bikes, especially the Ninja, is the price. 200,000 NT is not cheap, by anyone’s standards. Of course, you can get “more bike for the money” in bigger engine bikes here, but like I said, let’s talk white plates.
The price initially was the big scary boogie man that made me not consider the Ninja, or even the Hornet. However, I realize, at the end of the day, when you sell the bike in a year or two, you actually make most of the money back. This means, you pretty much got a free bike, or something close to that. I spell this out clearer in my “Motorcycle Depreciation” thread.
Which bike would you prefer for Taiwan, the Ninja or the Hornet?
What are the pros/cons of each?
How do they compare in quality, engine power and overall performance?
I personally prefer a black Ninja’s sleek look, but I also can appreciate the Hornet’s more muscular design.
Also, which bike is better for carrying a passenger?
I have sat on neither, so still don’t know which one “feels” better. I am 6’2’’ though and know the Ninja is lower, so that might be an issue.