I have taken a lot from netrider, so now is the time to give a little back. Hope this can help some of the other noobies make the tough decision that is the CBR vs Ninja debate. Introduction Most reviews on the CBR is from an experienced rider, and usually compared to the Ninja. My perspective is from a complete learner who has owned this bike for 6 months. I have not ridden another bike, so cannot compare, the only other bikes I have tried is a kymco 125 and a CB125 during my license tests. I will focus on the everyday stuff, as there is enough reviews from more experienced riders out there for the performance on twisties etc. Disclaimer: I could be wrong on some (or even all) things, but this is from my perspective as a new learner, and from the opinion of an inexperienced noobie. Testing at the dealers I'm sure like most learners, I was not confident of taking a bike on a test ride having only been on a bike during the L's test. So the advice about taking a bike for a ride was out of the question. But I did sit on many bikes, and for me the CBR250R was more comfortable than the Ninja, Hyo and others at the dealer. For the record, I am quite short at 165cm. Anyway I ended up with the CBR250R ABS in red. The vain stuff Apart from the heat shield, this bike looks good! You can always change the exhaust, but as a learner, if your going to drop your bike, and it is to the right, the exhaust cushions the fall, so a simple heat shield replacement has it back to new in no time. To non-bikers, they seem to think it’s a super-fast bike (or maybe its just the red?), for some reason, riding on a Sunday attract Porsche drivers who seem to want to drag me everywhere, I'm only a learner 250 FFS!!! You do get good comments from the non-biking public though. Even to some bikers, they comment on how good it looks for a learner 250. Also, even though there are not a lot of customization options in Oz, the Thai market is massive and the skys the limit as the popularity of this bike grows. Fairings Common advice is to get a bike without fairings, as fairings cost a fortune to replace etc. etc. But because this bike is mass produced for the Thai and India markets I found that parts are exceptionally cheap. I spent $140 for some Yoshi sliders, and then realised I could replace all the fairings for the same cost. Just something to keep in mind, if you are staying away from fairings to reduce costs. Mirrors The biggest annoyance for me is the height of the mirrors, they seem to be designed to be at the exact height as the traffic. Although this didn’t effect me in the first few months, now that I am filtering more, this is becoming all the more annoying. I'm not yet at the stage I can easily weave through traffic, so maybe this problem might go away, but for now this is my biggest annoyance. Of course, I could always get aftermarket mirrors. Maintenance Having not owned a bike before I imagined the servicing costs would be minor compared to a car. But my first service at the dealer proved otherwise, it costs the same as the car. Hopefully when I go to a non-dealer for the next service it will be much less, but netherless I was really surprised about this one. Fuel economy I fill up about 10L each time, and I get about 300km of combined city/hwy commuting. Replacing my car, I am saving a fortune on petrol costs alone. I always keep it high in the rev range, I would imaging I could get even more if I wanted to be more conservative. One thing that is annoying is the design of the tank, it always takes me ages to fill up as I slowly pour the petrol in, if you go anywhere near a decent pace, petrol just flies everywhere. Low down torque The torque on this is perfect for rush hour and city commuting. I zoom around on 2nd most of the time, sometimes I forget to shift down, no problem, I can just take off in 2nd. It's great off-the line for when you filter through to the front, and without much effort will beat most cars off the line to get some free space. Acceleration I commute via the FWY and the bike does struggle on the on-ramps, although 0-60 is really good, 60-100 is very poor. I would imagine the Ninja would be better at this aspect. Seating position I spend most of my time in an upright position commuting around the city streets, but whenever I am on the freeway, I am able to get nice and low to protect me from the wind. Now I am 165cm which puts me at the average height of Indians and Thais, their biggest market, so I guess this is why. If I was another 20cm taller I would imagine this bike might be a bit small for me, but I'm only guessing. Weight Originally this bike, even though one of the lightest on the market, as a learner, I found it heavy! Could be the slight incline on my driveway though, but I hated reversing this bike, maybe the taller riders won't have this problem, but for a shortie like me, even the slightest incline is a nightmare. Having said that, now that I'm a few months in, the problems have all gone, and I find the weight perfect. I do get blown around abit on the freeway, but only on windy days, and nothing I could not handle. On the streets, the light weight is awesome, it gives me confidence in banked up traffic. Recommendation I don't think I am in a position to give a recommendation on the CBR vs Ninja debate, not many people have owned both bikes, and even less have owned them at the same time, same skill level to do a proper and fair comparison. But after 6 months I am still learning and still finding new ways to challenge myself. It's a great commuting bike and has served me well for my venture into the motorcycling world. I will miss it when its time to upgrade.