Just curious, the Ninja seems like more "work" so;
Was it just a price thing?
Was it a Honda thing?
Maybe neither reason?
I walked in the shop to ask questions about the Ninjette, price and if it was a good choice for me. I had never heard of the CBR250R. It's the shopkeeper who said that, since I wanted the Ninjette for a beginner/commuter bike, the CBR250R was actually better. He mentioned the constant acceleration curb and the fuel injection of the Honda as opposed to the Ninjette. To him, the CBR was just better, + he had both for sale but he was selling the Honda for cheaper than the Ninjette. I was already pretty much convinced by that and he advised me that, since both were really good bikes anyway, to just sit on both and choose whichever I felt the most comfortable with. The CB seemed lighter, and, more importantly, less "plasticky"; it just felt better and that finished convincing me.
My dealer sells both. I originally did start looking at used Ninja 250's. I also considered Hyosung, and some of those too-good-to-be-true Chinese sport bikes. Honda became the logical choice because of the fuel injection.
I would have also considered Suzuki or Aprilia (RS4 125) but they don't seem to be available around here. Even if they were, It likely would have been Honda anyway.
. . . It's pointless to race between Starbucks', around here they are 300 yards apart!
The price on the cbr250r was $6200 (repsol) & the 300 ninja was $7500, I almost got the 300 but the guy at the dealership was a tool, just didn't like the guy. I didn't care about the extra grunt as my cbr250rr would easily eat the 300 ninja
I just wanted a nice bike with fi that was fun to ride, I just couldn't go past the Honda.