Honda CBR300R vs Kawasaki Ninja 400 vs KTM RC390 vs Suzuki GSX250R vs Yamaha YZF-R3 | On Two Wheels

6 Mar 2018
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Remember a few years back when your only option in the small-sportbike category was a Ninja 250? These days, nearly every manufacturer has an affordable small-displacement bike in its lineup. And with the introduction of Kawasaki's new-for-2018 Ninja 400, we figured it was time we rounded up the class and gave them a proper shakedown. So whether you've got a freshly minted motorcycle license and you're researching your first bike or you're a seasoned veteran looking for something light and fun, this episode ought to give you some valuable insight.
Click here to read Ari & Zack's article and see dyno results:
And for quick comparison, here are the specs for the bikes:
Honda CBR300
Price: $4699, $4999 w/ ABS
Engine: 286cc single
Seat height: 30.7 in.
Measured weight: 366 lbs. w/ ABS (wet)
Measured power: 26.7 hp @ 8300 rpm
Measured torque: 18.0 lb.-ft. @ 6800 rpm
0-60 mph: 6.5 seconds
60-80 roll-on: 7.5 seconds
¼-mile: 15.35 sec. @ 84.5 mph
Warranty: 12 months, unlimited miles
Kawasaki Ninja 400
Price: $4,999, $5299 w/ ABS, ($5499 w/ ABS and KRT paint)
Engine: 399cc parallel-twin
Seat height: 30.9 in.
Measured weight: 371 lbs w/ ABS (wet)
Measured power: 43.3 hp @ 9900 rpm
Measured torque: 24.6 @ 8250 rpm
0-60 mph: 4.63 sec.
60-80 roll-on: 5.25 sec.
¼-mile: 13.50 sec. @ 97.42 mph
Warranty: 12 months, unlimited miles
Price: $5499
Engine: 373 single
Seat height: 32.3 in.
Measured weight: 370 lbs. wet
Measured power: 42.5 hp @ 10250 rpm
Measured torque: 24.4 lb.-ft. @ 8300 rpm
0-60 mph: 4.65 sec.
60-80 roll-on: 5.96 sec.
¼-mile: 13.69 sec. @ 95.83 mph
Warranty: 12 months, 12,000 miles
Suzuki GSX250R
Price: $4,499
Engine: 249cc parallel-twin
Seat height: 31.1 in.
Measured weight: 396 lbs. wet
Measured power: 20.6 hp @ 7800 rpm
Measured torque: 15.0 lb.-ft. @ 6400 rpm
0-60 mph: 9.09 sec.
60-80 roll-on: 11.0 sec.
¼-mile: 17.07 sec. @ 75.69 mph
Warranty: 12 months, unlimited miles
Yamaha YZF-R3
Price: $4,999, $5,299 with ABS
Engine: 321cc parallel-twin
Measured weight: 372 lbs w/o ABS
Seat height: 30.7 in.
Measured power: 35.1 hp @ 10600 rpm
Measured torque: 19.6 lb.-ft. @ 9100 rpm
0-60 mph: 5.30 sec.
60-80 roll-on: 7.17 sec.
¼-mile: 14.33 sec. @ 91.87 mph
Warranty: 12 months, unlimited miles

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  • I love the gixxer 250

    Angela GaulAngela Gaul4 hari yang lalu
  • What's the power on wheels?

    Prayanjal TomarPrayanjal Tomar5 hari yang lalu
  • The problem with heels touching the exhaust-pipe is probably due to a Japanese test rider with small feet!! LMAO!

    harry vikingharry viking5 hari yang lalu
  • Which is best for stoppiie,wheelie etc.

  • You should do a 150 shoot out 😁

    Auzar KhantAuzar Khant6 hari yang lalu
  • RR 310 is now the ultimate boss

    DeeDee7 hari yang lalu
  • Congratulations guys you did a great job with this video... saludos moteros 😎🏍️☁️

    OTTO WHEELSOTTO WHEELS8 hari yang lalu
  • 1:40 htf did u know i was gonna redline?

    narrowonflownarrowonflow8 hari yang lalu
  • In Brazil, to buy a Ninja 400 I have to work about 6 years with my job :(

    Ronaldo AndradeRonaldo Andrade8 hari yang lalu
  • I don't care what you guys says, I'm gonna pick Honda CBR because it's red and it looks like Yaiba Kusanagi from Cyberpunk 2077.

    Garry SuperalesGarry Superales9 hari yang lalu
  • guys can you make a video upon all of 650 motorcycles

    dayasagar gdayasagar g10 hari yang lalu
  • I would go with RC bcuz here in india kawasaki 400 costs almost double the amount. 😒

    Abdul Rahman KhanAbdul Rahman Khan11 hari yang lalu
  • When will KTM come out with a supersport?

    Brandon HickmanBrandon Hickman13 hari yang lalu
  • Ninja 400

    Julius HooverJulius Hoover17 hari yang lalu
  • Well the KTM is going in my garage.... I'll get over the dash

    Paul McArthurPaul McArthur19 hari yang lalu
  • I clicked on this video just to comment that I don't care about these stupid, small engined bikes. Just get a bike with a bigger engine. There is no reason these should even be sold.

    MyMednasMyMednas19 hari yang lalu
  • Which is the most reliable tho..

    Adam SayriAdam Sayri22 hari yang lalu
  • Ok. Vegas. Trying to make a decision. Honda or Yamaha? Which one is easier to deal with Wheelie?

    Neal AdamsNeal Adams22 hari yang lalu
  • I think you should also compare the Apache RR310 , you gonna love it

  • Rc 390

    Prabhat Kamble roll no 221 div bPrabhat Kamble roll no 221 div bBulan Yang lalu
  • Honda 300 r has a 3.4 gallon tank I'm pretty sure. But I don't like how the gas cap doesn't have a hookup with the cap... You kinda just put it where ever 😂

    groovy vibesgroovy vibesBulan Yang lalu
  • If you spend your week making rational business decisions and need some passion in your weekends..... go the KTM!

    Kevin McLarenKevin McLarenBulan Yang lalu
  • I own a 2015 KTM RC390 (hasn't blown up, yet) and a 2018 Ninja 400. Both are dedicated track bikes. 390 is stupid fun but feels cheap, toyish and a pain to work on. I'd swear some of the hardware is made out of cheddar cheese. 400 has that Japanese build quality and engineering that I've always appreciated (might be assembled elsewhere in Asia). The engine is way better than the 390 thumper. I can't believe Ari did a 1:51 at Sonoma Raceway on the RC. For us mortals I'd pick the 400 every time. It's just easier. 390 is over engineered and crammed together all around that little single 373cc. My 2¢

    88 Heckenlively88 HeckenlivelyBulan Yang lalu
  • I'm about to get the 2020 Z400 or the Ninja 400 but I can't decided on the two. I know they are the same bike aside from the ferrings. AHHHHHH! LOL!

    MrCtr210MrCtr210Bulan Yang lalu
    • Can't go wrong with either one.

      88 Heckenlively88 HeckenlivelyBulan Yang lalu
  • Ninja 400 is the MOST appealing recently in that lineup!

    Karagdagang ImpormasyonKaragdagang ImpormasyonBulan Yang lalu
  • Surprise surprise a 400cc has more horsepower than a 250 🙄

    Anthony BAnthony BBulan Yang lalu
  • KTM good looking

    Mog filmsMog filmsBulan Yang lalu
  • you absolutely rocked at 2:16 you got a subscriber

  • It is kinda funny how my Aprilia rs 125 2 stroke makes 30hp, and those 300cc 20ish..

    Filip KolarićFilip KolarićBulan Yang lalu
  • CB 400?

    Invisible GuyInvisible GuyBulan Yang lalu
  • I want that kind of bikes but I don't have money to afford it🥺 so sad💔 SOMEDAY I HAVE MY OWN BIKES TOO❤

    Tricia GalveTricia GalveBulan Yang lalu
  • This requires a 2021 remake!

    Ali Bahadir ZEYBEKAli Bahadir ZEYBEKBulan Yang lalu
  • I’m glad to see my Kawasaki up there haha

    SS United StatesSS United StatesBulan Yang lalu
  • so glad my mom chose to buy a ninja 400, she got her bike license and everything but wanted to buy a 600 right off the bat! luckily a dealer convinced her that its too much power for a beginner and recommended a ninja 400 that only had 600 miles

    mirror hourmirror hourBulan Yang lalu
  • Im content with my R1 😄

    Ringdika xxxRingdika xxx2 bulan yang lalu
  • Guys, seriously, what is gallon?!

    YevhenYevhen2 bulan yang lalu
    • 50+ MPG on the 400. 200+ mile range being ridden reasonably on a highway.

      ChrisMag100ChrisMag1002 bulan yang lalu
  • Honestly I shopped these 2 bikes & it came down to riding them back to back. Get the ninja if you want an everyday bike with the occasional track use. The RC if you're really thinking track/racing

    Ben MillerBen Miller2 bulan yang lalu
  • I like video.

    Luis TovarLuis Tovar2 bulan yang lalu
  • I get why they have gear position indicators, those are super awesome especially for a beginner street bike rider like me (I put one on my cbr300r) but I'm not really sure why you would want or need a shift light? Especially on a small CC street bike. Maybe thats just me though... Might be good for people who have never rode anything with a manual transmission.

    Bring me Peter panBring me Peter pan2 bulan yang lalu
  • Nice comparison video. I was down to same with Ninja and KTM. I think I’ll go with Ninja, it just looks sexier and sounds like the RC can develop some technical issues.

    Maester MeepMaester Meep3 bulan yang lalu
  • Why cbr300r instead of cbr500r I feel like that bike is more fitting in this class

    Fa GyuFa Gyu3 bulan yang lalu
    • Weight. The 500 is heavy compared to the other bikes in the class @ 419lbs w/fuel. The 300 Honda is 100lbs lighter than the 500, the Ninja 400 is under 370 wet and KTM is about the same as the Ninja. Also, the CBR500R makes the same peak HP as the Ninja, albeit with a bit more torque but also doesn't rev as high. I have ridden all of the them, and also the 250 and 300 Kawasaki Ninjas (track-rode the 300). I rode the 500 a couple years ago and found it lacking - didn't handle particularly well. I much prefer the Ninja 400 or the KTM 390. I actually bought a 2020 Ninja 400 (non ABS) for track use and for my girlfriend to ride occasionally - my main bike is a 990cc Tuono Factory (V-2) and I also own a KTM 525 supermoto.

      ChrisMag100ChrisMag1002 bulan yang lalu
    • @Jeo Meo I mean the kawi is a 399cc it has the same power essentially as the 390 and the 500s the r3 and cbr 300 are 300-ish so not quite as powerful but the reason the 500s are so appealing to me is the smooth power delivery they have even the 500r and while that might not be a ,,real" sportbike thing it's really nice how linear it is.

      Fa GyuFa Gyu2 bulan yang lalu
    • Th CB500F is basically alone in its class. the Duke 390 is between the Ninja and the upper cc Honda but both the KTM and Kawa models are the essentially the 300 class.

      Jeo MeoJeo Meo2 bulan yang lalu
  • Regular forks weep oil when the seals go. Messy but it keeps working. Upside down forks dump ALL their oil and cease to work when the seal leaks.

    Mike BMike B3 bulan yang lalu
  • in india rc 390 is almost 1.5 lakhs cheaper than ninja 400 😕😕😕😕

    Dhruv SinghDhruv Singh3 bulan yang lalu
  • I'm not sure the little Suzuki even belong with the others. It probably couldn't pull a greased string out of a cat's ass.

    Rand MartinRand Martin3 bulan yang lalu
    • Lol

      88 Heckenlively88 HeckenlivelyBulan Yang lalu
  • Japanese bike have got hideous, gimme the KTM it looks like darth vader drives one

    UnderBridge RockUnderBridge Rock3 bulan yang lalu
  • Which one is the best choice for the beginners someone who knows how to ride but not much experiance, which one is the least heavy, seat is lowest height etc?

    Ihsan K.Ihsan K.3 bulan yang lalu
  • i highly recommend that they should do a give away 😂😂😂 try to give one to me , and i am willing to accept that 😂😂

    anonymous gameranonymous gamer3 bulan yang lalu
  • My neighbor has the ktm 390 I have a ninja 400 always competing who’s the better bike. Lol 😂

    Rob UbillaRob Ubilla3 bulan yang lalu
  • Don't waste your time people. watching this piece of shit video

    Vignesh WaranVignesh Waran3 bulan yang lalu
  • What's better, ninja 400 or ninja 650 as a started bike?

    Mr. TornadoMr. Tornado3 bulan yang lalu
    • Depends. As a commuter or as a fun bike? The 400 is more fun, lighter and way more agile. The 650 is heavier but the engine makes more torque. I like the 650 but I own a 400 as a 3rd bike because it's so fun.

      ChrisMag100ChrisMag1002 bulan yang lalu
  • Hi am looking for a best motorcycle in 400cc segments.....My two choices are 1.KTM 390RC, 2.Ninja 400.....But am totally confused which one is best......which one to please anyone answer to me.....??????.The main thoughts am a sportscruiser....

    Tech BulTech Bul3 bulan yang lalu
    • The riding position on the RC is less commuter, more track-day.

      ChrisMag100ChrisMag1002 bulan yang lalu
  • Man 13 sec ¼ is crazy. You could beat most cars in a drag race lmao.

    J Y EntertainmentJ Y Entertainment3 bulan yang lalu
  • I like the ktm tho!

    zx opzx op3 bulan yang lalu
  • brilliant video thanks guys - loved it and very informative

    JAIJAI3 bulan yang lalu
  • nice video! but would have been more interesting if we had the 390 vs ninja vs the CBR 500r, I don't know what the price difference is but it makes more sense in terms of horsepower

    CaptainFluffyBearCaptainFluffyBear3 bulan yang lalu
  • Thanks for sharing this video. I've been looking into getting a "starter" bike. Right now I'm leaning around the r3 since there's a few in my area for the right price 🤷‍♂️ but we'll see what happens

    Jon's Daily HustleJon's Daily Hustle3 bulan yang lalu
  • how do you two turkeys talk a dealer into letting you dumbos ride a bike off the showroom floor

    Cowboy Music StudioCowboy Music Studio3 bulan yang lalu
  • Ninja over the RC any day

    pyrocrewZuidenpyrocrewZuiden3 bulan yang lalu
  • These so-called sport bikes are pathetic! My Suzuki burgman 650 has 62 hp and it's a damn scooter!

    BusaloveBusalove4 bulan yang lalu
  • Buraya tükçe olarka ne demek istediğin yazmak isteyen var mı? Cidden minnettar kalırım

    ARDARD4 bulan yang lalu
  • If you ride it on the street and not the track, which 90 percent of riders do, then the kawi is the bike for you

    caleb hcaleb h4 bulan yang lalu
  • Here in India rc costs half of what ninja 400 will the ninja 400 be still your pick?

    Suyash DubeySuyash Dubey4 bulan yang lalu
  • One thing about the Suzuki they don't mention is the largest gas tank and the best MPG, so beat distance by far. Also that extra weight is a blessing on a 70 MPH interstate.

    Ben DoverBen Dover4 bulan yang lalu
  • Can you do a review on the ktm 390 duke?

    Dusty KitchkoDusty Kitchko4 bulan yang lalu
  • I have a KTM, love it - even ridden reasonably hard the consumption is 60 mpg (uk gallons). The dash is crap, with a pile of functions and only two buttons to navigate. The fuel guage is a joke - it goes from indicating near full to almost empty in a twelve mile distance. It has great steering lock for a sporty machine. I reckon the finish would not stand up to winter use. There is a big range of KTM accessories which can be fitted, which is fun if you’ve got the cash. It also has an idiotic average speed indicator, which always says 23mph, whatever one’s doing!

    john schlesingerjohn schlesinger4 bulan yang lalu
  • Well even though I like the looks, and colour pattern of the KTM, I would pay to have the Kawasaki in my garage - smoother loyal horse than an aggressive beast

    Ashik S NairAshik S Nair4 bulan yang lalu
  • Im getting a Ninja 400 !!!

    ISO DEMONISO DEMON4 bulan yang lalu
  • I would still go with honda cbr 300. It's kinda sports tourer

    Shashank HegdeShashank Hegde4 bulan yang lalu
  • R3 or CBR is my choice because i like sports touring..i just like japanese refinement and reliability

    midhun kmathewmidhun kmathew4 bulan yang lalu
  • Is this true that the Ktm 390 have a reputation for component failure? I have a 600 honda now, but nearly bought a 390 duke before I decided on the ninja 300 a few years ago

    James kJames k4 bulan yang lalu
  • Lmao the horse power clip got this video a thumbs up

    Eddie SmithEddie Smith4 bulan yang lalu
  • Very entertaining video guys 👍

    Eliot Salandy BrownEliot Salandy Brown4 bulan yang lalu
  • The gixxer250 doesn`t belong to this group, Just my opinion. Cheers and thanks for the video, very entertaining and well presented.

    Ze AbilioZe Abilio4 bulan yang lalu
  • How about a real helmet? Drop the politics and send all the "top" advertising and "best" helmets to a test laboratory and post the results to show the riding community what they are buying does not provide adequate brain protection. Use 6D as the helmet to beat. Yes, Linear AND Angular Acceleration Mitigation. What do you say?

    TruthTruth5 bulan yang lalu
  • Ktm is 2 sec lower than n400

    skorpinok roverskorpinok rover5 bulan yang lalu
  • Yamaha R3 is better among them

    Ravi KumarRavi Kumar5 bulan yang lalu
  • Ktm is so fast in this segment 😕.is any bike who fast then ktm

    THE RIDERTHE RIDER5 bulan yang lalu
  • I think u should hv taken ninja 300 at the place of 400

    Adnan Irshad MangattilAdnan Irshad Mangattil5 bulan yang lalu
  • 2018 Suzuki gsx 250r

    baruch zoebaruch zoe5 bulan yang lalu
  • Thanks for helping me rule out the Ninja 400. As a beginner, I do not believe it will be safe to ride because I'll now be picturing Zack practicing Wing Chun every time I'd rev, and be too distracted from laughter.

    stringsnarestringsnare5 bulan yang lalu
  • The 2019 and Up Yamaha R3 has been revised to fix the complaints in this video without altering the price, I'd say it's actually the best pick now in 2020.

    Chinabike AdventuresChinabike Adventures5 bulan yang lalu
  • I wish they kept the same dash as 2019 on R3. Still R3 anyday.

    Tejas PadhyeTejas Padhye5 bulan yang lalu
  • What gets me is that they purposely excluded the BMW 310, which would of been the ideal bike between the reliable Honda and the hyped up KTM, both performance and price wise

    Jarrod BargerJarrod Barger5 bulan yang lalu
  • A proper gsxr 400 would be nice.. Hm.. Caught between the ninja and rc too.. Maybe reliability and city =ninja.. But rc more fun hmmmm

    MarkOneMarkOne5 bulan yang lalu
  • There are only two bikes here that I think are worthy of my money, the cbr and the ninja.

    Mike HatMike Hat5 bulan yang lalu
  • *Kawasaki price is double in India compare to Rc390*

    Paras GatesParas Gates5 bulan yang lalu
  • Why did you not put the Honda cbr500r in with the bikes? it run's about the same class as all the bikes you showed and it dominates the Kawasaki 400 ninja!

    german shepardgerman shepard5 bulan yang lalu
  • actually ktm costs less than half of ninja in india...will ktm be beter choice?

    Soumik NarjinarySoumik Narjinary5 bulan yang lalu
  • Z400

    -CFH-ArcHitectoR-CFH-ArcHitectoR6 bulan yang lalu
  • Which one is more comfortable for long rides ?

    Osama DakhilOsama Dakhil6 bulan yang lalu
  • Ktm is so uggly 🤮

    sammy gerksammy gerk6 bulan yang lalu
  • Man I have always thought to buy a ninja 400, bt I had some issues with the sitting posture. I just wanted a comparison of this level, between these bikes only. Thanks a lot for this. Now i feel my childhood dream wasn't that bad😇😇😇😇

  • The R3 is my personal favorite

    The Retro DragonThe Retro Dragon6 bulan yang lalu
  • I owned an R3. for a first bike, or a first sport bike, it was phenomenal. It gets you used to the sport rider position, it looks good, has a really good looking dash, shift light, revs out to 12.5k, it's lightweight, and 35hp is definitely enough to cruise the interstates in the US. I would cruise at 8K rpm on the freeway in 6th gear. I got 50+ mpg, and although it wasn't blazing fast you could definitely leave people in the dust from the stop lights. I had a 50hp/60tq harley sportster before the r3 and the r3 had better straight line acceleration, top speed, braking, and cornering even though the harley had much more CC's, more hp and more torque. I then upgraded to a Buell Firebolt XB12R, which is a properly fast motorcycle. If you don't know what Buell's are, I got several videos up of mine.

    Tyler FabishTyler Fabish6 bulan yang lalu
  • In order, I've owned a zx6r, Honda 230l, ninja 250, sv650, daytona 675, Honda grom, sym wolf and finally my duke 390. I race my Grom and 390. IMO, if you're not doing extended freeway riding,just twistes (I live 5 minutes from the Malibu Canyons) it's hard to beat a small displacement, light bike. 130hp and 400+lbs doesn't do you much good mid-corner on Latigo....

    Showza83Showza836 bulan yang lalu
  • KTM RC 390😍😍😍

    Amrish ThakurAmrish Thakur6 bulan yang lalu
  • Owned a ktm rc 125 and a 390. Most problems are solved with the seller and KTM takes care of them instantly. They even send me a KTM hat and a hoodie, because my bike had a problem with the ABS wire. All fixed now and got some sweet KTM merch.

    MichaelMichael6 bulan yang lalu
  • Ktm looks cooler and orange is my favorite color but I know that I’ll want the ninja 400 more

    KafaelKafael6 bulan yang lalu
  • I wanna look into a cbr300r

    Aydin Lutmer GPAydin Lutmer GP7 bulan yang lalu
  • The KTM is sooo sexy! Too bad it isn’t that reliable and has a small gas tank or else I’d definitely buy one!

    KOOl DEANKOOl DEAN7 bulan yang lalu