Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Southwest Washington state
I really, really like the 60 pound lighter weight of the Ninja 400, and I am actually looking for a used one on Craigslist, but it has some disadvantages. One is the lower output of the alternator, which is around 300 watts versus 500 watts for the CBR. This means that heated gear and grips, plus things like gps, may exceed the capacity of the charging system. Another drawback for me is that there are no hard sidecases available for the Ninja, while I have the ability to mount Givi hard cases to my cbr. Lastly, the smoothness and torque of the cbr and its incredible fuel mileage is a definite consideration. Unknown, but perhaps a factor, is the build quality of the Honda.