The GSX250R is $500 less than the non ABS Ninja. The same as the CB300R,at $4,499 The R3 is $500 more. I've demo road the R3. It's worth the extra $500! Maybe 14more horses (50% more power) and lighter, like 34lbs. The ace in the whole has got to be how mellow the engine is on the 250. Should be a bike that last a long time. I kind of like the max horsepower at around 8,000rpm.