The most common element that influences a consumer’s purchasing decision is price even if there is only a slight difference in cost. For example, between a China-made scooter and a used Kawasaki motorcycle, the new 250cc Chinese scooter would cost the same as a used Kawasaki Ninja 250 at about $2000. This means that the scooter is definitely cheaper particularly if you buy the 150cc model.
Aside from being cheaper, a scooter has many advantages. It has more underseat carrying capacity and comes with either a rack of top box. You get better gas mileage from the 50cc and 150cc models. It is relatively easy to ride a scooter because there is no clutch to operate and no gear changes. It is also easier to manoeuvre because of the lighter weight and smaller wheels.
On the other hand, with a Kawasaki Ninja 250, you enjoy better range before refuelling. It is also faster with quicker acceleration. While a scooter is better for negotiating the city streets, a Kawasaki motorcycle is better for long commutes in highways. It is more stable at high speed and can keep up with highway traffic at 65 to 70 mph. It is also relatively easy to find a mechanic who can fix your Kawasaki motorcycle because major brands usually have an extensive dealer network.
The Kawasaki motorcycle will win at any time when compared with a Chinese scooter. The finish on the parts is significantly better, with wiring more organized and everything excellently engineered. However, this does not mean that the China-made scooter is not good enough but it will never win against the quality of Japanese motorcycles. In terms of safety, it all depends on the rider, his skills, helmet and protective clothing. It certainly does not mean that you have to ride slow in order to be safe.
There are Kawasaki dealers in UK that offer a full range of motorcycle models. One of the best sellers is the Kawasaki Ninja 300 that looks like a full blown sports bike but is more manageable for less experienced riders. For pure power, your best option is the Kawasaki 1400 GTR which is in a class of its own.