Obviously as an owner of a 250R I'm definitely biased. I would say in Souther California where it is pretty dificult to get from point A to point B without being on a highway or freeway... I would take the 250R over a scooter any day. I didn't read the whole article but my understanding is that the top speed on scooters is usually much slower. That being said, not sure if it would be safe on anything other than in town trips.
09' SE Ninja 250R
Shogun crash kit, Sato Racing bar ends, Pazzo shorty levers, Puig DB screen, Proton flushmounts, Luimoto seat covers, Fender Eliminator w/ LED signals and plate light, Progrip 725 black/green grips, Immortal Graphix Monster tank pad