2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Review —

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Revvy and racy in a bite-sized

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The was 1988 and I was standing at the entrance of Powersports in Arlington, VA, looking at a sea of plastic and metal. I’d bought my bike there and after one and 3,000 miles on a 200cc I was ready to move up. Right in front of me were two black and red that looked more Samurai blades than else.

The Ninja 250 and the Ninja 600 nose-to-nose made my heart with thoughts of screaming the DC police at 3 am on my way home from a of slam dancing at the 9:30 I sat on both, decided that thirty-five dollars and only a to my name, I couldn’t afford the And why buy a 250 when I was moving up from a bike?

Fast forward 20 and I’m swinging my leg over a bright red like my hair) 2008 250R ready for a road There are so many new aspects to the it’s hard to know to start. First and foremost, little screamer doesn’t look like a 250. The new and contemporary body styling closely mirrors that of the 600 Kawasaki wisely left off the 250 so only a true bike-ofile know the difference.

There’s a new windscreen, new 2-into-1 with single canister and a new seat with optional seat cowl ($99.95) to off the sporty look. Wow.

At the new 30.5-inch seat height had me on my but the bike is so light (reported 333 dry, up nearly 30 lbs) was hardly a concern. The narrow certainly helps those of us who to the inseam-challenged group or the new rider who most comfortable with feet down. Kawasaki indicates that 62% of Ninja 250 are new riders, and 33% of that group is

Being able to plant feet firmly on the ground is one of the cited concerns for all beginning who are purchasing their first

Once in the saddle, the seating is a tad sportier and more forward than before, but still upright with an easy, reach to the high and wide This makes a trip city traffic much than one might be if reaching for clip-ons. Reach from to footpegs was so comfortable I had to make take note. Levers are to command and the feel is quick and

The clutch engaged rather far but even with my 2.5-percentile I had no problems.

New for 2008 is a large right in the center, with a to the left and new gas gauge to the right. a gas gauge is important to Ninja 250 so now they have a big juicy At first I thought I would the center tach, as my last with the previous model was riders at a Kawasaki-sponsored trackday to see who get to ride the screamin’ little

Keeping an eye on revs is crucial trying to ride as fast as you can on the not so for street riding, which is the common use of the 250. Big speedo, Gas gauge, better.

There are so many improvements to the 250R it gets difficult to on what might be the one best but perhaps the most important is the move up to 17-inch wheels. I had much trouble finding rubber for the old bike because I where to look, but my test seemed to agree that the new wheels, wider rims and accessible modern tire was at the top of the list, with an A+ for more handling at low and high speeds. The new and 290mm front and 220mm petal-style rotors with calipers give the ’08 250 much and noticeably more sportbike-like power.

For me the most notable is the suspension. I’ve put plenty of on the previous model and the ride had an uncertain soft feeling. A Showa (36mm on previous front fork and a new Kayaba shock with five-way pre-load make for a stiffer and precise, crisp ride. adding to this stability is the chassis with diamond-type

The 26-degree rake angle is 1 steeper than the old 250, so the Ninja turns quickly and seemingly little effort, it loads of fun through tight canyons.

Rounding out all of the improvements make this little feel like a big bike is the engineered 249cc parallel-Twin Although it’s based on the engine, Kawi says 70% of it has re-designed, including new cams and a cylinder head, to result in a 30% bump in mid-range power. Keihin carburetors were instead of a fuel-injection system.

injection, although standard on the models, would have the sales price above the threshold where the American allegedly draws the line. The powerplant engineer, Kozo (no not the helmet guy!), was on hand to our test rides, and although he absolutely no English, he did show me his license from Japan he competes on a ZX-10R, so you know the guy was working on this project!

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quite a bit less than the test rider in our group, I had no with acceleration. Throttle was even and predictable, another big for beginners. The bike seemed happy at a steady 8-9 grand in gear.

I rode the little Ninja up to redline in every gear and it steadily all the way through. The best was that I couldn’t even myself – I was laughing like a maniac!

Since its inception in the Ninja 250 has been among the bikes in Kawasaki’s line up. In Kawi sold more Ninjas in 2007 than else in its lineup! Most are beginners, but many keep the fuel-efficient little Ninja for The 2008 version claims 50 mpg its 4.8-gallon tank.

After 100 of city, freeway and canyon I still had well over a tank on the dial.

Read all of the you want, the new Ninja 250R is a flat-out blast to ride. it up and let it go, it screams and howls like a racer. It’s sleek, and has a big bike feel without the or the price tag.

I was so busy having fun that I noticed the bike beneath me and had to myself to focus on testing the

While the new Ninja 250R has a favorite among beginners, new version was also designed to the heart of the more aggressive, rider. And, at an MSRP of $3499 it’s right on the


Alice Sexton is of Communications with the American Racing Motorcycle Association and has been riding motorcycles for 20

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