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2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R First Ride

Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Sporting a complete redesign  the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R plans on continuing the best-seller and newbie-friendly status of its predecessor.
Sporting a complete redesign, the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R plans on continuing the best-seller and newbie-friendly status of its predecessor.
Zipping past an unexpected Border Patrol checkpoint near Tecate, California, we lean into a banked turn pinned in fourth-gear with the tach hovering near redline on Kawasaki's best-selling sportbike. But it's not what you think. No border agents or any other government officials are scrambling to run us down with flashing lights blazing because, lucky for us, Kawasaki's best-selling sportbike is the Ninja 250R.

Yes, that is not a typo. In fact, the little Ninja isn't just the best-selling sportbike for Kawasaki - it is the Japanese firm's best-selling bike period. Experiencing steady double-digit sales growth year after year, the reliable little Ninja has achieved cult status as the beginner sportbike here in the US of A. And as we discovered at the recent San Diego press launch, the redesigned 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R isn't just the "little Ninja that could," it's the "little Ninja that does things way better than it should."

The story of the Ninja 250's unexpected success began when it entered the American market in 1986 - with the design unaltered since the 1988 model year. Now, while not a bad year per se, 1988 saw Phil Collins' Groovy Kind of Love top the music charts. The point being tastes can alter over a two-decade span. On that note, one of the Ninja 250's most glaring weaknesses was its dated styling.

We are happy to report that the old 250's antiquated lines have been jettisoned - much like Phil Collins' career. All-new bodywork adorns the little Ninja, and like a passable fake ID, it pulls off looking like its bigger ZX siblings at first glance. The fairing bodywork sweeps back to a clean tail section, much like its supersport and superbike brothers. An accessory seat cowl, available for $99, can replace the standard passenger seat, further enhancing the 250's sporty look. Also tied into the sportier lines is the single-side upswept 2-into-1 exhaust, which replaces the dual cans of the 98-07 model. And just in case you missed its intention to mimic the bigger Ninjas, the "250" logo is absent from the new bodywork graphics.

A cursory glance at the little Ninja and it s easy to mistake for its bigger supersport sibling.
A cursory glance at the little Ninja and it's easy to mistake for its bigger supersport sibling. The all-new bodywork and styling on the '08 bike are a significant improvement over the dated predecessor.
The 2008 changes are far from just cosmetic, however, with the Ninja sporting multiple revisions to its liquid-cooled 248cc Parallel Twin. Although it retains a 62 x 41.2mm bore and stroke, Kawi reps claim changes to 70% of the engine. Internal modifications include reshaped intake and exhaust ports, a more compact combustion chamber, thinner valve heads in addition to new camshafts and camchain tensioner. Another enhancement is the more efficient cooling system, with a redesigned Denso radiator and noise-reducing fan keeping the 250 running cool.

Fuel injection will be included on the European version of '08 Ninja 250 to meet Euro 3 emissions, but to keep cost down U.S. models retain a pair of Keihin CVK30 carbs. Kawasaki research listed "price/deal offered" as the top concern in an American rider's decision to purchase the little 250 - the only bike in Kawi's lineup where price was the major concern. Without FI, a choke lever resides on the leftside switchgear.

In terms of real world performance, the little Ninja engine is a scrapper. Far from sedate for a 250, Kawi claims internal mods increase low and mid-range pop. From what we recall of the old 250, this is true, but the extra juice in the lower revs isn't earth-shattering and more often than not a rider is wringing the Ninja's throttle to the stop, hovering near the indicated 13K redline. In fact, we can't recall a bike we rode so often pinned to full throttle since, well, the old Ninja 250. While no horsepower figures are released, spec sheet claims in torque show the new Kawi dipping 1.9 lb-ft in peak production at 16.2 lb-ft at 9500 rpm.

Turning the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R is a breeze.
The new Ninja 250R is powered once again by a high-revving Twin, with a rider winding out the throttle to the 13,000 redline from corner to corner.
In urban settings, the high-revving Twin is more than adequate and is a fine commuter. Winding country backroads are also well suited to the Ninja 250's tastes. For stints on the Interstate, however, we did find one area of concern. Accustomed to the raw passing power of a 600 or 1000, cracking the 250's throttle open does not deliver the immediate blast to get past that 18-wheeled laggard on the superslab. As we ventured out of San Diego on the I-5 toward Highway 94, it was necessary to downshift to keep the revs high and get the most acceleration for quick lane changes. The Ninja can still scoot around slower obstacles, but a rider needs to exert more than the usual caution by planning ahead and carrying some momentum to slingshot past.

On the positive side of the equation, the diluted throttle keeps a rider out of trouble. The steady acceleration is more than acceptable for the vast majority of riding situations and it may even be preferable for beginners - who are, after all, the real target for this bike.

As we said of the earlier Ninja 250 when it won our 2006 Newbie Comparo, this bike gives a rider just enough rope not to hang themselves. Sure, riding the 250 doesn't remove the inherent hazards of motorcycling, but it is an extremely forgiving mount. When a newb hits a pothole on the 250 and slips the throttle to full blast, they will get a scare but be okay. Compare this to the brave/stupid who hop on a ZX-10R or ZX-14 as their first-ever motorcycle and accidentally blip the throttle only to end up picking themselves off the asphalt wondering a) where their bike went and b) where they can go change their pants.

At speed the 250 Ninja is just as welcoming. In the tight  twisty stuff the super-light and compact bike is a scalpel where larger machines are broadswords.
If you want brutish power, stick with a 1000cc, but if you want a fun ride where you are actually riding a bike to its full potential, the Ninja 250R is the perfect fit.
While power delivery on the Ninja is tolerant, the new 6-speed gearbox is more lenient than Britney Spears chaperoning a Vegas bachelorette party. Even when we tried to confound the idiot-proof system with some intentionally ludicrous downshifts, the Ninja's transmission handled the extreme gear changes with a nurturing admonishment rather than rear-wheel lockup. The new, more durable clutch delivers seamless engagement - one would have a difficult time conceiving a better transmission to hand over to a green rider.

The often held notion that it is more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow is often scoffed at. But there is truth to the assertion, especially on public roads. Unless you want your license revoked and cut up into a million pieces, the ZX-10R cannot be ridden to its limits anywhere other than the racetrack, and even then, unless your last name is Hacking or Hayden, you ain't getting everything out of the bike. Yet, almost anyone can ride the Ninja 250R to its potential, which makes it an absolute blast.

Handling on the Ninja is quite a revelation. Even though the new model has added a surprising 29 lbs for a claimed dry weight of 333 lbs, the Ninja is still super slender and feels quite light. The last Kawasakis we rode were the ZX-14 and Concours, so believe us when we say the little Ninja is much easier to navigate in the parking lot. For foot-dabbing newbies, the 250 is going to be a treat.

At speed the 250 Ninja is just as welcoming. In the tight, twisty stuff the super-light and compact bike is a scalpel where larger machines are broadswords. Side-to-side transitions are ridiculously quick and our journo testing crew had a ball tossing 250s around California's Highway 94 just north of the Mexican border. Like a swarm of killer bees, our 250 hoard mobbed the desert canyons with pert, buzzing exhaust notes ricocheting in our ears.

Changes to the riding position include raised handlebars and seat  but the heightened ergos will not be trouble for shorter riders.
Changes to the riding position include raised handlebars and seat, but the heightened ergos will not be trouble for shorter riders.
Light, slim and low to the ground, the Ninja 250R sports a redesigned chassis with all-new suspension components. The 37mm Showa fork, which replaces a 36mm unit, has revised settings but is still non-adjustable. A KYB single rear shock is now five-way adjustable for preload, replacing its non-adjustable predecessor. The new units do an effective job, but at 210 lbs I felt about 30 - 40 lbs too heavy for the front end. That said, my non-ideal BMI never bottomed out the fork, which we recall occurring on the older machine. So, overall, the suspension changes are a definite improvement.

Steering geometry has been altered, with rake angle decreased from 27 to an even 26 degrees. But the most important improvement to the Ninja is the move up to 17-inch wheels, which replace the old 16-inch units. With wider rims the new six-spoke wheels support lower profile modern tires and are a major contributor to the improved handling. Yes, it is still a small machine, but the new Ninja feels like a bigger bike on the road, lacking any skittishness in the corners.

The Ninja 250's riding position has been tweaked, somewhat sportier than the '07 but still delivering a pleasant upright stance. Handlebar height has been raised and reach to the bars was just right for us. The footpegs felt cramped for this tester's 6'1" frame, but the neutral ergos figure to be right on par for entry-level riders - Kawasaki research indicating 62% of Ninja owners are first-time buyers, with one third of owners hailing from the fairer sex.

The single petal-style 290mm front rotor with two-piston caliper is quite effective for bringing the claimed 333-lb Ninja to a stop.
The single petal-style 290mm front rotor with two-piston caliper is quite effective for bringing the claimed 333-lb Ninja to a stop.
Although raised by 1.2 inches, the slender 30.5-inch high seat still allows easy reach to the ground. Even the shortest in our testing group were able to tip-toe around without trouble. Standing flat-footed a 32-inch inseam had us straddling the slightly forward-sloping perch with a couple inches to spare. One minor complaint is that after a 100-mile ride our backside was stiff. On the plus side, however, the protection delivered by the new windscreen is a pleasant surprise.

Also new for 2008 are the single 290mm front and 220mm rear petal-style rotors with dual-piston calipers. Teamed together the Ninja's new brakes are quite effective and a couple simulated emergency stops further increased our confidence in the little Ninja's efficient braking performance.

The 250's new instrument console now features the analog speedo in the larger center position, flanked by an analog tach and fuel gague (the previous model had the tach taking center stage). But the big change to the display is a new fuel gauge, which replaces the old temperature gauge and keeps track of the 4.8-gallon tank. We seemed to go through a tank pretty quick during our intro ride on the '08 bike, but fuel economy figures to be somewhere in the 50-60 mpg range we observed during our previous Ninja 250 test, which ensures more than a 200-mile range. Quality mirrors round out the impressive view behind the controls and even though a large rider's elbows block out the interior half of the view, they are better than the previous units.

One of the greatest aspects of the previous 250 was its amazing value. At $2999 it was the best deal out there. The new and improved Ninja has upped the asking price by 500 bucks, but it's still an amazing bargain when compared to its 250 rivals.

Whether a city commuter  weekend playbike or cheap yet fun trackbike - the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R is a great bang for the buck.
Whether a city commuter, weekend playbike or cheap yet fun trackbike - the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R is a great bang for the buck.
With little direct competition and an attractive, refined package, we see no reason why the Ninja 250R won't continue with its immense success. Kawasaki already expects as much, with the enthusiastic dealer response at the 250's September debut. In fact, Kawasaki admits having trouble getting enough of the Thailand-built Ninjas on U.S. shores to meet the dealer demand.

The only surprise about the Ninja 250 will be if it doesn't continue its reputation as a best-seller. Too often we want bigger, faster and more powerful over practical, affordable and simple. The press is just as guilty, if not complicit in these prejudices, but the bottom line is that if you are riding the Ninja 250R and not having fun, the problem lies with the rider, not the machine.


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Eric -Great starter bike in so many ways...  December 23, 2010 04:47 PM
I bought this bike because I was looking for something inexpensive that I could learn on, without sacrificing looks or performance. I read numerous reviews that showered this bike with praise, and after nearly a year in the saddle, I have to say that those opinions were pretty much dead on. From the outside, the 250R looks just like any of the larger-displacement sport bikes in its class. Kawasaki did a great job of wrapping the frame in a fairing package that is both modern and attractive. In fact, the only real give-away that this might not be a 600cc bike is the smaller rear tire. Everything else looks ready to run with the big boys, and you'll get compliments on it even when it's parked. Fortunately, riding the bike is even better than looking at it. The engine and clutch combo are very forgiving, which is perfect for a new rider who's just learning to shift smoothly through those gears. Mis-timing those downshifts results in a bit of a lurch, but the 250R takes it in stride without becoming unstable. Acceleration is the same – just enough power to put a smile on your face, but not so much that a crack of the throttle (intentional or otherwise) will put you into a pole or a grill. Everything's nice and smooth, no matter how much experience you've got in the saddle. Two other big benefits to the smaller engine lie in fuel economy and insurance costs. I can often do multiple road trips without reaching for a pump, while my buddy on his big cruiser has to stop more often than a 12-year old with a Big Gulp addiction. And because the 250cc engine falls into most insurer's lowest cost range, guys with bikes only twice my size pay many times my annual premium. Combine that with an affordable extended warranty from Kawasaki, and your long-term ownership costs are going to keep you smiling even in the off-season. Of course, there are a few things in the package that could stand to be improved. The stock horn is underpowered, especially considering that most owners will be new riders – a demographic that needs every tool available to keep distracted SUV drivers from running them over. I upgraded my bike to a Stebel Nautilus, and with a quick tap of the horn have sent wandering delivery vans back into their own lane in a hurry. Two other minor issues round out the trouble-shooting list. Kawasaki chose to use a carburettor instead of fuel injection, to keep costs down. This works fine in the summer, but this bike is about as happy to get up on cold mornings as your teenage daughter. And for some reason it's starting to develop a reluctance to shift from first to second gear, once in a while. On those odd occasions, I don't feel the usual 'click' of a smooth shift on my left foot, and somehow end up in neutral without a light on. I brought it into the dealership for service, but they weren't able to replicate the problem. Fortunately, it only happens once in a while, and a quick downshift seems to reset the system. Despite the generally excellent experience of being a 250R owner, most riders will eventually find themselves looking to move up to a larger bike. But even when the Ninja leaves your garage for the last time, it'll give you one last parting gift. The resale value on a 250R is amazingly high. In fact, if you keep your eye out for a good deal on the purchase, there's a pretty good chance that you'll be able to sell it again in a couple of years for almost exactly what you paid for it. So the 250R ends up being a forgiving little beauty on the wallet as well as the road. All in all, this little bike is a champion, and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a sporty and economical entry into the sport-bike riding world.
Richard -6'2 270  August 10, 2010 07:52 PM
New to the biking world. sat on a 500 fits good, but want a 250 not trying to race just 60/65mph cruising please comment
Lin Von Triterdike -Mr.SupreBike  July 7, 2010 08:35 PM
perfect for american racer boy who cant ride anyway.
Lin Von Triterdike -Mr.SupreBike  July 7, 2010 08:32 PM
It is lame like turdle.
allen -i whant one  June 3, 2010 03:23 AM
i just what to know is the 250r go for new riders. im about 5'7 195pounds will this be a good motorcycle for me. im a new rider so i like to know. email is gizmo8727@yahoo.com
R -Great Bike  May 27, 2010 07:34 AM
I'm 6'0" and 190 lb. I've had a 2009 250R since May 2009 and still love it. The bike is so agile and nimble. I've had it up to 160 km/hr (100 mph) with no problem. I've even taken a passenger on the back.

A few weeks ago I went riding with 3 others. Two were on GSX-R 750s and the other was on a GSX-R 600. On the straights I was obviously the slowest of the pack. But in the turns is where the Ninja shines. I was second fastest through the turns. I was totally smoking one of the 750s and the other 600. Riding skill has a alot to do with it. I couldn't catch the other 750. His riding skill far surpasses mine...for now :)

I've thought about upgrading to a ZX-6R...but do I need to hit 100 km/hr (60 mph)in 3.5 seconds on the street? I'll never use that extra power on the street.

The 250R is a blast to ride!
Dale Stead -09 Ninja 250R  May 19, 2010 03:07 PM
i just bought myself an 09 ninja 250r and i love it... only has 1000 miles on it, its my first bike and im having the time of my life on it!! when i bought it everyone at the dealership said i would not like it and TRIED to talk me out of it but after i bought it i couldnt be more happy!! i do however want to know if there is anything i can do to modd the engine so i can push it a little further!! if anyone can help that would be great!! my direct email is Manchesterdale@hotmail.com thanks everyone!!! i would recomend this bike to any rider of all ages and especially to new riders and first bikes!!!
Matt Morgan -Age  May 11, 2010 03:53 PM
Ur never to old, go for it.
jerry -love it!!  April 18, 2010 07:28 PM
had mine 3 weeks.. fully broke it in.(dont be afraid to hi rev it, it wont hurt). only issue was the idle wasnt set from the dealer, it would warm up and idle around 4000 rpms!!!! easily adjusted, great pick-up. NOT A CHEESY BIKE!! my first bike and happy 100%!! had mine about 75 mph. not reccomended because excesive throttle at high rpms will eventually kill the top end...not a race bike unless with others in its class. comfy ride all day!! perfect bike to suprise people that its only a 250 looking like a 600!! to sum it all up, this bike kicks a$$!! email me for question please ajeh2000@aol.com thanx
hoodlum -i got one  April 11, 2010 08:03 AM
Have a all black250r I call her black magic I have seen 112-115 down hill, this is my frist bike and I love it,but i take alot of heat from my brother who rides an hy-busa.Riding with the big bike sucks.
hawaiiangold@juno.com -Ninja 250R  April 9, 2010 12:28 PM
I bought the Kawasaki Ninja 250R in 2008 when they changed the design, if the 500 had the same design then I would have went for the 500. However, this little ninja is great for beginners and women. I ride it to work 35 miles away on the freeway going 70-75. I get disappointed when I can't take it for a ride...
Chris Speirs -chris51251  March 20, 2010 08:06 PM
I've owned an '05 Ninja. Ninjette affectionately. It is a great starter and commuter bike. I've owned 7 motorcyles in my life. I currently ride an '07 Yama YZF600R. I have owned as large a bike as a Honda 1100 Sabre, down to the 250 sized bikes, of which I have owned 3. I only weigh 140lb and am about 5'-8". I got 60+mpg from my 'Ninjette', but i get 50+ out of my 600R. I liked the lighter weight of the Ninja, until I got on the freeway. Then it is subject to wind buffeting. The 600 not so much. I didn't care for the unadjustable suspension on the Ninja. That's the main reason for the trade-up to the 600. It was cost effective to just buy a 600R instead of spending the additional money upgrading all the little things on the Ninja. However, the additional weight of the 600 may be a consideration for smaller stature riders. I would recommend the Ninja. It is a great starter bike, ( I hate classifications like that, it's MORE than a starter bike), and I miss having it for it's simple design (read easy to maintain), more than adequate power, and great fuel economy, but, someone who is of larger stature may find it a little too little for them. I would really like to see someone selling a 300-400 cc bike of similar style.
Kala -New to Bikes  March 19, 2010 07:14 AM
Hey Mike - I am 5'5" & 136 lbs. I love my 2008 ninja 250R. I have been riding about 2 months now. Around town and short distance on the highway. I have to say I think I may have already our grown my 250R. I too was new to riding so that why I got the 250R. Most of my friends said "no" dont do it. get at least a 500. but I didnt want to spend much $ and I just wanted to ride around town. For my height and weight the 250 is perfect for me. The speed is "ok" But sometimes not quit as fast as I want it to be. At times in traffic I I want to get ahead of the pack and the 250 just doesnt have that muscel. however, I will be keeping my 250 for a couple of years and get the most our of it then trade up for a faster model. Enjoy you search.
Mike -New to bikes  March 18, 2010 05:04 PM
I am completely new to bikes I am 510 and weigh 300 lbs i have set on a ninja 250 felt great but I am wondering is it gonna be powerful enough to carry me round town and maybe interstate travel. I was also looking at gs 500 but I really like the ninja I appreciate any comments
Curt -Red 250r ninja  March 7, 2010 06:25 PM
I have just bought a new 09 in feb. of this year 2010.
I have only 93 miles on it and am looking forward to puting 10000 miles. I am 5'9 and 240 I have had a blast so far but haven't been able to ride much due to whether. It seems to pull me just fine and have had it up to 9000rpms and back to 4000rpms and had no problems but am concerned is that ok I have even drove it 75 miles an hor to for a short distance like 10 miles but is that bad to I hope not it is hard to break it in I just want to ride.
Anyways i am wondering is the bike break in period a very important thing not fast but 9000rpms ok. I am a first time owner of a new bike and i wonder if the 250r will be ok for a 600 mile ride round trip at speeds of 70-75 miles an hour with no hesitations never no i thought I would ask someone about my size what it is like.
FZ1Ryder -Sorry about the bad spelling  March 4, 2010 06:20 PM
Sorry about the bad spelling. No Spell Check.
Steep Hill instead of Step Him.
Should proof read once in a while before submitting.
FZ1Ryder -Going to buy a 2008 Ninja 250R  March 4, 2010 06:16 PM
Looking to buy a 2008 Ninja 250R. Test drove the Suzuki TU250X and it is a really nice retro syle bike with great price. But no power even with EFI. Rode it up a fairly step him on the highway, managed only 60mph. Not good if you have someone behind you on a 70MPH speed limit.
Now it is Ninja time. Test rode one and love it. Not sure on hills yet. Advice about maintaining 70mph speed limits on 2 lane highways and on inclines up hills? Did not get a chance to test that theory.
All comments welcomed.
This is for a second fun bike, have a 2008 FZ1.
Kala -Luv the 2008 Ninja 250R  January 27, 2010 06:02 PM
I just purchased a Blue used 250R and I absolutely love it! I am a first time rider and the 250 is super easy to ride.
Larry -Blythe  November 25, 2009 02:16 PM
My advice to you Blythe is to get this bike asap. This bike is just about perfect for women in both size and power. The ninja 250 is also very reliable plus it looks great, especially the red.
tony douangdara -want to know if Kawasaki dealer in chiangmai Thailand have Ningja 250R available  November 21, 2009 01:19 AM
Hello all...anyone from Chiangmai please advice if there is Ninja250R available in Chiangmai.

Thanks.
blythe -HI!  October 29, 2009 04:21 AM
Hi there, i'm a lady currently i'm riding Honda NSR 150 SP. Currently, i cannot ride Ninja250 because the government in Singapore do not allow us to to ride bike above 200cc without a proper license. We have to go through 3 stages for a license that can ride above 600cc. At the moment, my license only permits me to ride up to 200cc. I'm going for stage 2 soon(200cc-400cc). I'm into consideration to get this bike. the machine price itself is about 9k SGD. I'm 162cm tall and weight 45kg. What is advisable?
Mika -too short or ok?  October 26, 2009 04:28 PM
I only have a 29' inseam..(5'6).. the specs says seat height is 30.5.... would this bike be too high for me? is it narrow as well on the seat?
Dave Jones -Stabiliey  October 2, 2009 12:45 PM
I have a kawasaki 250 r Special Edition fantastic bike hold the bends well I am 75yr old just got back into bikes, after 48 yrs and after 3 week I was back into the swing of things.could not have brought a better bike .

I am not to happy about just a side stand, is anybody anywere, that makes a centre stand
JapaJen -Kawasaki ninja 250R  September 29, 2009 05:20 PM
I'm girl just under 5' and about 105 lbs. is it possible for me to ride the 250R ninja? the weight of the bike won't be a problem it's the height that I'm worried about
luke -ninjas  September 16, 2009 02:52 PM
ninjas are awesome can you find one cool for me.
janjlee1 -email  September 15, 2009 07:40 PM
forgot to add my email address. lol
janjlee1@netzero.net
janjlee1 -kawasaki 250  September 15, 2009 07:37 PM
I got approved for financing!!!! I am a little nervous. I have never ridden a motocycle besides in my motorcycle class. I had my license for 3 yrs already and yet to ride. Do you guys think that I should just do it? Please text me and let me know what you think.
Barbarian -Ninja 250  September 8, 2009 10:50 PM
My wife and 14 year old daughter both ride a 2009 Ninja 250r. They love the bikes and would not think of riding anything else. I ride a 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650 and we have no trouble at all staying together while riding. Just the other day my daughter left a car load of boys behind that was driving an Eclipse.
RDRACER502 PUEBLO, CO. -'08 NINJA 250R  July 26, 2009 08:59 AM
BEST LITTLE BIKE EVER BUILT. I'M 55 YEARS OLD AND HAVE BEEN RACING BIKES FOR OVER 40 YEARS. THIS LITTLE BIKE IS THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE WITH YOUR CLOTHES ON. IT ISNT ROCKET FAST OUT OF THE HOLE BUT WITH A FEW MOD'S TO THE ENGINE AND SUSPENTION IT WILL WIND UP TO ITS 13K RED LINE AND RUN THERE ALL DAY. I DO STILL GO TO THE TRACK AND PLAY WITH THIS LITTLE BIKE. IT HANDLES BETTER AND QUICKER THEN MY AMA SUPERBIKES AND CARRRIES MUCH MORE CORNER SPEED. YOU HAVE TO RIDE IT LIKE A 2STROKE GP BIKE. KEEP IT IN THE POWERBAND ABOVE 9K AND YOU CAN OUT DRIVE MANY BIGGER BIKES IN THE TWISTS AND TURN. TOP END SPEED IS AT BEST ABOUT 110, SO YOU GET PULLED ON THE STRAIGHT BUT CAN REALLY MAKE IT UP IN THE TURNS.. TAKE IT FROM AN OLD RACER THIS LITTLE BIKE IS THE BEST FOR THE BUCK... MY MOD'S INCLUDE A MUZZY PIPE, STAGE TWO DYNOJET KIT WITH MAJOR CARB MOD'S AND POD AIR CLEANERS, SOME MINOR WORK TO THE FRONT SHOCKS, SPRING SPACERS AND HEAVER FORK OIL HELPED A LOT. BUT THE BEST THING I DID WAS PUT A SET OF OVERSIIZED SHINKO STEALTH DOT RACEING TIRES ON IT. A 120/70/17 FRONT ULTRASOFT AND A 150/70/17 REAR SOFT. THESE ARE RADIAL TIRES AND IT IMPROVED THE ALLREADY GREAT HANDLING TO A ALL OUT KNEEDRAGGER..FUNNEST BIKE I HAVE EVER HAND.....!!!!!!
Mike -size & weight  July 20, 2009 08:13 PM
My son is going to Buy his first bike he's 18 6'3'' 236lbs would this bike be ok for him
brian -2009 250 ninja  July 17, 2009 10:21 AM
The bike looks great but the only thing is is that the handle bars are really high
KtErin -ninja  June 25, 2009 02:27 PM
I'm a girl 5'3 and 120 pounds i've ridden dirt bikes but am looking at getting a motorcycle which bike would be the best to look at??
TNM -Needing to sale.....  June 23, 2009 11:30 AM
I purshased a 2008 Ninja 250R. It was my first bike and I love it. I am needing to sale it ASAP because I have a new job where I travel and I can't ride. Anyone interested please contact...tnmiller80@yahoo.com. Will negotiate price.
demacy -EX250-J Ninja 250R 08'  June 18, 2009 08:18 PM
Just got this bike Tuesday got my Liscense the same day, put about 100 miles on it so far, very easy ride, I'm 5'7" 160 lbs. perfect fit. I've had some riding experience already, and a lifelong cyclist, I see myself riding this bike a long time. Unless you just want more power or you need it because of your size, this bike is right on the mark. Now... to take off that rear fender...
DJ-NITE -fun  June 10, 2009 05:21 PM
this bike is one to have fun on i know this cause my friend has one fun fun fun LLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTSSSSSSSSSSS of FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN.
Daniel -First Bike  May 24, 2009 10:33 AM
6"2 187lbs, would be first bike so I would not have anyone on the back.... It's very affordable but I have some friends that are ridding a 650 and up. How much of a pain would it be to ride with them? Is this a bike you more or less learn how to balance and turn for your next bike or is this a bike that you can actually have some fun on? daniel.barnes5@gmail.com let me know please... anyone
915 -price  May 21, 2009 05:21 AM
about how much do you think ninjas go for?
Chubs -Permit  May 10, 2009 07:00 PM
If you are 14, can you take your motorcycle permit test and ride with a parent on another motorcycle beside you?
Jake -comment  May 2, 2009 09:41 PM
Can two person ride on this bike?
kimba -i really want.....  May 1, 2009 01:44 AM
i really want to have one, but i cant afford it the price really high in indonesia, around 50 million rrupiah
COOL SURAJ -SPEED  April 23, 2009 02:10 AM
NINJA 250R IS VERY NICE BIKE FOR PERSON WHO RIDE ON SUPER BIKE....ITS LIKE MOTTERCYCLE UNDERPOWER FELE THE SPEED OF NINJA......................................................
suraj -speed  April 23, 2009 01:58 AM
when ninja on road i dont think about road rules.
Dan Ped -250 Ninja 2009  April 22, 2009 06:47 PM
Just learning to ride and the Ninja 250 2009 is a great bike to learn on. I am really having loads of fun. Can't wait to see what the top speed is - Need to wait untill it gets worked in.
MCUSA Editor -Danna's Question  April 22, 2009 02:38 PM
Danna, you aren't likely to find a better street bike/beginner match. The Ninja 250 is made you your size and weight.
Danna -Ninja 250R  April 22, 2009 02:10 PM
I have been thinking about buying of these bikes, do you think it'll be light enough for girls? I'm 5'6" and 170. I think that all of messages posted before me are guys.
Bill -Awesome  April 15, 2009 08:08 PM
I just bought an 09 today. i had an 04 r6 before, and i have just as much fun on this bike than the yamaha. you don't have to worry about over powering the bike. just a smooth fun ride
zornes -ninja 250 r 09  April 12, 2009 11:47 AM
its a great ride ,but seem hard to handle on the highways
metalhead -250R impak, anyone wondering about size/top speed  April 6, 2009 04:42 PM
impak, im 18 and i just started learning to ride 2 months ago and i got an '08 250. i am still loving this bike. rarly does it leave me wanting a little more power. its great for beginners. tried a 650 after riding for 3 weeks. it was a bit much and scared me a bit when i opened the throttle full. im looking to get a 650 in about a year though. i would still say get the 250 to start. i think you'll love it. i have gotten my '08 250 up to about 110mph. my friend rode my 250, he is 6'2" and about 250lbs and found it to be a bit to small. this bike is really ment for people 6' or less and under 200lbs
impak -ninja 250  April 5, 2009 11:52 AM
I'm learning how to ride a bike, would this be a good bike to start with? I've read several articles online indicated that it is, however, my friend told me that I'd get bored after I ride this bike for a week due to its power.
Daekar -Top Speed  March 25, 2009 05:00 AM
For those wondering about the top speed of this motorcycle, I got the old version up to around 105mph indicated. Since the speedos are traditionally a bit optimistic up at that speed range, I'd wager it was actually closer to 98-100 mph. Definitely more than enough for anything legal...
Matthew -For a bigger rider...  March 10, 2009 04:27 PM
I'm a 6'1 270 lb rider, and I'm wanting to find out if anyone here is of a similar size, or knows if this bike would be ok for a guy my size. I'm currently riding a buell blast, decent starter bike too, but I feel it is a bit small for me, I feel like it slips out from under me a little while going around twisties, because of my weight I assume, do any of you know if this would be the case with this bike, or should i look into the Ninja 600? Feel free to email me with replies, pudgydragon61 at yahoo dot com
Buck -Top Speed?  March 6, 2009 12:05 AM
Ive been reading up on these 250s for a friend. I have a zx600 and love it!!! Does any one know the top speed of these 250s? Mainly concerning 06-09. Im very curious. Thanks
Ad Jones Boi -Ninja Boi  March 3, 2009 07:11 AM
Phat Bike!! got 1!! get 1!! Razzin on the back wheel!!
timothy shurtleff -kawasaki ninja 250r  March 2, 2009 08:56 AM
hi im looking to buy one would anyone like to sell me one shurtlefftim@yahoo.com
Jay -09 Ninja 250  February 26, 2009 09:09 PM
I've been thinking about buying one of these. The more I read the more I like it. I've ridden a CBR 900RR before and that was too big so I am bent on getting a ninja. anyone want to sell me a used one, or know someone who wants to sell? jarvis-51@hiotmail.com
rochie -kawasaki ninja 250R  February 23, 2009 04:17 PM
reccommend this bike for all ages, lots of fun, specially if u keep it well serviced yourself, better in high revs.
Aaron -250R  February 21, 2009 11:45 AM
In response to your post, Lukas, I'm 23yrs old and 6'2" as well. I'm just learning to ride, and giving serious thought to buying a Ninja 250R as well. I stopped by a Kawasaki dealer to test the height thing, and true, it was a little cramped. Still, I love the bike! The owner acknowledged that it's not meant for guys of our stature, but still thought it would be okay; (though I'm sure his objective was to sell me on it). I think you should just drop by a dealership to get a feel yourself. My guess is that you'll agree it's a snug fit, but you'll have a hard time walking away from this bike. Good luck.
Lukas -Ninja 250R  February 17, 2009 06:18 PM
Hey, I'm 17 years old and i was just reading "hotsauce's" entry and that he bought his son this bike. My problem is im 6'2"... and apparently if your over 6' then it's a little cramped. I don't want a larger bike like a 600 because i'd be paying insurance out my butt. Anyone think i should still go for this? Thanks
Hitendra -EX250J9=2009  February 4, 2009 01:31 AM
Hi does a EX250J9 mean a 2009 spec thats what I was told by the dealer I havr one I purchased and had delivered end on Nov 2008 how do I tell if it is a 2008 or 2009. Obviously manufactured date is 2008...email me hjamwal@scec.com.au
Hotsauce -EX250J9 = Ninja 250R  January 4, 2009 03:25 PM
I have been riding for over 30 yrs and just bought one to teaching my 17 yr old son to ride. I have to admit that I've been having the time of my life on the little sport. Low rpms feel week however around 10,000 it comes to life. Haven't red lined it yet but I can tell when I do it will only thrill even further. I couldn't aggree more that it is more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow. Its great to push a bike to its limit and not be disappointed. I recomend this bike for any rider regardless of their age, gender or experience.
Tom Pontac -Kawasaki Ninja 250R  December 30, 2008 08:22 PM
Never had a motorcycle before but I can't think of more fun for four grand or less! Is 72+ too old for this bad boy?
wan -comment  December 9, 2008 01:05 AM
kawasaki 250R is very nice for person who never ride on superbike... its like the motorcycle underpower...