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Kawasaki Ninja 250

 The Kawasaki Ninja 250 has dominated the entry-level sportbike market in the US for decades. The little Ninja 250, in fact, has long-been Kawasaki’s best-selling Ninja sportbike. Ever since its 1983 debut, the Ninja 250 has been a favorite for beginners and many experienced riders have fond memories of the little Ninja upon which they learned to ride.

Kawasaki Ninja 250R
Besides new styling and some internal engine tweaks in 2008, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R has featured the same basic architecture since its inception in 1983.
The Ninja 250 is powered by a high-revving Parallel Twin, with modest power numbers but very capable performance on highways and the freeway. The chassis features non-adjustable fork with pre-load adjustable shock. The high fuel efficiency of the Ninja 250 (most estimates putting MPG in the mid-60s) make it an ideal commuting bike.

For 25 years the Kawasaki Ninja 250 was relatively unchanged, but the 2008 model featured a host of revisions. A revamp of the Twin reputedly yields more torque and the new 17-inch wheels deliver better handling and more tire options. Perhaps most noticeable change, however, is the new bodywork and styling upgrade, which makes the Ninja 250 look more like its elder Ninja siblings (the graphics are absent of the 250 moniker).

The Ninja 250’s status as a beginner mount makes it a popular used bike, as many rider’s develop their skills aboard the Ninja 250 and move on to a more challenging ride. As a result, the Ninja 250 holds its resale price quite well. Speaking of price, the pre-2008 Ninja 250 retailed for $2999, easily the best deal on two wheels. The upgraded 2008 Ninja 250 R jumped up to $3499, but still delivers an incredible bang for the buck.
Kawasaki Ninja 250 Motorcycle Reviews
2011 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Comparison
Monday, February 07, 2011
Find out how the Kawasaki Ninja 250R compares against the Honda CBR250R in this sportbike comparison review.
2010 Kawasaki Ninja 250R vs Scooter
Monday, January 17, 2011
Our correspondent tests the merits of motorcycles vs. scooters, including the Honda SH150i, in this comparison review.
2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R First Ride
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
We sample Kawasaki's best-selling sportbike. In fact, the Ninja 250R is Kawasaki's best-selling motorcycle period.
2006 Kawasaki Ninja 250 Comparison
Monday, October 23, 2006
What do you get when you throw a half-dozen newbies together with four different styles of beginner bikes which ring in under four grand? An MCUSA Newbie Bike Comparo, that's what.
Kawasaki Ninja 250 Features
MotoUSA Goes Kawasaki Ninja 250 Racing
Thursday, January 07, 2010
MotoUSA races the Kawasaki Ninja 250 Cup at Willow Springs and realizes that one doesn’t need large displacement Superbikes to have big fun and epic racing
Kawasaki Ninja 250 First Looks
Kawasaki Unveils New 2008 Models
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Our man gives us the goods on the Kawasaki ZX-10R, Ninja 250R, ZX-14 and all-new KLX140 straight from the Vegas dealer show.
2008 Ninja 250R and ZX-14 Unveiled
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The ZX-10R may get all the attention, but Kawasaki has also released info on mods to its two-year-old ZX-14 and the venerable Ninja 250R.
Kawasaki Ninja 250 News
Kawasaki Recalls 2009-10 Ninja 250s
Friday, December 11, 2009
Kawasaki recalls some of its 2009-2010 Ninja 250 motorcycles due to potential oil leak in engine cases.