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Ninja 250

Alright, I'm going to go out on a limb here.

Yesterday Bionic stopped by for a couple hours on his trip home from northern Florida. We talked a bit and went out to grab a bite before he continued home. On the ride back to my house we swapped bikes, he took over the KLR and I jumped on his '06 Ninja 250 upon which he had a bunch of camping gear all strapped down.

I'd never ridden a Ninja 250 for any appreciable amount of time before. Frankly I'd always dismissed it as a learner bike and had no interest in it. After I spent about 8 miles riding it though I was sold. He rode it from Ft. Myers to Gainesville and back, all freeway. It's small, light, nimble and has enough power to move you along without (obviously) ever feeling like it might get away from you.

It reminded me of bikes from yesteryear, easy to ride, nothing to think about and you could probably strap it to your back and carry it a few blocks if you ran out of gas. I think that once egos are set aside and it's appreciated for economical transportation that gets the job done it's pretty tough to beat.
The new styling only improves the look and while I'm not rushing off to the dealership yet, I have opened my eyes.

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It's a great bike for sure. I want one too.

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Anja wants to get rid of hers and get the newer one. Sad part is she only has about 600 miles on her other one.

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price me.

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I think that Kawasaki was waaaaaay overdue to update the 250 and 500.

But now that they have (and kept the price nice) I think they're gonna sell a whole lot of these "starter bikes" to people that aren't on their first ride.

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Nice little review on the '08 model.


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I had an '08 Ninja 250 pull up next to me at an intersection last week, took me a few minutes to identify it as a 250 Ninja, the new full fairing looks slick.
It didn't have much trouble outrunning my F250 when the light turned green either.

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I've never really rode a bike that wasn't fun at some level. Yes, the small ninjas are cool.

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They are even more fun after a few mods - Jet kit, exhaust, air filter, milti angle valve job , turbo ---




But really, the Mrs had one, and after an exhaust and jet kit it ran really well for a 250 - untill she threw it don the road and bent the frame -

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Still haven't quite put your finger on what you want, huh, Jet? Too many bikes...not enough time... Good luck deciding. Best thing about the 250, in my opinion, is that if you do tire of it, it would be easy to sell without much, if any, loss.

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Don't think I want anything.
Therefore I want everything equally. It's an odd predicament.

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Don't think I want anything.
Therefore I want everything equally. It's an odd predicament.
I very deep phenomenological existentialist comment. Russon would be proud.

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I've heard many people claim that they were getting 70 mpg+ out of the 250 Ninja. The review said that the manufacturer was claiming 50 mpg out of this one. Why the huge drop in mileage? Did the extra 30 lbs affect the mpg that much?

If I was in the market for a new sportbike, I would pick one of these up, hands down. For the ease of maintenance and the mpg, you can't beat it. And because it's only a 250, I bet the insurance is better than what I pay for the DR.

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O you had to make me break this old pic out..




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my daughter would insist I buy that bike.
She must never see that picture.

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But, can you table top wheelie a Ninja250?

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Everyone I've known personally that started out on that bike for street riding, loved it. And that's where I've seen it mostly, someone moves from a scooter up to the 250 and puts on the miles learning. A couple years later they buy a 600 if they stick w/ the addiction/affliction that is our 2 wheeled passion.

Now, I will have to caveat this and say the 6+ folks I've known that have owned this bike for more than 2yrs, well they are all women. haha, seriously, what's the thinking in dropping dispacement? That's the only downside I can think up, contemplating where you are now and what you might move to.

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brotha i just got my '07 250 insured today. registering it next week, the tag office was PACKED! we've sold nearly a dozen 250's, 07's and '08s in the past 6 weeks. you can't go wrong with this thing! the '07 people are saying 65-75mpg depending on riding style. no word on the '08s yet, can't imagine it's much lower. 'course i picked mine up for $800 after dude's brother dumped it into a ditch. $100 in parts later, i'm kickin it streetfighter style!

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Everyone I've known personally that started out on that bike for street riding, loved it. And that's where I've seen it mostly, someone moves from a scooter up to the 250 and puts on the miles learning. A couple years later they buy a 600 if they stick w/ the addiction/affliction that is our 2 wheeled passion.

Now, I will have to caveat this and say the 6+ folks I've known that have owned this bike for more than 2yrs, well they are all women. haha, seriously, what's the thinking in dropping dispacement? That's the only downside I can think up, contemplating where you are now and what you might move to.

Because many men might believe the number on the side of the fairing is indicative of how large they imagine their penis is. Even those guys I passed on the 750 and 600's at Jennings last time I was there on a CRF150F with dualsport tires. Boy were they ever perplexed and saddened.

Small displacement on the track forces you to be that much better.
Around town who cares, as long as it gets the job done?

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Paul - how much $$ are the '08 greenies getting out the door for?

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It is funny though Pete.
I've got this little track in a pasture. It's perfect for 100/125cc dirtbikes. I have a 150 and run it there but a 100 is about perfect. The people who come out bring nothing but fiddy's. The people who want to buy a bike and come out shop only for fiddy's. I tell them all to buy the 100's but they insist on smaller bikes. Maybe I'm missing out on something and need to raise the ride height on my PW80?

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But, can you table top wheelie a Ninja250?
Yes, yes you can whellie a 250 - Simply rev to about 10 , then dump the clutch . Is it good for the bike, no, but it can be done ---

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Maybe I'm missing out on something and need to raise the ride height on my PW80?

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Because many men might believe the number on the side of the fairing is indicative of how large they imagine their penis is. Even those guys I passed on the 750 and 600's at Jennings last time I was there on a CRF150F with dualsport tires. Boy were they ever perplexed and saddened.

Small displacement on the track forces you to be that much better.
Around town who cares, as long as it gets the job done?
whoa, no offense intended and no lecture on the CC to phallus thing needed, happen to ride a 600 (110hp) at the track a puny underpowered 919 (100hp) and dr650 (50hp?) when most figure me (over 250lbs) for an HD or Busa guy. i get it.

just i was thinking this was a street thing and it would be a replacement for the KLR? and so i was thinkin well, why would JB be making the move, he loses off road capability, drops some displacement, picks up some mpg's and change up the ergos somewhat...and a sportier ride and it's kind of a wash as both can slab it.

now if this was in addition to the KLR, i'd say you're addin some sporty, reliable and fun to the stable.

what i like most about this bike (as w/ the 150&650 we recently purchased) is the entry pricepoint (low $ cost relatively speaking) and the decent MPG's w/ reasonable performance for everyday use.

i will say this, rider size makes a difference and for me the consideration is, for bikes doing street duty; do they have enough zip to get me out of a tight spot around town (from low rpm's) and at interstate speeds can i go WOT and have that same ability to 'escape' potential trouble w/ instant, predicatable power. for someone my size, i figure the minimum to be 500 cc's but even the 650's don't give me the grunt i want for a daily commuter that could see interstate. for everything short of that, they're fine and that's why i love the dr650.

i get pipe-dreaming, i understand adding to the stable...just tryin to figure out where u were coming from

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I didn't mean it mean toward you. I was thinking about someone else when writing it.
whatever I get will be in addition to the KLR, I've put too much time and money into pimping it out to walk away from it right now. I'm not interested in going fast much anymore.

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Oh the fun you could have with that bike, I'd love to have one. Don't know how well I'd fit though being 6'1", 185 pounds. Might look a little like a spider monkey humping a football...

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The new Ninja 250 is sweet as sweet can be. You should go see it in person. I did and I was amazed. I'd love to have one even though I am a porkflight at 230 and 6'1". Very classy bike and it should be a massive hit with the newcomers.

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the '08 250s are going for retail, $3499+++ (tax and dealer fees). they can't ship the things fast enough plus they have less than $300 markup anyways...

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the '08 250s are going for retail, $3499+++ (tax and dealer fees). they can't ship the things fast enough plus they have less than $300 markup anyways...

Are you sure bout that ? Looks like bit more if you collect set up and freight ---

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i'd get one as a dedicated race bike if i get into trackdays and such

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i'd get one as a dedicated race bike if i get into trackdays and such
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I think it'd be a riot. Good way to master the track, without the worry of a high speed wipeout.

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Are you sure bout that ? Looks like bit more if you collect set up and freight ---
that's what the +++ means, and the "dealer fees" in the parenthesis i wrote... OTD here at least we're at $4400 and we've sold all 3 we've gotten plus two from our sister dealership we kinda stole from em

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