2009 Kawasaki Ninja 250
Brings a smile every time ride, I lose track of time, a joy for rural back roads
The motorcycle has been rock solid knock on wood. Only thing I've done is an oil change and chain cleaning.
This is my first motorcycle and I would definitely recommend it to any and everybody. It is very forgiving, nimble and fun to ride. For me I love the sound of high revving engines. Mine came with an aftermarket exhaust installed, and although I wasn't looking for one, I do enjoy the sound.
Things I like are the high revving engine, and also the reliability. I have a car for commuting, and with this bike I can just wring it out every time I ride and it is a joy. It is definitely at its best on back roads that have 60km-80km (35mph to 50mph) speed limits. The traffic goes about 100km (60mph) and there is usually less traffic so can wind it out as you please to 140km-150km (90mph) when you find spots. Or just enjoy some nice corners. Whereas on the highway, the wind buffeting is insane. Well any windy day and going over 80km (50mph) the wind becomes something you have to constantly ride against. I think it's due to the windshield design. Maybe it's to help keep beginner riders from too much trouble. On highways I am relegated to the slower right lanes. The motorcycle has no problem at this speed; the riding comfort of driving at a steady speed on mainly straight roads is mind numbing and I find I take more breaks on highway.
It is a confidence inspiring bike; redlining it in every gear is not something you can do with the more powerful bikes as a beginner. I have enjoyed it immensely; it's sometimes just as fun doing figure 8's and practicing techniques that am sure are easier on this bike than something with more power.
This motorcycle has me thinking about more powerful bikes in two ways. One, this motorcycle is already enough motorcycle to get into trouble, and break all the speed limits easily. So is it wise to get a more powerful sport motorcycle? Two, the more comfortable I feel riding, the longer I ride. Which leads to being on 80km+ roads more which leaves me wanting for more power and the comfort that comes with the bike being able to easily handle it.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th October, 2020