2004 Kawasaki ZZR250
Great commuter, reliable and cheap
Nothing really serious has gone wrong with this bike other than replacing the battery (after a couple years) and signal light relay (2008). Otherwise, only regular service at the prescribed intervals has been done.
Bike has a low seat, so taller riders won't feel comfortable on it.
Great gas mileage (60-72 MPG depending on riding style and city/hwy).
Great performance for a 250. Once you get beyond 9000 the engine really lights up. Cruises comfortably between 6000 and 8000.
Reliable and cheap to insure. Maintenance intervals are reasonable and the bike is relatively easy to service on your own.
Mild vibrations are a bit annoying on trips longer than 100km, but can be managed with periodic stops, and thick gloves and boot soles.
This bike is one of the best commuters there are out there. It's been replaced by the NINJA 250, which I would expect to have similar performance characteristics. When I do buy a larger bike, I may keep this one for commuting.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th August, 2008