2007 Kawasaki Ninja 250
Get a damn Ninja 250!
I don't even know where to start... LOL.
It's a great little bike. I got the 2007 candy plasma blue. It's very hush hush and timid under 6-7k RPM. After that it's get the hell out of my way grandma!!! The thing boogies, no doubt about it.
Great gas mileage. Great power band! Top speed of about 105-110. Had it to 120 downhill. Keep in mind the speedometer is about 10% off. My research has shown that ALL bikes are 5%-10% off... just how it is. Bigger wheels have been shown to bring the percentage down.
Good shocks to soak up bumps... for 2 up riding you should put a EX500 shock on, and even for single riding, it will greatly help handling/cornering.
Definitely look into different tires. The stock tires are well... free tires. Once they become unstuck, they usually stay that way. If you're someone that won't push the envelope/doesn't plan to even go into many turns/curvy roads, then you might be OK on stock tires. But for just a LITTLE bit more you can upgrade to awesome tires like you're on a rail. I'm upgrading to some Pirelli Sport Demons.
Not much storage under the seat at all. Helmet lock is pretty lame, as a helmet locked on it will sit inches from, if not right on the muffler... not good.
Windshield is not all that efficient. Directs wind at mainly the chest area and face a little. Tucking does help, but not immensely. I plan on upgrading to a Zero Gravity Double Bubble for it. Better protection from wind/flying debris and a cooler look.
Front shocks do move quite a bit under hard braking, but I am told a thicker weight fork oil would solve this. I will do that soon.
The 2007 models have almost a cast iron texture to them, which I don't really like... but they do come clean no problem.
Very light little bike. GREAT in the twisties. It can technically beat a Corvette in a 0-60 race!!! Do the research. After about 65-70 mph acceleration is a little slow, but nothing terrible.
All in all, I give it an A. Unfortunately I can't give an A+ because it's not an EX500 LOL! =)
All the cons are very minor and not worth getting worked up about. Do yourself a favor. Don't jump on the bandwagon like a lot of people like to do for image reasons or whatever. If it's for around town pretty much, and some freeway here and there, then get a Ninja 250. It's one bad ass little bike. You can't beat the price, insurance cots, gas costs and part prices.
Also go to www.ninja250.org where you will hear angels singing! TONS and TONS and TONS of info there! Do yourself a favor... get a damn 250 and don't be skeptical if you found this site; yes it's worth it, yes it's bad ass, yes it's fun, and everyone thinks it's at least a 500 or 600 LOL. Happy trails!
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Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th July, 2007
No offense, but the only vette this bike will beat is the 80's models that barely made 200 hp due to government restrictions. Any 92+ vette will edge it out up to 75, then beat it from there on.
Regardless, I acknowledge that this bike is quick. I have a 250 Kawasaki kl250-g7 AKA Super Sherpa, and it will beat most cars to 50, but any sporty ride with more than 250 hp will likely beat me in the quarter mile. Shame our bikes have such low acceleration above 60 or so. Then again, my bike only weighs 250 pounds :)
Great review, take care, fellow 2 wheeler.
The 250's come with with a 100/80-16 stock front tire. The demons are 100/90, and as such have a wider base.
You'd think this would help with the handling, but in turns it only hinders it.