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    new Kawasaki Ninja 250R

    Finally the bike gets a much needed redesign and unlike the YZF-R125, this bike will be stateside, as it has been since the first bike. This is from the Kawasaki press release:

    One look at the new Ninja 250R tells everyone that this bike is the genuine article. With a new full-fairing similar to the Ninja ZX-6R and -10R supersport bikes, a single kicked-up muffler, UNI-TRAK(R) rear suspension, high-performance petal disc brakes and a dual seat, this is the most stylish performer in its category

    Compact size, exceptional personality and a low price tag highlight Kawasaki's new Ninja(R) 250R quarter-liter performer. Considering how much fun it is to ride and the fact that it's the only 250cc sportbike sold in the U.S., it's no wonder the Ninja 250R has been a strong seller for over a decade. Its successful blend of a rider-friendly engine, easy-to-operate chassis and supersport styling worthy of its Ninja moniker, this model was developed to offer real world performance to riders of all skill levels and goes to show that good things do come in small packages.

    At the core of the lightweight Ninja 250R is an engine that thrives on high-rpm excitement. The gutsy 249cc parallel twin has been retuned to spice up its smooth and predictable power delivery. It now offers more low- and mid-range torque thanks to revisions to its dual overhead camshafts and a new 2-into-1 exhaust system. A silky smooth six-speed transmission tops off the sportbike equipment list, enabling the 250R to exploit a powerband that's sure to please riders with its beginner friendly low-end grunt and a lively top-end rush that'll keep seasoned veterans satisfied. The coup de' grace, is its ability to deliver excellent fuel economy.

    The 250R's new fairing and windscreen not only look great, they deliver improved wind protection for a wide range of riding situations. This lightweight sportbike is loaded with even more rider-friendly features such as an easy-to-read instrument panel and positive neutral finder.

    A natural riding position and comfortable ergonomics combined with its lightweight handling, easy controllability and improved throttle response make the 250R a pleasure to ride on city streets. Also new for 2008 are larger 17-inch wheels that offer great handling and improved stability. A larger 290mm front brake rotor is gripped by a powerful 2-piston caliper to provide a healthy dose of stopping power with a responsive feel at the lever. Like Kawasaki's other sport models, the Ninja 250R is fitted with petal discs for efficient heat dissipation.

    The simple formula of providing easy-handling agility, lightweight responsiveness, and low ownership costs make the Ninja 250R a force to be reckoned with in the entry-level sportbike category.

    Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin
    Displacement: 249cc
    Bore x stroke: TBD
    Compression ratio: TBD
    Maximum torque: TBD
    Cooling: Liquid
    Carburetion: Keihin CVK30 x 2
    Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
    Transmission: Six-speed
    Final drive: O-ring chain
    Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
    Wheelbase: TBD
    Rake / trail: TBD
    Front suspension / wheel travel: 37mm hydraulic telescopic fork / TBD
    Rear suspension / wheel travel: Uni-Trak(R) with aluminum linkage / TBD
    Front tire: TBD
    Rear tire: TBD
    Front brake: Single 290mm hydraulic petal disc with two-piston caliper
    Rear brake: Single 220mm petal disc with two-piston caliper
    Overall length: TBD
    Overall width: TBD
    Overall height: TBD
    Seat height: TBD
    Dry weight: TBD
    Fuel capacity: TBD
    Color choices: Lime Green,
    Ebony, Passion Red, Candy Plasma Blue
    MSRP: $3,499

    specifications are subject to change

    Not bad looking but if only it could look as sharp as the Yamaha 125.

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    Is the price the same? For some reason, I remember the price being lower before...

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    I believe the price went up as the bike has more equipment than before.

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    Modrocket_stereo said:
    I believe the price went up as the bike has more equipment than before.


    Thanks! Was it $3k before?

    Re: new Kawasaki Ninja 250R

    I believe so, but even the extra cost is worth the new 'improvements'. Definitely a sporting bike for all ranges of experiences. I would probably buy this rather than purchase a cheaper Honda scooter.

    Re: new Kawasaki Ninja 250R

    Wow, amazing that they finally changed it. It was unchanged from 1988 to 2007!

    The Ninja 250R was my first bike, and despite it's size and price it could be plenty exciting and rewarding in the twisty bits. I'm sure Kawasaki will continue the tradition of making a reliable, easy-to-ride bike that beginners or even experienced riders can enjoy.

    Re: new Kawasaki Ninja 250R

    For a bike that does not have a large amount of power, this would be a good city bike. Especially if the ergonomics are maintained from the original.

     
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