First Ride: 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R - A First Ride To Remember

By Teri Gorrell, Photography by Alfonse Palaima

Tech Spec
Evolution
Introduced in 1986, the Ninjette was status quo from '88 till this massive '08 makeover.

Rivals
Aside from a few cobby Chinese imports, the minimum Ninja is in a class of its own

TECH
Price $3499
Engine type l-c parallel-twin
Valve train DOHC, 8v
Displacement 249cc
Bore x stroke 62.0 x 41.2mm
Compression 11.6:1
Fuel system (2) 30mm Keihin carburetors
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower na
Claimed torque na
Frame Diamond-type steel-tube
Front suspension 37mm Kayaba fork
Rear suspension Single Kayaba shock, adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake Single Tokico two-piston caliper, 290mm disc
Rear brake Single Tokico two-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire 110/70-ZR17 IRC Road Winner
Rear tire 130/70-ZR17 IRC Road Winner
Rake/trail 26.0/3.2 in.
Seat height 30.5 in.
Wheelbase 55.1 in.
Fuel capacity 4.8 gal.
Claimed dry weight 335 lbs.
Color Lime Green, Red, Black
Available Now
Warranty 12 months, unlimited mi.

Contact
Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA
9950 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618
949.770.0400
http://www.kawasaki.com

Verdict
A 13,000-rpm dose of street cred for the under-appreciated 250cc class.

By Teri Gorrell
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